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Antibiotics May Be Hurting Your Memory

This article was Posted by Dr. Jerry V. Teplitz

Antibiotics may be hurting your memory ability. You go to the doctor for a cold and the doc gives you an antibiotic to take even though your cold was caused by a virus and antibiotic drugs don’t kill viruses. The problem is taking the antibiotic drug also kills the good bacteria in your gut.

You might be saying, “No big deal”. Well, it actually is a very big deal. The antibiotic may also be inhibiting the growth of new cells in the part of the brain associated with memory. The researchers believe that the antibiotic is causing this damage by lowering levels of a type of white blood cell that is thought to connect the gut, brain and immune system.

So…what you need to do if you can’t avoid taking the antibiotic for an infection, as these researchers suggest, is to take a probiotic supplement at the same time as the antibiotic. Keep taking the supplement for several weeks after the surgery to keep developing and feeding the good bacteria.