Overuse of Antibiotics
A recent article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) 26 July 2017, warns that completing your course of antibiotics may not reduce antibiotic resistance but may in fact increase resistant strains. Rather than finish the course, patients may be better advised to stop antibiotics when they feel better.
According to Professor Martin Llewelyn Department of Global Health and Infection, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, along with several other professors and contributors, current policy is not supported by the evidence, they state … “it is time for policy makers, educators, and doctors to drop this message”.
However, an interesting element of the article may escape people’s notice:
Most of the bacteria that cause people to become ill are found on everybody’s hands in the community, causing no harm, such as E coli and Staphylococcus aureus.
Not Addressed in the BMJ article, we ask, how do harmless bacteria cause problems in some people but are harmless in most?
Antibiotics may of course be useful in some patients for some conditions, but they do not necessarily deal with the root causes. The reasons why bacteria become problematic in the first place, may be due to any number of issues; excess dietary refined sugars, nutritional deficiencies, environmental poisons, lifestyle habits such as smoking, even periods of stress.
In these circumstances a course of antibiotics may give relief, but symptoms may return when the underlying issues are not addressed, which may of course be promptly followed by repeat courses of antibiotics. With the problems of antibiotic resistance, plus damage to healthy bacteria and the potential for fungal overgrowth (damaging the gut microbiome), it’s possible for one issue to lead to a catalogue of other problems when NOT dealing with root causes.
This is why we at speKtrum health do our best to find root causes and encourage patients to help us, to help them, address these issues.
Best of health to you.