Like any medicine, antibiotics are surrounded by a huge number of myths about the health risks, both in the form of tablets and in meat, which allegedly contains them in large quantities. In this issue we will tell whether this is in fact the case.
Let’s start with the most common myth that antibiotics should be taken by courses, otherwise your body will “get used” to them, and they will stop working. According to a study published in July 2017, there is not enough evidence for this statement, but just a long-term medication helps to develop resistance to them. However, in case of serious diseases, not like a sore throat, such as tuberculosis, interruption of the course will have a negative impact on your well-being.
Many people believe that antibiotics spoil the intestinal microflora and cause dysbiosis, because they begin to consume probiotics, which are so often advertised on TV. First, most antibiotics are not capable of causing serious problems, except for minor diarrhea. Well, and secondly, the positive effect of probiotics on your stomach has been proven exclusively in commercial studies carried out by their manufacturers and not confirmed by the global scientific community.
Of course, we could not pass by animals whose meat was allegedly stuffed with antibiotics, which is why many are starting to choose farm products that are considered healthier. The last statement is incorrect for the reason that there are a number of diseases in the same cows that can be cured exclusively with this type of medicine. Well, with regards to their residual amount in meat on the shelves of supermarkets, firstly, it is strictly regulated by the state, and secondly, there are still no sound studies proving the harm of such ingredients, which, if present in meat, are in meager amounts .
Many believe that by doing so you will weaken their effect, and you will have to take a course of medication from the very beginning. To begin with, alcohol abuse does have a negative effect on your immune system and can cause various complications, but here a few glasses of wine or beer will not in any way affect the effect of the medication. At the same time, there are exceptions for this statement. When taking trimethoprim, tinidazole, linezolid and metronidazole, it is recommended to refuse to take alcoholic beverages, because they can greatly slow down the breakdown of alcohol, causing your body to become poisoned.