It's Time to go Anti-Antibiotics

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Antibiotics. They are one of the greatest medical advancements in history. They are the savior of those suffering from pneumonia, tuberculosis, enteritis, and much more. There is no mistaking that these drugs are necessary to treat many diseases; however, it seems as though every person who walks into a doctor’s office comes out carrying a little slip of paper with a prescription on it, and this is where the problem lies. Antibiotic abuse leads to patients feeling worse than they did originally, bacteria becoming more resistant, and increased costs. It must be stopped.

Antibiotics may seem like the cure for many illnesses, but unnecessary drug prescriptions actually do more harm than good. Taking antibiotics when not needed may make users feel worse. Many side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, thrush, allergies and even life-threatening bowel inflammation can occur when using antibiotics (NPS, 2012, para. 2-4). If people misuse antibiotics and take them for viral infections, they are not doing anything to help their condition, but they may be putting themselves at risk for increased discomfort and potentially life-threatening side effects. Antibiotics also cause the healthy bacteria in your body to diminish. Dr. Martin Blaser states, “evidence… suggests antibiotics may permanently change the beneficial bacteria that we’re carrying” (Conley, 2011, para. 3). Antibiotics cannot tell beneficial bacteria from harmful bacteria, so by taking excess antibiotics people are constantly killing off the good bacteria, especially the flora in the gut. This causes more bacteria to gather, and it is hypothesized that many illnesses such as Type 1 Diabetes, allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease are on the rise due to this. People al...

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