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Book: Missing Microbes by Martin Blaser
We have always been told that antibiotics have an impact on the resident
microbes in our intestines but they would come back once the treatment is
over. Therefore we tought that there is no permanent impact. It's not true. You
may discover the "side effects" only years later.
Martin Blaser has done some very interesting research proofing that
there is a life long impact. A child that received antibiotics during
the first few years has a much higher chance to suffer later on from
allergies, asthma, diabetes, coeliac disease, obesity, autism (ASD)....
A very interesting book and a must read for young parents!!
have thought that antibiotics given at the age of one would explain
why a child has nut allergies at the age of 3 and is overweight
at the age of 25.
I still remember how hard we had to argue with our pediatrician when
our daughter had an ear infection. The pediatrician really wanted her to take
antibiotics while we were not sure if that really needed at this stage
of the infection. We wanted to know from pediatrician at which stage
the antibiotics are required so we could monitor our daughter and
take action when really needed.
The pediatrician just wanted to give a preventive dose of
antibiotics, not do any tests and not monitor the infection.
Today I am really glad that we decided to not give our
daughter the prescribed antibiotics because the ear infection got better within
2 days even without antibiotics.
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