Saturday, December 31, 2005

Antibiotics - Promoting Killer Microbes?

This article in the San Francisco Chronicle today paints a scary picture.

From the article:
"It's a new phenomenon. It's just emerging," said Clifford McDonald, of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. "We're very concerned. We know it's happening, but we're really not sure why it's happening or where this is going."

It may, however, be the latest example of a common, relatively benign bug that has mutated because of the overuse of antibiotics.

In addition, new evidence released last week suggests that the enormous popularity of powerful new heartburn drugs may also be playing a role."

To me, this is indicative of two problems - 1. People demanding that physicians prescribe antibiotics when they are not indicated and 2. Big pharma pushing pills for conditions better treated with lifestyle changes and intelligent supplementation.

Look folks, please get it through your head that antibiotics are not effective on virus infections! Antibiotics do not fight the common cold! Of course if you read my blog, you probably knew this long ago.

Now, I haven't talked about this, but I am a firm believer in pro-biotics. I wasn't always. In fact, not too long ago I considered probiotics to be just hype. Oh was I wrong! For years I suffered with various intestinal discomforts. But that changed a few years ago. I removed nearly all of the sugars from my diet and I started using pro-biotics. The change for the better was astounding.

Intestinal discomforts no longer! My energy and stamina improved markedly. "Head-fog" cleared up.

I have used several different high quality probiotics, some are certainly better than others. I am about to settle in with one product to offer to my Customers on RelentlessImprovement.com, but will wait until finalized before I mention it. There are so many offerings out there and the decison making process has taken some time.

(LATE UPDATE - I FOUND THE BEST ONE! READ ABOUT IT HERE)

It is my opinion that probiotics should always be used concurrently with antibiotics to prevent exactly what is going on here - overgrowth and mutation of bad bacteria. Talk to your friends and loved ones about antibiotic abuse and the need for a probiotic therapy. It will make the world a better place.

Pete