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Digital Subscriptions > Vegan Food & Living Magazine > Get set for Christmas - Nov 2019 > Antibiotic resistance – a ticking time bomb!

Antibiotic resistance – a ticking time bomb!

Viva!’s Dr Justine Butler reports on a health issue that’s threatening all our lives

Antibiotic resistance could leave us vulnerable to dying from even the most minor of infections

In 1945, Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin, warned of the danger of over-reliance on antibiotics and the threat of bacteria developing resistance. Now, 74 years later, his fears have been realised as we enter a post-antibiotic age.

Antibiotics have been helping us fight infection since the 1940s. Before they were developed, even a small scratch could be fatal. Giving birth and having surgery were a lot riskier and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as syphilis and gonorrhoea, caused untold misery and could be a death sentence.

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It's never too early to start planning for Christmas if you want the day to go as smoothly as possible, so this issue we've got a whole range of recipes for main courses, sweet treats and even edible gifts to get you started. Trying to stick to a budget this festive period? We've also got 9 tips for hosting a great Christmas without having to spend lots. Also this issue, we share some delicious 30-minute meals, cook up ideas for a delicious Boxing Day brunch and take a lesson from Italian nonnas in how to cook up the best pasta dishes. Plus we've got the final part in our Women on the Frontline of Animal Advocacy series, explore how environmentally sustainable your vegan diet is and reveal how to deal with difficult situations and conversations with non-vegans this Christmas.