Do you run to your medical doctor when you get sick? Sometimes doing that can lead to even more problems.
On Tuesday, the FDA released a warning that the popular antibiotic, Azithromycin, can cause potentially lethal irregular heart beats.
Commonly known as a “Z-Pack,” Azithromycin is an antibiotic usually prescribed for bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear infections. It’s also often prescribed inappropriately for viral infections, but that’s another conversation.
The study found that the people at greatest risk when taking Azithromycin are those with a pre-existing heart issue, such as a murmur, arrhythmia, or low levels of potassium/magnesium. However, electrical changes to the heart were also noticed in people without a prior history of heart problems.
This report comes on the heels of another report that said antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, the so-called “nightmare bacteria,” are wreaking havoc due to the excess and often unnecessary use of antibiotics.
Here are some important steps you need to take to protect yourself and your family:
- Boost your immune system – Getting sick requires two things: exposure and susceptibility. You can reduce exposure by washing your hands, but you reduce susceptibility through lifestyle changes, such as eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, and getting adjusted!
- Go natural first – When you start feeling sick, help your immune system by turning first to natural remedies, such as immune-boosting juices, essential oils, apple cider vinegar, and sinus cleanses. Of course, make sure you get adjusted too so your immune system is stronger!
- Make sure it’s necessary – Receiving a prescription for an antibiotic has become almost a ritual when making a sick visit to an MD. It’s a great way for the doctor to “close” the appointment, even if the antibiotic isn’t really necessary. When you are prescribed an antibiotic, ask your MD “Is this bacterial or could it be viral?” and then “Do I really need this antibiotic or can I fight this on my own?” A good MD will tell you when you don’t need anything.
- Take probiotics – If you’ve ever taken an antibiotic or been exposed to antibiotics in soaps, cleaning products, or food (and yes, yes you have)…then a probiotic is an important way to replenish your body’s normal supply of good bacteria.
In our office we’ve helped many families break their dependence on antibiotics. Chiropractic care is a wonderful way to naturally boost your immune system so you get sick less often and recover faster. If you know someone who is sick or has a sick child, please share this email with them!