Let me set the scene for you.
You’ve come down with a case of the sniffles and your throat is feeling scratchy. You make an appointment to see the doctor.
He rushes into the exam room, asks about your symptoms, and then asks you to stick out your tongue and say “ahh.” The next thing you know, he has dashed off a prescription for antibiotics and darted out the door to see his next patient.
Does that scenario sound at all familiar?
Unfortunately, this is an all-too-common occurrence, and the consequences of this assembly-line approach to treating illness may be worse than we ever thought.
Antibiotics can lead to resistance lasting TWO years
I’ve written to you before about the dangers of antibiotic overuse and misuse. Now a new study, published in a recent issue of the journal Microbiology, is adding to the picture. It is casting fresh light on just how serious those dangers may be.
You may recall that antibiotics not only affect the bacteria they’ve been prescribed to treat. But they destroy HEALTHY bugs too.
Essentially, by using antibiotics you’re laying out a welcome mat to those microorganisms that are naturally resistant to them. Without any good bacteria to mount a counter attack, they are allowed to thrive.
Now, the “experts” have, of course, always maintained that the havoc that antibiotics wreak with your gut flora is resolved within a few weeks after you stop taking the drugs.
The so-called experts were…well, to be blunt…dead wrong.
It turns out that the long-term effects of antibiotics are much more devastating than imagined. In fact, researchers have now found that short courses of antibiotics can leave your gut harboring, and strengthening, antibiotic-resistant genes for up to two years after treatment.
In some ways, this new study serves to reinforce what we already knew. Antibiotics are not benign “wonder drugs.” Over prescribed and overused they can, quite literally, have deadly consequences.
My advice? The next time a doctor spends almost no time with you but then writes you a prescription without even running a single test, toss it into the trash can where it belongs. Then find yourself a new doctor.