Disorders Associated with Antibiotic Use
Presented by Dr. Marissa Bass
Flu season is in full effect!! Ugh! Your aching head, your stuffy nose and your exhausted body have landed you on the couch with a nasty cold. Anxious to get back to work back in the gym and think an antibiotic medication might speed up the recovery!
Think again…Antibiotics don’t help viral illnesses such as colds and flu. Also, Dr. Marissa wants you to know that inappropriate use of antibiotics is harmful to the gut flora. Overuse has created antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and constant dosing can reduce the immune systems response- increasing risks for diseases such as cancer.
Before jumping to antibiotics to cure what ails you, its important to have the facts.
Not for colds
The common cold is a virus, and antibiotics don’t work on viral infections. Antibiotics are ineffective in treating infections causes by viruses, which include the majority of colds, coughs and flu-like illnesses.
Since the first antibiotic, penicillin, was introduced in the 1940s, scientists have developed more than 150 antibiotic drugs. Dr. Marissa explains that the overuse of antibiotics has led to the evolution of bacterial strains that no longer respond treatment with common antibiotics. It’s a problem known as “antibiotic resistance” and has led to the development of “superbugs”.
Super Bug Cycle
Superbugs emerge when an antibiotic leaves surviving bacteria behind, which then become resistant to that particular drug. If a stronger antibiotic is then prescribed, the bacteria quickly learn to withstand it too. Whats happened? A perpetuating cycle where increasingly powerful drugs are required.
Superbugs can also exchange survival information with other bacteria, allowing additional drug-resistant organisms to emerge.
As more and more superbugs emerge, illnesses last longer, and the odds of complications and death increase. The inability to treat a particular infection leads to longer periods in which a person is contagious and able to spread the resistant strains.
Keep the Good Bacteria
Did you know the adults have three to four pounds of beneficial bacteria and yeast living within their intestines? Your first reaction may be “yuck, gross!” but beneficial bacteria have all sorts of crucial functions, most notably aiding digestion.
Because antibiotics kill the friendly bacteria in the digestive tract, they provide a setting where harmful organisms flourish. When the delicate balance of the intestinal terrain is upset, yeasts may grow unchecked into large colonies. The intestinal wall may also be compromised, leading to conditions such as ulcers.
Adverse Antibiotic Effects
Although antibiotics are intended to treat illness, they can have the opposite effect- making an illness worse, or even causing new illness- making an illness worse, or even causing new illnesses.
Childhood ear infection, or acute otitis media (AOM), is a common disorder. Dr. Marissa worries that the widespread use of antibiotics for AOM has caused an emergence of multidrug-resistant pathogens. Moreover, the panic to administer antibiotics is unfounded: Research shows that most children with ear infections recover without antibiotics.
All-Natural Immune Boost
Rather than reacting to disease and illness with drugs, doctors of chiropractic prefer a proactive approach- one that begins long before sickness ensues. The Chiropractic Lifestyle is rooted in strengthening the immune system to avoid illness and function at optimal capacity.
In addition to possible long-term effects, antibiotics may also create many short-term problems, such as nausea, diarrhea and allergic reactions. Schedule a chiropractic evaluation today to learn more about building the immune system, naturally.