Antibiotic resistance and probiotics

by dr.g

“Following a Lancet Infectious Diseases report of the spread of a new drug-resistant superbug spreading from south Asia, news agencies have reported “panic” over the germs’ possible consequences.

Writing in the Guardian, for example, editor and columnist Sarah Boseley said:

“The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations, what once appeared to be miracle medicines have been beaten into ineffectiveness by the bacteria they were designed to knock out.”

The effectiveness of antibiotics depends on how antibiotics are used — how well drug use is managed in clinical practice and outside of it. But some 70 percent of American antibiotics — tens of millions of pounds of drugs each year — is used in animal feed.

According to Time Magazine:

“The European Union banned routine use of antibiotics in animal feed years ago because of evidence about its drug-resistance consequences for humans. Now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is recommending the same for the U.S. as well, for the same reason. But for now the practice continues.”   ”

Sources:

The Guardian August 12, 2010

Posted By Dr. Mercola | September 29 2010

The above article is just one reason that the majority of us should be taking a high quality probiotic supplement daily.

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Probiotics are live microorganisms thought to be healthy for the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”.[1] Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics; but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be helpful. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures; such as in yogurt, soy yogurt, or as dietary supplements.

If you have a good healthy balance in the digestive tract it is less likely you will become ill. Antibiotics from our food, over prescribing, toxins in the environment, stress and carbonation are among a few things that disrupt this normal balance. Eating yogurt is an impractical way to recolonize the digestive tract with healthy bacteria once it has been disturbed. The situations described above make it necessary to supplement with a high quality probiotic supplement. To find out more about what makes a high quality probiotic go here:

http://kidchiro.com/mp3/Dr.%20Ginsberg%20Explains%20Probiotics.mp3

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