Once hailed as the defining miracle of modern medicine, in recent years, the darker side of antibiotics has begun to be revealed. Here are 9 reasons to avoid these potentially dangerous drugs.
While antibiotics have served a purpose in our past by quashing deadly primitive diseases, in most first-world countries, better hygiene and sanitation practices have all but eliminated many of these diseases. This doesn’t mean antibiotic use has declined though; unfortunately, the use of antibiotics in general has skyrocketed as the animal agriculture industry got on the antibiotic bandwagon, and we’re now popping these pills like they’re candy. In fact, today in America, the human usage of antibiotics alone is estimated to be over 200 million doses every year.
While there certainly are valid uses for antibiotics, in general, they are highly over-prescribed – and they may be taking a toll on our health. In addition to antibiotic resistance, an alarming number of antibiotics are now being traced to severe side effects (including an impaired immune system and poor gut health), and in some cases even death.
Here’s why you should consider limiting your use of these potentially harmful drugs:
1. Antibiotics treat symptoms, not causes. When antibiotics are administered to ward off bacterial infection, the body’s natural defense mechanisms like fever are intercepted. This prevents things like fever from their natural process of removing toxins from the body. This can impair long-term health.
2. Antibiotic use has been linked to cancer. The International Journal of Cancer has reported on a study of 3 million people tracked for six years. Those who had reported taking antibiotics between two and five times in the two years preceding the study were 27 percent more likely to develop cancer during the course of the study than those who had taken no antibiotics….
3. Deadly allergic reactions. Fatal reactions to antibiotics like penicillin are not unheard of, while other allergic reactions to entire groups of antibiotics are shockingly common, many of them leading to symptoms that can become life-threatening….
4. Development of antibiotic-resistant “super bugs.” Since coming to light in a 1992 article in Science Magazine, the development of drug-resistant bacterial infections, from staph to pneumonia, can be traced to increased use of antibiotics. These new “super bugs” can be extremely difficult to treat….
5. Overpopulation of candida albicans. This common yeast typically exists peacefully in the gut and other parts of the body. But when antibiotics interfere with other intestinal flora normally keeping this yeast in check, it can become overgrown…
6. Chronic fatigue syndrome. This newly recognized disorder comes about as a result of weakened immunity and chronic viral illness. Repeated antibiotic use is a major risk factor for this condition.
7. Disruption of intestinal bacteria. The human intestine has a delicate community of helpful microbes, involved in everything from digestion to immunity. Antimicrobials, particularly broad-spectrum antibiotics, can have a destructive impact on the normal ecology of the gut, leaving the body open to infection, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, inflammation of the gut, malabsorption and food allergies.
8. Weakening of the immune system. Research has shown that patients treated with antibiotics have an increased rate of repeat infections….
9. Nutrient loss and mineral deficiency. Antibiotics, through diarrhea, can cause a loss of essential minerals. Devastation of intestinal bacteria can also reduce the synthesis of certain vitamins in the intestines. The result can be a contributing factor to poor nutrition…
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