Antibiotics, resistance and their side effects

By | March 29, 2017
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Image result for antibioticsAntibiotics are drugs used for treating infections caused by bacteria. Antibiotics have saved countless lives, but scientist are becoming very concerned with their side effects and resistances.

Misuse and overuse of these drugs, have created an antibiotic resistance. This resistance develops when harmful bacteria mutate or adapt in a way that reduces or eliminates the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics cause these different ailments: skin infections, meningitis, sexually transmitted diseases and pneumonia.

Resistance to the benefits of antibiotics aren’t our only concern. Antibiotic work by killing bacteria in the body, but it also kills the beneficial bacteria within your intestines. Eliminating our guts “good bacteria” upset the delicate balance of your intestinal flora. Yeast grows into large colonies and take over, in a condition called dysbiosis.

Yeasts can use their tendrils to literally poke holes through the lining of your intestinal wall. Scientist suggest this to be a cause of leaky gut syndrome.

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“It is ironic that this humbled fungus, hailed as a benefactor of mankind, may by its very success prove to be a deciding factor in the decline of the present civilization.”
-Dr. John I. Pitt, The Genus Penicillium, Academic Press, 1979

What I find to be most terrifying is, the FDA finally admitted that Levaquin should not be taken for common infections and should only be taken as a last resort. This antibiotic is highly dangerous and life threatening and are “associated with disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects….” The FDA has documented over 5,000 related deaths and tens of thousands of related illnesses that are life-threatening and debilitating with this antibiotics use.

Researcher, Dr. Charles Bennett is concerned with with the loss of lives, “What we’re talking about is much more serious today 30,000 deaths potentially.”

Dr. Bennett is currently studying the adverse reaction reports for both Levaquin and a similar antibiotic called Ciprofloxacin.
He found these antibiotics can potentially do damage to cells and to the brain. “The mitochondria is the energy of the cell you damage that and places where you need the most blood supply say like the achilles tendon or your nerves or your brain completely at risk.” – Dr. Bennett

Potential side effects of antibiotics:

  • Ruptured tendons
    •Nerve damage
    •Vomiting
    •Severe watery diarrhea and abdominal crampscramps: signs of a serious bacterial infection of the gut – Clostridium difficile infection
    •Allergic reaction (shortness of breath, hives, swelling of lips, face, or tongue, fainting)
    •Rash
    •Vaginal itching or discharge
    •Oral thrush: White patches on the tongue
    •Antibiotic resistance
    •Brain damage
    •Death
    •Other debilitating issues
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Resources:
•http://www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/antimicrobial_resistance/default.htm
•http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4009357
•http://www.empirestatenews.net/category/national-news/

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