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Antibiotics Send 70,000 Kids to the ER

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  • Before antibiotics the average life expectancy was 47 years, and most people died from communicable diseases. Today the leading causes of death are noncommunicable, and antibiotics are triggering other health conditions
  • Nearly 70,000 children are treated in the emergency room every year for adverse effects related to antibiotics, likely a conservative number as the researchers did not count those treated at urgent care, doctors’ offices or at home
  • Adults also experience adverse side effects; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states up to 50 percent of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary and contribute to the rising problem with antibiotic resistant bacteria
  • While useful in severe infections, antibiotics may also damage gut bacterial colonies, increase your risk for Crohn’s and celiac disease and damage intestinal epithelial cells that may lead to bowel cancer

By Dr. Mercola

Before the beginning of the 20th century, the average life expectancy was 47 years, even in the industrialized world. Infectious diseases such as pneumonia, syphilis and smallpox were rampant. The discovery of penicillin in 1928 marked the beginning of a revolution against microbes that had assailed human health for centuries.


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