by Paul Fassa
Since the 1940’s, antibiotics have become the standard treatment for bacterial infections. Most believe that pharmaceutical antibiotics are a miracle or “silver bullet” for infectious diseases and that antibiotics cured most of the major life threatening, infectious diseases plaguing humanity.
Instead, our short sighted disease fighting medical system, ruled by the pharmaceutical industry’s disregard for true health of restoring the body’s ability to heal, had added another dangerous source of revenue for Big Pharma’s insatiable avarice.
Instead of training doctors to thoroughly understand nutrition, herbs, and encourage better lifestyle choices to boost immunity, doctors get hooked on drugs during medical school and become pill pushers. And one of the easiest groups of pills doctors push are antibiotics.
Never mind the platitudinous comments of how antibiotics have saved millions of lives and how the USA Center for Disease Control (CDC) claims antibiotics are one of 20th Century’s greatest achievements. Their other acknowledged great medical achievement of the 20th Century is vaccines. Does that comfort you? Hopefully not.
According to Thomas McKeown, MD, author of the Role of Medicine, “Deaths from common infections were declining long before effective medical intervention was possible.”
The ability to survive infectious disease was similar to the reduction of infectious disease before the introduction of specific vaccines for them, better living conditions and sanitation. Now doctors are even prescribing antibiotics for viral infections (just in case?). Antibiotics are for bacterial infections.
Here are four reasons to avoid, or at least minimize damage with strong probiotic use, synthetic pharmaceutical antibiotics:
(1) Mutant Bacteria
Of course the big deal about over prescribing antibiotics is that it creates antibiotic resistant strains. It seems the germs’ desire to survive involves figuring out how resist synthetic chemicals. Germs of the bacteria type spawn more generations in shorter time frames than humans for their DNA to evolve and adapt quickly to learn antibiotic resistance.
The first antibiotic resistant bacterium to penicillin, Staph aureus, was discovered shortly after penicillin was first discovered and put into mass production in 1947. Pathogenic bacteria haven’t cracked the codes of natural antibiotics referenced at the end of this article.
(2) Decreased Natural Immunity
Peter J D’Adamo, ND, is a naturopathic physician and author known for his pioneering research on the inter-connectedness of human blood groups, lifestyle, nutrition and health.
Dr. D’Adamo explains, “When you allow your body to go to war on its own terms, without antibiotic intervention, it develops not only a memory of specific antibodies to the current infection and any similar to it, but also the ability to fight more effectively the next time it is challenged or attacked.”
Antibiotics suppress the immune system; as opposed to merely assisting it to do its job more effectively. In fact, antibiotics “cut off immune response.” They can reduce the level of infection but they cannot eradicate it, only the immune system can do that.
(3) Inappropriate Adverse Side Effects
If you want to see how terrible antibiotic side effect adverse reactions can be, ask fluoroquinolone antibiotic victims at survivingcipro.com. have adverse side effects fromCipro, Leviquin, Avelox, and Floxin). Adverse event sufferers have other similar forums dedicated to the debilitating and painful long term side effect issues that fluoroquinolones all too often create.
Instead of being reserved for drastic life or death situations, this class of pharma antibiotics is prescribed for simple sinus and urinary infections. Fluorides are added to quinolone antibiotics, thus the name fluorquinolone, to penetrate cell walls that also inadvertently penetrate the blood brain barrier. Fluorine is poisonous to the brain and central nervous system.
Here’s a side effect you may not have come across. It’s called Stevens-Johnson syndrome or SJS. This syndrome is gruesome. The whole body begins to blister to the point where an SJS victim needs to be treated as a burn victim. And it’s most often an adverse side effect of antibiotics.
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatology professor at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan explained, “You’re not truly burned, but what happens is you have compromised the skin barrier function.” He explained that the epidermis separates from the dermis.
Dr. Zeichner added that SJS reactions occur mostly from antibiotics, adding “Unfortunately, we have no way of predicting who would have this type reaction.” How’s that for a shocker after taking an antibiotic for the sniffles.
(4) Destruction of Your “Second Brain” and Candida Creation
Margaret Riley, Ph.D professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst considers taking a course of antibiotics analogous to ingesting a hydrogen bomb that indiscriminately kills everything in its path, the good bacteria with the bad. Sorta like chemo with cancer and normal cells.
We actually have around ten times more microbes in our bodies than cells. Weird but true. And the ideal balance between good bacteria and pathogenic should be in the neighborhood of 85 to 15 percent. When that balance is off, Candida overgrowth occurs.
The “second brain” of gut microbes influences the cognitive and emotional aspects of our brains and nervous systems. That’s why some feel a little funny from antibiotics while a few experience peripheral neuropathy, insomnia, and even more extreme neurological symptoms.
Dr. Peter D’Adamo, author of several books including the GenoType Diet explains, “When you allow your body to go to war on its own terms, without antibiotic intervention, it develops not only a memory of specific antibodies to the current infection and any similar to it, but also the ability to fight more effectively the next time it is challenged or attacked.”
The loss of “good bacteria” from our guts invites diseases from Candida to Cancer. And the gut doesn’t always recover completely from that loss.
Yes, There are Options
Safer antibiotic solutions include colloidal silver, garlic, oil of oregano, Manuka honey, Elderberry extracts, Tea tree oil, Berberine, and Andographis.
Serious bacterial and viral infections can also be treated effectively and safely with high dose vitamin C (ascorbic acid), taken orally within bowel tolerance several times per day, or once daily with liposomal vitamin C, or with IV drips.
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