Antibiotics! What You Need to Know – Not All of it is Good News!

“It is ironic that this humbled fungus, hailed as a benefactor of mankind, may by its very success prove to be a deciding factor in the decline of the present civilization.”

~Dr. John I. Pitt, The Genus Penicillum, Academic Press, 1979

Antibiotics are nondiscriminatory killers of bacteria. Not only do they kill “bad” bacteria but the beneficial bacteria that live in the intestines as well. This imbalance of organisms can cause a disruption of digestion, decreasing our ability to properly absorb nutrients from foods, and makes us more vulnerable to pathogens, especially yeast.

These unfriendly organisms rapidly repopulate the gastrointestinal tract and wreak havoc, causing additional infections that can occur in almost any region or organ of the body. More details please

Our good bacteria accounts for up to 75% of our immune system and is our first line of defense against illness. Think of it as our home land security. Each time we take an antibiotic we are “taking out” a good portion of this security and leaving ourselves open to further assaults. Doing this over and over results is declining health.

Antibiotics given for viral infections such as the common cold, upper respiratory tract infections and bronchitis are pointless because antibiotics do not kill viral infections. However, doctors may resort to giving antibiotics so the patient won’t leave empty handed or because the patient is adamant that this is what is needed. Either way, this is a prescription for disaster.

Antibiotic resistance is becoming a major concern and is increasing worldwide. According to the government, the US accounts for an estimated 133 million antibiotic prescriptions per year. A full ½ of these prescriptions are not needed according to current estimates. Many of these are given to fight viral infections.

Although their use in humans is the biggest contributor of antibiotic resistance, it has been reported that 70% of the antibiotics produced in the USA each year are fed to our livestock (pigs, chickens, and cattle). This information is cause for further concern.

Is the excessive use of antibiotics connected to escalating rates of illness (esp. autoimmune diseases) in the US and throughout the world? There are some experts that think there is indeed a connection.

It is up to us, the patient, and consumer to curtail our use of antibiotics and to become informed about what is or is not effective in maintaining or regaining our health.

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