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The Problem with Antibiotics

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Relatively recently in the news it has been report that the world is on the cusp of a “post antibiotic era”.  This statement was made by scientists after they found certain strains of bacteria that are COMPLETELY resistant to antibiotics.

It’s now expected that these strain of resistant bacteria will spread around the world and increase the number of untreatable infections (not a jolly thought right?!).

The discovery and use of antibiotics has played a major role in helping to massively reduce death and illness from infections over the past years, but we have now reached a stage where they are just being used too much.  At the slightest sign of a running nose or a sore throat, people are being prescribed antibiotics when some rest, sleep, and a much better diet is what they really need.

Why’s that a Problem?

Well not only do antibiotics kill of the bad bacteria in your gut but also all of the good (which is something you don’t want to be doing).  In fact, our good bacteria can virtually be completed eliminated by a single course of antibiotics and even years later our gut bacteria can still be affected.

This is why I’m hesitant to use antibiotics unless it’s really necessary (which it can sometimes be), and almost always recommend that someone supplements for a short

across the western world (and the ever increasing rates of Inflammatory Bowel Disease) are the overuse of antibiotics, especially from a very early age.

It’s this overuse that has likely encouraged the growth of the antibiotic resistant bacteria which the world is now facing.

So what can be done? The truth is, I don’t think anyone is quite sure.

But I do know that an important factor in making sure that YOU stay as healthy as possible is to only use antibiotics when they are REALLY needed, and if your doctor tries to give you them ask them if that is REALLY the only option (quite often they are prescribing them because they believe that’s what the patient wants. Most people are happier walking away with an antibiotics prescription than simple advice to rest up, eat well, get some sleep and “in a few days it’ll pass” prescription).

Optimising the health of your gut bacteria is so important and simply minimising the use of antibiotics isn’t the only way to do that. 

Other Factors that Play a Part In Gut Health

Diet
Consuming foods you are intolerant or sensitive towards
Contraception
Stress
Toxin exposure
Exercise
If you were breast fed
If you were born naturally or via C section
Our levels of cleanliness
Using appropriate supplementation, including probiotics

Obviously many of those factors are still within our control and are many of the factors I work on with my private 1:1 clients who I help to beat the symptoms of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis.

Many thanks to our guest blogger Greg Williams. Please send in any questions you may have for him

More about Greg Williams

Greg WilliamsGreg is a leading IBD natural health specialist and digestive health expert. In particular, he works with sufferers of Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis who need the right advice, support and guidance to be able to live life on their own terms, dramatically increase their energy levels, reduce their pain and feel amazing again.

If you would like a free consultation with Greg to discuss how you can start turning your health around when living with IBD, then visit him on line at his website.

Probiotics Antibiotics Good or Bad

Probiotics Antibiotics: Good and Bad?
Probiotics Antibiotics Good or Bad

Morgan Chilson in a recent article on newsmax.com, says that one in three people who take antibiotics get diarrhea. The good news! Research has found that probiotics help reduce the risk of suffering from that particular unpleasant side effect.

She goes on to say that one of the most well-researched aspects of probiotics is the effect it has on the gut, and specifically diarrhea symptoms. In 2012 there were numerous studies on antibiotics and probiotics, and researchers determined that people who took probiotics at the same time they took antibiotics were 42% less likely to have diarrhea as a side effect, says WebMD.

WebMD says that by affecting good bacteria, as well as bad, antibiotics can disrupt the delicate microbial balance in the intestines, but the live microorganisms marketed as probiotics can help restore this balance to reduce diarrhea risk.

Gastrointestinal disease researcher Eamonn Quigley, MD, of Ireland’s University College Cork told WebMD that there is a lot of good news because there is a lot of extremely high-quality research going on now.

“Up until now, most of the noise about probiotics has been generated by marketing, but it may soon be generated by the science.”

U.S. News & World Report points out that antibiotic associated diarrhea can even allow a disease-causing strain of bacteria, Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, to proliferate in the gut.

C.diff infections can be very dangerous to some people, particularly people with immune problems. The reports says “some experts hypothesize that even in cases where antibiotics do not cause noticeable GI symptoms, the ecological changes they precipitate in the gut can have adverse effects on longer-term health.”

Research that comes out of Japan shows Dr Ohhira’s Professional Probiotics is effective in counteracting the effects of c difficile.

World Report writer, Tamera Duker Freuman, says that certain probiotic strains have been shown to be more effective in treating antibiotic-associated diarrhea, mainly Saccharomyces boulardii and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. She says to keep in mind that eating more yogurt or other foods that contain probiotics don’t make the dosage high enough to help fight off AAD.

FYI – Both these strains are contained in Primal Defense Ultra from Garden of Life.

Dr Joel Fuhrman recommends G-Bombs
Dr Joel Fuhrman M.D.

Dr Joel Fuhrman M.D. interview by Dr Oz was rerun on TV recently. He, too, has great concern about the negative, long term effects of using antibiotics.

Dr. Fuhrman is the Research Director of the Nutritional Research Foundation and a member of the Dr. Oz Show Medical Advisory Board. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1988) and has he has also received the St. Joseph’s Family Practice Resident’s Teaching Award becasue of his contribution to making sure their residents are educated.

He takes a very serious preventive medicine approach. He has come up with an acronym, “G-BOMBS”, that you can use to remember the most nutrient-dense, health-promoting foods. He suggests that you ought to eat these every day, and that they ought to make up a large proportion of your diet. He says that these foods are extremely effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity.

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most serious health threats today. Infections from resistant bacteria are getting more and more common. Some pathogens have even become resistant to multiple types or classes of antibiotics that are used to treat bacterial infections.

The loss of effective antibiotics makes it very difficult to fight infectious diseases and manage the possible complications in infectious which is common in vulnerable patients who may be undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, dialysis for renal failure, and surgery.

Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses like colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections. Instead, symptom relief might be the best treatment option for viral infections.

Bottom Line …… use antibiotics when antibiotics are needed, that is to fight bacterial infections when absolutely necessary.

When you use antibiotics appropriately, you do the best to encourage your body to heal. However, taking antibiotics for viral infections, like colds and flu, including most sore throats, bronchitis, and also a variey of ear infections will not help get rid of the infection.