People are getting weaker all the time. We run to the doctor for every little sniffle we get and stock up on antibiotics most of the time.
The people who study these sorts of things have been saying for years that antibiotics are over prescribed and because of that we have been waging biological warfare on ourselves. Germs are like roaches. They mutate and adapt to their environment and become stronger with every attack they survive as a species meaning eventually the attack method must be changed or it will no longer work.
The reason you have to take antibiotics for the full scheduled dosing is to ensure their are no bacteria left. So even if you feel better the 2nd day in you should keep taking the antibiotics for the full 5 or 7 days or whatever you are prescribed. The folks that study these things will tell you that when you don’t kill all the bacteria the bacteria get stronger, which will make it harder to combat next time. These mutated germs are called “Superbugs”. “Superbugs” are resistant to our antibiotics and are harder to get rid of.
The flip side and real point of my writing this is to point out why it’s a good thing to not jump on the antibiotic bandwagon. Trying to cope with your colds and flus on your own can be difficult, but in the end your body will be better suited to defend itself against the next virus, meaning you can opt not to go to the doctor more often. Your body, just like roaches and germs becomes more resilient every time it survives an attack. Now, that doesn’t mean you won’t need help to get over a virus from time to time. The flu, pneumonia and a myriad of other biological hazards float around out there everyday waiting to infect you and if left untreated can kill you. Just think about whether you really need to be popping antibiotics for your cold next time.
Although I didn’t read much of the article, this entry was inspired by this Telegraph.co.uk story.