Juiced-up poultry putting women at risk?
Report: Antibiotics cause superbugs in chicken
- Duration 4:23
- Date Jul 12, 2012
Report: Antibiotics cause superbugs in chicken
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Eating chicken we all love it can give you an infection almost impossible to treat and it only affects -- women.
Well doctor Marc Siegel from the medical eighteen is here to explain all this what does this mean what you we know.
Good morning -- good morning the problem is we given out to many antibiotics.
We're taking too many and we're giving too many to our chickens to our poultry to -- -- I'm not right know what to try to prop them up and to keep them from getting sick action our chickens are raised in squalor there too close together.
You know there there on top of each other we give the -- about a 80% of the antibiotics we prescribe go to animals.
We get resistant bacteria.
Coli is the name of the bacteria we're talking about here and urinary tract infections urinary infections 90% of them.
Are from -- E.
-- but they look studies over the past ten years.
Have looked at the kind of bacteria we're seeing on farms and the kind we're seeing.
-- women eight million of them that are getting -- infections.
Five times more resistant to antibiotics.
We think it's because we're giving out too many antibiotics to our animals.
And it's caught a super bug which means it's very strong it's resistant to antibiotics that's -- that when women are infected.
They can't get rid of this right.
Basically we have had these infections since the time of the ancient Greeks but it's only since the twentieth century that we had the antibiotics to treat them with.
It's miraculous we can get rid of the things now.
Used to be you -- you know what to do use an ointment or YouTube.
-- of water -- cranberry juice.
Now we have these men -- a -- but there are becoming less and less and less effective.
Because we're using them too much -- -- a million women that have urinary infections have a problem because 25% of them now are resistant to the kind of read about -- we use.
I know we're pumping up these chickens before men's -- we're giving them a lot of antibiotics.
And then we're eating this meat shoot me.
-- -- a little bit longer should -- buy organic meats hormone free meat -- So those are great suggestions but I think the key here is hygiene.
You have to watch a lot pick a lot of showers you have to be careful about what kind of hygiene use especially if you're warm it.
This is really really important and we need to know that these bugs are out there that the becoming more prominent and we have to use antibiotics less.
It's not just the animals if we take too many antibiotics we promote the Specter.
Bacteria growing millions of companies and they're looking for the combination to the -- They want to be resistant they want to live like anyone.
-- catch 22 when you of the urinary tract infection it's so painful you have to take an antibiotic.
You wanna take -- early so I'm saying that's who I'm not saying don't take antibiotics I'm saying using them when appropriate if you haven't -- -- if you're having urinary frequency.
Go into your physician get the antibiotic early but don't take it to be an out of it.
Food industry is saying they're disagreeing with us they're disagreeing with the researchers I guess because they -- -- sell more chickens they wanna saw the same no more poultry.
But what do you think I mean well look -- not proven.
I'm gonna come out strongly here and -- we -- in too -- -- about it with our chickens period -- whether it's causing this problem or not.
There right that there's no proof but look look at it this way.
Here's the bacteria on the forms here's the bacteria same ones we have what do you think the reason is -- not mean that have proven that that's it but there's a very strong association here.
One doctor disagrees -- the study in this is what he says he says these studies have nothing to do with antibiotics in poultry product.
And further changes to antibiotic use in poultry will not change the potential human health risks associated with these food borne E.
Coli what's your reaction.
Personal opinion is I disagree with that but not only that I want the conditions to improve -- for the chickens on the farms here I mean they don't have a great life let's face it.
And we need to improve the condition so that there's less and less -- here.
Our chickens that are raised on farms and maybe have 880 and 90% of them are infected with bacteria that's a problem.
And of course we are -- the chicken -- -- -- the -- so yes I think the bacteria can come over to humans.
How that staggering those numbers are high.
So what are you gonna do in you for your family you well continue to eat poultry.
Yeah -- that cooking -- properly is a piece and then the other thing you can do especially in this summer by the way it is keep your food separate in other words.
This same plate that you watch the chicken on isn't the play you should serve and on -- with -- -- common sense people right I mean wash.
You separate utensils -- separate plate to use a lot -- so the clean surface areas.
And be careful about contaminating yourself both before and after I thank you want doctor --