Antibiotics: Side Effects and Alternatives

With the discovery of the microbiome (ie essential healthy gut bacteria), conventional medicine as we know it should have gone back to the drawing board. With the understanding that an inner ecosystem drives our epigenetic expression, ranging from nutrient production to metabolic health to hormonal balance to immunity and inflammatory response, the ‘body as machine’ model became obsolete. We need to better understand what makes a microbiome healthy and what hurts it.


Kelly Brogan MD
July 15, 2017

We use a lot of antibiotics. For coughs, cuts, urinary tract infections, and many times “just in case.” You could be considered reckless or ignorant if you opted to not use them. “But you could die of a deadly infection that could kill you!” chants the choir of voices entrained by a system that sees dangerous enemies lurking behind every life experience.

What may surprise you is that the real danger could lie in assaulting your body with an “anti-life” (the actual meaning of the word!) chemical that could very well be a Russian Roulette of unintended harms. Some of these harms are so significant that they could change the course of your entire life as you know it. Given that, I bet that if you knew that there were effective, safe “alternatives,” you’d seriously consider them.

To make your own…

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4 thoughts on “Antibiotics: Side Effects and Alternatives

  1. A most excellent article! I have taken note and decided to make use of much of what it contained. I incorporate garlic in my salads all the time. I also drink decaffeinated, unsweetened green tea. Unfortunately, even the decaffeinated green tea gets me a little wired but I had heard of its benefits over a decade ago. I also use salad dressings that are more vinegary based. Sometimes, I mix cucumbers and tomatoes with vinegar and it’s delicious!

    Thank you sharing this Dr. Bramhall.


    • Sounds like an excellent regimen, Shelby, to help keep you in control of your own health. I have have been very lucky so far. At age 69, I still take no prescription medication. I think a person can significantly extend their life expectancy by staying away from Big Pharma and hospitals.

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  2. There are also some really nasty gram negative bacteria, Lara. Clostiridum difficile is one of them. I began having problems with c diff 24 years ago after taking antibiotics and still can’t get rid of it.


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