Author to discuss new works July 3
Whenever we become sick or even feel a little bit under the
weather, our first instinct is to trudge on to the doctor’s office for a heaping dose of
antibiotics, which we hope will cure what ails us.
This pharmaceutical quick fix, however, can come with a heftier price tag than the generic big box store sells at its counters, as senior health writer Brian Krans reports in his new eight-part investigative series.
Krans will present his findings, as well as talk about his new novel – “Assault Rifles and Pedophiles” — at 9 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Espresso News, located at 267 Howard St. in downtown Boone.
Krans embarked on the series more than two years ago, when his staff at healthline.com was tasked with the challenge of presenting its web viewers insightful information that went past simple diagnoses.
“We also offer symptom searches with results that don’t come back as just stomach cancer or say that you’re pregnant if you type in ‘stomach pain,’” Krans said. “It’s not necessarily journalism, but serves the same purpose: People need answers, and we give it to them.”
While researching the subject, Krans found a wealth of information that can be a “real downer.”
“The big issue and where it gets really muddy is how antibiotics are used in livestock,” Krans said.
On one side of the spectrum are health advocates who report that 80 percent of the antibiotics used in this country make their away into livestock, while naysayers — such as agriculture lobbyists — play down the issue and spend millions trying to prevent legislation limiting the use of these medication into our food source, Krans said.
“One of the women who is fighting the hardest is 84-years-old and has been in Congress since I was in kindergarten,” Krans said. “Oddly enough, her last name is Slaughter, but she has tried to get (passed) the limited use of antibiotics in animals since 2007.”
A former print journalist from the Midwest, Krans has covered a variety of beats, including faulty football recruitment practices at the college level, as well as the more traditional cops and courts beat.