I have been telling people for decades about the dangers of prescription drugs. Drugs are toxic chemicals that are designed to poison some aspect of the body’s functions to suppress symptoms. Antibiotics are some of the most dangerous drugs of all. New research adds to our knowledge of how dangerous.

Medical journals, including Lancet and Neurology, are reporting brain damage when people take antibiotics. Physicians are seeing “disturbing amounts of delirium, confusion and hallucinations in patients taking antibiotics, especially elderly and hospitalized patients.” Lancet reported that delirium affects as much as 50 percent of elderly people in hospitals and as many as 82 percent of intensive care patients. Neurology reported antibiotic-associated seizures and psychosis.

In addition to these mental problems, it has long been known that antibiotics damage the human microbiome, the bacteria that live in our bodies and upon which we are fully dependent for our health. Most physicians still don’t have a clue regarding role of gut bacteria and the human microbiome in human health. That’s why they continue to destroy our microbiomes by prescribing antibiotics, reaping catastrophic results for our long-term health.

The journal Nature reported that the average child in the U.S. and in other developed countries has received 10 to 20 courses of antibiotics by the time they are 18 years old. Meanwhile, all it takes is one course to alter your microbiome and make you sick for the rest of your life. Increasing evidence indicates that antibiotics are fueling a dramatic increase in chronic diseases such as allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, and Type 1 diabetes.

Gut bacteria produce a profound number of critical chemicals that the body needs, including chemicals that regulate mood such as serotonin.  This is why antibiotic altered microbiomes are causing high levels of anxiety and depression. Antibiotics also make malnutrition worse, as well as making us fat. Babies given antibiotics within six months of birth are more likely to be overweight as they grow older.

Shockingly, you don’t even have to take antibiotics to get some of this damage. Antibiotics are used in meat, dairy and egg production, and the amount used keeps going up. When we consume these products, we get the antibiotics. This is one reason why you need to purchase organically produced foods.

The damage goes on. The use of antibiotics in livestock production has produced “superbugs” that can create life-threatening infections that antibiotics can’t cure. Fortunately, no one needs antibiotics since there are so many safe and effective ways to cure infections. Best of all is to prevent them. Adequate amounts of vitamin C daily go a long way toward making you infection resistant. I take 16 grams per day with fabulous results. In addition, vitamins A, B6, D, and E are also very supportive of immunity. As always, the quality of what you are taking is critical.