Antibiotics vs Probiotics

Antibiotics vs Probiotics


Greetings. It’s New Zealand naturopath, Eric
Bakker, author of Candida Crusher and formulator of Canxida, the dietary supplements of choice
if you’ve got Candida. Thanks for tuning into my video today. Today, I’m going to talk about
yeast infections, particularly of the digestive system, antibiotics, and also a bit about
probiotics. I’ve had many, many cases over the years where
I’ve found antibiotics to be a real problem when it comes to people approaching me with
gut disorders, small intestinal bowel overgrowth, in particular. That’s what I’m going to talk
a bit about today. I’ve had two cases today, both from America that really concern me.
Which is nothing unusual because I get quite concerned with patients who routinely take
pharmaceutical drugs and who present with yeast infections.
But one case, in particular, was a young guy who’s only 19 that took antibiotics on and
off for several years for acne. And the other case was a case of a guy with major bowel
dysfunction who had taken triple therapy for a helicobacter pylori infection. I’ll talk
a little bit about those cases later on. One thing that you need to bear in mind is there
are not many more things more devastating for your digestive system than taking antibiotics.
I had the fortune to attend a seminar in Australia last weekend presented by an amazing researcher
of probiotics who put a fantastic slide up of the Amazon rain forest. And then the next
slide was basically barren. It was basically like a nuclear bomb had gone off. And what
this guy said was, “This is someone’s digestive system after they’ve taken a round of antibiotics.”
They can be devastating and it can take years for your digestive system to recover from
even a single round. There are people, I think, that fall into
three or four categories when it comes to antibiotics. One person, for example, will
take 7 or 10 days of penicillin for strep throat and then recover 4 to 6 weeks later
or partially recover more likely, because it takes a lot longer to fully recover. Another
person will take a round of penicillin and take one to two years to recover. Another
person may take a round of antibiotics and never fully recover. It’s probably a bit like
exposure to some poisons. Some people recover because they detoxified quickly and gained
good health. And other people have never been well since having a little bit of poison in
their body. Everyone has their own ability to recover or not to recover, depending on
multiple factors that we can’t really go into today on this video.
But what I want to stress to you today is you need to think twice before you take an
antibiotic. They can be devastating. All too many patients I’ve seen take years to recover
from 1, 2, or 20 rounds of antibiotics. The poor young man at 19 with the acne, I see
this over and again of people who take these ridiculous drugs to cure acne. They try to
kill bacteria thinking that they can get rid of acne. What a stupid thing to do. These
people suffer for a long time. This poor guy has got leaky gut. He’s got pain in his joints.
He’s got brain fog. He’s got constipation and diarrhea. He’s got massive sinus problems
now. So he’s got all these multiple problems we have to fix. And guess what? He’s still
got acne. Isn’t that stupid? And the poor guy with the helicobacter pylori
bacterial infection of the stomach, they typically take something called triple therapy which
is often two types of antibiotics, and sometimes they give an acid blocker along with that.
I’ve given up trying to eradicate h. pylori. I went to a seminar in Sydney, Australia.
I think it was last year I went, and I spoke with a gastroenterologist with about 40 years
of experience who said to me, “It’s a waste of time trying to kill h. pylori. It’s a complete
waste of time.” She said, “You’re better off modifying the patient’s diet and lifestyle
to build their immune system so this thing won’t proliferate.”
Trying to get rid of helicobacter pylori is almost impossible. And in nearly all cases,
it will come back. If you’re watching this and you’ve got a helicobacter, you may well
have partially recovered. You would have felt great initially, but then you regressed and
the symptoms came back. And what happens? Repeat testing and maybe another round of
these ridiculous drugs. It’s more important to work on the milieu
or the environment rather than to work on the pathogen itself. Louis Pasteur said that.
Many, very famous people have said that. That killing is not the answer. Making a person
strong is the answer. Increasing their resistance is the answer, not kill, kill, kill. We get
nowhere with this stupid killing mentality. We’ve done a similar thing with wars in countries
over the years. Killing the enemy is never going to win us the war. It’s only going to
waste our resources and kill a lot of our own people by doing these dumb things.
I hope the day comes when doctors realize that antibiotics are not really a good option
for most people. They’re necessary in a minority of cases, but they’re used in such abundance.
We get them in the food chain. We get them in medicines. It’s ridiculous. If you’re watching
this and you’re considering antibiotics for an infection, think twice about using this.
Because you need to think of the long term consequences. You need to think about recovery.
And if you haven’t recovered because you’ve taken an antibiotic, keep watching because
I’ve got many more videos to explain how you can recover from the scourge of antibiotics.
Thanks for tuning in.

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