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Antibiotics and The Immune System

"Current Research indicates that 70% of the immune system is located in or around the digestive system." (-Digestive Wellness by Elizabeth Lipski)

The very trillions of beneficial bacteria that are actively working daily and helping you to maintain your immune system and health in your small intestine and colon are DESTROYED by ANTIBIOTICS!  The loss of the beneficial bacteria means the disease producing organisms and the endotoxins they generate will thrive in your gastrointestinal tract, opening your body to more harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, and yeasts that are resistant to the antibiotics used. This can lead to chronic overpowering sicknesses including Asthma and Allergies and a host of other medical problems that WILL RESULT in a greatly SHORTENED LIFESPAN.  At this point you will have no natural immune system (because the antibiotics have killed off major components of it) --just as most of the known world no longer has a strong, naturally functioning immune system. This is why the doctors and drug companies already have more antibiotics and artificial immune system boosting protocols standing by to use on you -- trying to destroy the organisms which were let into your body by the same antibiotics in the first place. It is a truly viscous cycle.

There is a natural solution to replacing those crucial beneficial organisms (beneficial intestinal flora). Probiotic supplements replace the intestinal flora destroyed by antibiotics so that the immune system can again begin to do the job it was designed to do.

 

 

Are Antibiotics Killing Us?
"For every cell in your body, you support 10 bacterial cells that make vitamins, trigger hormones, and may even influence how fat you are. Guess what happens to them when you pop penicillin?"
Antibiotics May Be Linked to Allergies, Asthma
Antibiotics cause changes in gastrointestinal tract microbes and alter immune system responses, making people more sensitive to common allergens, says a University of Michigan Health System study.
A Link Between Antibiotics and Asthma
Is there something parents can do to change whether their children will get asthma? Babies who received a course of antibiotics during the first six months of life are 2.5 times more likely than their peers to have developed asthma by age 7, according to a Henry Ford Health System study. And babies who took even one round broad-spectrum antibiotics were 8.9 times more likely to acquire asthma.
CDC: Deadly bacterial illness may be spreading
Germ is becoming a regular menace in hospitals and nursing homes
  "A deadly bacterial illness commonly seen in people on antibiotics appears to be growing more common — even in patients not taking such drugs, according to a report published Thursday in a federal health journal.
   And in a second article later by the New England Journal of Medicine, health officials said samples of the same bacteria taken from eight U.S. hospitals show it is mutating to become even more resistant to antibiotics.
  “I don’t want to scare people away from using antibiotics. ... But it’s concerning, and we need to respond,” said Dr. L. Clifford McDonald, an epidemiologist for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
...The medical journal also reported on the occurrence of C-diff in 12 hospitals in Quebec where 1,703 patients had C-diff illnesses, and 422 died within 30 days of diagnosis.
   Exposure to fluoroquinolones and other antibiotics was clearly a risk for patients, according to the Canadian researchers."
Acne antibiotics linked to respiratory infections
Patients on medication twice as likely to develop illnesses, study finds
"Acne patients who have been taking antibiotics for at least six weeks are twice as likely to develop an upper respiratory tract infection as those who aren’t on antibiotic treatment, according to the results of a new study."
Excess Antibiotics Linked to Allergy Woes
  "Michigan scientists say the bacteria and fungi in a person's gastrointestinal tract have a great deal to do with his or her sensitivity to allergens.
  A team from the University of Michigan, in a study to be published in next month's edition of the journal Infection and Immunity, report new evidence suggesting that changes in the normal mixture of microflora, bacteria and fungi in the gastrointestinal tract, can intensify the immune system's reaction to common allergens like pollen or animal dander in the lung and increase the risk of developing chronic allergies or asthma."
Two Out of Three Babies Receive Antibiotics by First Birthday ~Dr. Mercola
"...The medical establishment has convinced American parents that they need to run their babies to the doctor at the first sign of a fever. This does not make sense, as a fever is actually a good thing.
  High fevers are especially good as they are far better than any immunization at building an authentic, life-long immune response. When we suppress these fevers with Tylenol we can cause far more harm than good.
  To add insult to injury, parents give their children antibiotics that do absolutely nothing for the viral infection and do everything to upset the fragile bacterial microenvironment in their child’s intestine.
  It is no wonder that so many of us are sick as we grow up. Most of us are fed grains rather than vegetables, and then we are assaulted by well-intentioned, but nevertheless very harmful, rituals that nearly guarantee a major health challenge down the road.
  These medical "traditions" result in problems from allergies to recurrent ear infections and tube placements in the ears to drugs for attention deficit disorder."
For more on asthma and allergies, see our heath topic: Asthma-Allergies
Antibiotics Making You Sick? -Taking antibiotics for an infection might cause antibiotic-associated diarrhea
Candidiasis (antibiotic poisoning page 1)
"Candidiasis is basically a twentieth century disease, resulting from medical developments like antibiotics, birth control pills, ulcer medications, and estrogen replacement therapy (HRT). And it can be triggered at a very young age, when children are first being treated with antibiotics (ear and throat infections)."
Antibiotic Overuse
"...The routine use of antibiotics makes life worse for children and parents--even apart from the side effects and allergic reactions many children have. To be on the safe side, antibiotics should be withheld unless they are clearly needed.
Nevertheless, up to 60 % of children with common colds are treated with antibiotics (Journal of Family Practice 1996; 42:357--361). Because children average three to eight colds each year, most accompanied by green or yellow runny noses, they can get many, many rounds of unnecessary (and therefore harmful) antibiotics"
Breeding an Epidemic -Antibiotics and Meat
"...As alarming as it is that diseases made resistant by antibiotics can be transferred from animals to people, that threat to human health may be small compared with the possibility—indeed, the likelihood—that antibiotics are gradually becoming ineffective treatments for many diseases as resistance is transferred from one type of bacteria to another."

 

Antibiotics
An antibiotic is a drug that kills or slows the growth of bacteria. Antibiotics are one class of "antimicrobials", a larger group which also includes anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic drugs. They are relatively harmless to the host, and therefore can be used to treat infection. The term originally described only those formulations derived from living organisms, but is now applied also to synthetic antimicrobials, such as the sulfonamides.

Unlike previous treatments for infections, which included poisons such as strychnine, antibiotics were labeled "magic bullets": drugs which targeted disease without harming the host. Antibiotics are not effective in viral, fungal and other nonbacterial infections, and individual antibiotics vary widely in their effectiveness on various types of bacteria. Some specific antibiotics target either gram-negative or gram-positive bacteria, and others are more wide-spectrum antibiotics. The effectiveness of individual antibiotics varies with the location of the infection and the ability of the antibiotic to reach this site. Oral antibiotics are the simplest approach when effective, with intravenous antibiotics reserved for more serious cases. Antibiotics may sometimes be administered topically, as with eyedrops or ointments.

Following earlier experiments that had demonstrated interesting anti-bacterial effects from various bacterial secretions, the German scientist E. de Freudenreich in 1888 isolated a bacterial secretion and noted its antibacterial properties. Pyocyanase, secreted by Bacillus pyocyaneus, retarded the growth of other bacteria in situ and was toxic to many disease-causing bacteria. Unfortunately, pyocyanase's own toxicity and unstable character prevented its use as an effective, safe antibiotic within the human body.

The first effective antibiotic discovered was penicillin. French physician Ernest Duchesne noted in his 1896 thesis that certain Penicillium molds killed bacteria. Duchesne died within a few years, and his research was forgotten for a generation, until an accident intervened. Alexander Fleming had been culturing bacteria on agar plates, one of which was ruined by an accidental fungal contamination. Rather than discarding the contaminated plate, Fleming noticed a clear zone surrounding the colony of mold. Having previously studied the ability of the enzyme lysozyme to kill bacteria, Fleming realized that the mold was secreting something that stopped bacterial growth. He knew that this substance might have enormous utility to medicine. Although he was unable to purify the compound (the beta-lactam ring in the penicillin molecule was not stable under the purification methods he tried), he reported it in the scientific literature. Since the mold was of the genus Penicillium, he named this compound penicillin.

History

In the 1930s German scientists investigated the antibacterial properties of certain dyes. One of these was a sulfonamide, prontosil, which was used to treat infections in humans, where its effect was found to be due to its conversion in the host to the active form, sulfanilimide. By today's more broad definition, this would likely qualify as the first successful use of an oral antibiotic. During the same era, Rene Dubos isolated tyrothricin, an antibiotic used topically for skin infections, from soil bacteria.

With the increased need for treating wound infections in World War II, resources were poured into investigating and purifying penicillin, and a team led by Howard Walter Florey succeeded in producing usable quantities of the purified active ingredient which were quickly tested on clinical cases. Physicians were exhilarated at the rapid and reliable cure of conditions which had, until then, been difficult to treat, terrible to endure, and frequently fatal. Observation of other species of mold and other organisms revealed a hitherto unknown level of chemical warfare being carried out against bacteria. New antibiotics were rapidly discovered and came into widespread use, and a new era of research into the possibility of similarly "magic" chemotherapeutic cures for other diseases eventually led to successes in the field of cancer chemotherapy.

The discovery of antibiotics, along with anesthesia and the adoption of hygienic practices by physicians (for example, washing hands and using sterilized instruments) revolutionized medicine. It has been said that this is the greatest advance in health since modern sanitation. People in developed countries now find it hard to imagine that a simple scratch once always carried the risk of infection and death.

Side Effects

Side effects range from slight headache to a major allergic reaction. One of the more common side effects is diarrhea, which results from the antibiotic disrupting the balance of intestinal flora, the "good bacteria" that dwell inside the human digestive system. Other side effects can result from interaction between the antibiotic and other drugs, such as elevated risk of tendon damage from administration of a quinolone antibiotic with a systemic corticosteroid.

Antibiotic misuse

Common forms of antibiotic misuse include taking an inappropriate antibiotic, in particular the use of antibacterials for viral infections like the common cold, and failure to take the entire prescribed course of the antibiotic, usually because the patient feels better before the infecting organism is completely eradicated. In addition to treatment failure, these practices can result in antibiotic resistance.

In the United States, a vast quantity of antibiotics is routinely included as low doses in the diet of healthy farm animals, as this practice has been proved to make animals grow faster. Opponents of this practice, however, point out the likelihood that it also leads to antibiotic resistance, frequently in bacteria that are known to also infect humans, although there has been little or no evidence as yet of such transfer of antibiotic resistance actually occurring.

Antibiotic Resistance

One side effect of misusing antibiotics is the development of antibiotic resistance by the infecting organisms, similar to the development of pesticide resistance in insects. Evolutionary theory of genetic selection requires that as close as possible to 100% of the infecting organisms be killed off to avoid selection of resistance; if a small subset of the population survives the treatment and is allowed to multiply, the average susceptibility of this new population to the compound will be much less than that of the original population, since they have descended from those few organisms which survived the original treatment. This survival often results from an inheritable resistance to the compound, which was infrequent in the original population but is now much more frequent in the descendants thus selected entirely from those originally infrequent resistant organisms.

Antibiotic resistance has become a serious problem in both the developed and underdeveloped nations. By 1984 half the people with active tuberculosis in the United States had a strain that resisted at least one antibiotic. In certain settings, such as hospitals and some child-care locations, the rate of antibiotic resistance is so high that the normal, low cost antibiotics are virtually useless for treatment of frequently seen infections. This leads to more frequent use of newer and more expensive compounds, which in turn leads inexorably to the rise of resistance to those drugs, and a never-ending ever-spiraling race to discover new and different antibiotics ensues, just to keep us from losing ground in the battle against infection. The fear is that we will eventually fail to keep up in this race, and the time when people did not fear life-threatening bacterial infections will be just a memory of a golden era.

Another example of selection is Staphylococcus aureus, which could be treated successfully with penicillin in the 1940s and 1950s. At present, nearly all strains are resistant to penicillin, and many are resistant to nafcillin, leaving only a narrow selection of drugs such as vancomycin useful for treatment. The situation is worsened by the fact that genes coding for antibiotic resistance can be transferred between bacteria, making it possible for bacteria never exposed to an antibiotic to acquire resistance from those which have. The problem of antibiotic resistance is worsened when antibiotics are used to treat disorders in which they have no efficacy, such as the common cold or other viral complaints, and when they are used widely as prophylaxis rather than treatment (as in, for example, animal feeds), because this exposes more bacteria to selection for resistance.

Original text from the article in Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia: Antibiotics (Read Full Article...). Newer version of article may be available. See original Wikipedia article for any newer information. All text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

 

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