Misuse of Antibiotics & Our Future

Too many doctors routinely prescribe antibiotics for illnesses in which they are not required at all. In large, antibiotics are over/wrongly prescribed by doctors. Doctors know that antibiotics or antimicrobial drugs target microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and parasites ‘only’ and DO NOT work against viruses. Therefore, they will not be effective against viral infections such as colds, most coughs, many types of sore throat, and influenza (flu). Nevertheless antibiotics are often prescribed in such cases among-st others around the world.

A healthy immune system is crafted to fight infections and combat many illnesses for which doctors have been abusing antibiotics, this vicious cycle is resulting in weaker human immunity and drug in-effectiveness. This is a matter of high severity as antibiotic misuse leads to a host of other detrimental effects including creation of superbugs which are antibiotic resistant and are becoming a potential threat to wipe out majority of the world's population. Examples of the types of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics include the species that cause tuberculosis, skin infections, meningitis, sexually transmitted diseases and respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia.

According to Washington Post, 99,000 Americans each year die due to superbugs and superbug infections have risen over 300% within a decade. One of the best known superbugs, MRSA is alone estimated to kill around 19,000 people every year in the United States. Even mainstream medical experts are now describing microbiological doomsday scenarios if the situation isn't reversed.

Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, "Things as common as strep throat or a child's scratched knee could once again kill...... For patients infected with some drug-resistant pathogens, mortality has been shown to increase by around 50%."

The chief medical officer for Britain warns in a recent report calling for urgent action worldwide as; Antibiotic-resistant bacteria with the potential to cause untreatable infections pose "a catastrophic threat" to the population.

Newer Antibiotics aren't better than the old ones
"No new classes of antibiotics have been developed since 1987, and none are in the pipeline across the world," reports The Independent. The last two antibiotics big pharma has come up with are now obsolete.
- Colistin, a toxic bug-killing chemical discovered in 1949. It kills superbugs, but it also causes extensive kidney damage.
- Ceftiofur is an antibiotic which has little effect on gut bacteria and about 70 percent of the drug is excreted in the urine. However, scientists have zeroed in on it to be spurring the increase in antibiotic resistance in bacteria like Salmonella and E. coli.
Even if it were profitable to develop new antibiotics, it's still a losing game because a drug that takes 10 years to develop can become useless in as little as one year.

Antibiotics In Our Food
Due to industrialization of meat and milk industry, antibiotics are injected into livestock and are also put into their food to keep them from bacterial diseases while keeping them in unhygenically cramped environment, but most importantly to increase profits; by making them more bulkier (NOT healthier) surprisingly quickly. Subsequently, humans who consume those animal-products are taking in the same antibiotics. In addition, large quantities of unmetabolized antibiotic resistant intestinal bacteria are secreted in farm animals' manure, which is then used as fertilizer leading soil bacteria to evolve antibiotic-digesting abilities. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) testified before a House committee in 2010 that antibiotic use in animal agriculture causes humans who eat such meat to develop antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance. In the case of the MRSA superbug, a staph strain went from humans into pigs where it was transformed into a germ with an antibiotic resistance (do swine and bird flu complications ring a bell?)

Other Negative Health Effects

Antibiotics Kill Healthy Bacteria in Gut
Antibiotics destroy good bacteria in your gut like those that produce vitamin B-12 in the intestinal tract, or provide a protective service against invasion by more dangerous bacteria or fungus. Your body depends on bacteria to aid in digestion, work with immune health, and balance your internal ecosystem. In fact, gut health has a direct link to chronic illness and overall health.

Antibiotics and Mental Health
Scientists have linked antibiotics role of permanently destroying beneficial bacteria with depression, mental illness, and negatively affect behavior.

Antibiotics and Liver Health
Antibiotics are a common cause of Drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Large doses of antibiotics can injure your liver and cause elevated liver enzymes. The liver enzymes most commonly elevated are alanine transaminase, or ALT, and aspartate transaminase, or AST.

Antibiotics and Kidney Health
Antibiotics have been linked to kidney stones for a long time and reduce overall kidney function.

Antibiotics and Bone Health
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin (Cipro), Levaquin, Avelox, and Tequin cause tearing of tendons leading to extreme pain nerve pain throughout the joints and body.

Antibiotics are potentially making you fat
Studies suggest that people treated with antibiotics have a 6-fold increase in post-meal ghrelin (stimulates the brain in increased appetite), a 20 percent increase in leptin levels, and a 5% increase in body mass index - 18 months after completing the course of antibiotics.

It is now being conceived that deaths due to antibiotics' domino effect will outweigh the number of people saved by them.

When you do have to take antibiotics due to bacterial infection and surgery you can minimize its negative health effects by:-
-After 2 hours of your dose of antibiotics, take a dose of probiotics.
-Drink at least 64 ounces of water every day.
-Eat only healthy foods such as vegetables, fresh fruits and grains.
-Stop refined sugar & salt, soda, caffeine drinks, smoking, alcohol and all junk and preservatives.
-Avoid acetaminophen, pain killers and other drugs.
-After getting well, start an exercise regimen of 30 minutes at least three times a week.
-Take Vitamin D, C, B and alpha lipoic acid in your diet daily to boost your immunity.

Natural Antibiotics & Antiviral
Turmeric
Olive leaf extract
Oregano Extract
Tea tree oil
Manuka honey
Garlic
Ginger
Thyme extracts
Colloidal silver
Vitamin B3
Echinacea
Goldenseal
Wild Indigo
Mugwort herb
Sang Xing Tang
Andrographis

NOTE: Symptoms of a ‘viral’ generally lessen over the course of a week and antibiotics do not help during viral infections.