Study shows antibiotics alter gut bacteria

While a study earlier this week found that 85% of people wash their hands after visiting the restroom, another study is heralding the importance of “good germs.”
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that repeated use of ciprofloxacin (Cipro), an antibiotic prescribed for intestinal, urinary and systemic infections, induces cumulative and persistent changes in beneficial gut bacteria.
“By one week after the end of each course, [microbial] communities began to return to their initial state, but the return was often incomplete,” the researchers wrote. “The human distal gut is one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet.” Regularly wiping out the body’s bacterial population [with antibiotics] could also be helping drive the rapid spread of drug-resistant superbugs.
At Hallelujah Acres, we have found that many people also have very low amounts of beneficial bacteria in their intestinal […]

Original post by Paul & Ann Malkmus

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