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Can Antibiotics Be Dangerous To Your Health?

“Rev. Malkmus, I just returned from a missionary trip to Haiti and have been experiencing plugged ears ever since my return. My doctor has placed me on the drug amoxicillin (an antibiotic) but it is not helping. I am not a fan of taking drugs because I know they all have side effects, but is there an alternative to this antibiotic that might prove effective?
Sandi P.

NOTE: Amoxicillin is a generic of the prescription drug Amoxil. It is an antibiotic that belongs to the class of antibiotic called penicillin. Potential side-effects from the drug amoxicillin include: diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, itching, abdominal pain and insomnia.

Unfortunately, many doctors prescribe antibiotics for conditions that are not related to a bacterial infection. Sometimes it is extremely difficult for a doctor to know whether a person is dealing with a bacterial infection or not, but antibiotics are useless if the problem is not bacterial-related.

Whether dealing with a bacterial infection or not, antibiotics are always harmful because they destroy friendly bacteria in the gut, disrupting the balance between friendly and unfriendly bacteria, which allows pathogenic (harmful) bacteria to thrive.

There are occasions where antibiotics may be appropriate, but for me, personally, it would be the very last resort. I would first give natural antibiotics a try, such asSilver Biotics (a unique silver solution with antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal properties), garlic, or oil of oregano.

These alternatives support the body’s innate, self-healing abilities. They are all natural and safe alternatives to antibiotics, as they do not destroy friendly bacteria in the gut.

If I had no choice but to use an antibiotic, I would make certain that I used a good probiotic supplement two to three hours following each dose of the antibiotic. In addition to taking probiotics through the duration of antibiotic use, I would continue taking them for six to eight weeks following.

The reason these probiotics are so important is because, if they are not taken, the antibiotic has the potential of wiping out the friendly bacteria, allowing the unfriendly bacteria to dominate. When that happens, yeast and candida take over the gut and can sometime be very difficult to overcome.


  1. Rsmyth4128 April 24, 2012

    Hi There,

    Thanks for your post:-) Do you know if this “Silver Biotics” would help with oral infections? I have bad gingivitis and am prone to abscesses due to my poor gums. I also have heart disease so I can’t fool around with this but, I don’t want to take all these antibiotics either.

    Would this help me, rather then the Penicillin the dentist puts me on? If not can you recommend anything else?

    Thank you, Regina

    • I have heard that calendula (an herb in several oral rinses) is known to help. Bee propolis, echinacea, garlic, and tea tree oil are often included as well. Refined carbs, coffee, tea, and soda will make things worse and raw fruits and veggies can help it improve, too.

    • jeanne w April 25, 2012

      Warm salt water rinses help. Also make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (use soft tooth brush) and brush teeth. Also keep teeth flossed.

  2. Reflex2 April 28, 2012

    I have had hip replacement. The Dentist will not work on my teeth now without me first taking antibiotics before I come in. I have a mouth wash that I am sure to use before I go in. It is herbs etc. that kills germs in mouth and I take barly max extra doses for several days before and after. and increase vit C. I like the idea of oregano, will start that. when they ask me did you take the antibiotic, I hate to lie but I tell them yes. It is my body not theirs and I feel I have taken preventitive measures. We must take a stand for better health and not rely on the “devil” to care for us. Thanks so much for the article.

  3. NutBugs May 2, 2012

    OK help! My daughter (6) is on a low dose antibiotic now. She has had about 25 UTI over the last 3 years. And yes we have done the wiping, drinking more water peeing more etc. She actually has some sort of pocket that holds some urine in it which cause the infections. She will eventually grow out of it, but the Dr. wants her on this low dose instead of operation for about 6 months off for a month and back on. Uuggh! I hate having her on this but the UTi would cause a greater risk to her kidneys. Are the suggstions above good for a 6 year old???? Should I take her off the meds????

  4. This made my mind clearer from that news about antibiotic causing harm in the body. Honestly, this is somehow scares me, because I use it very often. I think it is always best to ask for a medical professional first. Thanks you for this very informative post.

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