New antibiotic rules won't change a thing

The New York Times is calling it "a major new policy to phase out the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in cows, pigs and chickens raised for meat."

So naturally, it's nothing of the sort.

Here's what the FDA's new policy really is: a toothless and 100 percent VOLUNTARY measure that will only slightly alter the labels of veterinary antibiotics and do practically nothing to change how the drugs are used.

Factory farms will no longer be allowed to use antibiotics to make animals fat, but there's no real enforcement and no penalties. And in any case, there's a massive loophole -- because the drugs can be used not only to treat disease (which runs rampant in those stink-holes), but also to PREVENT it.

So you know what's going to happen. Factory farms will simply use the drugs for "prevention."

That's why the meat industry is actually applauding the new rules, claiming it won't change a thing because they already use the drugs responsibly.

Yeah, right.

Here's a fact: Animals on factory farms account for 70 percent of the nation's antibiotic use, which is why those farms are the leading source of drug-resistant germs.

Once the germs learn to resist antibiotics, they're given a free ride across the country inside meat packages.

You couldn't design a more lethal germ warfare weapon if you tried!

Since 95 percent of the drugs used on factory farms are essentially the same as human antibiotics, these powerful new bugs are tough or even impossible to treat when YOU get sick.

And eventually, you WILL get sick -- because already, some 2 million Americans suffer from superbug infections every year, and 23,000 die of them.

Sadly, both of those numbers will rise. The new "rules" will guarantee it.

You can't save everyone else, but you can minimize your own risk with two simple actions.

First, make sure you keep your own immune system in tip-top shape, and that includes giving your gut the healthy probiotic bacteria that can fight off superbugs.

And second, limit or even eliminate your exposure to superbugs by eating only organic meats from drug-free local farms.