The Jordan Harbinger Show

222: Matt McCarthy | The Race to Stop a Superbug Epidemic

Matt McCarthy (@drmattmccarthy) is an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell, a staff physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the author of Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic.

What We Discuss with Matt McCarthy:

  • How antibiotics are abused on a large scale by industrial agriculture, prescription-happy doctors, and mysophobic hand washers.
  • Why antibiotic abuse is resulting in the fast-track evolution of once easily vanquished bacteria into superbugs from which we have no known protection.
  • How herd immunity works, and why you may be at risk for contracting a once-eradicated disease thanks to anti-vaccination propaganda.
  • Why the FDA approval process takes so long for new drugs to safely come to market, and how this hinders innovation in a profit-driven pharmaceutical market.
  • How genetic editing through new CRISPR technology may be our best hope for quickly reacting to rapidly adapting superbugs.
  • And much more…

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