My View From The Country

On-Farm Antibiotic Use Related To The Deficit?

Let’s talk about some casual, not causal, links.

I saw a study this week that drew the conclusion that child obesity has increased at the same time that the use of antibiotics in young children increased. Essentially, the researchers were inferring that, if low dosage of antibiotics can increase gain in animals, there could be a similar link in children receiving antibiotics. Of course, they didn’t stop there; they went on to infer that there might be a link between the overuse of antibiotics in children and Type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma; the incidence of all of which has dramatically increased recently.

This got me to thinking: Since the advent of the use of antibiotics in livestock production, we’ve also seen the federal debt increase dramatically. Perhaps there are beneficial bacteria that helped our brains perform rationally in an economic sense that we’ve been unknowingly killing off with antibiotics. I know it’s only a casual link right now, but I have to wonder if it isn’t somehow related to global warming as well.

I will be looking to publish my conclusions shortly, except I have a few issues to iron out. It appears that the stunning growth of Apple, especially in iPhones and iPods, could also be attributed to these technological innovations. And I believe nearly every decline in the American standard of living can be directly related to the growth of Walmart.

Now, these links may not be completely understood yet, but I think the most prudent thing would be to stop the production of Apple products, and start to break up Walmart before it’s too late.

I’m still working on collecting the data but there also appears to be almost a one-to-one relationship between ethanol subsidies and the growth of reality TV. Perhaps the lack of economic reality creates a desire for more reality in our own lives.

Anyone interested in learning more on these topics will soon be able to do so on my soon-to-be-released website – “What Science Hasn’t Proven Yet But Should Have.” It will be dedicated to determining outcomes that the average person isn’t smart enough to arrive at on their own, and then building the scientific data to prove them. I know the title needs some work, but my first URL was taken – “Perverting Science For Your Own Good.”

Discuss this Blog Entry 12

David Nash, DVM (not verified)
on Aug 24, 2012

Troy, it must be tough to type with your tongue shoved that far into your cheek. Now hide and watch as someone cites this "evidence".

Chuck Huseman (not verified)
on Aug 24, 2012

Troy - "there is a link" to me reading your columns and my mood improving. How long will it be until your columns need FDA approval?

Kevin Nankey (not verified)
on Aug 24, 2012

You had me going for a second. Nice :D

shaun evertson (not verified)
on Aug 24, 2012

Thanks Troy! I needed a good chuckle this morning.

ChemieBabe (not verified)
on Aug 24, 2012

Okay, Troy has some how invaded my brain and stolen all my ideas. It was probably when I took my aluminum cone hat off. Please stop!!!!!!

Doug Jones (not verified)
on Aug 24, 2012

That's a good one, Troy. I've got anl article coming out soon about declining literacy rates in CSU grads and the increase in relevant information on the internet: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/343176/title/Antibiotics_link...

Bob Neese (not verified)
on Aug 24, 2012

I forecast a great future for you, Troy, as a government researcher who will do so much toward saving the planet through your association theories, (which of course can all be iincontrovertibly proven). I can even see a Nobel prize or two in the near future!

Sam Johnson (not verified)
on Aug 25, 2012

Troy, we also need to consider inverse corelations. Per capita beef consumption has droped considerably since 1975.
The inverse or negative corelations are: The national debt has increased, health insurance rates hae increased, obesity increased, Gasoline costs have gone thru the roof, Etc. So to save this country, your health, your wealth...Eat More Beef!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 28, 2012

Fantastic! Love your insight.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Aug 29, 2012

Great start to a Hump Day when everyone in the office thinks you have fallen off your rocker when you start laughing uncontrollably. Perfect!

on Aug 29, 2012

Troy, to infer is to come to a conclusion or form an opinion about something on the basis of evidence or reasoning. To imply is to make something understood without expressing it directly. I think you may have meant to say that the researchers were implying not inferring. If you disagree, maybe this can be settled based on the outcome of a football game this Saturday pitting the Rams of CSU versus the Buffaloes of CU. With two of my children having graduated from CU, I, of course, will be rooting for CU (since that is where all my money went these past few years). Oops, I forgot to mention that one of those CU graduates is now in graduate school at CSU, a dilemma indeed. What I am implying is that the correct result of this debate is just as accurate if based on a football game as it is on objective science. And, you can infer from that whatever you deem appropriate. I enjoy your columns though despite some of their implications. Mack H.. Graves

My Squidoo (not verified)
on Feb 6, 2013

Medical articles like yours should be read by everyone out there. Currently, I fear that the trend of prescribing antibiotics for nearly all common ailments like sinus infections will truly result in pathogens growing resistant to these medicines, and growing into a super bug. Just cannot imagine such a scenario.

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