The Japan Offspring Fund Antibiotics Documentary
Danger! Antibiotic Resistance
- Untreatable Bacterial Infections -
Why Antibiotics No Longer Work
Japan Offspring Fund has produced a documentary in order to change
the situation in Japan, where antibiotic resistant bacteria are continuing
to increase. Title: "Danger for you life! Antibiotic resistance
on the rise". The video/DVD has two parts, with focus on medical
use as well as the risks associated with food.
Part 1 describes the actual conditions regarding multiresistant bacteria
and health. In many hospitals, bacteria are increasingly becoming difficult
to treat. We discuss what you can do to protect yourself and your children.
Part 2 describes how food production is giving rise to antibiotic resistance,
and the necessary solutions. We visit farms to show how meat can be
produced without antibiotics.
- Alarming increase in the number of children suffering from antibiotic
Many children easily catch ear infections. The treatment used to be
simple: just a visit to the doctor and a prescription for antibiotics.
But this is no longer always the case. The long and difficult suffering
as a result of antibiotic resistant bacteria has become increasingly
Our report describes the real experience of a patient with a serious
infection. With computer graphics, we also explain exactly how resistant
bacteria appear and develop.
- Community acquired infections, happening outside of hospitals, are
increasingly a life-threatening problem
Antibiotic resistant bacteria started as a problem inside hospitals.
Recently there is evidence about so-called community acquired infections,
where children and others are infected outside hospitals as well.
We describe the American case of 4 children who were infected and
died from community acquired MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
A). This is also beginning to happen at nursery schools in Japan,
according to a recent scientific study.
- How can you protect yourself from antibiotic resistant bacteria?
So, how is it possible to protect yourself and your family from being
exposed to antibiotic resistant bacteria? We have interviewed Dr.
Terasawa Masahiko, whose advice is to stop the overuse of antibiotics.
Rather, many infections should simply be left without prescribing
antibiotics, as the children will quickly recover by themselves.
- Food production is giving rise to antibiotic resistant bacteria
People are actually dying from antibiotic resistant bacteria emerging
from food production. In reality, much more antibiotics is used for
animals than for humans. This means food production is a huge "culture
factory" to produce bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
We were able to bring a video camera to several farms, to show how
antibiotics are actually used. In addition, we interviewed veterinarian
Kogure Kazuo, who describes the problems of abuse of antibiotics on
- How Sweden was able to prohibit the abuse of antibiotics
In Sweden, antibiotics as growth promoters for farm animals have been
prohibited since 1985. Sweden has also managed to achieve a remarkable
decline in the level resistance among bacteria. How was this possible?
We went to Sweden to find out more about the secret of the Swedish
In Swedish hog farms, there is always plenty of straw in each box
- Introducing the Japanese pioneers
We introduce the pioneers in Japan, who are able to raise animals
successfully without using antibiotics at all. We propose ways for
increasing the number of such farmers, and what consumers can do to
support their efforts.
The documentary about antibiotic resistant bacteria, that 20 000 people
die from every year in Japan, will be released on Jan. 20, 2005.
In September, 2004 the Food Safety Commission of the Japanese government
has released a guideline for resistant bacteria, and is gradually moving
towards making a regulation. Let's hope that this video can create opinion
about the issue, in order to get a really strict regulation!
Video/DVD order information
Title: Danger! Antibiotic Resistance - Untreatable Bacterial
Infections - Why Antibiotics No Longer Work
Producer: Japan Offspring Fund
Release date: January 20, 2005 (Japanese version)
Cost: 18,000 yen (For orders inside Japan. Price includes tax and shipping)
Fax order: 03-5276-0259