It's no secret that antibiotic resistance is an ever-growing problem. I've been recommending that my readers use antibiotics sparingly for years, as overuse is a major contributor to this crisis we've created. Now, new research is confirming that this was good advice - and not just because of the resistance issue. It turns out that antibiotics may actually make the body less able to defend itself from invaders. And they may do this while making the enemy even stronger. Here's what the latest research has found.
We know that antibiotics are supposed to partner with the immune system to fight infections. But a study recently published in Cell Host & Microbe indicates that this isn't a very promising partnership. It's more like a hostile takeover. According to this study, exposure to antibiotics can actually make immune cells less able to kill bacteria while making the biochemical environment of the body more favorable for invading bacteria.
To determine this, the researchers infected mice with E. coli and then gave them the antibiotic ciprofloxacin in doses comparable to what humans would take. They then examined the mice's tissues for changes and found that the ciprofloxacin actually caused the mice's cells to release metabolites that increased E. coli's resistance to the antibiotic. What's more, the antibiotic weakened the immune cells' respiratory activities, making them less able to fight the E. coli on their own. As you can imagine, these changes are quite counterproductive.
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While it's certainly important to fight infection, you want a treatment option that will work with your immune system, not against it. That's why I prefer ozone therapy, an oxidative therapy that inactivates and destroys toxins by breaking them down into harmless carbon dioxide and water. If you contract an infection, I recommend seeking out a doctor near you who practices oxidative medicine rather than popping another round of antibiotics. You can find one by visiting the website for the American Academy of Ozonotherapy at www.aaot.us. Also, let me recommend that if you haven't done it already, get a copy of my book The Ozone Miracle at Amazon. It details how you can generate and use ozone at home without the need for a doctor.
Of course, the very best way to handle an infection is to avoid getting one in the first place. To do this, you will need a strong immune system (another reason you want to stay away from the vicious cycle antibiotics can create). All the standard healthy-living advice applies to keeping your immune system running smoothly, but to kick things up a notch, I recommend Super Immune QuickStart. This powerful blend of 22 different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and protein sources truly will partner with your immune system to help it fight infections more effectively. And it won't double-cross you by passing advantages on to your enemy. With infection season coming up, I recommend that you give it a try.
Yours for better health,
Frank Shallenberger, MD