Dana Ullman, MPH, founder and president of the Foundation for Homeopathic Education and Research and coauthor of The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy (North Atlantic Books). He is director of Homeopathic Educational Services, Berkeley, California. (www.homeopathic.com).
DO ANTIBIOTICS MAKE YOU FAT?
……. Ullman is in excellent company with his questions concerning antibiotics and obesity. Research from diverse places, including Cornell University, Emory University, the University of Colorado and Stanford University School of Medicine conclude that antibiotics are related to inflammatory processes that eventually result in metabolic syndrome and diabetes, both related to excess weight. At the Marseille School of Medicine in France, investigators using data from the food industry concluded that antibiotics act as growth promoters in animals — the researchers speculate that the drugs might likewise be contributing to the obesity epidemic in humans.
One cycle of antibiotics will not make you fat, Ullman concedes. Yet physicians commonly prescribe repeated rounds of these drugs for recurrent infections, acne and more. By disturbing broad swaths of microbes, frequent use of antibiotics will eventually render your inner ecosystem far more vulnerable.
If you must have antibiotics, talk to your medical doctor or a naturopathic physician about how to restore the proper balance of bacteria to your body. If you are obese, you may also want to consider having your gut bacteria levels checked as well.
Ullman emphasizes that antibiotics must be handled with great care and used sparingly. “Antibiotic” literally means “anti-life,” he notes. Should it come as a surprise that they could be dangerous in more ways than we know?