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For our final choose-your-own-theme Sepia Saturday under the 342 prompt, I’m selecting this photo to coincide with what would’ve been their anniversary this past week.  In this photo are pictured Romayne Louella Greenaway and Leon Joseph Kitko in a photo…
For our final choose-your-own-theme Sepia Saturday under the 342 prompt, I’m selecting this photo to coincide with what would’ve been their anniversary this past week. In this photo ar…
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I have SO many thoughts about this article.. I don't personally know a SINGLE beekeeper who treats their hives prophylactically with antibiotics, and I consider the practice incredibly dangerous

Foulbrood is a really nasty bacteria that you can read all about here: https://beeinformed.org/2013/10/21/american-foulbrood-afb/

The risk of your hives contracting foulbrood is fairly low anyway, but the only way to treat foulbrood, because the spores can remain active for 50+ years, is to burn your hives. Everything. Burn it all. Treating with antibiotics may stem the infection in your bees for the meantime, but there will still be infected bees flying around, interacting with non-infected bees and spreading the spores. Attempting to treat a hive with foulbrood by use of antibiotics is completely wreckless and endangers the hives of other nearby beekeepers.

Now, the use of Terramycin as a preventative, GUESS WHAT?! There's a terramycin resistant strain of foulbrood, so unless you know which strain you might get, that's about as effective as not treating at all. How did that antibiotic resistant strain pop up? Gee, I wonder if prophylactic treatment might have had something to do with it.

And then we get into the argument about the overuse of antibiotics. There's a quote in the article, "Meanwhile, agriculture is not responsible for the majority of the resistance problem, which is a physician-generated problem, and they realize that." When agriculture is using 70% or more of the antibiotics consumed every year, and people who work on farms with chickens that are treated prophylactically with antibiotics are repeatedly treated for MRSA, yes, it is an agriculture-generated problem. Antibiotic resistance is more likely to happen in an animal/insect that's constantly exposed to antibiotics than say a human that ends up on antibiotics two or three times a year. There are tons of studies on this, here's a good one:
http://jac.oxfordjournals.org/content/47/6/763.short
Let me give you a quick quote, "The proportion of samples containing resistant E. coli and the percentages of resistant E. coli were significantly higher in turkeys and broilers than in the laying-hen population." The laying-hens only received antibiotics infrequently while the turkey/broilers were on a constant dose. ::Drops Mic::

Yes, I think that a veterinarian or qulified professional should be the only person with access to antibiotics so that they can best determine when their use is needed since clearly overuse has created a huge problem. I think overuse of antibiotics in ANY setting is a problem, whether it be human, animal, or insect, since science has shown bacteria will find a way to be even worse than it was before in the face of a constant attack. No, I will never treat my bees with antibiotics, not because I'm some kind of super crunchy granola hippie that doesn't believe in them, but because their efficacy is doubtful (even the ones that show a moderate effect on foulbrood don't wipe it out completely), and there's just no point to treating with antibiotics to prevent a problem you don't even have. It's already been proven to be incredibly dangerous and is creating more of a problem than it's solving.
Beginning in January, the FDA will require honey bee colonies that need antibiotics to be treated by a veterinarian.
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Yep, still playing catch-up.  It should be week 15 as I’m posting this, so I’m still behind.  Life just keeps getting away from me and the first thing to go when things get to be too much is cooking.  But hey, I’m still here making the effort, and I have…
Yep, still playing catch-up. It should be week 15 as I’m posting this, so I’m still behind. Life just keeps getting away from me and the first thing to go when things get to be too mu…
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LOVE IT! One of the neatest applications of a 3d printer.
I consider myself part of the Super Mario Bros. Generation -- a generation characterized by cassette & VHS tapes, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, and most importantly the birth of Nintendo mania.
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That Superbook Kickstarter I mentioned before? Now works with Raspberry Pi.
Get yours at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/andromium/the-superbook-turn-your-smartphone-into-a-laptop-f
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Espionage Cosmetics Nexus - August 2016 #BBNexus #espionagecosmetics

This  month’s theme was, “Bedtime Stories,” and yet again, they find the neatest little corners of the theme to bring to life in two spectacular nail wraps.  I had a feeling from a little spoiler earlier on that this shipment would probably include the…
This month’s theme was, “Bedtime Stories,” and yet again, they find the neatest little corners of the theme to bring to life in two spectacular nail wraps. I had a feeling from …
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those are awesome Nail art. I would love to wear the wizard of Oz ones. 😆
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I hear it's National Dog Day, so here, have a photo of my two pups that I took yesterday. At age 13, their faces have turned pretty white (just like their mum and pop's hair), but they're still the best two little snugglemuffins I could ask for.

We adopted them when they were a year old and they've been one of the most comforting constants in our lives. There's always a tilty-head-face ready to make you laugh when you're sad, eager walking buddies, or a nose-lick for a goodnight smooch. We have no idea what mix of breeds they may be - all we know is that they're brown and they're ours, and we love them no matter what!
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I love my niece and nephew dogs. 😆😆😆
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For this week’s Sepia Saturday, again, we’re on our own to follow the prompt image for #342 or go off on our own.  I guess I’m sticking with my little personal theme of couples to explore some photos that may not have made it into a Sepia Saturday…
For this week’s Sepia Saturday, again, we’re on our own to follow the prompt image for #342 or go off on our own. I guess I’m sticking with my little personal theme of couples to…
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Espionage Cosmetics BOOM!Box August 2016 #ecboombox #espionagecosmetics

Another Espionage Cosmetics BOOM!Box has arrived!  This one showed up on my front steps on Friday the 12th which was just a hair behind schedule, but we were given an email update alerting us to the ever so slight delay.  It’s still the first half of the…
Another Espionage Cosmetics BOOM!Box has arrived! This one showed up on my front steps on Friday the 12th which was just a hair behind schedule, but we were given an email update alerting us to th…
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Sepia Saturday 342-b #sepiaSaturday

For this week’s Sepia Saturday, we’re on our own to either follow the August prompt image or a different path.  I’ve finally been able to clear up a few things regarding my great-grandfather’s history, so I figured this would be a great week to publish…
For this week’s Sepia Saturday, we’re on our own to either follow the August prompt image or a different path. I’ve finally been able to clear up a few things regarding my great-…
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Well, still playing catch-up and I really haven’t made much progress I guess!  This week was a bit of a wash on the catching-up game, but at least I cooked one meal this week!  I had found a pack of stir fry beef at the Wednesday farmers market at the…
Well, still playing catch-up and I really haven’t made much progress I guess! This week was a bit of a wash on the catching-up game, but at least I cooked one meal this week! I had found a …
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Loot4Fangirls #loot4fangirls #lootcrate

This is a little late going online, but I think the Loot4Fangirls crate is still available, so for $65, you can get this awesome haul.  If you want to use my referral link, click here! I have a current subscription to LootCrate already, but lately have…
This is a little late going online, but I think the Loot4Fangirls crate is still available, so for $65, you can get this awesome haul. If you want to use my referral link, click here! I have a cur…
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