We are in a society of quick-fixes and cure-alls. But do your antibiotics actually do more harm than good? Not all antibiotics work the same because there are different kinds of infections they should be treating. Is it bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal? Does your doctor test which one you have?
Here are a few shocking facts about prescribed antibiotics:
- At least 142,000 patients prescribed antibiotics are put in the ER every year.
- This number includes children and adults.
- Many were due to allergic reactions.
- Overexposure to these drugs contributes to the increase in gluten sensitively seen in the last 50 years.
- Overuse of antibiotics has led to a resistance in treating infections that were once easy to care of.
- Antibiotic use destroys the natural bacterial flora in your stomach, leading to Leaky Gut Syndrome.
- Antibiotic use can contribute to vitamin K and biotin deficiencies.
- Incorrect use of these drugs can increase the risk for secondary infections.
Make sure your doctor is considering all your options. Sometimes it’s best to get a second opinion, just to be safe. If your infection continues after you’ve been taking antibiotics, consider the possibility of environmental components that could affect your immune system. Some examples of environmental influences are:
- Hidden food allergies
- Immune suppressing drugs (allergy medications, steroids, antacids, pain medication)
- A heavy sugar diet
- Poor nutritional intake (vitamin and mineral deficiencies)
- Gluten Sensitivity (Gluten can alter bacterial levels in the gut as well as strain the immune system)
- Inadequate sleep
- Inadequate sunshine exposure
- Overwhelming stress
- Heavy metal exposure (not the kind that resides on your playlist; lead, mercury, cadmium)
Do not treat the symptoms; treat the cause. These factors are not always brought up when discussing infections with your doctor, and yet they could be the cause of it! If you want to learn more about living with fewer medications and more results, or to discuss the possibility of environmental components that could be influencing your health, then schedule a Wellness Consultation with us today!