Antibiotics: One of the most prescribed drugs in the modern world! The evidence that proves how harmful this practice is has been available for a while now. Taking a routine course of antibiotics and moreover pouring them into our food has led to some serious and dangerous side effects, greatly affecting human health and immunity and creating highly resistant bacteria in the process. There are instances when antibiotics can save lives, so they have their place. But switching from specific, well-determined and occasional use to a broad use and even worse, to using antibiotics as a preventive measure in humans and animals, is totally insane. Following are the evidences:
Antibiotics as Prescription Drugs
People became so uncomfortable these days whenever they have a sniffle or infection. They all want it to go away, right away, at any cost! Immediate relief for a life of damaged health.
But common infection doesn’t equal antibiotics! Our body simply doesn’t work like that.
The whole length of our digestive tract is coated with a bacterial layer providing a natural barrier against invaders, undigested food, toxins and parasites. If this “coating” (mucosal barrier) gets damaged, well….you get the picture! These beneficial bacteria protecting the gut wall also work against invasive pathogenic micro-organisms by producing antibiotic-like substances, anti-fungal volatiles, anti-viral substances. They engage the immune system to respond appropriately to invaders. Our healthy indigenous flora has a good ability to neutralise toxic substances from our food and environment, inactivate histamine and chelate heavy metals and other poisons. Again, this is all possible if the “barrier” is intact…Without a well functioning gut flora, the gut wall not only becomes unprotected, but also malnourished.
The variety of functions and the essential role of an intact mucosal barrier, a healthy gut flora, make this the root of our health. We simply cannot thrive without a healthy digestive system.
A vast majority of people have a damaged gut flora and a major culprit to this is: Antibiotics!
Following is the summary of the most common disastrous health effects which directly involve antibiotics:
• Destroy beneficial bacteria in the human body, not only in the gut but in other organs and tissues
• They change bacteria, viruses and fungi from benign to pathogenic, giving them an ability to invade tissues and cause disease
• They make bacteria resistant to antibiotics, so the industry has to work on more and more powerful new antibiotics to attack these new changed bacteria. A good example is tuberculosis, where wide use of antibiotics has created new varieties of the Mycobacterium Tuberculosis resistant to all existing antibiotics
• They have a direct damaging effect on the immune system, making us more vulnerable to infections, which leads to a vicious cycle of more antibiotics and more infections
• Since babies are born with a sterile gut flora, the mother esentially “downloads” her gut health / flora into the baby through breastfeeding. No wonder why digestive problems are usually shown to get worse with each generation, considering the mother’s poor gut health and bottle feeding.
Penicillins and other antibiotics with “-cillin” at the end of their name have a damaging effect on tow major groups of our resident bacteria: Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. This group of antibiotics allow bacteria normally found only in the bowel to travel to the intestines, which predisposes the person to development of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and other digestive disorders.
Tetracyclines and other “-cyclines” have a particular toxic effect on the gut wall by altering protein structure in the mucous membranes, making it vulnerable to invasion by pathogenic microbes and alerting the immune system to attack the changed proteins, starting an auto-immune reaction in the body against its own gut. They also stimulate the growth of pathogenic Candida, Staphylococci and Clostridia.
Aminoglycosides (Gentamycin, Kanamycin, Erythromicin) have a devastating effect on beneficial bacteria such as physiological E.coli and Enterococci. A prolonged course of treatment with these type of antibiotics can completely eliminate such beneficial bacteria from the digestive system, leaving it open to invasion by pathogenic species of E.coli and other microbes.
Antibiotics in Food
The problem of antibiotics overuse actually grew to proportions because it comes not only from prescription drugs, but from conventional food everywhere as well! This way, we are exposed indirectly to antibiotics since we are born and their negative effects are real.
Farm animals and poultry are routinely given antibiotics, so all the products made out of these (meat, milk, eggs) will also provide us with a constant supply of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant bacteria, developed by the animals in their bodies, together with the toxins these bacteria produce.
Many large producers of meat and poultry feed antibiotics to their healthy food animals simply to offset the effects of overcrowding and poor sanitation, as well as to promote faster growth.
Farmed fish and shellfish have antibiotics added, as well as a lot of fruits, vegetables and grains, legumes and nuts, which are sprayed with antibiotics to control disease.
Modern times brought along the common belief that everything has to be disinfected and sterilized. But it’s been proven by numerous studies that constant use of conventional sanitizers and antibacterial soaps is also killing the beneficial bacteria existent on our hands, that is meant to actually protect ourselves from disease. In other words, resistant bacteria “superbugs” will develop, and a former common cold will morph into a much more virulent and harder to treat infection.
How can you actively participate in the change of these serious events?
Stop taking antibiotics with the first infection, rely on Natural, effective, safe and powerful antibiotics with no side effects. My favorites are raw propolis, grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil, echinacea, Manuka honey.When you really need to take a course of antibiotics, always follow with a course of probiotics, to counteract the negative effects and maintain a healthy gut flora.
• Buy and eat only Organic meat, eggs and dairy or at least which hasn’t had antibiotics added (you can find this on many product labels now)
• Stay clean using natural, green cleaners for your body and house, and avoid anti-bacterial soaps, as well as harsh, toxic chemicals.
• Live a healthy life, eat whole food and take responsibility of your own precious health, so you don’t end up in hospitals and long-term care facilities, which are the most exposed to never ending disease.