Side Effects Of Antibiotics

Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN & Amy Coates, RHN, BSc.

Antibiotics are substances or compounds that kill, or inhibit the growth of, bacteria. Antibiotics belong to the broader group of antimicrobial compounds, used to treat infections caused by microorganisms, including fungi and protozoa.

Most antibiotics are currently made, not from natural molds, but synthetically, with yeasts and other ingredients. These molds and fungi are then released into the body, where, far from being discriminant, they feast on and kill all the bacteria present, good or bad. For this reason, it is great to discuss the side effects of antibiotics in four parts: the effects on colon flora, the creation of resistant bacteria, allergic reactions, and long term effects.

Colon flora are micro-organisms that inhabit the colon, protecting the body and the stomach from harmful bacteria in food and other outside influences. Colon flora help in the breakdown and digestion of plant matter, and the absorption of B and K vitamins. Because they are a living form of bacteria, they are very susceptible and sensitive to antibiotics. When antibiotics enter and kill the colon flora, room is made for parasites, the build up of fecal matter, and the growth of fungus in the body. The colon cannot properly clean itself or protect the intestinal lining. This weakening of the digestive system can then lead to an onslaught of other health problems, including, but not limited to, Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Killing off colon flora is not the only negative effect of antibiotics. The prevalence of antibiotics is directly linked to the increase of drug resistant bacterial strains. Tuberculosis is a popular example of a disease that, once eradicated, is again being discovered in antibiotic-resistant forms. When bacteria become drug resistant, they often become stronger and more potent. Drug resistant bacteria, can lead to plague and death, but normally result in stronger antibiotics, which increase side effects in humans and animals and lead to even stronger strains of harmful bacteria. This is a very frightening cycle.

Those who experience loss of colon flora may also experience allergic reactions, discomfort, vaginal yeast infections, and diarrhea while on antibiotics. Allergic reactions have resulted in death and prolonged illness. The long terms effects of antibiotics most certainly result in intestinal weakness, yeast infections, candida infections, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and much more. The prolonged overuse of antibiotics by humans may result in a form of “super” bacteria that cause widespread disease and death.

Because of the overuse and known negative side effects of antibiotics, it is best to find alternative ways of healing. Also, if you have taken antibiotics in the past, it is a good idea to cleanse the body and use probiotics to replace the natural flora in your gut to boost digestion, vitamin absorption, and the immune system. If you are currently on antibiotics it is recommended that you complete them before undergoing a cleanse, and avoid future use.

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