Antibiotics May Not Be That Helpful, After All

After my post on my ordeal with bad doctors’ advice and bad prescriptions, I had written a post on the possible contributors to my ulcerative colitis, including having taken antibiotics in my earlier years.

Now, an article on by Dr. Kelly Brogan, MD, gives a thorough, detailed analysis of the side effects of and alternatives to antibiotics.

Dr. Brogan writes that “infections have a natural course with an inbuilt capacity for robust recovery, so we may be giving undue credit to antibiotics,” and that there is “ample evidence that antibiotics take out the ‘good’ with the ‘bad’ bacteria and leave a trail of imbalance that leaves the patient more vulnerable…”

And, “up to a one-third reduction in biome diversity can persist longer than 6 months, even after one short course of the popularly-dispensed antibiotic, Cipro. This decrease in diversity can, itself, be a precursor to new illness. For instance, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is one of several chronic illnesses associated with low levels of beneficial bacteria. Dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria) is also a precursor to autoimmunity, obesity, and weight gain.”

Among some of the “non-microbiome-based” risks, according to Dr. Brogan, include slowed fracture healing and acute liver injury. And she also notes there are psychiatric risks of antibiotics, including “irritability, confusion, encephalopathy, suicidality, psychosis, and mania,” with further detail on researchers’ findings in that area.

And finally, Dr. Brogan lists some alternatives to antibiotics, including colloidal silver, botanical herbs, probiotics, garlic and Manuka honey, with further explanations regarding each of those alternatives.

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