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Antibiotics Promote Obesity, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome

Anthony Gucciardi
November 9th, 2011
Updated 11/08/2012 at 9:44 pm
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Antibiotics, recently linked to skyrocketing mental illness rates, are now being identified as a player in the soaring obesity rates around the globe. Previously, it was revealed that excessive antibiotic usage may also be responsible for spawning drug-resistant superbugs that continue to emerge worldwide.

The reason that antibiotics are potentially making you fat, mentally unhealthy, and suffer from gut problems has to do with the way it affects bacteria within your gut. While antibiotics do kill harmful ‘bad’ bacteria as intended, they also destroy ‘good’ bacteria in the gut which help to regulate more than just gut health. In fact, studies are finding that gut bacteria may be responsible for regulating overall health, including mental health and stability.

In one study regarding the depletion of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, researchers explained how antibiotics administered to mice ultimately resulted in altered behaviors far beyond diarrhea and pain:

“It may be that those changes in gut bacteria not only contribute to the generation of gut symptoms, like diarrhea or pain, but may also contribute to this altered behavior that we see in those patients,” said researcher Stephen Collins, of the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.

Experts are now drawing a conclusion between depleted beneficial bacteria and obesity, as more information comes out over the dangers and repercussions of antibiotic use. Dr. Martin Blaser of New York University Langone Medical Center is one such expert, who has been actively studying the effects of antibiotics on gut bacteria.

Dr. Blaser summarized his findings on the subject, revealing how antibiotics actually have a number of long-term side effects that the medial establishment has previously failed to recognize – or at least report:

“They’ve changed health and medicine over the last 70 years. But when doctors prescribe antibiotics, it is based on the belief that there are no long-term effects. We’ve seen evidence that suggests antibiotics may permanently change the beneficial bacteria that we’re carrying.”

Honing in on the obesity connection, a studyconducted in April 2011 involving Dr. Blaser found that people treated with antibiotics had a 6-fold increase in post-meal ghrelin, a 20 percent increase in leptin levels, and a 5% increase in body mass index 18 months after completing the course of antibiotics. Ghrelin, of course, stimulates the brain in such a manner that leads to not only increased appetite, but also particularly leads to the accumulation of fat in abdominal fat tissue.  This type of fat is associated with metabolic syndrome and an increased risk of diabetes.

Dr. Blaser explains:

“…antibiotics for H. pylori trick the body into eating more by disrupting hunger hormone levels. Indeed, mice given antibiotics get fatter than their untreated counterparts despite having the same diet.”

It is very likely that further research will come out exposing a number of other adverse health effects from antibiotic usage, just as with BPA and antipsychotic drugs. Of course, antibiotics are potentially creating the mental illnesses through gut bacteria depletion which the suicide-linked antipsychotics aim to ‘treat’, playing into the pharmaceutical food chain.

Thankfully, a number of powerful natural antibiotics exist that do not come with such harsh side effects. Concerned over the destructive effects of antibiotics, research has concluded that various amino acids are actually preferable to antibiotics when it comes to treating infection. Other natural options for combating bacteria and infections include:

  • Garlic
  • Echinacea
  • Goldenseal
  • Wild Indigo
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  • Patti103

    look up fecal transplant!

  • JennyB

    A few months ago I also had to take antbiotics for H.pylori for what the doctor thought was an ulcer causing my pelvic pain. After taking the antibiotics along with an ulcer healing medication I became very sick. Come to find out, i didn't even have h.pylori or an ulcer! 2 months later, after seeing a GI specialist and countless tests still sick. Went to see a new Primary care doc, who ran a boat load of tests. I go to get the results hoping for an answer to why i can't even get out of bed I'm so sick with digestive problems,and all i get is a speach about me having high cholestorol and that i need to be on statin drugs asap or else! meanwhile, I'm so sick I think I'm going to die and all he cares about is selling damm statin drugs!! Useless. Doctors wonder why we hate them so much. Antibiotics…never sicker.

    • bob

      jenny b

      same thing happened to me . do you have mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth? if so get them removed by a dentist using the huggins technique. Then im sorry but you have to go on a diet of no carbs except for millet or quinoa. no starch vegetables just broccolli cabbage cauliflower kale celery and cucumbers(without the skins). all meats are ok . nuts hurt my leaky gut but you might be able to handle them . eggs too might be tolerated by you , not me . the candida that came on after the antibiotics destroyed my gut lining and after a year hasnt returned .

  • ulmed
  • flash

    The main reason that parents do not anticipate losing a third of their families to strep, pneumonia and other simple illness is antibiotics. Look at the dismal statistics that were a fact of life before they were available.

    Idiots demonize lifesaving drugs, and gulp things like ibuprofen which in a recent study showed eight times greater risk of stroke. Why not demonize ibuprofen?

    We, as a society, are forgetting too much when we try to think, and it shows in rising death rates, as well as in the loss of our American way of life.

  • Pat

    Mice ? do you want to be taken seriously?

    PR ND

    • Lance

      That is obviously 1 reference out of everything else. The rest has to do with the effects on humans. Even the doctor conducting the research explains it:

      “They’ve changed health and medicine over the last 70 years. But when doctors prescribe antibiotics, it is based on the belief that there are no long-term effects. We’ve seen evidence that suggests antibiotics may permanently change the beneficial bacteria that we’re carrying.”

  • Reb

    I use colloidal silver @ 10 ppm (10 parts per milion), which unfortunately does not distinguish between bad or beneficial flora in the gut. As well, after listening to a radio interview with Dr. Len Horowitz on C2C AM back in 1997-98 who recommended that anyone who experienced colds, flu or other microbial illness should increase their salt intake to prevent illness or combat the same; I have also done that, as well and it works. Viruses can only survive and multiply (if I can correctly recall Dr. Horowitz's interview recommendations?) between 7.3 and 7.4 pH. So, increasing one's salt intake can change the growth medium making it impossible for viruses to survive. I am not giving medical advice here, rather, I am relating what I have done and what has worked for me.

    • Jeffrey

      Good as far as you went. My understanding is that only fully mineralized salt, like Celtic Sea Salt, will raise your ph along with lowering your blood pressure. Refined salt has the opposite effect. Dr. Mark Sircus recommends a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in a glass of water once or twice a day to keep you ph optimal.

  • windy

    I was given antibiotics 2 years ago to treat h-pylori – it somehow affected my lungs – have tried many probiotics and a dozen other things – still cannot breathe.

    • Padre

      Try 10 ppm colloidal silver in a nebulizer. You'll notice an immediate difference.

  • Melissa

    Antibiotics given to children younger than one year screw up their gut flora permanently. They are in for increased risks of a lifetime of sickness, obesity, ADD, CA, diabetes, etcetera.

    The GUT is the key to all health and sickness. Probiotics are incredibly important to overall health.

    • Kate

      Funny, my son had lots of antibiotics before a year old and since he had tubes in his ears at two is rarely ever sick now. No where near ADD, a very healthy weight etc…

      • Kate

        Sorry, he's 14 now.

  • Anonymous

    First mental illness, now obesity. Makes sense why we're seeing such increasing rates.

  • Anonymous

    You hit the nail on the head: pharmaceuticals CREATE problems, then they make more drugs to 'FIX' the problem.

    • Lance

      Yes, and antibiotics permanently delete good bacteria.

    • Cat Thunder

      BS,They create more problem and supply you with more drugs they think will help.Then you get stomach aches and supply you with another useless pill.Look at and and you will see yourself about bad medications.