First of all, I don't believe there's any great conspiracy with antibiotics. That's just my opinion. People are free to believe whatever they like. It just seems that public health research, like nearly everything else the government does, moves extremely slow. They do advance their ideas, but at a snail's pace...and, perhaps, only after being beaten over-the-head with new evidence.
Also, in the article you linked, it states the following:"The findings serve as a reminder that while antibiotics can be powerful allies for the human body in the fight against disease, they can also do more harm than good if used in the wrong situations..."
and..."Scientists involved in both studies have emphasised that there's more work to be done, and further tests to be run before we understand exactly what this means for the way we use these antibiotics in the future. For the time being, though, it's a good reminder that these drugs should always be carefully used – and not overused in any circumstances."
So, to me, the article is pretty worthless.
If one turns-on the evening news (which, I do not
recommend), then they would presented with plenty of reasons to never drive a car (deadly crashes), never turn-on their stove (deadly house fires), or never have a shower (deadly slips-and-falls). These days, there are so many ways to get "news" (I use that term loosely) and so many agencies publishing information, that they all compete to get clicks/views/shares, in hopes of capturing some of the billions of dollars in advertising revenue. Thus, most of the information being disseminated is absolute junk. Both in terms of journalistic quality and research - or, lack thereof. To see this in action, simply visit Yahoo.com.
Anyway, my apologies for the Op-Ed piece. Most things are never simple enough to be encapsulated in a sound bite like "antibiotics are good" or "antibiotics are bad." There is a continuum and context matters. Used indiscriminately, antibiotics can be problematic. However, antibiotics have also saved lives.
Based on some of your comments, here are some things you may find interesting:The Virus That Kills Drug-Resistant Superbugs/youtu.be/aVTOr7Nq2SMAssassins of Lyme Bacteria - Dr. David Jernigan, Hansa Center for Optimum Health/youtu.be/JzX3h67RWTIHelping the Body Beat Lyme Disease - Dr. David Jernigan, Hansa Center for Optimum Health/youtu.be/u8_dyHJWR7U
If you happen to watch any of them, I'd be interested in your feedback.