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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week – November 16-22 2015


This is information by the CDC on their Get Smart about Antibiotics Week program, from their website:

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

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Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection.

On September 18, 2014, the White House announced an Executive Order stating that the Federal Government will work domestically and internationally to detect, prevent, and control illness and death related to antibiotic-resistant infections by implementing measures that reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and help ensure the continued availability of effective therapeutics for the treatment of bacterial infections.

The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed. Antibiotics are also commonly used for promoting growth in food animals, one type of use that is not necessary.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week 2015

During November 16-22, 2015, the annual Get Smart About Antibiotics Week will be observed. The observance is a key component of CDC’s efforts to improve antibiotic stewardship in communities, in healthcare facilities, and on the farm in collaboration with state-based programs, nonprofit partners, and for-profit partners. The one-week observance raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

The observance is an international collaboration, coinciding with:




Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). Get Smart about Antibiotics Week: -Overview. See: http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/week/overview.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (16 September 2013). Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013.



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Your Body on a Big Mac – Why It’s Called Junk Food





Have a yen for a Big Mac? Here’s some information that may dampen the urge.




McDonald’s lists these Big Mac ingredients on its McDonald’s USA Ingredients Listing for Popular Menu Items:

100% BEEF PATTY: 100% Pure USDA Inspected Beef; No Fillers, No Extenders. Prepared with Grill Seasoning (Salt, Black Pepper)


PICKLE SLICES: Cucumbers, Water, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Alum, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Natural Flavors (Plant Source), Polysorbate 80, Extractives of Turmeric (Color)

PASTEURIZED PROCESS AMERICAN CHEESE: Milk, Cream, Water, Cheese Culture, Sodium Citrate, Contains 2% or Less of: Salt, Citric Acid, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Lactic Acid, Acetic Acid, Enzymes, Sodium Pyrophosphate, Natural Flavor (Dairy Source), Color Added, Soy Lecithin (Added for Slice Separation). CONTAINS: MILK AND SOY LECITHIN

BIG MAC SAUCE: Soybean Oil, Pickle Relish (Diced Pickles, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Vinegar, Corn Syrup, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate [Preservative], Spice Extractives, Polysorbate 80), Distilled Vinegar, Water, Egg Yolks, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Onion Powder, Mustard Seed, Salt, Spices, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Mustard Bran, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Vegetable Protein (Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat), Caramel Color, Extractives of Paprika, Soy Lecithin, Turmeric (Color), Calcium Disodium EDTA (Protect Flavor). CONTAINS: WHEAT, EGG AND SOY



Enriched Bleached Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast, Soybean Oil, Contains 2% or Less: Salt, Wheat Gluten, Sesame Seeds, Leavening (Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate), May Contain One or More Dough Conditioners (Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, DATEM, Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Mono and Diglycerides, Monocalcium Phosphate, Enzymes, Calcium Peroxide), Calcium Propionate (Preservative). CONTAINS: WHEAT


I’ll point out a few other things McDonald’s doesn’t mention about their ingredients:
  • The beef they use in their “100% beef patties” and the dairy products mentioned in their list come from factory farmed animals that have been fed on GMO grains and loaded up with antibiotics, growth hormones, and pesticides. See Factory Farming Makes Us Sick and Factory Farming Produces Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria for how factory farming of animals is harmful to us, the soil, and the planet.
  • The wheat, onions, cucumbers, corn used to make high fructose corn syrup, soy derivatives, spices, and lettuce they use are all made from genetically modified crops so you’re also getting a dose of glyphosate (a toxic, broad-spectrum systemic herbicide) when eating any McDonald’s menu items. Glyphosate has been banned in many other countries. See Moms to EPA: Recall Monsanto’s Roundup for the dangers of GMO crops and glyphosate.
  • McDonald’s uses highly refined table salt in its menu items. See The Healing Properties of Unrefined Salts for how processed salt is harmful to our bodies.







This description of what happens in your body within an hour after you consume a Big Mac comes from FastFoodMenuPrice.com (2015):

First 10 minutes–Our brains prefer high-calorie foods

Our brains evolved during a time when food was scarce, so we became adept at choosing high-calorie foods. A regular Big Mac (with cheese and sauce) contains 540 calories and raises your blood sugar to abnormal levels.

Junk food triggers your brain’s reward system by releasing a surge of ‘feel-good’ chemicals – such as the neurotransmitter dopamine – which induce feelings of pleasure. This process works in a similar way to that of drugs such as cocaine and contributes to the likelihood of compulsive eating.

After 20 minutes–Addictive sugars

Did you know that a Big Mac bun contains high levels of high-fructose corn syrup and sodium? Both ingredients are addictive and therefore make your body crave more of them. These ingredients are also harmful and can cause obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

After 30 minutes –Sodium attack on your body

A Big Mac contains 970 milligrams of sodium. This huge amount of salt can result in dehydration. With symptoms that closely mimic those of hunger, it’s easy for dehydration to trick you into thinking you need to go back for another helping of food.

Ingesting too much sodium makes it hard for your kidneys to excrete salt. To try and flush the excess salt out of your system, your body then draws water from surrounding tissues. This fluid buildup means that your heart must work harder to pump blood. This causes high blood pressure and can ultimately lead to heart disease and stroke.

After 40 minutes –Craving more!

Do you ever still feel hungry after just having eaten a Big Mac? This is because you have lost control of your blood sugar, making you crave even more fast food.

The first time you consume a high-calorie meal, your insulin response can reduce your glucose levels making you want to eat more. The high-fructose corn syrup in the Big Mac bun is quickly absorbed by the GI tract, causing insulin spikes and even greater hunger pangs.

After 60 minutes –Slow digestion

Normally the body takes about 24 to 72 hours to digest food. However, hamburgers take a lot more time to digest because they are greasier. It can take more than three days to fully digest a Big Mac.

Also, it takes approximately 51 days to digest trans fat. A Big Mac contains 1.5 grams of trans fat. Different studies have proved that trans fats can be linked to heart disease, obesity, cancer and diabetes.















Nutrition Information: McDonald’s Big Mac

(Source: beforeitsnews.com)
(Source: beforeitsnews.com)












From the Big Mac Museum

(Source: www.bigmacmuseum.com)
(Source: www.bigmacmuseum.com)




Fastfoodmenuprice.com. (2015). What Happens One Hour After Eating A Big Mac? See: https://fastfoodmenuprice.com/big-mac-revealed/

Hardin, J.R. (8/2/2014). The Healing Properties of Unrefined Salts. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2014/08/02/healing-properties-unrefined-salts/

Hardin, J.R. (9/25/2014). Factory Farming Makes Us Sick. http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2014/09/25/factory-farming-makes-us-sick/

Hardin, J.R. (4/14/2015). Factory Farming Produces Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2015/04/14/factory-farming-produces-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria/

Hardin, J.R. (5/30/2015). Moms to EPA: Recall Monsanto’s Roundup. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2014/05/30/moms-epa-recall-monsantos-roundup/

McDonald’s.com. (9/26/2015). McDonald’s USA Ingredients Listing for Popular Menu Items. See: http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/ingredientslist.pdf



© Copyright 2015 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.


DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.