For the study, the 166 patients recruited from 10 community practices in Missouri each had acute sinus infections that were classified as moderate to very severe. Each participant was given a 10-day course of either amoxicillin (1500 mg) or a placebo, as well as remedies that would help lessen the severity of the symptoms – e.g. cough medicine or nasal decongestants. At three days, there was no difference whatsoever between the antibiotic and the placebo groups. At day seven, the antibiotic group was doing slightly better – but the difference was so slight that it was insignificant. By day 10, the groups were on the same track with about 80 percent of both groups either cured or very much better.
Over-prescribing of antibiotics is causing antibiotic resistance among many bacteria. According to the World Health Organization, “Unnecessary and inappropriate use of antibiotics favors the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria. A crisis has been building up over decades, so that today common and life-threatening infections are becoming difficult or even impossible to treat.”
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg concurs: “We no longer have effective ways to treat serious infectious disease. Clearly we must encourage more judicious use of these important drugs.” To make matters worse, the one natural defense we do have against disease – our immune system – has been damaged by antibiotics and our ability to resist bacteria and other pathogens is compromised.
Why do medical doctors continue to prescribe these drugs when they are so obviously dangerous? The next time your doctor suggests you take an antibiotic, do a little research to determine whether the ‘watchful waiting’ approach might work just as well for your condition. Also, consult with your natural healthcare provider regarding how to combat infection and build your immune system.
Sources: Journal of the American Medical Association, http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/307/7/685; Food and Drug Administration, http://press.org/news-multimedia/videos/cspan/295841-1; World Health Organizatiohttp://www.who.int/patientsafety/implementation/amr/publication/en/index.html;]]>
1. The known side effects of the drugs. For amoxicillin, as an example, include: diarrhea; nausea; vomiting; rashes; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue; bloody stools; confusion; dark urine; fever; chills; persistent sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe diarrhea; stomach pain or cramps; unusual bruising or bleeding; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
2. Even though the above list is long, is it acknowledged that these might not be the only reactions. Medications can react with foods, other drugs, vitamins, minerals.
3. When the FDA approves a drug, they approve it only for the specific population and health conditions for which it was tested by the manufacturer mainly for adults
4. Doctors are legally allowed to prescribe drugs for those who were not included in the testing, e.g. children.
5. Since children generally have less experience with medications, there is often no history to draw on. Also, antibiotics are often prescribed without first testing to see which bacterial agent is causing the problem. If any testing is done, the lab results are not usually ready before the child starts taking the antibiotic.
6. The children are not tested to see if they are allergic or sensitive to the drug.
How can you avoid adverse reactions to antibiotics for your children? Check into each point above to help determine risk and find out about natural remedies to boost your child’s immune system and thereby reduce the possibility of infection in the future.
As one would expect, antibiotics kill harmful bacteria, but they also kill beneficial bacteria. This weakens our immune system and makes us less able to fight disease and illness on our own. We are therefore more susceptible to everything going around, and then some. The situation is even worse for children whose immune system is in the developmental stages. More than 100 trillion beneficial bacteria – and over 1,000 bacterial species – colonize the gut to develop the immune system. These beneficial bacteria fight off harmful bacteria to keep us disease-free.
If young kids are given antibiotics, there’s a good chance that their immune system will never fully develop. This makes them susceptible to asthma, allergies, and every illness going around during their childhood and for the rest of their life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 13 million school days and 10 million work days are missed each year because of asthma. Asthma also accounts for 217,000 emergency room visits and 10.5 million physician office visits annually. The World Health Organization also reports that about 70 percent of people with asthma also have allergies.
To strengthen the immune system and reduce susceptibility to asthma, allergies and other diseases, consult with your natural health care provider to find out how antibiotics can be avoided and be replaced by natural herbs and supplements.
Sources: Science Daily, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120319094520.htm; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr007.pdf; American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, http://www.aaaai.org/about-the-aaaai/newsroom/asthma-statistics.aspx; World Health Organization, http://www.who.int/gard/publications/GARD%20Book%202007.pdf; Vol 16 Issue 29]]>
However, it appears that the debilitating effects of the neuromuscular blocking activity go far beyond those with myasthenia gravis, and they can occur after taking only one pill or may not show up for as long as a year after taking the drugs. What side effects should you watch out for?
• Joint pain
• Muscle pain
• Tremors Insomnia
• Panic or anxiety
The problem is that by the time you get these symptoms, it may be too late to do anything about them. You may have them for years, possibly forever. And they can be so completely debilitating that the affected person is unable to work for years and has to be cared for. Unfortunately, the black box warnings are made available to those who prescribe the drugs, not those who receive them. And those who prescribe them often don’t inform their patients of the risks. Nor is the information always included in the data sheet you get when you fill your prescription. If a doctor prescribes these drugs for you, don’t depend on them to tell you the possible risks. Find another solution.
Sources: Source: Health Maven: http://healthmaven.blogspot.com/2011/12/must-viewthese-antibiotics-cause-severe.html Vol 16 Issue 8]]>