Dr. Mike Moreno wants you to stop asking your doc for antibiotics to treat your cold. In his book, The 17 Day Plan to Stop Aging, he explains why they should be used only for bacterial infections.
You’d be surprised by how many of my patients call me up with a simple cold and instruct me to prescribe antibiotics.
Okay, people, here’s the truth. Antibiotics treat only bacterial infections, which have to be diagnosed. Why does it matter if you take them for something else? It matters because of a little something called antibiotic resistance. This means that if you abuse them when you don’t need them, they can’t work for you when you do. Antibiotic resistance is a huge problem, perhaps one of the largest (and scariest) health issues threatening our world today.
When you take antibiotics, your body produces fewer cytokines, the hormone messengers of the immune system. This, in turn, suppresses your immune system, meaning you’re more susceptible to resistant bacteria. Here’s a short list of the illnesses getting harder to treat: pneumonia, sinus infections, skin infections, and tuberculosis. Trust me, you don’t want any these illnesses, nor do you want to live in a society where everyone else has them because they’ve become resistant to antibiotics.
So take antibiotics only for bacterial infections, use them right away, and take the entire prescription. Don’t use antibiotics preventively unless your doctor advises it.
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