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Antibiotic Use Can Have Adverse Short- and Long-Term Health Ramifications

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  • Antibiotics have both short- and long-term effects on the composition and health of the microbes in your gut, and your microbiome plays a crucial role in your overall immune function and general health
  • Children treated with antibiotics raise their risk of developing health problems in adulthood, including making them more susceptible to infectious diseases, allergies, obesity, and autoimmune disorders
  • While many companies are taking steps to cut antibiotic use in their livestock, Sanderson Farms has vowed to continue using antibiotics, saying they don’t cause antibiotic-resistant bacteria

By Dr. Mercola

Antibiotic overuse doesn't just make us vulnerable to minor infections that can become life-threatening when the bacteria have developed resistance against one or more antibiotics, antibiotic use in childhood also appears to be linked to a host of problems well into adulthood.


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