Gary Null speaking out at the New York State Assembly Hearing 10-13-2009
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The intent of this information is not to suggest that antibiotics should never be used. They can be life-saving. However, many health authorities are beginning to admit that antibiotics are overprescribed and toxic, creating many subtle problems that are worse than the original condition. Let us examine antibiotics more carefully in light of recent findings.

  • There are 160 varieties of antibiotics available
  • Doctors prescribe antibiotics at what can only be termed an incredible rate. According to several studies done around the year 2000, obstetricians and gynecologists wrote 2,645,000 antibiotic prescriptions every week. Internists prescribed 1,416,000 per week. This works out to 211,172,000 prescriptions annually, just for the two specialties! Pediatricians prescribe over $500 million worth of antibiotics annually just for one condition, ear infections.
  • Pediatricians prescribe over $500 million worth of antibiotics annually just for one condition, ear infections.
  • Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Cost the U.S. Healthcare System in Excess of $20 Billion Annually. In addition, these avoidable infections result in more than $35 billion in societal costs and more than 8 million additional days spent in the hospital.
    Boston and Durham, N.C., Oct. 19, 2009 /PRNewswire
  • The pharmaceutical industry can count on a team of 625 lobbyists—more than the number of members in Congress—to influence legislation
  • In the 1999-2000 election cycle “drug companies spent more money to influence politicians than did insurance companies, telephone companies, electric companies, commercial banks, oil and gas producers, automakers, tobacco companies, food processors and manufacturers—more, in short, than any other industry,”
  • Antibiotics may interfere with immune system development
  • Penicillin is the #1 cause of life-threatening anaphylactic shock
  • Antibiotics may act as growth/obesity promoters in humans as result of antibiotic pollution
  • More antibiotics are in fact used on animals than on humans. The World Health Organization (WHO) says more than half of global production is used on farm animals.
  • Pharmaceutical companies cannot keep pace with the ever-rising level of antibiotic resistance in the United States.
  • Repeated antibiotics alter beneficial gut germs
  • FDA Warns On Increased Death Risk With Pfizer Antibiotic
  • Most people get the flu between November and April. That’s why that time is called the flu season.
    U.S. National Institutes of Health
  • If you have the flu, you'll have lots of company. Each year from November to April, all across the United States, as many as 60 million people come down with the flu.
  • With seasonal flu, we see in the United States over 30 million cases. We see 200,000 hospitalizations and, on average, 36,000 deaths.
    According to a CDC press briefing on 5/4/09:

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