Support Research Into Antibiotics Treatment for Malnourishment

Target: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

Goal: Convince the United States Department of Health and Human Services to further explore the research studies indicating that increased use of antibiotics in malnourishment cases can save thousands of lives.

A recent study has indicated that malnourishment is best fought with a combination of nutritional treatment and antibiotics, revealing that simply feeding malnourishment patients more food will not necessarily cure their condition. This revolutionary antibiotic treatment has, according to the study, the potential to save thousands of lives annually that are lost to malnourishment. The United States government should support additional research into this treatment.

The study’s results revealed that an average of two or three lives could be saved with every 100 cases that use antibiotics (one of either amoxicillin or cefdinir) as a cure along with the typical nutrition treatment. Given the number of malnourishment cases in the world today, that adds up to tens of thousands of lives.

Doctors in the study discovered that, when treated with just the typical nutrition diet associated with malnourishment treatment, a surprising number of cases still resulted in death. This got researchers discovering potential risk factors that others might have missed. This led to the revealing of infection and other lacking-nutrient-related diseases as much more dangerous than had previously been thought. The doctors involved with the study then began experimenting with antibiotic treatment, and found the effects to be substantial.

As with many studies such as this, the researchers involved believed that the treatment should be put into effect immediately. It is quite possible that doing so would end up saving many, many lives. But at the very least, this cure must be thoroughly researched, practiced, and financially backed so that it has a chance to prove itself. Large health companies need to do their part to help this possible cure become a real cure. Thousands of lives could be saved in the process. Urge the United States Department of Health and Human Services to back the findings of this study.


Dear Secretary Sebelius,

Revolutionary discoveries have been made in the fight against malnourishment. It may finally be possible to cure the disease that takes over a million lives on an annual basis. Your organization needs to back the study responsible for coming up with this information and see if a true cure can be found.

Scientists from Washington University in St. Louis came up with the information that antibiotics should be used in conjunction with nutrition treatment to help fully cure all of the effects of malnutrition, and help bring the body back to a healthy state. The study even stated that the antibiotics were cheap; it is the kind of treatment plan that should be available and accessible to everyone who suffers from the disease.

Your organization needs to help make this treatment plan a reality, though. Back the scientists who wish to pursue this cure and help them realize their goal of saving thousands of people. Do whatever you can to back the Washington University scientists; the world is counting on you.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Malnourishment is an unfortunately widespread disease that has only recently begun to be understood as one of the world’s deadliest. We should be doing all we can to better understand it and its effects…and its potential cures.

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