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Is Overuse Of Antibiotics Weakening Your Immune? – DavidSandstrom.com
Overuse of Antibiotics

Is Overuse Of Antibiotics Weakening Your Immune?

 

The CDC estimates that over 50 percent of all antibiotics prescribed are unnecessary. According to Martin Blaser, MD, the average child receives between 10 and 20 courses of antibiotics before the age of 18.

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Antibiotics kill bacteria. Aren’t we helping our children? What’s wrong with that? The trouble is, people commonly see their doctors for things such as: soar throat, cough, and upper respiratory infections. These common infections are caused by viruses, and antibiotics don’t kill viruses…..


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Drive Through Doctor Visits

Doctors are pressured by patients, to prescribe something. This makes the patient feel like they got their money’s worth, but contributes to the overuse of antibiotics.  In addition, doctors are under enormous pressure to expedite people through the healthcare system. As a result, they often prescribe antibiotics without waiting for lab tests to confirm the presence of a bacterial infection. The overuse of antibiotics has unintended negative consequences.

Microscopic Allies

A healthy gut has trillions of beneficial bacteria that have all kinds of important functions including: boosting immune, aiding digestion, and making many crucial vitamins, hormones and neurotransmitters. They also keep yeast populations in check. The overuse of antibiotics kills many of these microscopic allies, handicapping our efforts to stay healthy.

This sets us up for a host of problems down the road including contributing to systemic inflammation. Systemic inflammation has been associated with nearly every form of chronic disease.

In addition, the gut is the largest endocrine producing organ in the body. This means that many of our hormones are made in the gut. The overuse of antibiotics leads to imbalances in the gut flora (beneficial micro-organisms) and is responsible for many hormonal imbalances.

What Can We Do?

Practice good prevention by building immune function.

  • Build up a good supply of beneficial bacteria in your gut. Eat fermented foods such as: homemade sauerkraut, and plain yogurt. Store-bought sauerkraut is usually pasteurized and void of beneficial bacteria. Flavored yogurt is full of sugar and will defeat the purpose of ingesting beneficial micro-organisms.
  • Take a high quality pro-biotic supplement. There are a lot of good choices on the market today. Stay away from sugary dairy products. I recommend taking them on an empty stomach. This way, there’s less stomach acid present that can destroy some of the flora population.
  • Get moving. Circulating the lymph fluid will mobilize white blood cells and dramatically boost immune. One of the best ways to get lymph moving is a mini trampoline.
  • Meditate on God’s word and pray daily. Research shows that 15 minutes of meditation on our loving God will boost immune function and lead to better neuro-connectivity in the brain.

Don’t assume

If it has been confirmed with lab work that you have a bacterial infection:

  • Take the entire course of your prescription as directed by your prescriber. This will ensure you have the required dose necessary to rid your body of the infection.
  • Eliminate sugar intake during, and for a few weeks after your antibiotic therapy. Remember, undesirable micro-organisms like yeast thrive on sugar.
  • Continue to take a probiotic supplement during you antibiotic therapy.
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