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Ok, so admittedly, I am a total geek when it comes to all things health. Passionate doesn’t even put a small dent in to describing how I feel about health. In 2004 I became so obsessed that I decided to become a Certified Health Coach. I couldn’t get enough. I learned about everything from the basics, to reading labels, toxins in our foods and homes, carpet and flooring, perfumes and antiperspirants, vitamins, prescriptions, water, coffee and so much more. As you can imagine, I’m super fun at parties. Don’t ask me about a health topic unless you are ready for me to go on and on. I am HAPPY to share the knowledge, but it is vast, so be prepared. Conversely, I am still and always will be, learning, especially with the current worldwide situation.

Let’s talk antibiotics, resistance and superbugs. During your life you will be exposed to many viruses, including some that are called “superbugs”. MRSA, VRE, and CRE are among the most common.

One of the reasons we presumably have these viruses is because of the admitted overuse of antibiotics, yet the medical community keeps coming up with newer, better, stronger antibiotics for treatment.

Antibiotics are said to “target” the bad cells. While that may ring true to a certain extent, medical experts have acknowledged that “they may alter the normal microbial content of the body (e.g intestine, bladder, lungs) by destroying one or more groups of harmless or beneficial organisms”.

So they don’t “target” bad cells….what they actually do is put your endocrine system into overdrive.

See? Health geek here! I will continue….lucky you.

When you inject an antibiotic or anything it recognizes as poison into your body, your kidneys toss it out almost immediately because it is toxic. (See? I told you, your body is super smart….I’ll keep reminding you…don’t worry) Your body is naturally responding to being “poisoned”, not targeting a microorganism that is deemed to be bad. Then your adrenal glands are stimulated to produce a large volume of their secretions to take care of this poison. It’s the hyperactivity of the adrenal glands that causes a decrease in symptoms like fevers, aches, and pains.

Recap time. Your SMART body is working hard to reach homeostasis. Your body’s main goal is balance…always. When the unknown chemicals in the antibiotic (or any drug for that matter), enter your blood, your body will fight to dispose of it. The antibiotic gets the credit for being a life-saver. Not the case.

Now, resistance. Imagine that you have an infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics. What do they do? They prescribe another round. They prescribe a stronger one. Maddening…truly.

This pattern then continues to overstimulate your endocrine system. What is the result? A weakened endocrine system, especially the adrenal glands. When a body part (or car part, or computer part, etc) is weakened, it simply cannot perform at optimum level. This is just common sense. So, they claim it’s a “resistant superbug” when in reality, we’ve just weakened the body with what it thinks is poison to a state where it cannot function properly. Instead of finding the root cause, we just throw more poison at it. Sound familiar? Our bodies are simply not designed to have long term antibiotics (and other long term meds as well).

Lastly, remember the reason we have medicine….Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. It is questionable whether Hippocrates ever said those words as only 60 of his hand written journals were ever found, but even Aristotle deemed him The Great Physician.

I have some great nerdy books to recommend if your ever want to dive in. I highly advise becoming your own advocate. Many….no most, of what you have been told is wrong when it comes to medicine. Dig for yourself, and then dig deeper.