Antibiotics Proven to Alter Digestive Flora

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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The new tools of science are not friendly to the inept practices of Western medicine.  Using advanced genomic analysis of stool samples researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine1 have clearly proven that the commonly prescribed antibiotic Cipro can alter the ecological balance of power in the digestive tract, setting the stage for all manner of future health problems.

The study showed that a single five-day course of Cipro could induce problems.  However, two courses over a 10 month period were adequate to cause adverse changes.

“Ecologists have found that an ecosystem, such as a wildlife refuge, that is quite capable of rebounding from even huge occasional perturbations—forest fire, volcanic eruption, pests—may yet be undone by too rapid a series of such perturbations,” said Les Dethlefsen, PhD, a research scientist in Relman’s lab and the study’s first author. “In the same way, recurring antibiotic use may produce a cumulative effect on our internal microbial ecosystems with potentially debilitating, if as yet unpredictable, consequences.”

This problem has been obvious to anyone in the alternative health field as well as to millions of patients who have had their health altered by repeated antibiotic administration.  Western medicine operates on the assumption that a germ is the cause of disease and anything done to eradicate a germ is preventing disease, and that one’s body will simply bounce back and return to normal after their treatments.  This study shows that the common use of antibiotics alters intestinal health in a way that produces future disease and poor health. 

When the balance of power within the digestive tract is disturbed then beneficial function of various bacteria is blunted and the risk for pathogenic bacteria that induce ongoing poor health is increased.  Antibiotics encourage the overgrowth of normally friendly organisms, like Candida albicans, which can turn one’s digestive tract into a constant source of problems that lead to immune dysfunction, autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease, asthma, weight gain, and many other health problems.

The Western medical pill-pushing establishment needs a serious re-evaluation of their purported creed to “first do no harm.”

Anyone who legitimately needs an antibiotic should always follow that treatment with at least a supplement of friendly flora and may need to do a more comprehensive recovery of their digestive health.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Antibiotics Alter Intestinal Flora  PNAS  Les Dethlefsen andDavid A. Relman

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