"New Insights Into How Antibiotics Damage Human Cells Suggest Novel Strategies for Making Long-Term Antibiotic Use Safer"
"A team of scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has discovered why long-term treatment with many common antibiotics can cause harmful side effects -- and they have uncovered two easy strategies that could help prevent these dangerous responses. They reported the results in the July 3rd issue of Science Translational Medicine.
"Clinical levels of antibiotics can cause oxidative stress that can lead to damage to DNA, proteins and lipids in human cells, but this effect can be alleviated by antioxidants," said Jim Collins, Ph.D., who led the study. "
"Collins suspected these side effects occurred when antibiotics triggered oxidative stress -- a condition in which cells produce chemically reactive oxygen molecules that damage the bacteria's DNA and enzymes, as well as the membrane that encloses the cell.
Collins' team had already discovered that antibiotics that kill bacteria do so by triggering oxidative stress in the bacteria. They wondered whether antibiotics caused side effects by triggering oxidative stress in the mitochondria, a bacterium-like organelle that supplies human cells with energy."
Seems like this would apply to natural abx as well. I know that I felt/feel better taking high doses of Vitamin C (8,000 mgs a day or to bowel tolerance) and higher doses of Vitamin E (800 IU's a day). I always split the Vitamin C into 4 doses of 2,000 mgs each and the Vitamin E gets split up into 2 doses. Taking large doses of Green Tea extract has helped me as well.
Definitely worth thinking about
, and hopefully we can get a good conversation going on this topic to see what we can put together!
We always seem to be able to 'flesh out' many different ideas on here!!