25 Nov Breaking the Antibiotic Cycle
An article by Dr Roxanna Gunter
The antibiotic cycle is a term used to describe the repetitive use of antibiotics to treat a health condition. It is typically characterized by an initial improvement in the symptoms of illness while taking an antibiotic followed by worsening of symptoms once coming off.
This cycle causes many people to go onto numerous courses of antibiotics and to be in a sense, stuck in the antibiotic cycle.
Why is this a problem?
This is a problem for 2 main reasons. The first reason is the repercussions for the individual. Repetitive courses of antibiotics destroy the healthy bacterial populations in the gut, and with each course taken it becomes progressively harder for the colonies to recover despite concurrent probiotic use.
Research indicates that it can take up to 4 years for one group of microbiota to recover to their original state.
These beneficial bacteria protect people, they digest foods, produce vitamins and ensure the correct functioning of the immune system. With repetitive use, the immune system becomes weaker and you tend to get more infections thereafter.
There is also the risk of developing colitis (colon inflammation) due to the growth of bad bacteria in the stomach and intestines because all the “good guys” have been destroyed.
The second reason is the impact it has globally. Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise. Apart from the development of antibiotic resistance from human activities, it is also due to the misuse of antibiotics.
For example, taking a course of antibiotics for a cold or the flu is completely inappropriate! Antibiotics do not treat viral conditions; they treat bacterial conditions.
In addition, swabbing should always be done to determine which type of bacteria may be causing an infection to prescribe the correct type.
Is there an alternative to antibiotics?
Absolutely. Many natural medicines and foods have the same capacity to heal infections and kill microorganisms (viruses and bacteria) without destroying the beneficial bacteria.
These include citrus fruits rich in vitamin C, raw garlic and ginger, and infection-fighting herbs and remedies.
Personally, I have not been on an antibiotic in 26 years and I am sure it is because natural medicines have helped me break the cycle a long time ago. Eating a good diet, having refreshing sleep, regular bowel movements and healthy activity all keep the immune system strong and, in that state, herbs, and diet helps you overcome infection.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure, and is not a substitute for professional consultation with a health professional. Do not make any changes or additions to your prescription without consulting your doctor first.