I'm a visual learner. There's nothing I like better than having a graphic or video explain a concept I may only vaguely understand.
I think we can all agree that antibiotic resistance is a real thing. A bad thing. A really bad thing. But drugs and bacteria operate at a microscopic level and understanding exactly HOW they interact requires a bit of imagination.
Until I saw this video from Harvard University.
Researchers at Harvard and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology created a giant petri dish 4 feet long. They created barriers of antibiotics at different intervals of increasing strength. With the help of time lapse photography, watching the bacteria growth occurring over 12 days is reduced to a few minutes.
"The experiments are thought to provide the first large-scale glimpse of the maneuvers of bacteria as they encounter increasingly higher doses of antibiotics and adapt to survive—and thrive—in them."
~ Harvard Medical School
We can see the bacteria grow, hit the wall of antibiotic and stop, but only for a moment. Soon enough, a mutation breaks through and quickly multiplies until it hit the next wall of antibiotics. But this time, the antibiotics are 10x stronger. Then 100x stronger, and finally 1000x stronger.
Yet the bacteria continue to mutate, adapt, and indeed thrive.
This experiment and its visual presentation are good lessons that we pigeon breeders can heed. The over-use of antibiotics will lead to only more problems, not less. The path to healthier birds is through a strong, multi-pronged program that includes natural supplementation that help the birds develop their own immunity to pathogens.
Please comment below with your ideas of a strong health program. And feel free to draw us a few pictures or shoot a video to help us visual learners!