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Did you know the medications we’re given as infants could affect our health years later? It’s true; several scientific studies have shown that antibiotic use in babies may increase their risk of developing allergies and asthma as kindergartners. That’s why it’s really important to know what to expect from the mainstream medical field while you’re still expecting. Now, while sometimes antibiotics are truly necessary, it’s important to take a step back before assuming antibiotics are the go-to solution for all infant and toddler illnesses.

One Antibiotic Can Have Long-Term Effects

The American Journal of Epidemiology published the study a few years back, and the results have been confirmed since. It’s something we believe every parent MUST know. The title of the research article is “Early Antibiotic Use Linked to Asthma and Allergies at 6 Years Old.” The results of the research showed that if your child uses just one antibiotic within the first year of life, their chances of developing asthma and allergies later on is up to 40 percent; their chances are even higher if two are used.

“Early antibiotic exposure, especially to broad-spectrum antibiotics, may suppress the developing immune system and produce a reduced anti-allergic response,” said senior author Michael B. Bracken, professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut. [1] So, not only does the antibiotic suppress the immune system, but it can also interfere with the immune system’s natural, healthy response to allergens.

Now, there were some concerns about confounding variables influencing the outcome, but then the researchers did a systematic review of 60 years’ worth of studies. They concluded that antibiotic usage in early life did indeed increase the risk of childhood asthma. [2]

Allergies May Be Common, But They Aren’t “Normal”

Let’s use an example most of you can relate to. Let’s say a person walks into a field full of beautiful wildflowers. Normally, a person’s immune response will effectively deal with the pollen, and they won’t experience any negative symptoms. However, if their immune system isn’t functioning the way it’s supposed to, that pollen could end up triggering a cascade of symptoms for which most people would end up taking some form of medication. This happens all the time, yet no one questions why they have these allergic responses.

In today’s society, we accept allergies and asthma as completely normal. Surely, you’ve heard people say, “Oh, he got his allergies from his (insert dad, mom, or grandpa here).” The funny thing is that more and more research has come out showing that genetics are less of a factor, and it’s really more about what happened to that child before, during, and after birth. “Genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.”

It’s no wonder that we, as a society, accept some level of chronic illness as “normal.” After all, to find a person who doesn’t suffer from some sort of health issue these days is pretty rare. Just think of how many people out there have had at least one antibiotic before the age of one. How many cases of allergies or asthma could we have avoided by simply supporting the child’s immune system in fighting off a virus naturally?

Sometimes, We Need to Call the Fire Department…

Now, a lot of you may be thinking, “Does that mean we’re never to use an antibiotic?” That’s a great question with a complicated answer. There can be times when antibiotics are absolutely needed. That’s why we use the illustration of fireman doctors vs. carpenter doctors. Sometimes, you need to put out the flames of inflammation immediately –that’s where the fireman doctor comes in. However, you also need to know the effects of taking antibiotics – especially in those cases early in life.

If you know the side effects of taking antibiotics, you’ll know how to build the immune system back up after suppressing or destroying it. During the time of taking an antibiotic, the infection can be eliminated. That’s the purpose of taking it in the first place. However, our normal gut flora can also be affected. That’s where the problems begin.

But Then We Need the Carpenter Doctors

Our gut flora consists of beneficial bacteria that are a major factor in our natural immune response to any allergen. If a person is deficient in that beneficial bacterial covering, they’re allowing their immune system to be bombarded on a regular basis, causing inflammation to many systems of their body. [2]

A great way to add beneficial flora to your system is with MegaBiotic Formula, an allergen-free therapy dose of over 100+ billion CFUs of beneficial bacteria. Prebiotic plants and mushrooms, like chicory, dandelion, and turkey tail, can serve as food for the good bacteria, helping them flourish. A diet that includes fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, and sauerkraut are also great ways to support this beneficial bacterial covering. [3]

Now, most people already understand the importance of normal gut flora, but did you know there are flora that protect our lungs, skin, and brain? Taking antibiotics can compromise all of those systems, increasing the instances of allergic diseases like allergies and asthma, and resulting in articles and research papers like the one just reference. They are reporting information which should be second nature, or even obvious to anyone who truly understands how the immune system functions. But it’s not second nature for many…and that’s why so many people are suffering right now from chronic conditions.

I know right about now you are thinking, “I suffer from allergies and asthma, and I know so many others that do, too. Where do I start? How do I find out if my beneficial flora has been affected? How do I determine where the dysfunction has originated?”

Well, first and foremost, it’s important to understand that we look at health much differently than your average doctor. All of our results are based upon two main premises. The first is that every system interacts with every other system, which we refer to as the Swiss Watch Principle. Even the smallest gear can have a major effect on how the watch works. And the second is that no two people are exactly the same. We don’t guess; we test.

We believe proper testing is the most essential step to getting the improved health results that you have always desired.

We Don’t Guess…We Test!

When dealing with allergies and asthma, there are several tests that work really well. One of our favorites is the CD4/CD8. This test is included in our TWW Immune Panel. Another test to consider would be the Gut Health test, which can assess the intestinal barrier (shown as Fecal Secretory IgA). Once you’ve been tested, your Wellness Way clinic or health restoration coach will be able to determine the best care for your specific needs. Why continue to suffer? Contact a Wellness Way clinic and get tested today!

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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