Antibiotics friend or foe??

Dear Helga

I keep getting the flu and those antibiotics Im taking don’t seem to help much. What can I do?

I have to say that I am shocked to learn that your doctor gives antibiotics to cure your flu…. Or did you get them in some other way? The first and the most important thing for you to know is that colds, flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis are caused by viruses, and antibiotics are designed to fight bacterial infections NOT viral infections. 

Due to the excess use along with widespread availability; the resistance to antibiotics has now become one of the world’s most pressing health problems. Over usage of antibiotics has led mild bacterial infections to evolve into something more serious that is known as “superbugs”. Last year superbugs caused the death of over 18.000 people in the USA.

Apart from it becoming a global problem; antibiotics have serious side effects on our bodies. Whenever you take antibiotics, you are not only killing the bad bacteria in your body, yet all other friendly bacteria that serve important functions like aiding food digestion, producing certain vitamins, and maintaining a balance of organisms that prevent harmful bacteria, and yeasts from multiplying. The usage of antibiotics further invites parasites, and other types of highly toxic organisms to multiply, and grow various types of systemic damage.

Repetitions of antibiotics have also been linked to cancer, suppressed immune systems (people taking antibiotics regularly are more prone to repeated infections), chronic fatigue, allergies, food intolerances, and malnutrition.

Antibiotics are like killing the rats in the garbage. They kill the symptoms rather than curing the cause; preventing our body’s natural process of curing itself.

 This line of reasoning is traced back to the famous debate between Pasteur and Beauchamp.  Dr. Pasteur insisted that germs are the cause of disease.  His colleague, Beauchamp, insisted that the health of the host was more important than the germs, which in simple terms means, that it is only when the body is in a weakened state that it is vulnerable to germs and bacteria.

Here are some recommendation on the usage of antibiotics:

  1. Do Not Use Antibiotics to Treat Viral Infections:
    Antibiotics kill bacteria, not viruses. If and when you take antibiotics for a viral infection (like a cold or the flu); you will not kill the viruses; instead you will introduce selective pressures on bacteria within your body, inadvertently selecting for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Simply, you need your bacteria to be “antibiotic virgins,” so that if one day they get out of hand, and cause an infection that your immune system cannot handle; they can be killed by a readily available antibiotic.
  2. Avoid Mild Doses of Antibiotics Over Long Periods of Time:
    If an infection needs to be controlled with antibiotics; a short-term, high-dosage prescription is preferable because you want to kill all of the illness causing bacteria; leaving no bacterial survivors. Any bacteria that survive a mild dose are likely to be somehow resistant.
  3. Take all Your Pills When Treating a Bacterial Infection with Antibiotics:
    Just as mild doses can breed resistance; an incomplete regimen of antibiotics could allow bacteria to survive and adapt. If you will introduce a selective pressure (antibiotics); make it very strong in order to eliminate the illness causing bacteria, and not their evolution.
  4. Use a Combination of Drugs to Treat a Bacterial Infection:
    If a particular drug doesn’t solve the bacterial infection; you might be dealing with a resistant strain. Giving a stronger dose of the same antibiotic increases the strength of the same selective pressure, and might further cause the evolution of a “super-resistant” strain. Instead, you might want to try a different antibiotic that the bacteria have never encountered before. This new and different selective pressure might perform a better job of causing their extinction, not their evolution.
  5. Reduce or Eliminate your consumption of meat/poultry of animals that have been given antibiotics.

Useless dosages of antibiotics for agricultural and livestock purposes has lead to the evolution of resistant strains. The over consumption of meat and poultry containing antibiotics is part of the super bug problem. Choosing organic is a good option or limiting otherwise consumption of meat and poultry


About healthmindbody

Helga Marin hails from Iceland and has over twenty years experience in fitness and health. She has been living in Dubai for the last 10 years where she conducted numerous workshops and seminars helping people to improve their health and general well being. She is the co founder of the successful weight loss programme “8 weeks to a new you” and she is also the founder of the New “Health Mind and Body” programmes that promote both Physical and mental Health through nutrition education, NLP/behavior modification and exercises. Prior to starting her own company, Helga worked for seven years at the GMC associated Clinics. Helga’s qualifications 1. Sport and Nutrition degree from the University of Sport in Stockholm, Sweden 2. BA in Psychology from University of Stockholm 3. NLP Master Practitioner certified by Paul McKenna and Richard Bandler (founder of NLP) 4. CTI Life coach level 1 5. Certified Personal Trainer 6. Certified Fitness and aerobics Instructor 7. Certified in Pilates lev.el 1 8. Certified Massage Therapist Contact details: Helga Marin Tel Dubai 050 8490198 Tel Iceland 050 8458174
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