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Re: [APD] BGA --
S. Hieber wrote:
antibiotics is Laurie Garrett's _The Coming Plague_Hey, I have that, but never got past the chapter titled "Machupo". It
did leave an impression on me, as I named my linux box after it for
several years to come. It's funny that I keep that book amongst all the
fictional horror, and not with the rest of the non-fiction I have. Not
to say that it's fictional but rather that it's goddman scarry.
It's us and them and there are many more of them than us.
100% elination of a bacterium in agiven host. In many
cases, the resistance can develop in one bacterium and be
transferred to another. I think that's actually a bigger
At one extreme, is the view that antibiotics should almostThis unfortunately isn't a gurantee that the correct course of action is
being taken. As Wright was pointing out, an MD in his area was
perscribing an antibiotic like it was candy. There are doctors like
these in every community but are hopefully dying out. The only
explination for this doc I can think of is that perhaps he is older and
became a doctor in the 50's when antibiotics were in fact a miracle
cure. The most famous antibiotic penicillin is hardly perscribed for
anything anymore, but when it was introduced it's been said that it was
recovered from urine (and extracted you sick pupppies) sevral times
before being rendered ineffective.
never be used except when prescribed by a doctor
That is one thing I definitly do not like. The routine use of
antibiotics to improve profitability. Antibiotics given to all the
animal products in the off chance that some of them have infections.
Blanket dosing is just the cheapest way to improve the overall harvest.
This practice which plays into to the mindset of capatilism as a fault,
the blind mad dash for the almighty $
I think fish caught in the wild or raised on large
commercial "farms" are routinely treated with an antibiotic
or two as a prophylaxis. What happens in our aquaria is
only the second, third or fourth treatment. And then
there's treatments given in some lfss.
That all being said, I weighed these options when I had BGA in my tank.
I liked to think that I was an informed individual and decided to go
with Erythromycin. It was effective. I continued to dose long after the
BGA was visably gone. The fact that I could have been causing something
_else_ to gain resistance was overlooked. However, I felt that my
aqarium was a closed system and so regardless the rest of the world
should be safe from IT.
But it raises the question. Where did the BGA come from?. Where did it
get it's foothold on my tank in the first place? Is it a common dormant
free floating bacterium that springs to life in the right environment?
Is my aquarium really separeate from the rest of the environment?
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