Lack of awareness amongst doctors about the lifelong gut issues caused by antibiotics

While the medical world is starting to establish the connection between the gut and the brain, there is still not enough awareness  when it comes to the damage antibiotics can cause to the gut, especially for young infants.

Dr Martin Blases published an article in 2011 that studied the potentially dangerous long-term consequences that can come from the extensive use of antibiotics.

Ever since, dieticians and nutritionist have gathered more evidence supporting this theory, but there is still a great lack of support from doctors for their recommended recovery treatments.

Jackie Morgan is founder of Well Hub Nutrition and specialises in nutritional medicine, which is an extensive form of healing that views diet for its therapeutic potential.

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Ms Morgan sees many patients with poor functioning digestive systems and gut issues in her clinic, which in many cases can be traced back to the use of antibiotics or anaesthetics.

It all starts with the gut’s microbiome, which  is a collection of  intestinal bacteria that are protected by the gut.

Through extensive research scientists have established that  microbiome play a big part in psychology, immune function and metabolism and an imbalance in the microbiome has been linked to many digestive issues.

“The use of antibiotics breaks down our gut lining and leaves our intestinal bacteria exposed, which leads to the intestinal bacteria being broken down and destroyed.

“The unfortunate things is that antibiotics destroy all bacteria, not just bad and poor bacteria,” Ms Morgan says.

The reason that these effects are more severe in young infants than adults lies with the fact that strong intestinal gut bacteria are not completely built until the age of five.

“So it means that the smallest changes in the gut environment can cause the biggest damages at those young ages,” Ms Morgan says.

Ms Morgan emphasises that doctors should prescribe probiotics to harvest good bacteria after the use of antibiotics to help the gut recover and prevent gut issues that can become a lifelong problem.

25-year-old Brisbane lawyer Georgia Dight has struggled with digestive issues until recently and is just one of many examples of how antibiotics can destroy gut lining.

After doctors solemnly advised her to improve her diet and exercise more, she turned to a nutritionist as a last resort to solve her gut problem.

Her nutritionist discovered her poor gut bacteria were a result of the multiple times she was treated with antibiotics as a three-year-old and the fact that she was never given any type of probiotics to help her gut recover.

“I was shocked to find out it was because of something that happened so early in my life and that it could have been helped by something as simple as probiotics,” says Ms  Dight who is now trying to repair her gut though the use of various supplements and fitting nutrition.

Unfortunately, Ms Morgan’s therapies often get overthrown by her patients’ doctors because there simply isn’t enough awareness about the relation as of yet.

“I’ll recommend therapies to my patients and they’ll be taken to their doctor who will say it’s not necessary,” Ms Morgan says.

She recognises that doctors have more influence in the medical world, but would like to see them promote gut health more.

“I suppose as more studies are done as well there will be much more awareness about it and there’ll be more scientific evidence to back up how the gut does influence our health,” she says.

In addition to consulting patients in her health practice, Ms Morgan uses social media platform Instagram to spread awareness about gut health and to give people nutritional solutions for healing the gut.

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“It can be something as simple as bone broth, which harvests gelatine that is important for increasing the amount of glutamine in our gut and help to heal up the gut lining.

“But when it come to antibiotics in young children, probiotics are simply the best form of treatment because they are the strongest,” Ms Morgan says.

 

Sources:

  • Jackie Morgan 0448868889
  • Georgia Dight 042788424

 

 

Clinton vs Trump: 4 Most remarkable moments from US Presidential debate #1

This week every news outlet in the world was in the grip of the first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton. The first out of three debates took place Monday night in the US and I streamed it live on Tuesday in Aus to watch two people restating their own agenda points whilst interrupting each other in personal attacks  (one particular person more than the other..) and call it debating. In either way, these are the four moments I found the most remarkable.

Stamina
“I don’t believe she does have the stamina,” Trump answered when the host asked why Trump stated that he doesn’t think Clinton has a presidential look. Clinton responded to the typical Trump insult powerfully, by saying: “As soon as he travels to a 112 country and negotiates a peace deal, a cease fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional comity, he can talk to me about stamina.”

Misogynistic
It was to be expected for Trump’s female opponent to make a remark about his misogynistic ways.”He tried to switch from looks to stamina, but this is a man who has called women pigs, sluts, and dogs, and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers.
“Who has said women don’t deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men.”
All Trump really had to say in defence were a few “not true” interruptions.

 Taxes and emails
Possibly the most remarkable moment in the debate was when Trump said “I will release my tax returns against my lawyers wishes, when she releases her 33.000 emails that have been deleted.”
Clinton keeps calm and calls it another example of ‘bait and switch’ and notes that everyone running for American president in the past 40 years has released their tax returns and notes there is no prohibition of releasing it.
“So you’ve got to ask yourself why won’t he release his tax returns and I think there might be a couple of reasons.
“First, maybe he’s not as rich as he says he is, second maybe he’s not as charitable as he claims to be.
“This is something that the American people deserve to see and I have no reason to believe that he’s ever going to release his tax returns, because there is something he’s hiding,” Clinton said.

Jobs
“We have to do a much better job at keeping our jobs,” was Trump’s comment on the topic of employment that was bound to be discussed.
Trump critically asked Clinton, “you’ve been doing this for thirty years, why are you just thinking about solutions right now?
“I will bring back jobs, you can’t bring back jobs.”
Clinton confidently responded, “when I was secretary of state we actually increased American exports globally 30% -we increased them to China 50%- so I know how to really work to get new jobs and to get exports that help to create more new jobs.”