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How Excessive Antibiotic Usage Can Cause Harm - Video

Time: 2:41 Added: 3/28/2011
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While they can be very important, antibiotics can also cause us harm. Nutritionist Ann Boroch explains how and what to do to get your system back in balance.

Contributor(s): Boroch, Ann C.N.C, Naturopath
Tags: probiotics, antibiotics, bacteria, food, meat

Interviewer: Ann, let's talk about antibiotics a little bit. You said that that's one of the reasons why we have Candida overgrowth. We've all had antibiotics in our lives, I'm sure, and when we have other problems then we get more antibiotics. It seems like it can be a vicious cycle unless you can find a way to snap it.

Ann Boroch: Very critical. I think antibiotics do have their place. They are life saving. But through the years we've overused them and we've abused them. A lot of times we've just kind of been brainwashed, as the lay person, that when you get sick, a cold or flu, it's like get the prescription, get the antibiotics. When the reality is, antibiotics are a specifically for bacterial infections. For viral, when you have a cold, flu, it's not going to do anything. This is how we get this misuse and overuse. I think now that we've used them so much we're seeing these resistant strains. And this is why Staph is so prevalent. That used to be a hospital issue. This is now you cut your finger and your immune system is imbalanced, you're in the hospital maybe getting an IV drip of antibiotics because you have MRSA. This is a serious thing, and we're also getting bombarded from the food that we eat; from the red meat, the chicken, the turkey that's pumped full of antibiotics and hormones. So we're getting it from the food sources. That's where 50% of the antibiotic usage goes is into the cattle. We're getting it from multiple factors, and then we're not knowing how to keep the ecology balanced. We're not just doing basics like probiotics, let alone antifungals when needed. We're getting great disruption in the body.

Interviewer: So if we took care of ourselves better, we would not need the antibiotics so much as well too?

Ann Boroch: Correct. You wouldn't need the antibiotics. The thing is that an important factor is that if you do need to take them, know that it's going to wipe out good bacteria and put the probiotics back in. I even think you need to do an herbal compound because the antibiotics are so strong that you need to use something a little bit stronger that has things like oregano, caprylic acid, Pau d'Arco; things to knock it out, and then get back to some probiotics so you can counteract to keep the GI tract in balance. That is the key is we need to be much more preventative about what we're doing. I don't think we can get away with a glass of wine each day, a nibble of chocolate each day. I would love it. I mean, I was a sugar addict and I would love to say I could do some of those things, but because we're compounded with the environmental toxicity, the stress load, and the dietary, I just think we have to be a little more diligent and responsible about what we put in our body.

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