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The Dangers of Antibiotics

When Medicine Gets Deadly
Even if the really serious side effects are isolated to small parts of the population, antibiotics’ increasing ineffectiveness is a problem that impacts all of us. Antibiotics work by flushing out all bacteria–including the good kind that keeps us healthy, which is another big problem–out of our systems to get rid of the infection. But when they don’t eradicate all of the bad kind, it results in hyper-resistant bacteria that require a stronger form of antibiotics. These superbugs leave scientists scrambling to create new and more potent treatments, but the overuse of antibiotics leaves them with very little to work with anymore. Now there are a multitude of bacterial strains that no existing antibiotic can treat. It’s such a widespread problem that Dr. Perry Hookman, a gastroenterologist who teaches at the University of Miami, called it a “global threat” in an interview with The New York Times.

Clostridium difficile, or C. difficile, is an example of this issue. The rates of C. difficile, once confined mostly to hospitals and other health care facilities, have risen drastically this decade, and the strain’s deadlier than ever. It’s actually brought on in part by antibiotic use–the drugs kill off the beneficial bacteria in our guts, making way for C. difficile to take root. Even after treatment–which is another round of antibiotics–some patients continue showing symptoms. An estimated 20 percent of affected people will get sick all over again later.

The Global Implications
The indiscriminate use of antibiotics extends beyond humans–they’re even used to treat and prevent diseases in animals. So even if we use antibiotics wisely, there’s a chance we’ll still be overexposed if we consume animal products. The best course of action is education. People need to learn not only about what antibiotics can and can’t do, but about alternative treatments as well. If we keep abusing antibiotics, eventually we’ll be out of solutions for all bacterial infections, and then a cold or a sore throat will be the least of our worries.

This doesn’t mean that antibiotics don’t have their place in medicine; in some cases, their improvement to our well-being has been immeasurable. But in order to keep it that way, we need to understand and respect their limits. As the old saying goes, everything in moderation–even when it’s something as helpful as medicine.

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6:50PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

if you look at the has Anti and biotic..which means..anti would you take pills that say anti life?? noo thanks..i do fine without them i use natural antibiotics that dont destroy good bacteria and its natural not synthetic.face it our bodies do not know what to do with synthetic natural.i will not put crap in my body.

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8:53PM PDT on Apr 14, 2010

Didn't know they killed the good bacteria along with the bad! thanks for educating me! :o)

6:39AM PDT on Apr 12, 2010

Antibiotics (note the anti in front) deplete the body's immune system making it extremely hard to fight any infection after use. They do certainly kill the good along with the bad. They should only be taken if and when absolutely necessary and followed with probiotics.

2:59PM PDT on Apr 7, 2010


4:35PM PDT on Mar 24, 2010

yes, i agree, oregano oil, GSE, garlic, etc, are much better. Also it is very important to take probiotics after. My favorite brand is "Rainbow light" and store, u can use discount code MEK779

11:04AM PST on Feb 12, 2010

I think the natural way is better,thats why God put the plants on earth for us to use .I believe synthetic antibiotics cause lots of problems to the immune system .

1:13PM PST on Feb 11, 2010

grt post ty

7:32PM PST on Feb 4, 2010

I like vitamin c and garlic...lots of tea also

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