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The negative impact - Antibiotics

There are of course time when antibiotic are required there no question about that, but if we want to continue to be able to use them long into the future we need to stop overusing them. It is rare when an antibiotic is required as they are often perceived for viral infection which they don't work on. They should only be prescribed for bad cases of bacterial infections. There are also often natural alternative that could be used.

Some of the key concerns include:

Development of Resistant Strains: Overuse or misuse of antibiotics can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. When bacteria are exposed to antibiotics repeatedly, the surviving bacteria can evolve to resist the effects of the drugs.

Ineffectiveness Against Viruses: Antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections and are not effective against viral infections. Prescribing antibiotics for viral illnesses, such as the common cold or flu, is not only ineffective but also contributes to antibiotic resistance.

Disruption of Gut Microbiota:

Altered Microbial Balance: Antibiotics are not selective in their action and can kill both harmful and beneficial bacteria. This can disrupt the balance of the gut microbiota, leading to conditions such as antibiotic-associated diarrhea and an increased susceptibility to other infections. Research has shown one course of antibiotic can take 4 years for the gut to repair. When used in babies in some cases the good bacteria never comes back and can't replaced by probiotic as there are certain bacteria that can not be cultivated outside the gut.

Secondary Infections:

Disruption of Natural Defenses: By altering the microbial balance in the body, antibiotics can sometimes make individuals more susceptible to secondary infections, including opportunistic fungal infections.

Presence in Water Sources: Antibiotics that are excreted by humans and animals can find their way into water sources, potentially contributing to environmental pollution. This can further contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant strains in the environment.

Potential for Chronic Conditions: There is some research suggesting that early and frequent exposure to antibiotics, especially in childhood, may be associated with an increased risk of chronic conditions

For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information displayed in this post is to be used as information only, always seek professional advice before starting any medication.

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