Immense Risks from Antibiotics

When Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, in approximately 400 BC stated that “all disease begins in the gut” and “let food be your medicine” it’s clear he understood how our bodies function. It’s unfortunate that many 21st century physicians have forgotten that wisdom while being trained to decide which prescription drug to prescribe for which symptom. Naturally, to seek out the cause of the symptoms and address it would make more sense.

Since antibiotics, the “wonders of modern medicine”, were invented in the 20th century to save lives, countless doctors have written prescriptions with little regard as to the long-term effects of these drugs on the bodies of their patients. Their side-effects are many, lingering, cumulative and sometimes devastating. Many people have been on repeated doses throughout their lives, all while watching their health steadily decline. Then they return to their doctor who will prescribe more drugs to hopefully deal with the varied symptoms that result.

Acne in teens or ear infections in toddlers treated repeatedly with antibiotics can easily lead to hypersensitivity to chemicals, systemic yeast and fungal infections, sugar cravings, brain fog, obesity and potentially hundreds of other symptoms decades later. Antibiotics are supposed to be a lifesaver, yet acne (and many of the other symptoms antibiotics are prescribed for) isn’t fatal. Scientists are now finding that some of the most deadly bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics as a result of this overuse.

It’s no wonder health and life-expectancy in our country come in dead last among 30 first-world countries, despite paying the most per capita for health care. The statistics are an embarrassment. Each of us must study, be proactive, make smart choices and take ownership of our own bodies or else become victim to the profit-centered medical/Big Pharma/Big Insurance system that currently operates in the US. “Big Food” also profits greatly in its role as a great contributor to poor health.

Deadly Antibiotics That Can Destroy Your Health

There is a category of antibiotics of which you need to be aware: Fluoroquinolones. They are commonly used to treat respiratory illnesses like bronchitis and pneumonia; sinus infections; kidney, bladder and urinary tract infections; prostate infections; and anthrax and plague. The manufacturers add fluoride molecules in order to enhance the effectiveness by allowing the drug to penetrate tissue that is hard to penetrate. Unfortunately, this makes these drugs lethal to the nervous system, often after only the first or second dose.

They are most dangerous for children under 18, adults over 60, pregnant and lactating women, diabetics, people with liver disease and those taking anti-inflammatory drugs.

These antibiotics can be given by injection or orally, so if your doctor wants to inject you with an antibiotic make sure he first tells you what it is and its potential adverse effects. Your long-term health and well-being depends on it. Beware of:

  • ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
  • gemifloxacin (Factive),
  • levofloxacin (Levaquin, Levofloxacin),
  • moxifloxacin (Avelox)
  • norfloxacin (Noroxin)
  • ofloxacin (Floxin)

Here are the known permanent adverse effects:

  • Peripheral neuropathy: nerve damage in the hands or feet, characterized by pain, tingling, numbness, weakness or changes in sensation of touch
  • Muscle, tendon, cartilage and ligament damage (by promoting degradation of collagen)
  • Kidney damage
  • Eye, skin and other sensory organ damage
  • Cardiovascular system damage
  • Gastrointestinal and severe liver damage
  • Musculoskeletal system damage, such as fractures, tendonitis (and tendon rupture) and/or joint swelling
  • Mutation of harmful bacteria to become antibiotic-resistant

In one study 91% of patients had side-effects to the nervous system including pain, weakness, numbness, tingling, headaches, anxiety and memory loss. 73% of patients experienced fracture or tendinitis and swelling of the joints.

Reported side effects include depression, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts; sugar metabolism disorders; retinal ablation, which can lead to blindness; diarrhea; acute renal failure; hearing disorders; and painful rashes.

These long-term and permanent symptoms have a dramatic impact on quality of life including job loss, financial problems and family tension. Many millions have been paid out to plaintiffs in numerous lawsuits, yet the FDA still permits these drugs to be prescribed for even mild infections.

If your physician writes a prescription for one of these drugs for you or someone you love give it back and inform them that you are aware of the severe long-term adverse effects and that their job is to give you the safest treatment with the fewest potential negative outcomes. Unless you are on your deathbed with a serious infection and no other treatment has worked do not take these drugs! There are safer options. Don’t take my word for it; I’ve included links at the end of the article to mainstream medicine websites WebMD.com and RxList.com describing the horrors of these drugs.

The GI Tract

Much of the damage from antibiotics (and many other drugs) occurs in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This part of the human body is profoundly complex, sensitive and intricate, directly affecting every other part every moment of every day. Ranging from immune function, neurotransmitter production for moods and sleep (such as serotonin, dopamine and GABA) and processing food and nutrients, the GI tract does more than any other system of the body.

As discussed in detail in previous articles the GI tract is incredibly sensitive to inflammation and damage, which in turn will trigger leaky gut syndrome, unhealthy bacteria proliferation, yeast and fungus overgrowth (Candida), digestive disorders, bowel problems and the list goes on. This damage can also come from what we eat and drink, lifestyle choices and especially from drugs.

Candida

Have you ever taken broad spectrum antibiotics? Do you react with severe symptoms to chemicals like perfumes, pesticides and tobacco smoke? Do you experience cravings for sugar, bread and/or alcoholic beverages? Do you experience recurrent infections? If you answer yes to many or most of these questions you would benefit by taking this quiz to find out if the overgrowth of systemic yeast and fungus known as Candida may be the cause of your litany of symptoms. Test yourself HERE

Avoid Antibiotics to Regain and Maintain Optimal Health

  • A plant-based diet, high in fiber is the key! Study after study demonstrates the importance of consuming diverse sources of plant fiber daily. As the authors of one major study stated: “The recommendation to consume diets with adequate dietary fiber may turn out to be the most important nutritional recommendation of all”.
  • Avoid mainstream animal foods such as meat, poultry, dairy, etc. The reason: due to modern American farming practices many of the animals are fed massive amounts of antibiotics, including dangerous When you eat the meat you are also consuming the drugs and potentially contracting drug-resistant Campylobacterinfections from poultry. If you know that your animal foods come from farmers who guarantee top-quality antibiotic-free and organic products that would be a better choice. Otherwise, simply opt for beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables for your dietary protein.
  • Take a fiber supplement containing a variety of types of fiber and beneficial probiotics. Studies have consistently shown that people who consume the most plant fiber daily are the healthiest people on earth.
  • If you want to know how to choose the healthiest packaged/prepared foods do this: check the Nutrition Facts on the label and look for a 5 to 1 (or lower) ratio of carbs to fiber. For example, if a serving of cereal shows 22 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber, simply divide 22 by 3 which = 7 and is not enough fiber. But 15 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber is a 5 to 1 ratio, which is much better. Once you start checking labels you’ll be stunned by how little fiber is in most packaged foods.

If you get frequent infections and have been treated with antibiotics repeatedly throughout your life it’s important to focus on rebuilding your gut health and microbiome – the very source of a functioning immune system. Use nano-silver supplements to treat mild infections; enhance your immunity with beta-glucan and other supplements; and avoid sugar and eat a healthy diet. Discover more HERE

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https://www.healthyhabits.com/hh_news/inner-garden/

https://www.healthyhabits.com/hh_news/high-fiber-diet/

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/class-of-antibiotics-gets-stronger-warning-due-to-dangerous-side-effects-says-fda/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/physiciansfoundation/2018/04/09/u-s-health-outcomes-compared-to-other-countries-are-misleading/#14ca7b312325

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-healthcare-comparison-20170715-htmlstory.html

https://www.rxlist.com/levaquin-drug/patient-images-side-effects.htm

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/fluoroquinolones-safety-risks

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3367372/

 

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