69 years ago (Nov 29, 1954), researchers finalized a study linking antibiotic intake to weight gain. US Navy recruits were given either an antibiotic or a placebo daily for 7 weeks. The men who took the antibiotics gained an average of 60% more weight than those taking the placebo. 9 years earlier, in 1945, penicillin was deemed to be neurotoxic. Put these two published facts together and this headline (1) should shock no one. But it does. American scientists, physicians included, are perplexed that lifesaving drugs would harm those swallowing them.
Antibiotics are mycotoxins, fungal poisons, and as such come with a host of dangerous side effects, from gut diseases to cancer. Yet somehow this important information must be overlooked in medical school Pharmacology 101 class.
Know that if you must take them and if you are taught to chase them with probiotics, then the benefit must be weighed against the potential harm. Perhaps you and your Dr could discuss that.
Do not let my teaching segments overrule a physicians prescription pad. Sometimes antibiotics can be lifesaving. But know that there exists a darker side to any prescription drug. When wondering if they might hurt you, this darker side is called “side effects.” When they do hurt you, the term Adverse Drug Events, or ADE’s is used. Either way, know that any mycotoxin, including antibiotics, can cause injury, be it obesity or neurological problems…and be careful.
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