If You've Ever Taken Antibiotic or Antifungal Drugs, Here's Why You (Desperately) NEED Probiotics

Posted July 12, 2007. There have been 2 comments

No one likes to take medicine, but antibiotic or antifungal drugs may be especially detrimental to your health. Read about probiotics here and you'll learn how to protect yourself!

Yes, antibiotics are life saving, but when used frequently or for long periods, they can be harmful.

It's amazing that although we have better medical technology, our nation continues to experience increasing levels of illness requiring the use of drugs. Over the years, I've done a lot of research to find answers for wellness. A lifetime of searching has taught me that the TOP secret to health can be found in obtaining a deeper understanding of nature.

In nature, the earth has ecosystems that constantly strive to maintain a state of balance, or "homeostasis."

We humans live within an ecosystem along with other animals and plants, but we also have an "inner ecosystem" inside our intestines. Within this inner intestinal terrain, beneficial microflora work to keep us healthy and strong. In all my years of working with clients, researching health and studying the human digestive system, I have come to respect how important this inner ecosystem is to our health.

The bottom line is: when we do not have healthy microflora in our inner ecosystem, we trade great health for reduced immunity, inadequate nutrition, too little energy and lots of toxicity. We also live a shorter life. In other words, pathogenic bacteria, yeast and parasites can take over when we are lacking healthy microflora to keep things in balance.

For many of us, an inner ecosystem never formed inside our digestive tract when we were born. For the many millions of us who have taken antibiotics and other drugs and/or have consumed a high carbohydrate/sugar diet, our inner ecosystems were destroyed.

Barely anyone out there discusses this amazing inner world. In fact, until Body Ecology began to teach about it, the amazing world of the inner ecosystem was virtually unknown to the public. Even the pharmaceutical companies have been unaware of its importance. So, it would naturally follow then that when antibiotics, steroids, the birth control pill and other drugs were developed, no one took a look at their "dark side".
Frequent illness, digestive problems and poor immunity can be a clue. Or perhaps you were prescribed a round of antibiotics and started to feel ill afterwards.

Whether you have been prescribed antibiotics or antifungals, there are important things to know so that you can protect your health.

Antibiotics ... on the positive side, they can wipe out disease-causing bacteria, but on the negative side, they also wipe out beneficial bacteria. Like all drugs they are acidic and create an acidic condition in your blood. For more information on this read How Just One Dose of Antibiotics Can Threaten Your Long-Term Health.

Antifungal drugs (like Nystatin, Diflucan and Nizarol) prescribed for fungal ailments, like candida, also have side effects that include diarrhea, stomach pain, allergic reaction, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue, just to name a few.

In addition to these unpleasant side effects, antifungal drug therapy only suppresses the pathogenic yeast in your body. Once you start the antifungal drug, your systemic yeast infection will flare up again, often worse than before.

My book, The Body Ecology Diet was originally written for people with fungal infections. Of course, over the years I have constantly refined the diet and created a way of life around it. Now this system of health and healing is the way all people of all ages should eat to be healthy.

I have come to understand a systemic yeast infection better than most. You would, too, if you spent 20+ years relentlessly searching for answers. I am certain the foods we eat are key to overcoming fungal infections.

The Body Ecology program uses whole foods, fermented foods and beverages, plus seven universal principles grounded in Nature to heal your body. In this way, you can avoid the harmful side effects of antibiotics and antifungal drugs.

It is imperative that anyone taking antibiotics or other drugs be on the Body Ecology Diet during their antibiotic therapy. And for many months after, Body Ecology's probiotic diet is also essential. Otherwise, the antibiotics and antifungals can kill your healthy microflora... and an opportunity is created for disease causing bad bacteria yeast to flourish and dominate in your intestines.1

How Probiotics Help You

Body Ecology's Cocobiotic is a delicious probiotic beverage with a smart, proven blend of beneficial bacteria and yeast to help defend your body against disease and promote vibrant health!

Probiotics (microflora) are beneficial microscopic organisms, like healthy bacteria and yeast. Used by people throughout history, these microscopic superheroes are found in the foods of most cultures around the world, like milk kefiryogurt and traditionally-made sauerkraut.

Some of the benefits of probiotics are:

While, our modern medical establishment has been slow to appreciate the value of probiotics in preventing disease, and in treating infections, there is good news on the horizon.

Recognizing the need to repair the dark side of antibiotics, so they can be used cautiously but safely without wreaking havoc in our intestinal systems, conventional medicine is finally coming around to our side.

Research in the area of probiotics is increasing at a fast pace, and in fact, probiotics are now being called "living drugs"2, or "the new antibiotics"3

While there are a lot of probiotic foods and supplements on the market, it's important to understand that not all probiotic sources are created equal. This is why Body Ecology promotes the use of whole food sources of probiotics from fermented foods andliquids.

If you want more information on how to add high quality, probiotic-rich fermented foods and beverages to your diet read : Why Dannon Activa and Other Mass Market Probiotic Products Are Not As Healthy As You Think

Two of my personal favorites are Body Ecology's Cocobiotic and Grainfields Liquid Spirulina. And shortly we will be introducing another probiotic liquid made without grains that is sure to be one of our most popular products.

All of our delicious probiotic liquids contain super-hardy microflora, including some of the proven beneficial bacteria and yeast that we'll discuss in this article, particularly Sacchoromyces boulardii and Lactobacillus Acidophilus.

Probiotic Superstars!

There are many types of beneficial microorganisms that are essential for your immunity and well being. But not all of them have the same functions. Getting a variety of them in your probiotic diet is the best way to protect yourself.

Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii)

This amazing little organism is actually a beneficial yeast that was first isolated from lychee and mango fruits in 1923.

We include S. boulardii in all of our probiotic liquids because of its many benefits. S. Boulardii is truly a super star when it comes to treating a potentially fatal bacterial infection called Clostridium difficile (C. diff), which is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea in the industrialized world.

Besides being more effective at controlling this diarrhea than the leading drug, S Boulardii also helps control candida.
C. difficile bacteria are rarely a problem if there are only a small number present in your colon. However, the overgrowth and associated disease fromC. difficile is a result of the disruption in the balance of our normal intestinal flora caused by use of antibiotics!

C. difficile is resistant to most antibiotics, and in fact, flourishes with their use.

Naturally scientists are looking closely at S. boulardii, attempting to learn how this tiny hero can be so effective at controlling C.difficle infections.

Research done on mice show that S. boulardii seems to boost immunity by stimulating the production of immunoglobulin A, which is an antibody that can survive harsh environments in the digestive and respiratory tracts to provide protection against microbes .

S. boulardii is also used in treatment of antibiotic induced diarrhea (AAD) which is a common complication of antibiotics use. This type of diarrhea can lead to inflammation of your colon, accompanied by abdominal pain, fever, bloody diarrhea and maybe even death.

Research has proven that S. boulardii significantly reduces the likelihood of developing AAD6

Lactobacillus

These are several types of lactobacillus bacteria (beneficial bacteria). The most well known among these is Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus).

L. acidophilus is the most prevalent bacteria in the human intestine, and the most widely studied one. It inhibits the growth of gastrointestinal disease causing bacteria. It stimulates the immune system, and suppresses cancerous tumor growths

In addition, strains of lactobacillus bacteria have been proven effective in the prevention and treatment of urinary and vaginal infections , and in the prevention of infectious or acute diarrhea in infants
Lactobacillus plantarum is another probiotic organism most prevalent in naturally fermented foods, and is effective as an antibiotic because it blocks sites for bad bacteria to flourish in your intestines .

What's wonderful about L. plantarum is that it is an extremely hardy little friend to have living inside you because it is highly resistant to the acid in your stomach and can survive the long journey to your intestines.

When you eat a food containing L. plantarum, they will colonize inside your intestines and if you have to take an antibiotic, plantarum will not be destroyed by the antibiotic therapy. This would then help curb the overgrowth of harmful organisms like candida.

Bifidobacteria Longum

There are numerous species of Bifidobacterium, but Bifidobacterium longum is particularly dominant in human intestines and is the most popular species in commercial probiotics. More significantly, it is the most frequently reported species associated with health benefits.

This illustrates the difficulty at maintaining viable cells of bifidobacteria, in particular species of Bifidobacterium, such as B. longum, that are native and essential to the human intestine.

There are a number of bifidobacterium living in healthy human intestines, but Bifidus longum is one of the more common ones.

It is the most popular species in commercial probiotics, but to obtain the positive probiotic effects of B. longum, research has shown that consumers need to ingest high numbers of the bacteria. However, numerous studies examining commercial yogurts have found very low numbers of (or no) live microflora present.

At Body Ecology we solve that problem with our Essential Duo starter culture. It can be fermented in coconut water or milk to obtain the large amounts needed to colonize your colon.

Bifidus longum been shown to inhibit the action of some pathogenic E. Coli strains which can cause severe diarrhea and inflammation of the colon.11 E. coli infections are particularly dangerous to infants and children.

It has also been shown have protective effects against salmonella infection, due to its anti-inflammatory actions.12

The Best Probiotic -Try Fermented Foods and Drinks!

If you haven't added probiotics to your diet yet, we hope you do now. Especially if you MUST take antibiotic or antifungal drugs!

Whether you make your own fermented foods and drinks at home (like cultured vegetables and Young Coconut Kefir or you try our line of convenient, ready made probiotic liquids, you'll be sure to notice a boost in the way your look and feel and in your mood and energy!

Probiotic foods are foods for life ("pro biotic") verses antibiotics that are anti lifeProbiotic foods bring life into your body verses antibiotics that work by destroying it. Pro-biotic foods are happiness foods! They can and do save lives!

In fact, we recently heard from one Body Ecology follower who successfully used Young Coconut Kefir to help her daughter recover from being hospitalized with rotavirus!

Fermented foods and drinks can be your best defense against illness when used proactively AND a great way to protect your immunity if you are taking prescription or over the counter drugs.

Heal Yourself!

The Body Ecology program is a system of health and healing that offers solutions for many of our modern ailments and diseases, as well as to the growing problems associated with antibiotic and antifungal drug overuse. It is also the secret to staying young, energetic and happy.

I strongly recommend that you take the necessary steps to return to our origin... our source of life... nature. As you do you will be empowered to create the kind of hearty health and energy that sustained our more ancient ancestors when they lived "close to" and "lightly upon" the land.

Yes, modern medicine can make us live longer, but don't we really want to live better? With the Body Ecology program, you'll find that you can achieve the kind of health that makes us embrace life with more joy at any age.

Sources:

  1. Antifungal Treatment
    http://www.ei-resource.org/anti-fungal.asp
  2. Probiotics: Living Drugs
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/406975
  3. Probiotics: The New Antibiotics?
    http://www.jigsawhealth.com/articles/probiotics_new_antibiotics.html
  4. Saccharomyces boulardii Stimulates Intestinal Immunoglobulin A Immune Response to Clostridium difficile Toxin A in Mice
    http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=98222
  5. ibid
  6. Meta-analysis of probiotics for the prevention of antibiotic associated diarrhea and the treatment of Clostridium difficile disease
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=16635227&ordinalpos=9&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
  7. "Traveler's Diarrhea" from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/travelersdiarrhea_g.htm
  8. From Emory Healthcare "Diarrhea"
    http://healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent.aspx?token=8482e079-8512-47c2-960c-403c77a5e4c&chunkiid=35544
  9. Probiotics and Prebiotics
    http://www.ei-resource.org/probiotics.asp
  10. Ibid
  11. Treating and Preventing Urogential Infections
    http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/408951_8
  12. Beneficial Bacteria Wonderful for Infant Diarrhea
    http://www.mercola.com/2001/apr/21/bacteria.htm
  13. Probiotics and Prebiotics
    Hittp://www.ei-resource.org/probiotics.asp
  14. ibid

Post Categories: By Donna Gates Candida Fermented Foods Probiotics

2 Comments

  • Antibiotics are very toxic!

    Posted on Aug 17 at 8:32 am

  • Do you know where I can find out if any of the following anti-fungals: grapefruit seed extract, caprylic acid, olive leaf extract, oil of oregano or garlic/ garlic extract interfere with good bacteria/ probiotics products?

    Posted on Aug 4 at 12:51 pm

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