We've heard about antibiotics but what do we know about antibiotic resistance and how does this all work for the better of us? Many of us take this whole antibiotic thing without question but there's still a lot of missing pieces we know absolutely nothing about. 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, is - responsibility for your own body. After all, it's your life.
And speaking of life, we have to take a closer look into antibiotics. But first, let's split the word up. The word Biotics is best described as 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 living organisms.
On the other hand the definition of the word anti being 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 word 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 completely the opposite to antibiotic. We also know what the word "biotic" means. The word "macro" would suggest big or great. Together it would give you "great life". Isn't that a lot better than the word antibiotic that spells disaster? If you don't know much about macrobiotics, have a look at the Macrobiotic Diet. You just might find a more interesting alternative to antibiotics.
1) A few of the bacteria in your body are 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. This could mean they'll need fewer antibiotics in their lifetime.
3) And remember that 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 simply 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 easily be spread to the people you're in close contact with including family members, friends, schoolmates and co-workers.
Another very important 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. This 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 major concern.
A recent study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Disease found antibiotic resistance has important consequences for patients with common 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.
When the first antibiotic was discovered almost 90 years ago it seemed like a miracle. There was a compound that could kill bacteria that caused serious and often fatal infections. I 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 a drug resistance that poses a real threat to our overall health. Now experts are increasingly warning us against overuse, saying that far too many antibiotics are being 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 constantly 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 and once the non-resistant bacteria have been killed off, resistant bacteria 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. This 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 very important that you are aware of this. However, antibiotics are being prescribed for viral infections, allergies and problems that 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 antibiotics. It's often difficult to establish what type if any bacteria is causing your problem.
And another thing is it's not necessary for you to complete the full course as many of you have been told to do. Antibiotics should be administered only until your symptoms improve. In other words - that means your resistance has improved to the extent your body is helping to clear the infection.
And this depends on how your body reacts to the medication. If the reaction is positive, treatment should be stopped 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 medication and perhaps another type of antibiotic should be prescribed. Better still, instead of taking antibiotics, 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 healthier.
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