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Is Your Antibiotic Making You Fat?

Two interesting “ages” came about after World War II.  The first was the “antiobiotic age” from 1945-1955, thanks to the discovery and use of penicillin.  Coincidentally, a new age came about around that same time: the obesity age. While much has been (rightly) made of the alarming increases in overweight and obesity rates doubling and tripling since 1985, studies show that the trend actually started back as early as the end of World War II.1  Yep, right in that “antibiotic age” zone. Coincidence?  Not according to a recent study,2 which poses the question: have antibiotics contributed to the rising obesity […]

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Vitamin B3 May Offer Protection Against Infections

Laboratory studies on animals and human bloods demonstrate that high doses of vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) may be able to kill antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria and other “superbugs.” These infections, which are sometimes resistant to antibiotic treatment, have killed thousands of patients, posing a significant threat to public health. The study was conducted by researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, UCLA, and other institutions. It was supported by several grants from the National Institutes of Health and was published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The investigators found that megadoses of vitamin B3 increased […]

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Antibiotics can Make You Fat

Non-organic farmers have been using a feeding trick for decades which involves the use of antibiotics to enhance the growth of animals like cows, turkey, chicken, and pigs. Now scientists have found out that the same antibiotics used to fatten up livestock could be causing people to grow fat, too. Researchers led by Ilseung Cho, MD, MS assistant professor of medicine and gastroenterology at New York University School of Medicine, report that by using antibiotics they can manipulate the population of intestinal bacteria and alter how they metabolize certain nutrients. He states that antibiotics have the ability to kill beneficial […]

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