However, many believe that certain antibiotics can cause more harm than good. Why wouldn't your doctor disclose everything you need to know about antibiotics?
Here are seven things you may not know about antibiotics:
- Antibiotics are effective only against bacteria. Antibiotics don't have any effect on viral infections, yet over 31 percent of antibiotic prescriptions were for colds or sore throats.
- Researchers found that those women with babies who had birth defects had a higher incidence of taking two types of antibiotics (sulfa drugs and nitrofurantoins) for urinary tract infections than mothers with unaffected babies.
- Antibiotics work by flushing out all bacteria, including the good kind that keeps us healthy.
- An estimated 20 percent of affected people will get sick all over again later.
- Antibiotics upset the delicate balance of your intestinal terrain; yeasts grow into large colonies and take over in a condition called dysbiosis.
- Antibiotics encourage you to binge on carbohydrates including pasta, bread, sugar, potatoes, etc. So, it should come as no surprise that weight gain counts as one of the telltale signs of antibiotic damage and subsequent yeast overgrowth.
- The CDC estimates at least 2 million Americans contract antibiotic-resistant infections every year, and that 23,000 die as a result.
Listen in as James LaValle, RPh, CCN, shares the seven things you may not know about antibiotics and why your doctor wouldn't share them with you.