We've all heard about antibiotics, but what do we know about antibiotic resistance and how does this work to our advantage? Many of us take in this whole antibiotic thing without question, but there's still a lot of missing pieces we know absolutely nothing in respect to this. If you want some serious advice, you're going to have to stop consuming all that unhealthy food that's making you sick. You're to have to eat more plant-based foods.
You're going to have to exercise more regularly, and you have to get plenty of sleep. That way, you won't ever need to take antibiotics or worry about the consequences of antibiotic resistance or any other health-related problems. There is one thing you're going to need to take and that, in a nutshell - responsibility for your own body. After all, it is your life.
And speaking of life, we have to take a closer look at antibiotics. But first, let's split the word up. The term Biotics best describes a living component (life) As an example - organisms such as a living creature. In other words, Biotics refers to life itself or the condition of a living organism.
On the other hand, the definition of the word "anti" meaning opposed to or against a particular thing or person. It could also refer to a person who is opposed to something or someone. So when you put these two words together - One meaning life and the other meaning against then you come up with the only conclusion that the true meaning behind the name antibiotics can only spell out against life. Let's think about that for a moment, shall we?
If you look at the word "macrobiotic" for example and spit this word in two, it's entirely the opposite to antibiotic. We also know what the word "biotic" means. The term "macro" would suggest something significant or great. Together it would give you "great life". Isn't that a lot better than the word antibiotic which would spell disaster? If you don't know much about macrobiotics, have a look at the Macrobiotic Diet. You might find a more compelling alternative to antibiotics.
1) Very few of the bacteria in your body is resistant to antibiotics
2) Antibiotics kill the illness-causing bacteria but leave the drug-resistant bacteria alive
3) The drug-resistant bacteria continue to multiply
4) Some bacteria pass on their drug-resistance, making the problem a lot worse.
Here's what you can do to stop bacteria from becoming drug-resistant.
1) Don't demand that your doctor prescribes antibiotics
2) You could vaccinate your children to help protect them against certain infections which in turn could mean they'll need fewer antibiotics in their lifetime.
3) And remember that medicines such as antibiotics do not affect viral infections such as colds and flu.
Antibiotics do nothing for viral infections, and if you take them anyway, they'll add to the drug-resistance problem. Below are some common infections caused by viruses.
3) Most sore throats
4) Most coughs and bronchitis (chest colds)
5) Many sinus infections
6) Many ear infections
Keep Your Distance
Antibiotics are bad news and remember that antibiotic-bacteria can quickly spread to the people you're in close contact with including family members, friends, schoolmates and co-workers.
Another essential thing to understand and that is the overuse, and unnecessary use of antibiotics could easily lead to a public health crisis because it results in bacteria becoming increasingly resistant to these medications. In other words, - The antibiotics no longer kill them. It could eventually lead to a situation where you have no means of treating bacterial infections. And this isn't a problem only in hospitals where "superbugs" (multidrug-resistant bacteria) have become a significant concern.
A recent study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Disease found antibiotic resistance has significant consequences for patients with frequent infections usually treated by GPs such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) and respiratory tract infections. The study found that as these infections become more antibiotic-resistant in patients treated by GPs, the patients not only had more severe symptoms, they also had them for longer. Makes you think twice about taking antibiotics in the first place.
Antibiotic, first discovered almost 90 years ago, seemed like a miracle. There was a compound that could kill bacteria that caused severe and often fatal infections. It was a discovery that changed the face of medicine, and since then, numerous other antibiotics have been discovered and developed. They're used to treat a wide variety of infections and disease caused by bacteria.
However, I have always reiterated that the overuse of antibiotics is leading to drug resistance that poses a real threat to one's continual health. Now experts are increasingly warning us against overuse, saying that far too many antibiotic medicines get used for infections that would otherwise have cleared up on their own. As with most things in life, too much of a "good" thing isn't necessarily good.
Because bacteria are continually changing and become drug-resistant due to excessive use of antibiotics, the medication can become ineffective for certain infections. Now, this is where you have to take special note because antibiotics also attack the good bacteria in your body. Once you eliminate non-resistant bacteria, resistant bacteria will take over. Part of the problem is that sometimes people want to treat any, if not all illnesses and conditions with antibiotics, even to the point of demanding prescriptions from their doctors. It's is a bad idea.
You see, antibiotics are effective only against bacterial infections and do not affect whatsoever against viral infections. You have to understand that. It's imperative that you are aware of this. However, antibiotics prescribed for viral infections, allergies and problems have nothing to do with bacterial infections.
There's a long list of ailments that can be treated effectively with antibiotics, including infections of the urinary tract, throat, ear and vagina but only if these infections are caused by bacteria which is something your doctor needs to establish.
Even things like bronchitis often don't need antibiotics as in most cases, it's a viral infection and not bacterial. As antibiotics work only on bacteria and fungi and have no effect on viruses, you shouldn't be prescribed antibiotics for common illnesses such as colds, flu, measles and mumps - not unless there's a secondary infection caused by bacteria.
Before writing a prescription, your doctor should examine you and perform the necessary tests to ensure antibiotics are needed and if so, establish the right type and dosage of antibiotic medicine. It's often difficult to determine what type if any bacteria is causing your problem.
And another thing - It's not necessary for you to complete the full course as many of you have been told. Antibiotics should only be administered until your symptoms improve. In other words - that means your resistance has been enhanced to the extent your body is helping clear the infection.
And this depends on how your body reacts to the medication. If the reaction is positive, treatment should stop as soon as possible - to cut down on unnecessary antibiotic use. If on the other hand, your medication is slow to respond, it could mean that the infection-causing organism is resistant to the drug, and perhaps another type of antibiotic should be prescribed. Better still, instead of taking antibiotic medicines, make changes to your lifestyle and eat more plant-based foods. Not only will your body love you for it, but you will feel and look a whole lot healthier too.
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