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Another good Reason NOT to take Antibiotics

Posted Jan 22 2009 10:09am

When most people get sick, they go to the doctor expecting help. Often help comes in the form of antibiotics to combat infections. As a society, we are beginning to understand the repercussions of this constant use of antibiotics in the form of drug resistant bacteria that could make antibiotics completely ineffective in the future- but there are other risks too.

A new study shows that 13% of ALL cases of acute liver failure are caused by ONE SINGLE class of drugs- antibiotics!

This is sad news for those who experience liver failure due to these commonly used drugs- and is another good reason to take preventative measures to improve your immune system in order to avoid having to take antibiotics.

Antibiotics should ONLY be used for life threatening emergencies , yet doctors still prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily almost half of the time. And by unnecessarily, I’m referring to conditions where the patient is likely to heal themselves with or without the use of antibiotics.

The biggest recipients of unnecessary antibiotics being colds, flu, bronchitis and ear infections- NONE of these require antibiotics as they are generally self-limiting -and not even bacterial in origin in most cases.

For some reason, our society has begun to think of common illnesses as horrible events that we should fear. But they are often a way for the body to rid itself of toxins and a way of forcing the sufferer to slow their life down for a few days in order to heal.

Take the time to listen to your body- take a few days to heal yourself from illness instead of relying on dangerous drugs to suppress symptoms.

Kerri Knox, RN

Functional Medicine Practitioner

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