In My Opinion
Are Antibiotics Making Our Children Fat?
I hate finding out that things that are supposed to help us may be doing more harm than good. And, even worse, making us fat. Add antibiotics to the list.
I've always been concerned about antibiotics. According to a new study, not only are antibiotics not as effective as they were ten years ago and are continuously growing resistant by the day, but they may also be linked to obesity later in life. And by later in life I mean by the age of three.
Just a few months ago CNN reported that the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that giving a child antibiotics does little to speed a child’s recovery from an ear infection, while raising some risks in side infections (rash, diarrhea, etc.).
Now, a study published in The International Journal of Obesity found that babies treated with antibiotics between birth and five months of age were more likely to be overweight.
"Microbes in our intestines may play critical roles in how we absorb calories, and exposure to antibiotics. Especially early in life, they may also kill off healthy bacteria that…would otherwise keep us lean" says Dr. Leonardo Transande, of New York University School of Medicine.
And with "bad" bacteria figuring out how to outmuscle antibiotics over the decade, some parents find themselves doubling the dosages. They may not have realized that the infection has become drug-resistant; the cycle continues.
So what are parents left to do?
Are we going to have to subject ourselves to grandma’s homemade remedies to make sure our children avoid the harmful effects of the pharmaceutical industry?
Should we accept that pretty much everything made in a factory makes us fat? Or more likely to become fat. Or that antibiotics are not as helpful as we would like to think. I like my friend and IATP Fellow, Valerie Segrest's way of using Native American plants and herbs for healing. Better yet, eating more healthfully so we are not sick in the first place.
How do feel about the use and possible overuse of antibiotics in children?