Some short history of the discovery of Antibiotic – In 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming by accident discovered enzyme lysozyme and the antibiotic substance penicillin from the fungus Penicillium notatum. Though Fleming discovered penicillin, it took Florey and Chain to make it a usable product. All three of them (Fleming, Florey and Chain) were awarded the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Since then, antibiotic has saved many lives especially during World World II and has been recognized as one of the greatest advances in therapeutic medicine.
But as years goes by, people realized that antibiotic not only kill bad bacteria but only good/friendly bacteria. I found this article shared some very good points:
Antibiotics can’t distinguish between the “good” and the “bad” bacteria
There is a delicate balance of billions of bacteria inside our digestive tract. Bifido bacteria in the large intestine and acidophilus in the small intestine and vagina protect against infection by yeast and other bad bacteria. Also “friendly” bacteria found on the skin protect against bad bacteria, yeast and fungal infections. Continued use of antibiotics, especially broad-spectrum antibiotics, can seriously disrupt the normal ecology of the body and render anyone more susceptible to pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria, yeast, viral and parasitic infection.
The worst thing one can do is to take only a few of the antibiotic prescribed
Shortened course of antibiotics often wipes out only the most vulnerable bacteria, while allowing relatively resistant bacteria to survive. Naturally, you’ll begin to feel better quickly. Then most people either forget to take pills, or stop taking them intentionally because they think the infection is gone. When this happens, the weakest bacteria are killed first. But when pills are not taken long enough, the heartier bacteria are not killed. Not only do they survive, but since they have “seen” the antibiotic, they can change their structure so that antibiotic will not kill them in the future.
Note: Antibiotic only kills bacteria, NOT virus. For example, flu is caused by influenza virus. Thus, taking antibiotic is no use to fight against flu. Others like fever, cough and sore throat could be caused by either virus or bacteria.
One recommended solution is to take a lot of prebiotic and probiotic to replenish back good / friendly bacteria in the gut. But you need to choose the right probiotic, because a effective probiotic needs to withstand the stomach acid so that these friendly bacteria are still alive before they reach the gut. Here, I would like to recommend our Shuang Hor Lactoberry Probiotic which produced using the unique Multi-Coated Technology where the probiotics are coated with prebiotics to protect them against our body heat and the highly acidic gastric juices in our stomach. Hence the friendly bacteria can be still alive when they reach the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. There are also 2 billion probiotics in each sachet of Lacto-berry, which will multiply quickly into 40 billions probiotics when they reach our digestive system. It is only RM70 (member price) per box.
Recently, I have some kind of indigestion discomfort which has been for weeks and after changing my diet, and to eat much slower and with just a sachet of Lacto-berry a day for few days, I now kinda feeling much better already 🙂
For more reading – http://www.jigsawhealth.com/resources/probiotics-new-antibiotics