An Urgent Warning for Anyone Who Has Ever Taken Antibiotic or Antifungal Drugs
Antibiotics can be lifesaving, 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, we at Body Ecology have done a lot of research to find answers for wellness. A lifetime of searching has taught us that the top secret to health can be found in obtaining a deeper understanding of nature.
While there are plenty of probiotic foods and supplements on the market, it’s important to understand that not all probiotic sources are created equal. The Body Ecology Bifidus Power Blend is expertly formulated with the same nourishing bacteria that can be found in a breastfed newborn baby’s gut.
How Antibiotic Overuse Robs Us of Our Healthy Heritage
Only a few decades ago, within the Baby Boomer generation, antibiotic use became commonplace. The main difference then was that antibiotics weren’t overused in those days the way they are today. By the time these Baby Boomers grew up and had their own children, antibiotics were being prescribed for almost anything.
A 2015 study from the University of Utah Health Sciences and supported by the CDC partially blames this overuse on healthcare providers — revealing that 10 percent of physicians write an antibiotic prescription for almost every patient, estimated at 95 percent or more, with bronchitis, a cold, or a respiratory infection.1 This widespread antibiotic overuse within the healthcare system has been linked to potentially deadly antibiotic resistance. The commonly prescribed antibiotic clarithromycin has also been linked to an increased risk of heart deaths, while multiple courses of antibiotics before the age of 2 are considered a risk factor for early childhood obesity.2,3
We can see this breakdown in our medical community, but in nature, there is a much different picture. All throughout the earth, we find ecosystems that constantly strive to maintain a natural 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 our years of working with clients, researching health and studying the human digestive system, we 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.
The Dangers of Antibiotics and Antifungals
Until recently, barely anyone out there discussed 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.”
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.
- Antifungal drugs (like Nystatin, Diflucan, and Nizarol) – Prescribed for fungal ailments, like Candida, these drugs 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 stop the antifungal drug, your systemic yeast infection will flare up again, often worse than before.
Probiotics After Antibiotics: Look Out for These Superstars
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 kefir, yogurt, and traditionally-made sauerkraut.
Some of the benefits of probiotics are:
- Aid digestion and assimilation of foods
- Improve energy
- Increase the nutrients in your foods
- Curb cravings for sugar and carbs
- Improve immunity
- Aid in digesting and assimilating vitamin K
- Offer a quick and effective natural treatment for diarrhea
- Help you look and feel younger and delay aging
While our modern medical establishment has been slow in the past to appreciate the value of probiotics in preventing disease, and in treating infections, there is good news on the horizon. Research in the area of probiotics is increasing at a fast pace, and in fact, probiotics are now being called “living drugs,” or “the new antibiotics.” Within the past few years alone, compelling research has come to the forefront, praising the benefits of probiotics to establish a healthy gut and boost microbial activity, improve blood pressure, and even serve as a “secret weapon” to fight off the common cold.4,5,6
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 in your probiotic diet is the best way to protect yourself:
1. 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 superstar 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 helps control Candida. S. boulardii is also used in treatment of antibiotic-induced diarrhea (AAD), which is a common complication of antibiotic 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 AAD.7
“Superstar” S. boulardii can be found in the Body Ecology Bifidus Power Blend.
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. It inhibits the growth of gastrointestinal disease-causing bacteria, and it stimulates the immune system. 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. When you eat a food containing L. plantarum, it will colonize inside your intestines. And if you have to take an antibiotic, L. plantarum will not be destroyed by the antibiotic therapy. This would then help curb the overgrowth of harmful organisms like Candida.
You can get both powerful strains of lactobacillus by eating homemade cultured vegetables.
3. 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 in maintaining viable cells of bifidobacteria — in particular, species of Bifidobacterium, such as B. longum, that are native and essential to the human intestine.
We like to call bifidobacteria “Nature’s Preferred Probiotic” because it is the same hardy strain that can be found in a breastfed baby’s gut within the first month of life. But with age, healthy levels of bifidobacteria decline, and the likelihood of chronic disease increases. If you have had genetic testing done and fall within the 20 percent of adults who have a variation of the FUT2 gene, bifidobacteria may be even harder to come by. The FUT2 gene is needed to regulate how much beneficial bifidobacteria can be found in the digestive tract. Those with the gene variation may not be able to house a natural community of bifidobacteria in the gut — increasing potential risk for inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disorders, and Candida overgrowth. These people will need a daily bifidus probiotic even more.
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.
A hefty helping of Bifidus longum can also be found in the Body Ecology Bifidus Power Blend.
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.
We 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 hardy health and energy that sustained our ancient ancestors when they lived “close to” and “lightly upon” the land. While modern medicine may make us live longer, don’t we really want to live better? Support your inner ecology first — with protective bacteria that comes from the gut of babes — and you’ll find that you can achieve the kind of health that makes you embrace life with more joy at any age.
What To Remember Most About This Article:
Antibiotics are everywhere, and their overuse isn’t just your imagination. While antibiotics are designed to save lives, they can be dangerous and even deadly when used frequently or over long periods of time. Researchers have revealed that healthcare providers may be partially to blame: 10 percent of physicians prescribe antibiotics to almost every patient with a cold, bronchitis, or respiratory infection.
Antibiotics and antifungal drugs completely wipe out the healthy ecology of the gut you were born with. For the millions of us who have taken these commonly prescribed drugs or who have eaten a high-sugar, high-carbohydrate, processed food diet known to burden the digestive system, we have to work even harder to get our gut health back on track.
Probiotics can clean up the mess antibiotics have made and restore health to a damaged gut that is at risk for disease. Beneficial microorganisms like Saccharomyces boulardii and Bifidobacteria longum can be found in the Body Ecology Bifidus Power Blend, made with the same protective and nourishing bacteria that resides in the gut of a breastfed baby. Lactobacillus bacteria can contribute to gut microbial diversity to improve health while strengthening immunity, found naturally in homemade cultured vegetables.
Tapping into our vitality at any age isn’t complicated, but it does require us to go back to the source. Supporting the inner ecosystem with protective bacteria can bring to our bodies the same balance we see in the ecosystems in nature.
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