Antibiotics Damage Healthy Human Cells

Medical professionals rarely give us all the information we need to make informed decisions. There are a number of reasons for this which will be discussed at a later time. The only way to know what doctors are thinking, to know why they view disease development the way they do, and why they prescribe often detrimental and illogical treatments was to study the books they study in medical school.

So I obtained a copy of the list of curriculum and books for the University of Colorado Medical school and have been slowly making my way through these books one at a time, starting with the one pictured here.

“Pathologic Basis of Disease” contains a wealth of useful information, some of which I will be sharing in other articles.

Chapter One is the genome and basics of cellular biology. The first thing that gave me pause was on page 14. “Although their genomes are small, mitochondria can nevertheless carry out all the steps of DNA replication, transcription, and translation.Interestingly, the mitochondrial machinery is similar to present day bacteria; for example, mitochondria initiate protein synthesis with N-formylmethionine are sensitive to anti­bacterial antibiotics.”

When people think about taking antibiotics, they are thinking about the drug killing the harmful bacteria in their bodies. But according to the above quote, any cell can have it’s mitochondria damaged by the antibiotics, including your healthy cells. After the cell is damaged, it may not be able to replicate, or if it does, may replicate with errors. This may result eventually in dysfunction in the body as cells, tissues and organs are unable to function.

The question you must ask yourself is, will any benefit I get from taking this drug outweigh the possible risk of damage?

Why are mammalian cells sensitive to these substances? Because “mitochondria evolved from ancestral prokaryotes that were engulfed by primitive eukaryotes about 15 billion years ago.” Our whole evolution began as bacteria. We started out as these single celled organisms which were engulfed by other single celled organisms and incorporated into their structure. So when you take a drug that can kill a bacteria, YOU are a bacteria. And the drug will kill that part of you that is descended from bacteria.

I went looking for support for this in the medical literature.

Kalghatgi S, Spina CS, Costello JC, et al. Bactericidal antibiotics induce mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative damage in Mammalian cells. Sci Transl Med, 2013,5(192)a85. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.3006055

“Prolonged antibiotic treatment can lead to detrimental side effects in patients, including ototoxcicity, nephrotoxcity, tendinopathy, yet the mechanisms underlying the effects of antibiotics in mammalian systems remain unclear.”

It goes on to say that penicillins (amoxicillin and ampicillin, among others), cephalosporins, quinolines (ciprofloxacin, among others), and the aminoglycosides cause “mitochondrial dysfunction and ROS overproduction in mammalian cells, ultimately leading to the accumulation of oxidative tissue damage.”

Unless it is a life or death situation, it doesn’t seem to be wise to use such drugs.

Alternative Treatments

Garlic Abiy E, Berhe A. Anti-Bacterial Effect of Garlic (Allium sativum) against Clinical Isolates of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli from Patients Attending Hawassa Referral Hospital, Ethiopia. J Infec Dis Treat. 2016, 2:2. doi:10.21767/2472-1093.100023

Silver, copper, and zinc – American Technion Society. “A possible alternative to antibiotics.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 May 2017.

Oregano oil – Essential Oils of Oregano: Biological Activity beyond Their Antimicrobial Properties. Molecules 2017, 22(6), 989;

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