With all the research I've done over the past 4 years, I never made time to look into the effects of antibiotics on the gut microbiome but assumed all helped destroy it. We always followed our LLMD's recommendation of having our son take probiotics at least 2 hours away from the antibiotics every day. We also supplemented with kefir and yogurt - I realize many people with Lyme have to cut out dairy but we didn't so were able to supplement with fermented dairy products. Fresh-made slaw, pickles, kimchee and sauerkraut are excellent non-dairy supplements.
Recently I came across a 2015 article in the Atlantic Monthly which discusses various effects and how long it takes to repair the gut after antibiotic use. I was surprised and somewhat reassured to read that certain antibiotics in the tetracycline class (Doxycycline and Minocycline) our son has used do not affect his digestive system. As one would expect, the broad spectrum antibiotics like Cipro do affect the gut in a long-term way. To learn more, check out "Atlantic Monthly: Antibiotics can change the gut microbiome for up to a year".
With all the use of antibiotics in the meat, dairy and poultry industries, one has to imagine it's difficult to repair the gut ever if eating any non-organic products which may also explain the rise in allergies, mental health issues and overall health concerns. This combined with the use of endocrine disrupters like those found in plastics are assaulting all of us.
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