Anti-biotic Anti-Life

In this article, we review what antibiotics are, how they work, some potential side effects and also discuss antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotics, also known as anti-bacterials, are medications that destroy or slow down the growth of bacteria. They include a range of powerful drugs and are used to treat diseases caused by bacteria.

Infections caused by viruses, such as colds, flu, most coughs, and sore throats CANNOT be treated with antibiotics.

  • Alexander Fleming discovered the first natural antibiotic, Penicillin, in 1928
  • Antibiotics do not work against viruses
  • Antibiotics cannot clear up a superbug infection
  • Antibiotics either kill bacteria or slow their growth

The "Side" Effects

We have known for some time that one of the unwanted effects of taking antibiotics is the disruption of friendly microbes in the gut. Now a new study that takes a closer look suggests the consequences of long-term antibiotic use could be even far more reaching than we thought:

These drugs may be causing serious long-term consequences of which we are only now becoming fully aware.

Antibiotics destroy the cells in the lining of the gut. Scientists are beginning to discover that antibiotic use, and specifically overuse, is associated with a range of problems that negatively affect, among other things:

Glucose metabolism
The immune system
Food digestion and behavior
Stress and anxiety

These consequences not only affect our individual health, but may even be causing permanent changes to the microflora of people from generation to generation. Changes in our microbiota may even be promoting the transmission of deadly organisms, as one of the important roles of an intact microflora is to resist colonization by pathogenic organisms.

Research also indicates that an infant born by Caesarean delivery has a significant change in gut flora, which then results in the administration of antibiotics to the mother. One study demonstrated significant changes in the primary intestinal flora of infants born through Caesarean delivery, lasting many months if not a life-time if not corrected.

We now know that the individual use of antibiotics causes permanent changes in the gut flora.

This is a serious concern because the lack of diversity in friendly gut bacteria has been shown to contribute to a large number of diseases and complications. Unfortunately, even a single course of antibiotics can permanently alter the gut flora, and lead to complications such as severe diarrhoea and colitis, and the various metabolic consequences of reduced concentrations of fecal flora, suggesting that disturbance of the normal intestinal flora following antibiotic use may be responsible for the overgrowth of dangerous pathogens, fungi and opportunistic bacteria.

Is the Price too High?

Though antibiotics may be necessary in certain situations (rotting infections are well treated with such medicine as antibiotic), it is important to weigh the benefits of using antibiotics repeatedly with the risks that may come from the permanent alteration of the gut flora, the effect thereof on the immune system and the effect on our mitochondria (“energy generator” inside the cell). 
If antibiotics must be used (and there are certainly situations where this may be necessary), special care should be taken to restore gut flora using probiotic foods with ongoing correction in the form of naturally fermented foods. It is also beneficial to eat a diet that supports healthy gut microbiota with plenty of fermentable fibers. 

There are natural antibiotic options that can also be consumed to support the body naturally through its rebalancing process.

Recovery from our health challenges often simply requires a life style review to identify some sources of the recurring infections… get a quick start through our simple 5 Track Plan.

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