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Antibiotics & Side-Effects of Antibiotics

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Here we will look at the known side-effects of antibiotics. But before that, I want to clarify a point from before. Yesterday I wrote about the immune system and I think what I wrote there about antibiotics might have caused a misunderstanding in some circles. I did not say that one should never take antibiotics. Neither did I deny that antibiotics is a valuable tool in the arsenal of medicine. What I said was three things:

  1. It you take antibiotics for an infection, that infection will not train your immune system. The fact is that it will weaken your immune system, because the antibiotics kills bacteria and the immune system remains passive. If you do this repeatedly, the immune system atrophies. Nature is economic, it doesn't waste resources on something that is not used. After the antibiotics, when its effect has faded, you will be wide-open for any infecting microbe, of which fungi are the most dangerous, and your microflora (more below) is ruined, which causes a large number of problems and paves the way for degenerative disease.

  2. That an infection “cured” with antibiotics will never completely go. Indeed antibiotics works on the bacteria causing the infection, not on symptoms, but it will not extinguish them – only natural immune function can do that. Some of them will hide from the antibiotics and survive (your own immune system won't care, it was released from this work by the introduction of antibiotics in the organism), making the basis for chronic illness. It can be semi-dormant, perhaps you don't notice it for 20 years, but it is there, slowly poisoning you and an outbreak can come at a time later when you are temporary weakened for some reason. It can be enough with sudden chilling in cold water or being drunken a night. In both these cases (any many others), the power of the immune system falls enormously for a short while. Anything you have inside can break out then or at least advance and get a firmer hold of you.

  3. That one should only use antibiotics as a life-saver, otherwise not. This is not to say that I deny that antibiotics would not be valuable. It is, in life-threatening situations, such as difficult pneumonia or severe bacterial meningitis. But that's it, and it should be a short treatment to minimize harm. To use it for an ordinary cold, inflamed gums, or something like that, is abuse – and will cause more harm than benefit in the long run.

So, let's leave the previous article and look direct at known side-effects of antibiotics.

I won't suggest that everything is known, there are still new results emerging all the time, and they are worrying. What we do know, however, is the following.

Antibiotics kills off micro-organisms without any distinction between good and bad ones. While they might kill a disease-causing bacteria we want to get rid of, they also deplete us of many good micro-organisms which we need in order to function properly. They destroy our microflora. This is not solved by merely eating some yoghurt, and it is not limited to the intestinal area. The same happens on all, or most, inner and outer surfaces. Restoring the destroyed microflora is very, very difficult. I'd say that it is almost never done properly.

A disturbed microflora weakens our defence against harmful micro-organisms and radically paves the way for fungi and various fungal infections, and it causes various nutritional deficiencies, since “good” bacteria (which should be there but isn't anymore) normally synthesise certain nutrients for us. It also contributes to a general degeneration of the organism, with degenerative disease, such as cancer. Apart from this, it causes many minor ailments.

Antibiotics also make you fat and increase the risk for diabetes! They affect the metabolism and make you crave sugar, and if you give antibiotics to a child, it grows too many fat cells. This is irreversible, that poor child will have too many fat cells for the rest of its life.

If this surprises you, consider why, for instance, chicken are given antibiotics. This is done to boost growth! Chicken grow to almost double size when antibiotics are added to their fodder.

What happens to you when you eat that chicken?

There is very little research on that. The official standpoint is that no antibiotics remain in the food when you eat it, but studies have shown that to be wrong. There are still antibiotic residues in the food.

Fatty tissue produces oestrogen, so extra body fat means extra oestrogen which, as we know, strongly contributes to cancer, diabetes and many other diseases. In addition to that, it is not far-fetched to believe that the changed chemistry in the body, caused by the collapsed balance of the microflora, also contributes to more oestrogens – since certain (bad) bacteria produce hormone imitating compounds.

Antibiotics also affect you mentally. They make you drowsy and sleepy. It is possible that over-consumption of antibiotics negatively affects brain and cognitive abilities – in a permanent way.

Not all antibiotics are equal. Some types are more harmful than others. The real monsters are the so-called Fluoroquinolones, antibiotics containing fluoride. They are known to cause severe and permanent harm on almost all organs and tissues, including brain and nervous system. This is a drug of absolutely last resort and should never be used otherwise.

On the other hand, I think that can be said about all antibiotics. They should be used only as a last resort in a situation that would otherwise lead to death, and for as short a period as possible. Antibiotics should never be used routinely or for minor infections that can be treated in another way or be left untreated to self-heal. Doctors who prescribe them when they are not absolutely necessary, are irresponsible to a level that borders on criminality.

When a limitation of the use of antibiotics is discussed in the general debate, it is mainly for the risk of bacteria developing resistance, which happens after too extensive exposure. But in my opinion, the side-effects are a reason at least as important. Indeed, most people would never need antibiotics in their life and would be better off without them.

Finally, be aware that antibiotics may interact with almost any medicine or dietary supplement.

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Witnessing an allergic reaction to an antibiotic
is a serious incentive to find better ways to improve natural immunity.
Rifampicin is a horrible drug that big pharma apparently loves.

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7 months ago

Tip: I think you need to post sources to back your claims.

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2 years ago

When I write for scientists I list sources, but not when I write for laypeople. It would make this article six times as long and few people would read it. If you have the knowledge required to understand sources, you also have the ability to find them. I am not trying to convince you about anything, I present this here for free in a clear and easy-to-digest form; take it or leave it.

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2 years ago

Hitchen's razor: What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.

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2 years ago

Feel free...

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2 years ago

Nice article. Lots of useful stuff . Knowledgeable. I dont used antibiotic much because of its side effect.instead i prefer something which is of less side effect .

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2 years ago

Yes, as long as that is possible, it's better so.

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2 years ago

Very nice article@mictorrani thank you for posting interesting article about antibiotics

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2 years ago

You're welcome.

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2 years ago

This why doctors in America really rarely prescribe them which I feel is really good.

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2 years ago

Unfortunately, I don't think it is because of the side-effects, it is because they are afraid of causing antibiotics-resistant bacteria. Since bacteria are regenerating very quickly, they can quickly develop resistance, and often do. The more antibiotics they are exposed to, the faster they become resistant. This can be very troublesome if those bacteria cause, for instance, severe meningitis, a situation when antibiotics is a life-saver. But if the bacteria are resistant, the antibiotics are worthless and the patient dies.

Health authorities in many first world countries have recommended doctors to use less antibiotics for this reason only. But after all, it leads to less use of antibiotics and that is good for other reasons as well.

In other parts of the world the situation is sometimes terrible, and antibiotics is prescribed for every infection, however trivial. In some countries it is even sold over the counter, and people use it as soon as they get a cold.

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2 years ago

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2 years ago

What is your opinion about natural antibiotics such as bitter kola, ginger and garlic?

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2 years ago

They are fine. Used with knowledge, there are no serious negative side-effects and they don't weaken the natural immune system. For instance, they don't harm the microflora. Indeed, they improve it. Garlic can regenerate a damaged intestinal microflora.

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2 years ago

This is a valuable information, it is vital for our health as regards the use of antibiotics. Thank you for sharing the information.

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2 years ago

You're welcome!

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2 years ago

well informative article man if we take more antibiotics it harmful for organ life

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2 years ago

Yes. It is very harmful, although in a life-saving situation it is reasonable to choose harm rather than death. One has to consider priorities.

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2 years ago

We live in a system that believe in easy life. But that does not mean that we should be careless in our actions and decisions. Scientific papers Haven warned people on how not to abuse antibiotics. And if this is properly followed like most suggested here then things may go well and we can maintain our future. Good article

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2 years ago

Thanks. It's true, the system is made for an easy life, but that doesn't mean that it is the best life or an optimal life. One must think oneself too. Following the stream can lead wrong.

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2 years ago

Good article. A child can reduce it's fat cells as long as it is a teenager. After that it's no longer possible. Btw trans fats and palm fat are dangerous too plus the chemicals many of us eat on a daily base. 💕

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2 years ago

Thank you.

Indeed. Fats are a very complex matter. It was not really the purpose of this article to discuss fats in detail though, that would lead us away from the focus on antibiotics.

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2 years ago

I do understand it was not the purpose but it's a part of it and most important: You can make an income with it. 👍

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2 years ago

We'll see, perhaps I will return to that subject (fats) in the near future.

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2 years ago

Good article. Although it will help if you start of with a disclaimer: "Not professional medical advice. Consume information at your own risk and benefits."

This way, you possibly save yourself from any damages that might arise form someone who reads your articles.

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2 years ago

The disclaimer actually is good idea; I use to do that otherwise but for some reason it never came to that here on read.cash. It will be done.

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2 years ago

Very encouraging write up

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2 years ago

I agree with you. I think that another important aspect is that bacteria become more and more able to win against antibiotics so we have to find new ones and so on. This way we are more and more in trouble to stop bacterial infections and our atibiotics become more and more dangerous.

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2 years ago

Yes, absolutely, I agree. That's a good point. At the bottom of that is the ability of bacteria to develop resistance, which they do quickly.

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2 years ago

It you take antibiotics for an infection, that infection will not train your immune system. The fact is that it will weaken your immune system, because the antibiotics kills bacteria and the immune system remains passive. This is really serious

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2 years ago

Yes it is really serious. That's why I am against abuse of antibiotics. It has its uses, but only when it is absolutely necessary.

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2 years ago

Am in support of you.

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2 years ago

Thanks :)

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2 years ago

As joined only 2 weeks ago, I didn't saw rhe post of your earlier or I could have added some information from your article too in my article.

Our posts are very similar and yet very different. We both talked about the negative side of antibiotic but you have drawn out the regular problems and I have drawn out the future problems. If our post is combined. It will be one of the best article to awareness😍😍.

Yes, we have our natural defence system and we should have more faith in them and give them chance to fight by themselves and the evolve and keep in shape.

Antibiotics kills many useful microbes inside us but most of the antibiotics are target specific now. So I the similar kind of useful microbes die. Not all I guess as they are target specific now a days

In the end I am just gonna say thank you for sharing and you have prepared a beautiful piece☺☺☺ God bless you and keep sharing with use.

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2 years ago

When I wrote this article, it was really an explanation to what I had said in this: https://read.cash/@Mictorrani/if-youre-never-illyoure-ill-indeed-fe8f9c79 in which some people had misunderstood my statement about antibiotics. If you are interested in medicine, you can find much more I have written in https://read.cash/c/the-mechanisms-of-health-d52e

Yes, you are right that many modern antibiotics are targeting specific bacteria.

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2 years ago

i am studing genetic engineering and biotechnolgy. I love these type of articles😗😗

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2 years ago

Thanks a good write up there. Kudos! I love it. However, everyone has his or her own mindset about antibiotics.

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2 years ago

Antibiotics are good for certain illnesses especially when it could be bacteria or so. Though , I believe that it cures some illnesss

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2 years ago

It is only needed if the situation is life-threatening, otherwise it should be avoided. It is always bad with antibiotics, but if you'd die without it, it is better to use it.

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2 years ago

Constant or too much use of antibiotics isn't good as well. Though it helps to build the immune system in a way but excess of it is bad for the body

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2 years ago

It doesn't help to build the immune system at all; it erodes the immune system. Taking antibiotics takes the training from the immune system, so it will grow weaker instead of stronger.

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