What’s the Deal with Antibiotics?

What’s the Deal with Antibiotics?

 

We know about the bug that causes infection, thanks to Louis Pasteur and we know about antibiotics to cure them, thanks to Alexander Fleming. This ingenuous “cure” might work for infection, but chronic disease is a different story.  And thanks to big pharma, our nation has developed the mindset that there is a “pill for that.”  And, this is part of the reason that antibiotics are overprescribed – some patients aren’t happy until they get one.

This is where our gut comes in.  We have 100 trillion bugs or bacteria in our gut – that’s about 100 times more than we have cells and genes in our entire body!  Think of the gut like a piece of real estate – we want to keep it clean and house it with good and responsible residents.  If bad residents enter, we want to get them out, but we need to keep the good ones.  The good bacteria control immunity, regulate digestion, protect against infections and even produce vitamins and nutrients! And the bad ones of course prevent these good things from happening, or at least make them weaker.  Antibiotics get rid of the bad bacteria, but they also get rid of some of the good ones.  Wiping out the good guys can allow for overgrowth of bad guys – causing food allergies, fatigue, skin issues, digestive issues, mood disorders, and sugar cravings that lead to increased fat!

Antibiotics treat BACTERIAL infections.  They do NOTHING for viral or fungal infections, and can actually make you worse.  A study in The American Society for Microbiology demonstrated that the gut residents could be disrupted for up to an entire year with just one week of antibiotics!  So, if you’re health care provider tells you that you have a viral infection, that means your body will fight it on it’s own and you do NOT need an antibiotic.

Keep your real estate happy and safe! If you need to restock the good residents, read more about it here.

 

Good Guys, Bad Guys, Probiotics, & Prebiotics

Our gut (stomach & intestines) is the brain and master planner of our entire body.  It is like a little factory in there with very important workers!!  We need to take care of our good workers and make sure that the toxic, bad ones do not take over.  Our job on the outside is to take care of our good guys on our inside.  We are the CEO of this company/factory and they rely on us!  With conventional medicine, we are over-prescribed antibiotics.  Many people believe that if they are sick, they need antibiotics.  First of all, if you have a viral infection, an antibiotic is not going to help you get better.  In fact, it will slow your healing and kill off the good guys whose job is to help you heal and be healthy.  If you do have a bacterial infection, antibiotics can be helpful.  They will kill the bad guys, but they will also kill the good guys, especially if it’s a broad spectrum (non-specific) antibiotic like a z-pac.  So the antibiotics are like a machine gun coming into our factory and wiping out as many workers, good AND bad, as it can.  Our gut factory has 500 different species of bugs (bacteria) and TEN times more bacteria than we have cells in our body!!!   That’s A LOT OF workers!!!  And they weigh 4-5 lbs and have about 500 MILLION neurons!

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How to Use Exercise to Reduce Your Risk of Dying

     Do you remember the time when incurable acute illnesses & infectious diseases were the main cause of death? With advancements in medicine & vaccines, & changes in lifestyle, this is no longer the case.  Instead, we are now facing an epidemic of

         preventable chronic conditions 

such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer and, according to the CDC, 70% of deaths today are caused by lifestyle-related chronic diseases.  This endless suffering is sweeping our nation and accounts for over 85% of health care costs, and $117 billion each year is due to poor physical activity In fact, $147 billion alone was attributed to obesity in 2008, which was over $1,400 more than those of normal weight in 2006. The more we spend on health care, the less we get. In 2005, 133 million Americans were living with one or more chronic illnesses and 63 million were sick with numerous chronic disorders. By 2020, those numbers are expected to rise to 157 million and 81 million, respectively.  What we are doing is not working.  Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) level is a major factor in one’s risk for chronic illness and death, and the gold standard for measurement is VO2max.  Exercise is a key intervention that demonstrates a significantly positive impact to combat the rising numbers of chronic illness and corresponding mortality rates.  The higher the CRF, the lower the risk. Based on my review of 9 primary research articles and one meta-analysis, the evidence was overwhelming in that 30 minutes or less of HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT) increases VO2max significantly more than 60 minutes of traditional moderate-intensity continuous exercise, such as walking, running, or biking!

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