DiscoverThe Jordan Harbinger Show222: Matt McCarthy | The Race to Stop a Superbug Epidemic
222: Matt McCarthy | The Race to Stop a Superbug Epidemic

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

Update: 2019-07-096


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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Comments (7)

Sarah M

One thing Matt McCarthy didnt mention and a lot of people dont know is that we may have been vaccinated when we were kids but we should be getting boosters every 10 years.

Jul 23rd
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Rasa Fournier

Jordan, I LOVE your podcast. Superstar lineup of speakers. @drmattmccarthy stands out -- fascinating topic -- and handsome voice. But here's the thing ... he was talking about transferring poop with healthy flora to the gut of people with compromised flora. You too quickly laughed off the possibility that it would be administered orally. Funny that Dr Matt just laughed rather than clarifying. This procedure is already in fact being used and is absolutely taken orally. I have a family member with IBS who said it really messed with his mind, ingesting these poop pills. No joke. Blech!!!

Jul 18th
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222: Matt McCarthy | The Race to Stop a Superbug Epidemic

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

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