Antibiotics stop growth of new brain cells

Sometimes it seems like mainstream doctors hand out antibiotics the way dentists hand out toothbrushes.

Head to your doctor’s office with an infection or the sniffles, and you’re practically guaranteed to leave with a prescription for one of these powerful drugs.

And that’s despite the fact that antibiotic overuse has been linked to childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, and the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbug infections.

Now it looks like the news about antibiotics has gotten even worse.

Because taking these drugs might even destroy your memory.

A new study on mice found that antibiotics can lower your levels of key white blood cells responsible for communication among the brain, immune system, and gut. And low levels of these cells have been linked to serious memory issues.

Even worse, it appears that prolonged antibiotic treatment can affect your ability to produce new cells in the area of your brain associated with memory, the hippocampus.

Listen, it’s no secret that antibiotics cause LOTS of unintended damage. That’s because they literally kill everything in their path – good bacteria, bad bacteria… it doesn’t matter.

Now, I’m not saying you should never take an antibiotic. Sometimes you need one.

And in those cases, it’s a good idea to take a probiotic (to replenish healthy gut bacteria) and to exercise. Researchers found that both of these strategies helped mice improve their memories and start producing new brain cells again.

But, as a general rule, always make sure you really need to be on an antibiotic before you start up on a prescription.

Many doctors are quick to prescribe them, but these drugs will do nothing for viruses – like a cold or the flu – and are often handed out needlessly.

And if you’ve been on antibiotics for quite some time to treat a persistent infection, talk to your doctor about potential alternative treatments. The longer you stay on antibiotics, the more risks you face.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Antibiotics May Stop Growth of New Brain Cells, techtimes.com/articles/160312/20160523/antibiotics-may-stop-growth-of-new-brain-cells.htm

Antibiotics that kill gut bacteria also stop growth of new brain cells, sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160519130105.htm

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  1. Now there’s a surprise! Not! It’s really such a shame that this once ‘wonder drug’ has now been depleted to being a treatment that almost has no purpose anymore. Sure antibiotics still can help with bacterial infections, but so many of these bugs are now resistant to these drugs. So, what’s the point?

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