That is crazy, getting antibiotics for everything. It should be on the doctors to get swabs and find out if it is indeed bacterial. That would cut down the use so much. But we won't get started on the pharmaceutical industry!
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I had a friend that every time her kids get a sniffle, they're hauled into the doctor's for antibiotics and Tamiflu. Not only does this practice set her kids up for future problems, but it drives up the cost of insurance for everyone and is socially irresponsible.
Same thing with my BF, at the first sign of sinus issues, he's in the doctor's office with a script for Amoxicillin. He's taken so much Amoxi that its prolly like taking water for all the good it does on healing his infection. Yet he's convince it "lessens the severity" of the sinus infection he inevitably gets despite the antibiotic. He feels he's been seen by a doctor, that he's "taking care of himself" that "he's done the right thing". If anything the ritual of going to the doctor, getting an antibiotic exerts a beneficial placebo effect.
I agree... if you do have to take antibiotics, than probiotics taken away from your dose of antibiotics is a great idea. Otherwise the antibiotics will kill the probiotics, too.
If you eat probiotic/fermented foods on a regular basis and keep to a good diet, sleep, exercise and health habits.... then chances are you won't get into a situation where you need them in the first place. Unfortunately that's just not possible for many people.
There are times when antibiotics are needed... but those times are fewer and farther apart than we like to acknowledge.
And lest we forget... antibiotics are derived from beneficial bacterial... only hundreds of times stronger. So giving them routinely is like using a bomb instead of a bullet.
Also of interest... years ago farmer's discovered that adding antibiotics to feed made their livestock gain weight... a profitable consequence for the farmer.
Its now thought that antibiotics alter the gut microflora in such a manner to mimic the ratio of bacteroides and firmicutes of the obese... having a direct consequence to the organism consuming them.
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I would like to agree with you but I can't completely agree. As the owner of a double knee replacement who has suffered with Osteomyelitis, I don't know what I would have done without antibiotics. I agree that OFTEN we over use and abuse them mostly out of ignorance, but when we need them, we need them.
To make a carte blanc statement that antibiotics are bad is not right because there are times when they are the only and the best answer. The right statement would be to make sure that antibiotics are the best answer NOW and then make an informed decision.
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Americans are totally addicted to antibiotics. In our quest to kill anything around us that seems bothersome or threatening, we try to rid ourselves of every last germ with an arsenal of antibacterial products, we pump our livestock full of antibiotics — heck, we pump ourselves full of antibiotics.
Here's the deal: Not only is trying to eliminate most bacteria practically pointless but it can also be really counterproductive. Yes, there are lots of bad bacteria out there, and they can make us very sick. But there are also lots of good bacteria too. For example, beneficial bugs known as probiotics live in our stomachs and are integral to the healthy functioning of our immune and digestive systems. There's even some evidence that certain probiotics play a role in determining how many calories our bodies absorb from food and send to fat cells.
When you take antibiotics to wipe out the bad bacteria, you end up taking out probiotics, your best defense, at the same time. In addition, overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance — that is, the drugs become less effective over time because the bad bugs figure out how to adapt so they can survive. The best steps we can take to keep our immune systems strong and to maintain a healthy microbial balance are to eat the kinds of foods that replenish and feed our beneficial bacteria (like organic low-fat yogurt) and to choose organic meat and dairy products from animals that have been raised without the use of antibiotics. We also need to lose the habit of taking antibiotics every time we so much as sniffle.
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