companies and consumers ruined antibiotics much more than doctors. oh, and maybe lawyers too.
I don't so much blame doctors. Maybe drug reps, but mostly the public. Patients demanded antibiotics, and would switch doctors to get them. It took years for doctors to start saying "no" unless there was infection.
Also people flocked to buy anticipation dish soap, house cleaners, hand sanitizers ... etc.
I think antibiotics triggered my UC, but I KNOW they saved my life as I lay semi-conscious in the ICU with sepsis.
I'm as guilty as anyone of buying into the antimicrobial craze, but I think the problem is with serious misinformation (often at the cost of our health). I agree in that the wrong info is often perpetuated by the pharmaceutical companies and drug reps by extension. Still, I believe a majority of the onus is on doctors for not being true scientists and not coming to their own conclusions; it is detailed pretty well in the medical literature and Cochrane reviews, but they don't bother to look at all and never change their ways. I switched to good ol' hand soap after going through the data on antimicrobial soaps.Blaser on antimicrobial products. A scientific panel found them to be useless, if not detrimental to our health. Blaser on pharmaceutical companies creating more issues (and more profit) with broad spectrum antibiotics.