The University of California, Berkeley, writes on their webpage Understanding Evolution, “Only a few decades ago, antibiotics were considered to be wonder drugs because they worked so well to cure deadly diseases. Ironically, though, many antibiotics have become less effective, precisely because they have worked so well and have been used so often.”
Antibiotics are still effective today, especially when they are used appropriately to treat bacterial infections, such as strep throat, urinary tract infections and whooping cough (pertussis).
However, as with many medications, there are side effects associated with the use of antibiotics. One risk is that antibiotics are so effective in killing bacteria that they tend to not be selective in the bacteria they kill.
It is well known that the human body is largely made up of bacteria. (Specifically, good bacteria). While there are 100 trillion cells in the human body, there is ten times that amount of bacteria. That’s right – for every cell in your body, there are ten bacteria! More than anything else, we are microbial.
The excessive use of antibiotics can be harmful to the good bacteria in our body and as a result, our overall health.
These good bacteria are most concentrated in the gut – they make up our microbiome.
The bacteria in our gut are beneficial for our health for a number of reasons:
More than anything else, the bacteria in our gut help to strengthen our immune system. This is because 70-80% of the immune system is found in the gastrointestinal tract (gut), the same place as these beneficial bacteria.
When we harm the beneficial bacteria in our microbiome (either through the use of an antibiotic or by another means), the “bad guys” are allowed to take over in the gut.
Have you ever heard of someone having a yeast infection after being on an antibiotic? This is because the antibiotic was so effective in killing bacteria that it killed both the good bacteria as well as the bad bacteria. Without the good bacteria in the gut, yeast is allowed to grow and flourish.
As with all of the bacteria in the body, we strive for a healthy ratio of 80% beneficial bacteria and 20% harmful bacteria in the gut. A few of the “bad guys” are actually okay because they help keep the immune system in check and working properly.
What we do not want is for this ratio of beneficial versus harmful bacteria to get out of balance (for example, only 60% beneficial bacteria and as much as 40% harmful bacteria). This imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria is known as dysbiosis and is very damaging to our overall health. The overuse of antibiotics is one cause of dysbiosis, simply because they kill the good and very necessary bacteria.
It is extremely important that we maintain a healthy amount of these good bacteria in the gut. A live blood cell screening can and will reveal fermentation, which is a byproduct of yeast and fungus. This is the result of dysbiosis - not enough beneficial bacteria in the gut. In addition, it will allow me to make real recommendations to improve the imbalance between beneficial and harmful bacteria (dysbiosis) taking place in the gut.
Call or email TODAY to set up your live blood cell screening to find out if yeast and fungus are conditions you’re living with. PLUS, check out my blog post Are You Experiencing Symptoms of Gut Dysbiosis? to learn more about an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut.
Elizabeth Shepard, BS
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