Antibiotics have a place and a purpose, especially in emergent and lifesaving situations. Yet 50 years after they were introduced, patients are finding themselves hospitalized with a bacterial infection in which no antibiotic will help.
A growing number of doctors’ agree antibiotics have been over prescribed; resulting in side effects and strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
It has been found physicians will prescribe antibiotics for viral infections in children 62% of the time (when requested) even though the doctor KNOWS the antibiotics will not benefit the child. This is seen in common childhood virus’ such as coughs, colds, ear infections. In addition, antibiotics bring side effects such as diarrhea and abdominal pain (REMEMBER, antibiotics kill GOOD bacteria in your gut!)
“Our immune system develops in combat. If, at the first sign of infection you always jump in with antibiotics, you do not give the immune system a chance to grow stronger.” – Andrew Weil, M.D.
Reference: Wassung, Keith. Antibiotics: 21st century time bomb