According to Food and Drug Administration records, antibiotic use on farms grew from about 18 million pounds in 1999 to nearly 30 million pounds in 2011.3 If a single animal in a herd or a flock is diagnosed with an illness, the entire herd receives the medication, usually mixed in with the animals’ feed or water because it would be too expensive to diagnose and treat only certain individuals.4 So imagine a number of antibiotics in the dairy products that children and adults consume on a daily basis.   
 
A baby gets its production of gut flora from the mother's birth canal during childbirth. It's important to understand that if a mother's flora is abnormal her baby's flora will also be abnormal.  Antibiotic use during pregnancy can cause a disruption. Recent research from Denmark shows that children whose mothers took antibiotics during their pregnancy were more likely to develop asthma, compared to those whose mother did not take antibiotics and were 17 percent more likely to be hospitalized for asthma before the age of five.5
 
So as antibiotics affect bacteria in the intestine, does it impact how nutrients are broken down in the body from certain foods?  Authors of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association hypothesize that antibiotic effects on the body's immune response as well as response to inflammation could be related to the development of cancer. They also correlated that the use of antibiotics combined with a weakened immune system and underlying medical conditions can increase certain cancers.6 
 
What can you do? Natural ways are available for prevention and even treatment during a period where your immune system may need some support.
  • Probiotics are organisms that are thought to restore the balance of bacteria and they help your body produce vitamins, absorb minerals and aid in the elimination of toxins.
  • Lifestyle factors may also play a role in a vulnerable gut.
    •  Reduce the processed foods and refined foods. 
    • Reduce sugar.
    • Partake in stress reduction practices.
    • Exercise.
  • Take immune boosting supplements:
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin D
    • Zinc
    • Oregano Oil
    • Lauricidin will also support a strong immune defense and help maintain a normal, healthy balance of intestinal flora and yeast. Derived from the coconut oil, Lauricidin has been shown to help fight fungal, yeast, bacterial, and viral illnesses. 
  • Get tested…
There is a lot of information out there as well as many different types of vitamins and minerals, all of which seem to promote optimal health. How do you know where to start, what to take, or who to believe? Let your professional nutrition expert give you the correct advice by determining exactly what you need from an individualized comprehensive blood test and tissue mineral analysis. By optimizing the deficiencies and toxicities in the body we can build a healthy foundation for maximum health. Let us help you get your body in optimal health today! 

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Dr. Stephen W. Hayman