Antibiotics have been around for approximately 80 years, during which time they have likely saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives. That said, in recent years, we have seen the problems associated with their wanton usage, as antibiotic resistant bugs have become more common. Knowing this, hopefully the frequency with which they are prescribed will diminish to all but the most necessary of circumstances.
Generally, it is best to avoid taking antibiotics in all but the most necessary of circumstances if you are on The Kaufmann Diet program. Antibiotics are mycotoxins, poisons derived from fungi, which are very good at killing bacteria––even the “good” bacteria that line our digestive tract. These organisms are responsible for helping our gut stay healthy, along with a variety of other important tasks, such as aiding in digestion, manufacturing certain nutrients, boosting immunity, and other tasks.
Many practitioners who study fungal disease believe that once these beneficial bacterial colonies are damaged, this is how yeast and other virulent organisms begin to flourish in the gut; the lack of beneficial bacteria maintaining healthy balance in the gut gives these organisms room to compete and grow unchecked, and from there, proliferate, causing many difficult to diagnose problems.
Even with this potential risk, sometimes antibiotics are necessary. Antibiotics do serve an important role in health care and they can be life-saving drugs when used appropriately. And, you should always listen to your doctor if he or she recommends you take an antibiotic.
So what should you do if you do have to take an antibiotic? There are some steps you can take to prevent some of the negative downstream side effects of antibiotics.
The Kaufmann Diet
It would be beneficial to switch immediately to the Kaufmann One Diet. The Kaufmann One Diet is the most restrictive version of The Kaufmann Diet, and it is designed to both starve yeasts and fungi and mitigate exposure to foods that are known to be contaminated with fungi and their poisons. The Kaufmann Diet eliminates grains, corn, sugar, potatoes, peanuts, and many other foods that are known to be contaminated with mycotoxins, or mold poisons; it also eliminates most simple carbohydrates and foods high in sugar, including some fruits.
Anti-fungal supplements are an important part of the Kaufmann Diet program, but they are even more important if you have recently taken an antibiotics. These include supplements like carprylic acid, oregano oil, olive leaf extract, and many others. Often, these are available at health food stores and are very safe to take while having powerful anti-fungal properties. However, if you are taking other medications, it would be beneficial to talk to your doctor before beginning any supplement regimen.
Supplementing with beneficial bacteria is an important step to take if you want to repopulate the good bacteria in the gut. Probiotic foods can be beneficial to this end, but getting a high quality probiotic supplement really is the best way to ensure the dosages necessary to repopulate the damaged bacterial colonies.
Psyllium is an insoluble fiber that is known to bind to mycotoxins in the gut and help sweep them out. It will also help you maintain regularity. As you starve any yeast or fungi in the gut, it will also assist in sweeping them out.