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.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Overuse of Antibiotics”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
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…..
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.
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.
Practice good prevention by building immune function.
If it has been confirmed with lab work that you have a bacterial infection:
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