9 reasons to avoid antibiotics for life

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antibiotic-pills(NaturalHealth365) Heralded as wonder drugs, beginning with the discovery of penicillin in 1928, antibiotics continue to play a major role in conventional medicine. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, at least 150 million antibiotic prescriptions are written in the United States, every year, many of them for infants and children. Other studies suggest that figure to be well over 200 million dosages!

Despite their ‘cure-all’ reputation, there is a darker side to antibiotic use that has slowly begun to reveal itself in recent years. In addition to problems associated with antibiotic resistance, an alarming number of antibiotics are being traced to severe side effects, even premature death.

The dangerous side effects of antibiotics exposed

While antibiotics are associated with several serious health problems, physicians continue to prescribe them at what some concerned experts have described as “alarming rates.” It is estimated that pediatricians prescribe over $500 million worth of antibiotics annually to treat ear infections alone. Can you believe it?!

Here are nine reasons to avoid antibiotic use:

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. Those who had reported taken six or more prescriptions showed a 37 percent greater risk of developing cancer. A National Cancer Institute study published in the Journal of American Medical Association showed similar results.

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. In addition to allergic reactions to the drugs themselves, most antibiotics contain impurities, such as color agents, that can cause allergic reactions.

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. However, high doses of vitamin C can act as an antioxidant in combatting infection.

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, resulting in conditions such as diarrhea or yeast infection. Chronic forms of muco-cutaneous yeast infection can prove serious, even fatal.

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. Antibiotics work by blocking certain enzymatic processes of bacteria, as well as by altering mineral balances. However, normal cells are also affected by this activity, which may contribute to the weakened immune response seen in patients receiving antibiotics.

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 and a weakened body chemistry.

The problems brought about by antibiotic resistance and other threats posed by antibiotic use underscore the importance of relying on antibiotic alternatives to combat infection and illness. Perhaps the strongest weapon for curing many drug-resistant illnesses naturally is high vitamin C dosage therapy, a powerful antioxidant.

Editor’s note: To learn more about the best ways to use vitamin C – take a look at the “multi-protocol.”


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  • Wendy Allen

    Antibiotics may hurt the gut lining/ hurt mitochondria and lower the immune system. It maybe a vicious cycle of not healing. Mitochondria hurt may require a higher dose of thyroid medicine or oxygen burning is low and then cancer may start. Some antibiotics may have F which can block thyroid and hurt a person greatly. Minocycline goes into the brain and may cause dizziness/strange cognitive errors and mitochondria to be hurt fast. Antibiotcs may wipe out the good bacteria in the large intestesins may take a long time to get it properly restored. Yeast may grow after an antibiotic. Far Infrared Sauna may kill bacteria/Lyme/coinfections/yeast/detox chemicals/heavy metals/endotoxins.

    Think of all the kids/adults who took antibiotics, but never got more thyroid help. Low oxygen burning in mitochondria that are hurt may cause depression/anxiety/no sleep/panic/obsessing/suicidal thoughts/cancer/low energy/sadness and much more. Mitochondria are inherited and may not be working better before antibiotics and then get hurt more.

    One theory said mitochondria are like ancient bacteria in evolution so that is why they get hurt by antibiotics.

  • Nurse Lori

    I have been in the medical profession many years and have seen the doctors hand out antibiotics as if they were candy. What they like to do is cover all possibilities. This means if it is a virus they usually don’t wait to find out.

    I have seen antibiotics be ineffective for bacteria infections. This means the patient will be put on a few different ones over time. Though the years I have seen plenty of side effects from these prescriptions.

    Most of the public and probably many doctor’s aren’t aware of the long term consequences of there use. I didn’t know all this information until I read this article.

  • Shari Gardner

    My husband and I went to have a cleaning at a dental office and the hygienist gave my husband 4 antibiotic pills. She thought he had a condition that needed it.

    I as a lay person without a medical background knew that he didn’t. I had a fit at the office and the dentist said | was right. Guess what they sent a bill for the antibiotics and the next time we came in for a cleaning she offered them again.

    Time to find a new dentist and according to the holistic dental summit a holistic one.

  • Jason Karp

    I think that they give out antibiotics to protect themselves. This way they can say they did everything to treat the patient. If the patient has an bad reaction they are still protected. This makes the doctor free from liability. Who is going to protect the patient?

  • Kelly G

    We will never know all the harm antibiotics do. All these above conditions will not be attributed to their use. The only thing they say is have some yogurt to offset the one side effect they tell you may occur.

    The medical profession is clueless or cover-up what it can cause. It is one of the most dangerous prescriptions for all the reasons mentioned in this article.

  • Paula

    I have been on antibiotics on and off since childhood. It has caused me many problems over the years. At the same time I was given them for conditions I didn’t have. Now, they are not even recommended for the conditions that they thought I had.

    What out for the medical profession they can ruin your health.

  • Vivian P

    The doctors use antibiotic for just about anything. We are getting it also from our food supply. I use grass fed beef and raw dairy. If I can’t always get raw cheese I use goat or sheep cheese. I thing the chances of getting a hormone or antibiotic overload are not as great.

  • Nicky Holms

    There is evidence that there is a link between maternal antibiotic use during pregnancy or early childhood use and an increased risk of developing asthma. This is reported in the medical journals and can be found online.

  • Harvy Spencer

    Antibiotics were once only for a very few conditions, Now, it is used for just about everything. Time to say no antibiotics along with no GMOs. That would shut down some very greedy industries.