There are two major germs that make us sick – viruses and bacteria. Viruses are not living and therefore do not respond to antibiotics. Bacteria on the other hand are living organisms that multiply and can cause illness. Antibiotics do effectively kill the growth and reproduction of bacteria, but what are the reasons that I personally avoid them at all costs unless there is an emergency?
*An overuse of antibiotics can lead to: obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma. These conditions have doubled in our country and are linked to increase use of antibiotics.
*While killing the bad bacteria, they also kill the good bacteria that our bodies need to be healthy. Serious health problems can result from not having a good amount of good bacteria in your body.
*They can cause an antibiotic resistance leading to the need of using stronger or higher doses of antibiotics for future illnesses. The body won’t respond as well to antibiotics if a serious sickness comes up if antibiotics have been used several times.
*Studies show that giving antibiotics to babies under a year make them three times more likely to develop asthma.
~Most antibiotics prescribed for babies and children are for ear infections and respiratory illnesses. Read my recommendations for home remedies for ear infections and respiratory illnesses that I successfully use with my babies and children (and my husband and me!)
For a very serious situation, antibiotics may be necessary and I’m thankful for them if I do ever need them. If you find yourself in a life-threatening situation, be sure to take probiotics afterward to replace the good bacteria. It is best and healthiest to take natural remedies that are beneficial to the body without harmful side affects.
Read my health story where I share how my health had declined from taking too many antibiotics. When we suffer from poor health or ailments, there is always a root cause, whether from diet or medicine. Make a wiser decision than I did years ago and avoid antibiotics if at all possible – educate yourself for a healthier, better quality of life!
*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA are not intended to treat, prevent or cure any disease.
Lori Alexander says
I completely agree! Antibiotics are way over prescribed and good health begins in the gut…Kefir has helped rebuild my gut! They should only be used for life threatening situations like you have stated.
Jill's Home Remedies says
I enjoy kefir on a regular basis too, Lori – it’s good stuff! There are so many alternatives to antibiotics when sick. Good to hear from you – love your blog! 🙂