Healthy Living: Antibiotics Review – Limerick Live

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Cold weather, spending more time indoors, and dry, hot air make us more prone to catching a cold. In these stressful times, many people feel unwell and ask their GP to prescribe antibiotics, even though the symptoms may not be bacterial in origin. Antibiotics are the most over-prescribed drugs in the world – as a result, we now have many species that are resistant to even our most advanced drugs. What was once a miracle cure in the early 20th century is quickly becoming our enemy due to overuse.
In ancient times in Greece and India, molds, herbal remedies and even warm soil were used (in Russia) to treat an infection, until Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish biologist, defined new horizons for modern antibiotics by isolating an enzyme from the fungus Penicillium notatum in 1928.
Jumping 50 years forward, and Martin Blaser, chair of New York University’s Department of Medicine, recently published a book titled “Missing Microbes,” highlighting the potentially dangerous long-term consequences that come from rampant overuse of antibiotics. . He argues that changes in our microbiota can even promote the transmission of deadly organisms, as one of the important roles of an intact microflora is to resist colonization by (bad) pathogenic organisms.
Blaser also points out that not only does individual antibiotic use cause permanent changes in gut flora, but infants born to women who received antibiotics during pregnancy, or the 30% of infants born by caesarean section, may start their lives with a significantly impaired and insufficient level of friendly intestinal flora. This is a serious concern because a lack of diversity in friendly gut bacteria has been shown to contribute to a host of illnesses and complications.
The problem is that antibiotics kill bacteria, but not yeast or parasites. It does not distinguish between pathogenic bacteria and our beneficial strains. Now some specific antibiotics are no longer available, so doctors have to use the most harmful and broad-spectrum ones. Even a single course of broad-spectrum antibiotics can cause a significant change in the variety of strains we have for years to come, affecting digestive, immune, and overall health.

The diversity of microflora is the basis of overall health, as each bacterium has its unique health benefits. Studies show that reduced diversity is at the root of common gastrointestinal problems like IBS and even inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune diseases, as they are linked to imbalances in the system. immune. Why? Because more than 70% of our immune cells reside in the intestine and are influenced by the microbes that live there.
Therefore, if you are suffering from any disease or have ever taken antibiotics in your life, it is time to find out what is growing inside you through functional testing and restore your curative bacterial diversity. If you must take antibiotics, taking a supplement of various live bacteria – starting on day 1 – can reduce side effects and potentially improve the effectiveness of antibiotics.

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