When writing the previous post about abscess’ and corns I brought up antibiotics. There’s a few things about antibiotics that I wanted to say but I felt that those points needed to be broken out into a separate post.
To start off, what is an antibiotic?
Here’s two definitions from the internet –
- A substance, such as penicillin or erythromycin, produced by or derived from certain microorganisms, including fungi and bacteria, that can destroy or inhibit the growth of other microorganisms, especially bacteria. Antibiotics are widely used in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
- A chemical substance derived from a mold or bacterium that kills microorganisms and cures infections.
I think it’s interesting that the second definition I grabbed says that antibiotics, “cure infections”.
If you introduce something that kills all bacteria off you are most surely getting rid of an infection, but this is being done by the subtraction of all bacteria. To restore the person being cured back to full health you need to do something else to counteract the subtraction that is occurring.
This brings me to my main point. From what I can tell, it is beneficial to the body to take probiotics in tandem with antibiotics. This link discusses taking a probiotic along with an antibiotic.
A summary of the information in the link is that it may be beneficial to take the probiotic halfway between antibiotic dosages.
For example, if you have an antibiotic that is supposed to be taken every 4 hours and you take the antibiotic at Noon you should take the probiotic at 2pm before taking the antibiotic once again at 4pm.
The way I look at it, antibiotics are getting rid of a problem by burning the problem down while probiotics are replacing the good bacteria killed by the antibiotic. In addition to that replacement, the probiotics are also preventing the problem from spreading further by flooding the body with healthy bacteria.
The probiotic also builds up a “wall” against the spread of the malicious bacteria. The more healthy bacteria/probiotic there is, the stronger the wall.
I’ve brought this up to people before and one response has been that probiotics just stay in the stomach and don’t get circulated around the body.
I don’t think that makes sense. Really think through this for a second…
If you can take an antibiotic pill orally, by swallowing a pill,
we all agree that this antibiotic can mitigate or get rid of an infection in a spot not near the stomach.
An example of this is taking oral antibiotics to help with an infection that is located at a cut on the arm.
If we agree on that, then why would taking a probiotic orally not get circulated around the body in the same manner? I don’t have any evidence to back this up, but just think about it…
The second thing that I want to bring up regarding antibiotics is the potential side effects.
I want to bring up the side effects of a specific antibiotic but before that here’s a link to general side effects of antibiotics-
These general antibiotic side effects include things such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Taking something that’s aggressively changing the balance of bacteria in the body is going to have some sort of effect on you, but what about more serious side effects?
I’m referring to the sort of side effects you hear listed off quickly in cable pharmaceutical commercials.
Awhile back I stumbled across this video on YouTube that tells a story relating to severe antibiotic side effects-
This video tells the story of a man who had his mobility completely taken from him from the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin or shortened as “Cipro” . In the video you see that the man was given an antibiotic for a routine reason and didn’t think much of it. However, once the adverse side effects started everything changed fast.
This is another video about the same drug, “Cipro” but from a different perspective this time. An actual doctor takes the drug and has adverse side effects. Thankfully, he seems to have/be making a recovery.
Here’s a screenshot of the the comment section from the second video detailing some experiences other people have had with Cipro.
The reason I wanted to bring this up is to encourage and empower you to ask questions.
If you’re at the doctor and they prescribe you antibiotics you should be asking if they know any serious side effects that could occur, what those side effects are, and warning signs of those serious side effects beginning.
The last time I needed antibiotics I asked the doctor if they were going to give me Cipro. Unfortunately, the doctor seemed surprised I was asking that question and wanted to know why.
I told her I had heard that Cipro could cause severe side effects to mobility and that I would prefer to take something else. Thankfully, they were already going to give me something different but the important point is that the doctor didn’t know about the potential side effects of Cipro.
You’re the one taking the drug, not the doctor and you have every right to not take what they say at face value, do your own research, and think for yourself. Your body is a temple.
1 Corinthians 6:19
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
The context of this Bible verse is more so regarding not indulging in sexual morality. But I think that the overall metaphor of comparing the body to a temple is very important and interesting.
Our bodies are a vessel in which our soul lives for the duration of our lifetime on earth & by this definition anything that comes into our temple/body is interacting with our soul.
Therefore, we need to be vigilant as to what is entering into this temple and we have every right to ask questions.
This encompasses everything we eat or drink and definitely pharmaceutical drugs/vaccinations as these things are making aggressive chemical changes in our body/temple.