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Antibiotics and our Immune Systems

Kathleen Berry-Hebert

There are many questions that come up when discussing food allergies, but a common question lately is, “Does fungus cause food allergies?” This question is gaining traction because of the frequent prescription and use of antibiotics, which are fungal poisons known as mycotoxins.

A new idea floating around the medical world is the belief that antibiotics are causing an erosion of the intestinal terrain, which is a delicate and vital tissue when it comes to our immune system. This erosion of the intestinal terrain may be leaving us vulnerable to certain immune disorders like allergies to certain foods.

Following the death of a teenage boy who experienced an allergic reaction to peanuts, New York University Physician Dr. Martin Blaser began to explore why this occurred. It is Blaser’s belief that antibiotics, not peanuts, were responsible for weakening the young boys immune system. As a result of the antibiotics, the boy experienced a more serious reaction the next time a peanut was consumed.

Mycotoxins are often linked to some of the most common symptoms or diseases. These poisons can also lead to gene mutations in cancer cells. Peanuts can also carry a poisonous mycotoxin called “aflatoxin,” which can cause death.

Our bodies naturally carry good bacteria in our intestines. When we consume antibiotics, not only do we kill bad bacteria, but kill good bacteria – depleting our bodies of its natural good bacteria. The existing good bacteria in our bodies are a vital part of our immune system, so you can imagine the effect of killing all bacteria in our body.

Today, the market is flooded with thousands of antibiotics and it does not appear to be relenting. We find ourselves in a constant cycle of developing more antibiotics as bad bacteria are able to evade our strongest. This process coupled with over prescribing is driving us toward a serious problem. Let’s hope that Dr. Martin Blaser and the many other scientists investigating this issue will find a resolution.

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