Should You Be Taking Antibiotics?

Rodneydodson
5 min readNov 19, 2020

A question we need to start asking now more than ever

Lactobacillus bacteria colonies (Shutterstock)

Western Medicine praised antibiotics as one of the greatest developments known to humankind, yet antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals are among the most abused and overused pharmaceutical drugs that contribute to human disease.

Are antibiotics always necessary?

Let’s begin with one of the most concerning “superbugs.” MRSA. MRSA is a serious public health problem, one that is getting progressively worse and exacts a greater death toll than many “modern plagues.” From the medical professional perspective, Western Medicine is the only solution. If we were to question the effectiveness of a synthetic drug designed to kill bacteria, this is a great place to start.

A 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) stated there were close to 100,000 cases of MRSA infections in the United States in 2005, which lead to more than 18,600 deaths.

The conventional approach to an imbalance of micro-organisms, is to kill the “invader.” Sometimes this will appear to give temporary success, but most often the trouble will recur if there is no attention paid to the bigger picture as to why the person got into trouble in the first place. The conjugate vaccines have led to a situation where MRSA (drug resistant staph) has arisen in the vaccum created by the vaccines. ” Dr. Suzanne Humphries, MD

I understand because I’ve been there myself.

I experienced MRSA last year. It took over three months but I did eventually heal and without any synthetic drugs. I was curious about other people's experiences and so I searched for different social forums, including Facebook MRSA groups. As I scrolled, the average story was pretty similar. Someone contracted MRSA, they took antibiotics which sometimes cleared the infection. Soon after, the infection came back, often chronic.

I assure you this article won’t travel for miles explaining my personal anecdotal “evidence.” Instead, I hope you will appreciate my own experience as it pertains to the facts, while I lay out the actual scientific implications regarding antibiotics and the effects they have on our bodies.

Antibiotic Distribution. It’s in you.

Antibiotics are not only over-prescribed by conventional physicians, they are also widely overused in agriculture. Nearly 80% of antibiotics in the United States are used in agriculture. Animals are often fed antibiotics at low doses for infection prevention and growth promotion, and those antibiotics are transferred to our bodies through meat products and manure used for soil. Hence, if you want to avoid overexposure to antibiotics, it’s also crucial to avoid conventionally-raised meats and produce.

The agriculture industry’s overuse of antibiotics, along with the typical practice of antibiotics for medicine, is indeed a driving force behind the growth of antibiotic resistance in a now wide array of pathogens that cause human illness — including MRSA.

Antibiotic long-term effect on the body.

Some of the most widely used antibiotics include amoxicillin, azithromycin, doxycycline, cephalexin, ciprofloxacin, clindamycin, metronidazole, sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim, amoxicillin/clavulanate, and levofloxacin.

The most common uses of antibiotics include the treatment of acne, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, ear infections, genital infections, diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections, and strep throat. It’s important to note that all of these ailments can be prevented and healed with natural medicines along with proper nutrition, without side-effects.

Other long-term side effects include autoimmune illnesses such as colitis. Jaundice, seizures, and hives are all known side effects, especially from the antibiotic Amoxicillin.

The impact of antibiotics on the brain is staggering. Fluoroquinolone is now known to damage mitochondria and cause possible irreversible nerve damage. Side effects include depression, brain fog, hallucinations, and psychotic episodes. In fact, fluoroquinolone has a black box warning. A black box warning is the strictest warning put in the labeling of prescription drugs or drug products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when there is reasonable evidence of an association of a serious hazard with the drug.

Antibiotics also affect infants and children on a large and long-term scale. 792,000 babies in a study link early childhood antibiotic use to allergies and asthma. Children have a 50% increased risk of allergies to dust, dander, and pollen. Antibiotics used with children between birth and 6 months doubles a child’s risk of developing asthma.

Another dangerous result of antibiotic use, people are taking longer to heal from infections. Bacterial infections like UTI’s and pneumonia are now becoming much harder to treat. I find this interesting now looking back at the Facebook MRSA group experiences I read last year. They didn’t just get the MRSA Chronic, they developed new infections as well.

The destruction of our gut gives rise to all sorts of new problems.

An estimated 80% of your immune system can be located in your gut. 90% of illness is linked to the gut and colon. A healthy immune system, supported by your thriving inner ecosystem, is your primary defense against all illnesses. Your gut also serves as your second brain. It generates more neurotransmitter serotonin than your brain, which is known to have a positive effect on your mood and mental wellbeing.

We are supposed to have more bacteria in our gut than we have cells in our body! Trillions. So what happens when they are killed off by antibiotics? Synthetic antibiotics contribute to the killing of incalculable commensal organisms that are crucial for proper homeostasis, digestion, immunity, organ health, metabolism, and mental health. Basically, we become a cesspool for illness.

The question we ask ourselves shouldn’t be how often do I take antibiotics before they ruin my body and mind, no. The question should be, what can I do right now to be a healthier person and what natural medicines can I use instead of harmful drugs. Prevent now or repent later. We are human and sometimes illness is a factor we have to face sooner or later. It’s part of life. But it can be a temporary process or a long-term and agonizing experience based on the“solutions” we ultimately choose for ourselves and for our family.

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Rodneydodson

I am a futurist, spiritual experiencer, artist, disruptor and holistic entrepreneur. One of my greater passions is writing to help provoke thought.