9 Reasons to Think Twice Before Taking Antibiotics Ever Again

9 Reasons to Think Twice Before Taking Antibiotics Ever Again

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A study published by Mayo Clinic found that almost 70% of Americans are on at least one pharmaceutical; antibiotics top the list, followed by antidepressants, and opioid pain killers. This is a problem in of itself, as it the United States has transformed into a pill-popping, medication-dependent nation. What’s worse is that antibiotics in particular are doled out in copious, unnecessary amounts, so much so that bacteria are developing major resistance to this conventional treatment. This is now a potential danger of antibiotics, and a serious grand-scale side effect of antibiotic use.

Even the WHO is calling this resistance a global health crisis, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the age of antibiotics must come to an end. That is the first (1) reason to avoid antibiotic use.

While antibiotics have helped greatly with modern medicine, it seems that we need to start looking for alternative solutions. Here are 8 more compelling reasons to just say no to antibiotics.

8 More Reasons to Refuse Antibiotics

1. IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

According to a 2011 article published by Fox News, a scientific link has been established between antibiotic use and colitis. Antibiotic-induced colitis is caused by the toxins exuded by the bacterium Clostridium difficile following antibiotic treatment. While the majority of other intestinal bacteria have been killed off by the antibiotic, Clostridium difficile grows rapidly and releases toxins that damage the intestinal wall.

In fact, Crohn’s disease which has spread epidemic like over the past 50 years parallels the introduction and widespread use of antibiotics. There’s even a theory postulated by a couple of German scientists that Crohn’s is actually the mutation created from normal gut bacteria by antibiotics.

2. Liver Damage

A new study published in the journal Gastroenterology found that although all types of prescription drugs are linked to liver damage, antibiotics in particular were the worst offenders – the drug class most likely to cause serious harm to the liver. John Gever, Senior Editor of MedPage Today reported one researcher stating, “antimicrobial agents are the most common cause of drug-induced liver failure, with most cases ending in death or transplant.”

3. Cancer Link

One study found that those who had taken 6 or more antibiotic prescriptions had a 1.5 times greater risk of less common cancers compared with study participants who had the lowest antibiotic exposure.

Taking some antibiotics may slightly increase the risk of developing colon cancer, one study suggests. After controlling for known risk factors for colorectal cancer including obesity, diabetes, smoking, and alcohol, researchers found that those who had taken antibiotics, including penicillins, quinolones, and metronidazole, were 8 to 11% more likely to develop colorectal cancer.

A 2008 study by the International Journal of Cancer reported, “those who had taken 2-5 antibiotic prescriptions had a 27% increase in cancers compared to those who took none. Those who took six or more prescriptions had a 37% increase in cancers.”


Perhaps it is no accident that the same group with the highest incidence of so called AIDS (view the video: “House of Numbers”)is also the group that uses more antibiotics than any other group in America.

5. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Repeated antibiotic use has been linked with chronic viral illness, including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). About.com reports:

“Prominent ME/CFS researcher Kenny de Meirleir announced that he and his Belgian research team have uncovered a major cause of ME/CFS and a major underlying mechanism of the condition. According to Dr. de Meirleir, a major cause of ME/CFS is a high level of the chemical hydrogen sulfide (H2S). H2S can build up after antibiotic use, salmonella infection, or too much mercury exposure.”

6. Possible Fungal and Bacterial Overgrowths

Antibiotic use triggers the release of endotoxins (toxins produced within the body), which suppress the immune system. They destroy the “communication pathways between cells of the immune system”

Homestead.com explains, “Without these pathways in operation, immune cells don’t attack. Healthy gut flora supports immune function but does not replace those communication pathways.”

7. Weakened Immune System

Peter J. D’Adamo, ND, is a naturopathic physician and author known for his pioneering research on the interconnectedness of human blood groups, lifestyle, nutrition, and health.

Dr. D’Adamo explained:

“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.”

In other words, the “invaders” are getting stronger, but our immune systems are less prepared to handle them. 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.

8. Mitochondrial Damage

Pharmaceuticals are a major cause of mitochondrial damage, including statin medications, analgesics such as acetaminophen, antibiotics, and many others. Structurally, mitochondria are essentially modified bacteria. Antibiotics indiscriminately target bacteria. Mitochondrial disorders commonly manifest as neurological disorders, for example, neuropathy.

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  1. I think some of those assertions are a little bit simplistic. I will however go away and do some modern research before trying to refute any of them, since my own data here are nearly 40 years old.

  2. It’s probably worth noting that if we’d had antibiotics in 1348, (which also presumes things like “microscopes” and “ordinary laboratory glassware”) then nobody would have needed to have died in the Black Death: nor in the recurring episodes of this dreadful pestilence for several centuries afterwards.

    On balance, despite the fact that I’m a biochemist and therefore biased hugely, I’d say that the benefits of antibiotics to humanity have outweighed the risks overall.

    I always smell rats floating in the air, whenever I see collections of “slightly alternative scientists” “postulating theories that…” . It’s needful to sit down and look at any evidence, and perhaps conduct some real trials, to see if, for example, an increase in cases of Crohn’s disease is relatable to increased antibiotic usage. Correlation does not mean causation. I coould for example postulate the “theory” that the latter disease may indeed be on the rise owing to a diet too heavy in indigestible vegetable roughage and rubbish like “five-a-day”. You see, scraping one’s bowels out mercilessly every day with a diet meant for robust herbivorous animals of short lifespan, and not one for small, upright-walking, short-gutted carnivores such as H sapiens (which can be a facultative herbivore at need, temporarily) may not be good for us.

  3. You see, we may be getting more cases of diseases such as Crohn’s, because we are being pressured to eat “more fresh vegetables”, more “five-a-day”, more even now saying “ten-a-day”, and so on. Perhaps what these poor people ought to have been instead bullied to eat was fillet steak on its own, or cod-and-chips, or even just the doc on its own, lots of it, or even mackerel, a normal sort of diet for a human – although the “chips” only arrived about 400 years ago.

    It’s just not natural in today’s world for modern hominids to be forced to consume raw plants. It’s also seriously energy-intensive in a biochemical sense, to turn the resulting useless goo, surrounding mainly indigestible cellulose, into anything worth salvaging. You’d get thin if you were not careful.

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