Digestive Problems

The Link Between Antibiotics and Gut Disorders

Date: 21 January, 2011
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A new study, published in the journal Gut, showed that children prescribed at least one course of antibiotics by the time they were four were almost twice as likely to have developed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s disease.

Finally, the medical mainstream is catching on to the fact that antibiotic drugs like penicillin may encourage harmful bacteria and other organisms to grow in the gut, which can trigger these conditions. Antibiotics also destroy ‘good’ bacteria and other tiny organisms known collectively as ‘microflora’.

Still a long way to go

Much as the mainstream’s change of tune is good news, they still have a long way to go before admitting the full extent of the problem.

Dr Anders Hviid, from the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark, who led the team of researchers, said: ‘Antibiotics are among the most beneficial discoveries of modern medicine, and decisions regarding their clinical use should be based on very strong evidence. Our study has demonstrated a link [to causing gut problems], but we cannot conclude that this link is necessarily causal.’

‘Necessarily causal’ is a clear indication of how mainstream medicine falls terribly short. It refuses to acknowledge and understand the importance of gut health and the problems that can result when it is compromised by factors like antibiotics.

At the Daily Health, we have said for years that once the good bacteria in your stomach are compromised with antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroids or prolonged illness or stress, the digestive system becomes unbalanced. This can cause an individual to develop a fungal overgrowth of Candida. If left untreated, the overgrowth becomes a parasitic fungus… causing candidiasis — one of the major causes (although not the only one) of IBS.

Scandalously most doctors still refuse to recognise Candida, other than thrush, as a serious medical condition.

Understanding Candida

According to W.G. Crook, author of the book, The Yeast Connection, Candida has now reached epidemic proportions because of the large amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrates we typically consume in our diets. This, in addition to the widespread use of antibiotics, the contraceptive pill and HRT, all increase your risk of developing a fungal yeast overgrowth.

Given time, the fungal stage of Candida can penetrate through the bowel wall, passing into the bloodstream and through the body.

Once this happens, it can cause depression, listlessness, extreme fatigue during the day, and a ‘hung over’ feeling in the morning… it can also cause other symptoms such as bloating and discomfort (especially after meals), griping pains in your lower abdomen, constipation or diarrhoea, fatigue or muscle weakness, muscle or joint pains, or arthritis-like symptoms. Yet, many doctors still put patients’ symptoms down to hysteria or malingering.

This could not be further from the truth!

The irony is that Candida can easily be cured simply by following a low-carbohydrate diet and taking nutritional supplements that stem the overgrowth of yeast… along with avoiding unnecessary antibiotic treatment courses.

If you suspect that candidiasis may be the cause of your health problems, you may want to get this diagnosis confirmed by seeking the advice of a qualified nutritionist or complementary health practitioner. They can help devise a treatment approach to clear your system of the yeast and its toxins, re-balance your gut flora and repair your gut lining properly.

Knocking antibiotics on the head

Earlier this year, US researchers at Yale University found that giving babies a single course of antibiotics before they reach six months of age could increase their risk of developing asthma by 40 per cent. This risk increased to 70 per cent if they were given a second batch of antibiotics…

Adding to the latest research, parents must carefully consider all their options before agreeing to give young children antibiotics… unless they find themselves in a potentially life-threatening situation.

This is probably why, Dr George Kassianos, spokesman for the Royal College of General Practitioners, said: ‘We need to be very careful with antibiotic prescribing in children. What’s more, by quoting studies like this, we may find it easier to persuade parents of the need to avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.’

Very refreshing to hear, especially coming from the mainstream… let’s hope they open their eyes to the bigger picture, sooner rather than later.

Digestive Health: Related Reading

Candida: How to begin the healing

Treat Candida Successfully With Natural Remedies

Candida: Diet Advice To Eliminate Symptoms Without Drugs
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‘Antibiotics increase risk of IBS and Crohn’s disease in children in later life’ published online 18.01.11, dailymail.co.uk

‘Foods to Eat on the Candida Diet’ published online, thecandidadiet.com

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