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Common Herbicides Cause Antibiotic Resistance in Disease-Causing Bacteria

As we gear up for Earth Hour tomorrow, here is a study that also hits close to home for anyone concerned with the environment--and this study has a strong link to human and animal health as well (redundant to mention since we can't have one without the other...human health and environmental health go hand-in-hand).

This new study, the first of its kind, has found that commonly used herbicides can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. The researchers point out that these chemicals have never been tested for this type of effect on bacteria.

The research team, investigated what happens various disease-causing bacteria when they are exposed to common herbicides like Roundup, Kamba and 2,4-D.
“We found that exposure to some very common herbicides can cause bacteria to change their response to antibiotics... In most cases, we saw increased resistance even to important clinical antibiotics,” said the lead author of the study.

The effects are apparent wherever people or animals are exposed to herbicides, such as in farm animals or pollinators in rural areas, and potentially children and pets in urban areas. With GMO crops now showing that they use increasingly greater quantities of herbicides and pesticides, if it isn't clear yet, GO ORGANIC!

Now, just a few words on the future of this blog:

About a month or two ago, you may have noticed I changed the look of this blog. Now, as my birthday comes up next month reminding me of my growth and maturing, this blog will also be maturing and changing--including a possible name change (yeah, "Know Guff" is a little juvenile). I only say this so that if one day you come here and things look different, or this blog has a new name (e.g., 3D Medicine), or you're forwarded to a new URL, you'll know you're still in the right place.  :)

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Source: Sublethal Exposure to Commercial Formulations of the Herbicides Dicamba, 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid, and Glyphosate Cause Changes in Antibiotic Susceptibility in Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium

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