Tom Ballard, ND's blog


Antibiotics Make Us Fat
December 16, 2010, 8:46 am
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Just to show how complex we are, research published in Scientific American and Science magazine has shown that antibiotic use contributes to weight gain. Apparently the disruption of healthy gut bacteria slows the burning of fat.

Antibiotics are not the only drug feeding the obesity problem. According to Lawrence Cheskin, MD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center, “Medication-related weight gain has become far more important over the past decade as obesity increases in prevalence and more people are taking medications for chronic illness.”

Didier Raoult, MD, PhD, professor at Merseille School of Medicine, has discovered that antibiotics act as growth promoters and proposes that they are a factor in the pandemic of obesity that is occurring.

No one is suggesting to never take antibiotics. However, do remember that they are having effects far beyond killing off unwanted bugs.

This web of relationships between systems, like digestion and metabolism, is one reason natural medicine emphasizes not disrupting the ecology of the body. Instead the major role of health care should be in reestablishing the delicate balances that keep us healthy.

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Antibiotics and Birth Defects
February 25, 2010, 8:40 am
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A recent study looking at 2300 postpartum women is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it showed that women taking antibiotics during pregnancy had two to three times the risk of delivering babies with birth defects. The defects included brain and heart problems, shortened limbs, and cleft palate.

Antibiotics are sometimes necessary and even life saving, but this report adds more weight to the argument that antibiotics should be the prescribed judiciously (the growing problem with antibiotic-resistant bacteria is another reason to view antibiotics with caution).

The second interesting revelation of this study is that it was hailed as “the first large analysis of antibiotic use in pregnancy”. In other words, for all the drug company claims of “scientific medicine”, they have not done proper testing of antibiotics. This is not surprising, since it has been estimated that fewer than fifteen percent of drugs have had thorough, unbiased, large-scale studies on humans.