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Tom Toles

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  1. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, almost 3 years ago

    But, but, but,,. Our very knowledgeable ultra conservatives here state that our great health care system should take care of all that anyway!

  2. meetinthemiddle

    meetinthemiddle said, almost 3 years ago

    The doctor on the Frontline piece said that big pharma isn’t working on anti-biotics much because people don’t taking them for long periods, like Crestor or other drugs so the profit margin isn’t high enough. And much of the “research” they do is geared to swapping off 1 atom from existing drugs so they can get a new patent.

  3. Enoki

    Enoki said, almost 3 years ago

    The doctor’s wasting his breath. His patient has a bad case of Obamacare!

  4. nordwonder

    nordwonder said, almost 3 years ago

    If we could just link the superbugs to Obama, maybe we’d get some action. No, wait, all we’d get is outrage, like the outrage that the site sucks, so we’re having hearings on how to fix a progarm that we just shutdown the government for in our effort to kill it.

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    The answer is simple: just pass a law that absolves antibiotic manufacturers and agribusiness firms that load their product with antibiotics from any responsibility for the results of their policies. Seems to work for Monsanto and their genetically modified foods.

    There. Problem solved. It’s easy, once you know the secret.

    Or…..just move those businesses to China, where there is no pretense of oversight. Remember lead paint on children’s toys? Tainted milk? Toy pieces that, when swallowed, turn into the date-rape drug? Today’s local paper has an article on dog and cat treats made in China that sicken and kill the animals. Not to worry: it’s cheaper, and that’s all that matters to a large percentage of our population.

  6. jack75287

    jack75287 said, almost 3 years ago

    I have to admit this is a big issue, the proper use of antibiotics led to what a 15 year growth in life span. If we want to keep that we are just going to have to give the old immune system a workout now and then.

  7. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, almost 3 years ago

    Well? Where’s the “government is always bad” crowd with their “free-market solutions”? I mean, I’d make the “well, if someone dies from food poisoning then they’ll never buy that brand again” joke, but even that risk doesn’t seem to be prompting Foster Farms to recall their tainted chicken. Instead, they just say that “consumers should know that the frontline antibiotics used to treat salmonella are fully effective in treating the illness”- which may not even be true , but if it is, that’s still expecting the customer to have to pay for expensive hospital treatment rather than the company taking up the cost and effort to get their garbage off the shelves. Where’s the “take responsibility” crowd’s outrage here?
    I’ve read that Sweden has managed to almost completely eradicate salmonella from its store-bought chicken, even though its food process is just as industrialized as ours. Maybe it’s got something to do with them not having a cult of fanatics who blindly believe that everything the government does is evil and everything private business does is holy?

  8. pipewriter

    pipewriter said, almost 3 years ago

    Obamacare to blame? I think someone is confusing cause and effect.

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago


    Well put. The PROPER use of antibiotics have helped increase our average life span. Using antibiotics willy-nilly does nothing but create super-bugs, resistant to those same antibiotics.

    This means your second point is also correct: we need to exercise our immune systems more. That should be our first line of defense. Remember, Howard Hughes was germ-phobic, and wealthy enough to create a germ-free environment. Mostly. He ended up dying from a common cold, because his immune system had stopped functioning as a result of disuse.

    When I get sick, I drink plenty of fluids and get more rest. If I improve, that’s all I had to do. If I do not improve, or especially if I get worse, I get treated with meds. Unfortunately, many people start with meds instead. Many doctors will provide them too willingly.

    That which does not kill me makes me stronger. This works on germs, too. If you take your antibiotics (assuming the diagnosis and treatment plan are correct) until they’re gone, like we instruct you to, you will kill the germ. If you use it only until you start to feel better, you have only weakened the germ, and discontinuing the antibiotic—although it may seem you no longer need it—will allow the weakened germ to develop resistance, and the next person it affects may not get better as a result of the same treatment. This is more evident in third-world countries, as people save money by not buying all the meds they need, and many doctors provide partial dosages in response. It’s not limited to third-world countries: during the anthrax episode, most insurance companies were only providing one-half the amount of Cipro needed. You could get the other half if you jumped through the proper hoops, but the obvious inference here is that insurance was more concerned about saving money than saving the patient by hoping the patient didn’t ever get the second half.

    And if people are slipping antibiotics into our food, we are not taking a full dose of it. This leads to resistance, and that leads to mass outbreaks of sickness.

    What part of “a stitch in time saves nine” does our society seem so willing to not understand?

  10. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, almost 3 years ago

    “sn’t unfettered capitalism just grand?”

    It might be, if we had something like that. What we seem to have is government subsidized monopolies, though, which doesn’t satisfy the definition.

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    Thanks. I’ll read it this evening.

  12. Mr. Ngn33r

    Mr. Ngn33r GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    …as a reasonable response to the utter failures and abuses foisted upon society by the greed and mendacity of “Unfettered” Capitalists.

  13. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    … a major cause of the wholesale deaths of native American peoples when the Europeans arrived, was their lack of immune response to the zoonotic diseases to which the Europeans had developed immunological competence.

    If I were a NeoConman, I might suggest that it was their fault for not developing their own immunological competence.

  14. saywhatwhat

    saywhatwhat said, almost 3 years ago

    Actually the much larger problem is world over population. The action on that is about the same as in the cartoon. Maybe the two problems will take care of each other.

  15. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    Actually the much larger problem is world over population. The action on that is about the same as in the cartoon. Maybe the two problems will take care of each other.

    “over-population” has nothing to do with it. The antibiotics Toles refers to are used by factory farms to make meat cheap. If we gave up the 99 cent hamburgers & just ate less meat, we wouldn’t need the factory farms.

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