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Do Antibiotics Cause Yeast Infections
Good day, Eric Bakker, naturopath with anotherfrequently asked question. Do antibiotics cause yeast infections? This is a question that many people ask. Manypeople do take antibiotics, unfortunately, and in my opinion, antibiotic drugs are oneof the number one causes of chronic yeast infections. Particularly, the prolonged andinappropriate and excessive use of broad spectrum antibiotics. Antibiotics are prescribed on quite a largeand wide scale to kill diseasecausing bacteria, but unfortunately, they also kill healthy,normal, flora throughout the body and they
can actually encourage yeast infections inmany people. So antibiotics are implicated and, in my mind, would be one of the primecauses of yeast infections and recurring chronic yeast infections in many patients. One factor that many people don't realizeis did you know that most antibiotic drugs are actually themselves developed from chemicalsfound in fungi species. So fungi actually create certain chemicals which kill bacteriaaround them. So by using certain chemicals and creating drugs from them, we can effectivelykill bacteria yet allow the yeast to proliferate. So this is one reason why antibiotics areso effective at killing bacteria but allowing
their own species to thrive. So it's a littleknown fact. Another little known fact which you may notbe aware of is the use of antibiotics in commercial meat; poultry for example, chickens, and commercialchickens contain many different types of antibiotics. When you see how poultry are kept crammedin cages, it's not hard to see why they give them antibiotics to prevent diseases. So ifyou're eating commercial poultry, I recommend you go to Wikipedia and look up antibioticsin chicken or poultry. You might be quite surprised what you find. So, yes they are. They're certainly implicatedin the development and progression of a yeast
infection. In fact, William Cook wroteextensively about antibiotics in his book, The Yeast Infection. It's a good book andwell worth the read for you. So avoiding antibiotic drugs is one step inthe right direction if you want to avoid yeast infections and particularly if you want topermanently cure your yeast infection. In my book, Candida Crusher, I've writtenabout the 11 main causes of yeast infections, and antibiotic drugs, unfortunately, are ontop of the list. So I do hope that answers your question. Thank you.