Saturday, March 3, 2012

Harmful Effects of Antibiotics

Antibiotics are, just as the name indicates, against (anti) life (bios).  They may help to attack bad bacteria, but they also destroy our good bacteria that keep our immune system running strong.  The potential harm of long term antibiotic use is as follows:

  • Repeated antibiotic treatments disturb the highly sensitive inner ecology in the human organism and encourage diseases, which can eventually lead up multiple sclerosis, diabetes, or cancer.
  • The ecosystem of the intestinal flora is massively damaged, especially when broad-spectrum antibiotics are used.  They destroy the beneficial bacteria that usually dominate in healthy intestines, thus making way for dangerous bacteria that also live in the intestines but were kept in check by the beneficial bacteria — Colitis, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, and other intestinal illness often result
  • Superinfections may occur — meaning most of the one-celled microorganisms are eliminated, opening range for more aggressive bacteria.
  • In the last fifty years, since antibiotics & vaccinations were first introduced, there has been a dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases and allergies — Could there be a connection?
  • Many antibiotics such as penicillin are based on toxins, which the fungi excrete to defend themselves against bacteria.  Thus, antibiotics create an environment in the body that favors fungal growth and encourages fungal infections such as Candida…this works in the favor of Lyme.
  • After antibiotic treatment one becomes more vulnerable to other infections because of the floral vacancy, which can be occupied by other germs.
With that said, it is highly important to follow every dose of antibiotics with a probiotic in order to restore the good bacteria that our immune system desperately needs in order to function properly and remain strong.

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