Why You Should Think Twice Before Giving Your Child Antibiotics

We all take antibiotics – and we take them a lot.

40 percent of all adults and 70 percent of all children take one or more antibiotics every year, not to mention their use in billions of food animals. 1

When you or your child is ill, it’s sooooo tempting to just go to the doctor and ask for antibiotics, or take the prescription he hands over without asking any questions. You may figure that taking antibiotics can’t hurt, and might help. You might know that there’s a risk of side effects, but reckon that risk is small.

Please understand this: just because the man is wearing a white coat, doesn’t mean that he always does the right thing. It has been proven that doctors are now over-prescribing antibiotics by the bucket-load. 2

Studies show that half of the estimated 100 million antibiotic prescriptions each year for respiratory tract infections may be unnecessary. 3

A huge majority of people who see their doctors for sore throats or acute bronchitis receive antibiotics, but only a small percentage of those people should actually have been prescribed antibiotics. Those illnesses usually are caused by viruses, and antibiotics — which only treat bacterial infections — do not help. 4

Why Do Doctors Need Snacks?

Here’s a fun fact: did you know that you are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics if you see your doctor later in the day?

It’s true: Studies show that doctors appeared to ‘wear down’ during their morning and afternoon clinic sessions, and antibiotic prescribing rates increased the later the day got. 5

Researchers on this study suggested that “Remedies for this problem might include different schedules for the doctors, shorter sessions, more breaks or maybe even snacks.” Snacks? Really? If your doctor had a snack, he might alter his prescription for your child’s illness?

Confidence inspiring, no?

And here’s another unsettling fact: Many rheumatologists and general internal medicine physicians say they regularly prescribe “placebo treatments” including active drugs such as sedatives and antibiotics, but rarely admit they are doing so to their patients. 6

They’re not supposed to do this, of course. Giving someone a drug that you know perfectly well is not going to work, in order to shut them up, is by its very nature is deceptive and therefore violates patients’ autonomy. But the doctors in the study said they did not believe they were behaving unethically by either using placebos or not being upfront with their patients about doing so. 7

So.

The doctor handing you that prescription may be tired, cranky, need a snack, or just desperate to shut you up and get you out of his office.

But here’s the really important thing for you to know: the danger of antibiotics isn’t just about creating a hypothetical superbug that might someday attack someone else.

Most people simply do not understand the real risk of antibiotics. 8 But those risks to your health are very real, and immediate.

How Can Antibiotics Hurt You?

Antibiotics harm you and your child, the minute you start taking them.

Antibiotics have now been linked with to include digestive dysfunction, diarrhoea, ulcerative colitis, obesity, problems with food absorption, depression, immune function, sepsis, allergies and asthma. 9

Antibiotics can also cause tendinitis, inner-ear problems and hearing loss, impaired kidney function, and other problems. Antibiotics can trigger something called oxidative stress — which damage the bacteria’s DNA and enzymes, as well as the membrane that encloses the cell. 10

Why does this happen? It’s because antibiotics don’t just kill the bad bugs that are causing your infection. They kill everything else inside your microbiome as well.

If you imagine your insides as the Amazon rain forest, full of loads of lifeforms like flowers and trees, birds and deer and jaguar, taking antibiotics is like fire-bombing the rain forest. Total wipe-out of everything – not just the bad bugs.

If you’ve ever suffered symptoms of diarrhoea or IBS after a course of antibiotics, you’ve experienced this result for yourself, first hand. The good bugs have been wiped out, and can no longer do their job properly.

And the good bugs that you need to digest your food and run all the systems in your body don’t ever grow back – not properly. What takes over the empty dead space are the opportunists – the weeds.

Now researchers have discovered that the long-term effect of antibiotics is even worse than we feared.

Antibiotics also kill intestinal epithelium. 11

Epithelium is another nifty new vocab word for you. It’s the stuff that lines blood vessels and organs throughout the body. Your glands are made of epithelial tissue. You’ll find epithelium in the walls of your capillaries, the lining of your lungs, the ducts of your kidneys, pancreas and salivary glands, the lining of your gut.

So if you’re killing epithelium inside the intestine, you’re drilling holes in the very important place in your body where you’re also trying to absorb nutrients and store your immune system.

Not ideal, really, is it?

How Can You Fix It?

But there is good news: probiotics can undo the damage caused by antibiotics.

It has now been shown that keeping your immune system “primed” by eating foods enhanced with “good” bacteria can help counteract the negative effects of antibiotic. 12

And guess what the most powerful probiotic food is?

Goats milk kefir.

Why is this best? You want to choose a milk-based probiotic, because it has been shown that dairy products boost the effectiveness of probiotics. 13 Choose a liquid and not pill-form, because kefir is a live multi-strain probiotic, with bacteria living and thriving in their own medium. This is far more powerful than any dried or dehydrated probiotic, where the bacteria are dying off over time.

And make sure that your kefir is made with goats milk rather than cows milk, because studies show that goats milk is more beneficial to human health than cow’s milk. 14

Live, active goats milk kefir returns those good bugs to where they need to be inside your body – and repairs the antibiotic damage! 15

We recommend a course of Goats Milk Kefir from Chuckling Goat.

What is your experience with antibiotics? Have you ever noticed after a course of antibiotics that your digestion was impaired? Have you suffered allergies, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne or IBS in the wake of a course of antibiotics?

I’d love to hear from you –

shann (Custom)

References:

  1. Oregon State University - "Unwanted impact of antibiotics broader, more complex than previously known". Published by ScienceDaily on February 10, 2015.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150210212634.htm
  2. BioMed Central - "Antibiotics Overprescribed By Doctors, Study Suggests". Published by ScienceDaily on September 24, 2007.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070920072119.htm
  3. Infectious Diseases Society of America - "Adverse Reactions To Antibiotics Send Thousands Of Patients To The ER". Published by ScienceDaily on August 13, 2008.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/08/080812135515.htm
  4. Infectious Diseases Society of America - "Antibiotics drastically overprescribed for sore throats, bronchitis."". Published by ScienceDaily on October 4, 2013.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131004105256.htm
  5. Brigham and Women's Hospital - "If you want an antibiotic, see your doctor later in the day". Published by ScienceDaily on October 6, 2014.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/10/141006174310.htm
  6. BMJ-British Medical Journal - "U.S. Doctors Regularly Prescribe Real Drugs As Placebo Treatments, Study Claims". Published by ScienceDaily on October 25, 2008.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081023195216.htm
  7. BMJ-British Medical Journal - "U.S. Doctors Regularly Prescribe Real Drugs As Placebo Treatments, Study Claims". Published by ScienceDaily on October 25, 2008.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081023195216.htm
  8. George Washington University - "Patients don't understand risks of unnecessary antibiotics, study shows". Published by ScienceDaily on December 14, 2014.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141215140857.htm
  9. Oregon State University - "Unwanted impact of antibiotics broader, more complex than previously known". Published by ScienceDaily on February 10, 2015.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150210212634.htm
  10. Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard - "New insights into how antibiotics damage human cells suggest novel strategies for making long-term antibiotic use safer". Published by ScienceDaily on July 3, 2013.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130703160623.htm
  11. Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard - "New insights into how antibiotics damage human cells suggest novel strategies for making long-term antibiotic use safer". Published by ScienceDaily on July 3, 2013.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130703160623.htm
  12. Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard - "New insights into how antibiotics damage human cells suggest novel strategies for making long-term antibiotic use safer". Published by ScienceDaily on July 3, 2013.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130703160623.htm
  13. American Society for Microbiology - "Dairy products boost effectiveness of probiotics". Published by ScienceDaily on July 17, 2015.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/07/150717142439.htm
  14. University of Granada - "Goats' Milk Is More Beneficial To Health Than Cows' Milk, Study Suggests". Published by ScienceDaily on July 31, 2007.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070730100229.htm
  15. Albert Einstein College of Medicine - "Probiotics May Help People Taking Antibiotics". Published by ScienceDaily on December 24, 2008.
    sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081217190443.htm

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  1. I couldn’t agree more with the points that you make.
    After not being ill since childhood, I developed a lung infection which required heavy doses of antibiotics to clear it. I was not really well again for over a year and definately not my usual energetic self.
    Over a year later the infection which obviously had not cleared, travelled to my heart and caused damage to the muscles. After leaving hospital, I took my daughter’s advice and took a course of Kefir goats milk and began to pick up again after about five days – I have now ordered my second course as I think it did me so much good and, maybe should have ordered a double course in the first place.
    From now I will take it on the recommended four times a year, at the change of the seasons as I love the feeling of being restored to good health and can now get on with my life.
    With best wishes and very many thanks, Maggie

    1. Hi Maggie – Your story really highlights one of the most frightening things that antibioitics do, which is to damage epithelial cells. Since the heart, lungs, gut and all organs are lined with epithelium, this is no joke – as you’ve experienced! So thrilled that the kefir is working so well for you – stick with it and you will see ongoing increased in your condition, energy levels and general health. Good luck and stay in touch! Best, Shann

  2. I too learned this the hard way. I had severe acne and took strong antibiotics continually for 5 years without a break, being assured by my doctor that this was ok. My IBS and digestive issues were out of control and ruining my life when I came across a wonderful nutritionist who turned my life around and cured my acne in a matter of weeks. Initially, when my candida levels were tested, they were 1,000,000,000 cells per g/ml instead of the 100 cells per g/ml that is ‘normal’. Although things are now much more under control 12 years down the line, I still have to be extremely careful what I eat and feel that my digestive system has been damaged permanently. I was lucky to come across an article by Shann in ‘What Doctors don’t tell you’ magazine and regularly now use kefir. Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing Shann. Julie

    1. Hi Julie – Sorry to hear of your struggles, but so happy that you’ve now turned things around! Once you understand about how your microbiome works, and what damages it, it’s easier to take control and become an expert of your own wellness. Good luck with your ongoing journey, stick with the kefir, and please continuie to keep us posted! x Hugs, Shann