My family and I have been through MANY antibiotics for various infections. In fact, the damage to our stomach lining is so bad that it has caused an INCREASING number of food allergies and other problems. My number one goal this year is to heal our family. First, I conquered sicknesses and infections. Now, I’m on a mission to heal the stomach from all the damage done. First of all, let me help you understand why I feel it is so important.
Up to 4 lbs of your body weight comes from bacteria. The average person has around 400 different types of friendly bacteria, mainly resident in the digestive tract, which are forever multiplying. These bacteria are the first line of defense against unfriendly bacteria and other disease-producing microbes including viruses and fungi. They also make some vitamins and digest fibre, allowing us to derive more nutrients from otherwise indigestible food
Like pesticides, the purpose of antibiotic drugs is to kill life (anti-bio). But as well as destroying pathogenic bacteria, antibiotics also destroy friendly ones. The more ‘broad spectrum’ the antibiotic, the more strains of beneficial bacteria will also be killed. A single course of antibiotics can wipe out beneficial strains of bacteria for SIX MONTHS or more!
“When you take antibiotics, you are doing to your body what a farmer does when he sprays his fields with pesticides” says medical researcher Geoffrey Cannon, author of the book Superbug.
According to microbiologist, Professor Richard Lacey, the widespread overuse of antibiotics is the major cause of changes observed in the last decade in the balance of bacteria in the gut. Overuse of antibiotics, in particular ampicillin and tetracyclines, is resulting in a generation of new strains of ‘superbugs’ – bacteria which have become resistant to the very drugs designed to destroy them. Medical researcher Dr Stuart Levy from Tufts University says that these changes are “unparalleled in recorded biologic history”. So serious is the problem that now there are new drug-resistant versions of every disease-causing bacterium. Drug-resistant tuberculosis, for example, now accounts for one in seven new cases.
It’s not just antibiotics, but the whole mentality of developing drugs to kill bugs that needs to be questioned. After all, vast improvements in sanitation in the Western world have been achieved this century, and, in the last twenty years, medicine has doled out billions of anti-biotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal medicines. If this approach was working you’d expect less overall deaths from infections and less cases of food poisoning. In fact, exactly the opposite has occurred.
The best way to fight infection is to have a strong immune system in the first place and the right balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut. If a pathogen does then conic along, your natural defenses can fight it off. But what if you do succumb to an infection?
Instead of giving a drug to wipe out the enemy, specific strains of beneficial bacteria are given to reinforce the body’s natural defenses. For example, giving children probiotics has been shown to halve the recovery time.
I am excited that we have taken the first step this year to strengthen our immune system this year! Check out my blog post on how I have helped my family to fight and prevent sicknesses, infections, cuts, and asthmatic reactions in our home.