Last Updated on August 6, 2020
There are hundreds of scientific studies that demonstrate the negative aspects of antibiotic use. Some people never recover from antibiotic side effects. The more antibiotics you use in a short period of time, the higher the chances of running into big problems.
One journal out of the UK published a study that showed even one or two rounds of antibiotics close together increases the risk of developing anxiety or depression. The American Journal of Gastroenterology reported that three or more rounds of antibiotics in a five-year period increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease 1.5 times.
The American Medical Journal published a study showing that over 60% of people who went to their doctor for a sore throat were given antibiotics. According to the journal, that number should have been less than 10%. It’s not the doctors’ fault that antibiotics are overprescribed. That’s what they were taught in medical school. That’s why patients need to be very discerning and careful when it comes to antibiotics. Ask if there are alternatives like colloidal silver spray or garbling with a drop of tea tree oil in a glass of lukewarm water.
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Often for the average, healthy person, the immune system is enough to “cure” a sore throat. It may look like it was the antibiotics that made things better, but by the time the medication was started, the immune system was reaching its peak effectiveness. In those cases, it’s the body’s own lymphocytes and killer cells that are making the biggest difference to the infection. The body is supremely intelligent and often can kill pathogens on its own.
We know that antibiotics can cause massive devastation and destruction in the body. What we don’t know is why this devastation sometimes leads to anxiety, depression, weight gain, and other long-standing side effects.
If you’re also taking medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, drinking alcohol, and living an unhealthy lifestyle, your risk of side effects from antibiotics is even higher.
Heart disease, diabetes, and many other health conditions have been linked to antibiotics use. One of the reasons is that antibiotics not only kill harmful bacteria, they also put a significant dent in the population of beneficial bacteria. The good bacteria in your gut essentially becomes “collateral” damage as a result of antibiotics use. Sometimes the gut never rebounds fully after the use of antibiotics. That’s why I always recommend that my clients be very cautious when it comes to using antibiotics. You don’t want to suffer the after-effects of antibiotics for years to come.