When used correctly, antibiotics work and can even treat bacterial infections that may sometimes be fatal. If a person is so seriously ill that they require hospitalization, and suffering from, for example, an infectious disease such as pneumonia, antibiotics can save their life. However, like most of today’s medicines, antibiotics are used in excess and prescribed easily enough, despite arguments and repeated warnings to be recommended with caution made by specialists in infectious diseases. The biggest problems in frequent respiratory infections and sore throat are caused by viruses, not bacteria. In these cases, antibiotics are useless and the bacteria become more resistant and the patient’s health can be affected. It is important to note that by taking them for a long time, the healthy intestinal bacteria are destroyed. The immune system protects not only against infections but common degenerative diseases as well: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and cancer.
9 important aspects
Before getting into the possession of the prescription antibiotics, a patient should be aware of these issues on their use:
1. Excessive use of antibiotics is one of the causes of breast cancer – After some trials with duration of 17 years, it has been shown that women who used antibiotics more than 500 days showed a double risk of developing breast cancer: the percentage increased by 100%.
2. Antibiotics affect the immune system – In a proportion of three quarters, the immune system operates in the large intestine, where they protect the body from toxic substances found in food. A healthy balance existing in the intestine is essential for the normal functioning of the immune system. Through constant or excessive use of antibiotics, this natural function is disturbed. In addition, along with the predisposition to develop chronic degenerative diseases, the abuse can cause the risk of triggering rheumatoid arthritis, diseases for which the immune system becomes confused and attacks one or more types of tissues or organs in the body.
3. Antibiotics cause diarrhea – probably most people have read the prospectus antibiotics as they cause imbalances in the stomach. Patients treated with antibiotics exhibit diarrhea because the normal balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut is disrupted. To avoid diarrhea, we recommend taking supplements that will contain probiotics (healthy bacteria) three times a day during the antibiotic treatment.
4. They cause colon diseases – As mentioned already, antibiotics destroy the good bacteria. And can cause a severe inflammatory disease of the bowel called C difficile colitis (Clostridium difficile), a bacterium that normally lives in the bowel and causes problems only when they multiply excessively and cannot be controlled by good bacteria. This can lead to severe diarrheal diseases and for their treatment even colon surgery may be necessary. In extreme cases, death can occur.
5. Misuse of antibiotics leads to resistant bacteria – The consequence of excessive treatment is antibiotic resistant bacteria and even lack of effect of antibiotic therapy. The result may lie in the presence of a, for example, urinary tract infection for which the right antibiotic to destroy the bacteria cannot be easily found. This can become a stressful problem especially for older people and the chronically ill whose immune systems are weakened.
6. Presence of antibiotics in milk and meat – more than half of known antibiotics are injected into beef, pork, lamb, chicken and dairy cows to boost their development and protect them against infection. Animals may acquire infections due to crowded farms. Use of antibiotics without being appropriate often leads to increased resistance of several strains of bacteria in them and are then transmitted to humans through food and contaminated water and air.
7. Have no effect on viruses – Bacteria are living organisms that respond to antibiotics unlike viruses which are small protein machines that require a living cell to reproduce and multiply. Most colds are of viral nature, so antibiotics do not work for them. But for many of the doctors, it is quite simple to prescribe antibiotics for a runny nose or acute pain.
8. Are often used in children – ear infections are among the most common diseases for which children are recommended antibiotics. They are prescribed in 96% of cases, even after their use, ear infections occur more often. This is especially counterproductive as most ear infections heal on their own. But this is not the only problem with the little ones: children who take antibiotics during the first six months of life are more likely to develop allergies around the age of seven.
9. Troubling side effects – Certain antibiotics (Bactrim and Septra, for example) can cause fatal rashes (Steven Johnson syndrome). Patients suffering from this disease have their skin blistered and hair skin seems burned. Both erythromycin and clarithromycin increases the risk the increase of heart rate to a fatal level. Also, these drugs can cause temporary deafness.