How Allergies And Asthma Are Caused By Antibiotics
Over the last 70 years, antibiotics have been given hundreds of millions of times to people who couldn't possibly benefit. Much of the time, the person simply had a cold. When challenged, most doctors that gave antibiotic prescriptions for colds would simply shrug their shoulders. Some of the more creative storytellers among them would explain to their patients that the “antibiotics help keep the cold from settling into their lungs.”
Of course, there is absolutely no scientific evidence supporting that statement.
Last year, over a billion dollars were spent on the estimated 41 million antibiotic prescriptions for cold sufferers, even though antibiotics have no effect on viral illnesses. These prescriptions came about after 100 million visits to doctors (another billion dollars for the doctor visits) were logged by cold sufferers.
One study revealed that 43% of all prescriptions for antibiotics were inappropriate.
For years, medical doctors have warned each other against indiscriminately prescribing antibiotics like this, especially to children. The obvious reason was that the antibiotics killed off all the weaker bacteria and left the antibiotic resistant bacteria to repopulate the world. Besides, the research has shown that the antibiotics do little to help the colds, flu, earaches and sore throats they are given to treat, and in fact they actually increase the recurrence of at least the earaches and sore throats.
But now another serious result has been identified. According to the Media Advisory of the Henry Ford Health System, September 30, 2003, the antibiotic use in children is multiplying the likelihood that the children will develop allergies and asthma.
The research project, conducted at this hospital in Detroit found this:
By age seven, children who were given at least one antibiotic during the first six months of life were 1.5 times more likely to develop allergies and 2.5 times more likely to develop asthma than those who did not receive antibiotics.
Insignificant numbers? Hardly.
Half of all U.S. babies receive antibiotics during the first six months of life. Given the numbers of Americans with allergies and asthma, this early antibiotic use translates to approximately 4,000,000 of today's allergy sufferers and 8,000,000 asthmatics.
To add insult to injury, millions of these same children who got asthma and allergies from prescription antibiotics later end up taking corticosteroids in an effort to reduce the asthma and allergy symptoms. This corticosteroids use is often very long term, resulting in damage to kidneys, livers, blood, joints, intestines, adrenal glands and pituitary glands. Cataracts (damaged lenses of the eyes) can even result.
And remember, this all started when babies were given antibiotics they didn't need.
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