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Resisting resistance

By: Satya Sivaraman

Courtesy: Himal Southasian, August 2009

The rampant, often-frivolous use of antibiotics over the past half-century has made us dramatically more vulnerable today. A looming catastrophe … one our planet faces due to long-term human intervention in the natural world … the impacts of which are already being felt … though the real damage lies ahead, the issue could be ameliorated through urgent action to bring about policy and behavioural changes. Surely we are talking about global warming, the hot issue on everyone’s minds these days? No, in fact we are referring to an equally significant though vastly under-discussed threat confronting the world today: antibiotic resistance, the phenomenon of bacteria becoming immune to antibiotic medication.

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Antibiotics

Antibiotics kill not only invading bacteria but also healthy flora (friendly and protective bacteria Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium). The composition of the intestinal flora can be disrupted by the use of antibiotics, and chemotherapy. The disease dysbosis also refers to a chronic imbalance in our bowel flora. Antibiotic kills friendly bacteria and then harmful organisms, Candida, E. coli, Staphlococci and Klebsiella fill the vacuum of friendly bacteria in colon. Antibiotics turn the off the action of white blood cells in immune system. Kids given antibiotics during the first 2 years of their life will have increased chances of allergies in their later years of life.

The protective bacteria Lactobacilli of yogurt can keep the acidity of the vagina (the pH higher) and create a antagonistic environment against the AIDS/ HIV virus and decrease the risk of STD infections.

Instead of taking antibiotics, use grapefruit, onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric and vitamin C 500 mg two times to support immune system and keep the antibiotic as life saving drug for future use. Eat yogurt everyday if you are not allergic with milk products.