Summary of Analysis

By – Cole Cantagallo

“Antibiotics & Superbugs: The Future of Health,” by John Bachman-Paternoster, is an essay written to enlighten readers about the truth of antibiotics. Obviously antibiotics play a major role in everyone’s life today, but most people don’t know the effects of overusing or misusing them. This is a problem because bacteria evolve just like any plant or animal does. So, the bacteria, whether good or bad, evolves in order to fight off medicines. After bacteria evolve however, they become “superbugs,” which makes them resistant to almost all of the medicines we use. Although antibiotics are good for killing the bad bacteria, there is also the risk of antibiotics killing the good bacteria. The killing of good bacteria weakens your immune system and makes you prone to more illnesses. It is also important to know that as the years go on, there is an increase of not needed prescriptions of antibiotics. One of the consequences of not using your prescriptions correctly is that patients stop taking their antibiotics because they think their illness is gone. When in reality it’s still there just evolving and it will eventually come back stronger then before.

This essay is written very well and the author used a lot of examples. The examples and quotes he used were supported with plenty of information that came from credible sources. On another note, the author did an excellent job putting his emotion in the essay to really get the information to the reader.

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