The European Molecular Biology Laboratory has just released a study that uncovers the impact of drugs on the human microbiome. Researchers screened over 1000 drugs against 40 representative gut bacteria, and found that one in four drugs inhibits the growth of bacteria in the human gut. These drugs cause antibiotic-like side effects and may promote antibiotic resistance. This phenomenon was found in drugs from all therapeutic classes, includingantipsychotics, proton-pump inhibitors, hormones and anti-cancer drugs.
This is important because our gut microbiome directly influences many factors in health, including mood, immunity, and obesity. Interestingly, the drugs’ effect on good bacteria was greater than the effect on pathogens.
The results of this study raise an important question: Are the medications we rely on to help health conditions actually making us worse off in the long term? The implications of this question become even greater when considering just how medicated the population is. Last year, the Telegraph reported that half of all people take prescription drugs. Antidepressant numbers in particular have brought about a 47 per cent increase in drugs prescribed in the last decade. According to the Telegraph, many of those who are using prescriptions are not using only one, either. Out of 8000 adults surveyed, one quarter were on at least three drugs. Most common were high blood pressure medications, followed by statins, indigestion remedies, painkillers and antidepressants.
The numbers are not much better in the US. As Consumer Reports found, 55 per cent of Americans are regularly taking prescription medication. The average number of prescriptions there is four, not counting additional supplements or over-the-counter drugs. Half of those who take prescriptions get them from multiple healthcare providers, which increases the chance of adverse reactions. While more than a third of respondents say no doctor has reviewed all their medications to see which ones are necessary, when half of the survey respondents did ask their doctor if they could stop taking a drug, 71 per cent were able to eliminate at least one prescription.
How can we protect our immunity and gut health?
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Colloidal Silver: It is important to use Homeopathic Colloidal Silver to avoid added heavy metal accumulation. It should also be nanoparticle free, to avoid nanoparticle clustering.
This new study is a real game changer.Properly prescribed disease treatments are contributing to the disease process. Compounding health issues are the direct result of medications directed at treating symptoms rather than the core health concern; it is contrary to our bodies’ design. Holistic, naturopathic treatment first determines why the patient’s health is suffering, and from this focus, treatment is administered, allowing the body to come into a state of balance for health restoration and without side effects. Remember, nature knows best.