Americans consume more pharmaceutical medications than any other people in the world. Among the most frequently prescribed medications are antibiotics. The excessive and injudicious use of antibiotics in infants, children and pregnant women is not without consequences. This nation is experiencing an unprecedented epidemic of chronic illness in children, and research indicates that antibiotic use in infants and women of childbearing years may be one of the key environmental factors contributing to the epidemics of asthma, allergies, ADHD, autism and other chronic conditions.
The Link Between Antibiotics and Chronic Illness
Ear infections represent the most common reason for antibiotic prescriptions in children, even though the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that most children with acute ear infections be observed for a period of 48 to 72 hours without antibiotics (AAP Subcommittee, 2004). They reached this conclusion because most children with ear infections will get better just doing nothing (Rosenfeld 2003). (more…)
“Antibiotics may be the most powerful evolutionary force seen on this planet in billions of years,” according to microbiologist Stuart Levy. Is he exaggerating? Maybe not. Unlike the healthy immune system, which identifies and destroys specific threats, antibiotics kill any microbes that share targeted characteristics with the pathogen, including beneficial ones. Pathogens strong enough to withstand antibiotic assault (and some always withstand treatment) flourish as the drugs destroy competing microbes. In addition, these resistant pathogens pass their resistance on to the next generation and even share resistant genes with other species. (more…)
The new tools of science are not friendly to the inept practices of Western medicine. Using advanced genomic analysis of stool samples researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine1 have clearly proven that the commonly prescribed antibiotic Cipro can alter the ecological balance of power in the digestive tract, setting the stage for all manner of future health problems.
The study showed that a single five-day course of Cipro could induce problems. However, two courses over a 10 month period were adequate to cause adverse changes. (more…)
Asthma in our children is an epidemic. I have long argued that the asthma epidemic in American children is a result of the incompetent practice of medicine that relies on the use of highly toxic antibiotics in children. My position is now confirmed by a new Yale University study1 that followed 1400 children from birth until 6 years of age.
The study is significant because it distinguishes between antibiotics for respiratory infections wherein the respiratory infection may have been the first sign of asthma. The researchers simply eliminated those from the study who were given antibiotics for respiratory infection. (more…)
Cattle Are Finished by Selective Killing of Gut Flora. The Sickened Animals Store Fat that Grills Great. People Get Metabolic Syndrome.
The likening of modern humans to potatoes sacked out on a couch is misleading. The obesity epidemic linked to diets of processed foods more closely resembles the stumbling progression of cattle to abattoir. Antibiotics and diet systematically lead in both feedlot and food court to gut dysbiosis, immune system failure, hormone disruption, rampant fat accumulation, physical inactivity, depression and the modern suite of chronic diseases. Healthcare costs escalate, but vet bills, in contrast, are forestalled by a captive bolt pistol. (more…)