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How too many antibiotics can cause antibiotic resistance?

India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi 07 Jun 2017, 14:13:20 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

The immune system of living beings is a miracle of nature, with ability to cure, repair, prevent or heal diseases virtually, even cancer can be beaten with efficient functioning of Immune System. According to the doctors “diseases” are known to be the externalized experimental symptoms of a state emerging from an accommodated, ineffective immune system. In most people today, the immune system is often already highly compromised due to a poor diet and lifestyle, environmental toxins and other factors, including medicines.But do you know, overuse of antibiotics can cause drug-resistance in bacteria? 


Our immune system contains highly complex structure with at least 80% being located in digestive system and regulated by “gut flora”(microbes that live there in the vast numbers). Atleast 15% of the weight of the whole body can be attributed to trillions of microbes and other organisms, living mostly in the digestive tract. The ratio of "good" microbes to "bad" microbes is critical for the efficient functioning of the immune system, being broadly 85% "good microbes" to 15% "bad microbes" in the gut.

This imbalance in the ratio of god to bad microbes is called as “Dysbiosis.”


When antibiotics are consumed, not only the "bad microbes “killed-off”, so are the good microbes, leaving the gut almost completely depleted of beneficial, immune response-regulating gut flora, and consequently a seriously compromised immune system.


Having antibiotics is therefore worst for health, because it effectively and completely vanishes the very natural bodily mechanism that protects us against all disease in the first place - the immune system - which may never fully recover by itself. 

Cause of drug resistance:


A bacterium becomes resistant to antibiotics with too much usage. It either protects it from the action of the drug or neutralizes the drug. A bacterium which may survive an antibiotic treatment can then multiply and pass its resistant properties to the generations. On other hand, some bacteria can transfer their drug resistant properties to other bacteria as if- passing along a shield to help each other to survive. The fact that bacteria develop resistance to a drug is normal and expected. However, the way that drugs are used affects how quickly and to what extent drug resistance occurs. 


Viral Infections which are treated using antibiotic doses: 


  • Cold
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Bronchitis
  • Most coughs
  • Most sore throats
  • Some ear infections
  • Some sinus infections
  • Stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis)