I first started writing this blog post one week ago from tomorrow, the first day of my week-long course of antibiotics for an apparent infection I had in one of my teeth. Today is the last day and I couldn’t be happier. I can’t stand taking antibiotics. They make me so nauseous and gross feeling. Of course, my OCD doesn’t help – it kicks into high gear and I just keep imagining all my healthy gut bacteria being destroyed with every nasty little pill.
Part of me wanted to stop taking these pills the day I started them. I felt like I was doing my body a disservice. A HUGE disservice. But then I thought back to the pain I had in my tooth and jaw last week and about all the scary things that can happen from an ignored tooth infection. I had a root canal and decided it was probably a good idea to continue with my amoxicillin to ensure I didn’t end up with some deadly systemic infection or something.
Although I 100% agree that we would not be where we are today without advanced science and research, I much prefer avoiding medicine whenever possible. Thank God for advances in medical technology and research AND medicine. But I think we need to realize that modern science doesn’t always benefit us. Take genetically modified foods for example. Scientists have messed with the genetic material of plants for several reasons. Many, many years ago it was to increase crop yields in order to feed starving populations. Then farmers started paying scientists big money so that their crops would be able to withstand assloads of pesticides and grow bigger and better without bugs eating the crap out of them. Some plants though had so many problems – they caused major allergies in people who never had allergies before. People were getting really, REALLY sick not to mention acquiring behavioral problems and other horrifying symptoms that big, powerful GMO manufacturers successfully hid from the public. It’s scary.
But back on to the topic of antibiotics. We’ve known for quite a long time now how the overuse of antibiotics can be so devastating to our health. Antibiotic resistance is a real problem and for some people with life threatening infections this can be a matter of life or death.
But what about the other problems associated with antibiotic use? Sure, we all know that there are side effects of antibiotics – genital yeast infections, diarrhea, nausea, etc., but what about the long-term effects of antibiotic use? You may be surprised to hear that overuse of antibiotics have been linked to several health problems most notably the damage done to the gastrointestinal system that eventually lead to bloat, diarrhea, constipation, etc. But other problems include damage to the immune system, messed up glucose metabolism, reduced nutrient absorption, increased mood disorders (anxiety, depression, PMS, ADHD, etc.) and even weight gain.
So…yeah, everyone knows that antibiotics kill the healthy bacteria in your gut. But did you know that they also wreak havoc on the lining of your intestines? This is what leads to all the problems I listed above. Everything just seems to snowball until you have a bunch of weird symptoms that no [traditional] doctors seem to have any answers for. The damage done to the intestinal tract eventually leads to what is termed “leaky gut” which basically means that the intestinal walls have become permeable to things that normally shouldn’t be allowed into the blood stream (bad bacteria and toxic materials, incompletely digested proteins such as gluten, waste, etc.). This ends up prompting an autoimmune reaction by the body which causes symptoms like achy joints, fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, skin problems (adult acne, psoriasis, dandruff, very dry itchy skin, etc.), psychological symptoms (anxiety, ADHD, depression, bad PMS).
So yep. This is why I don’t like taking antibiotics. I’ll go into more detail in a post I’m currently working on about leaky gut syndrome. But for now, I’m so grateful that course of antibiotics is over. I’ll let you know what I’m going to be doing to be building up my healthy gut flora and fixing my leaky gut soon when I publish that post, hopefully within the next few days. Have any of you been experiencing any of the symptoms above without any help from your doctor? Check out my next post on leaky gut. You might be able to get some answers.