By the time we’ve reached the age of 18, those of us in developed countries have been prescribed, on average, anywhere from 1-20 different types of antibiotics, pain killers, and anti-inflammatory agents. When used appropriately, antibiotic medication can successfully treat illnesses and save lives. However, when overused or prescribed for viral illnesses rather than bacterial ones, antibiotics often cause more harm than good. Antibiotics are only effective for bacterial infections, not viral. Because many people won’t leave a doctor’s office satisfied with their visit without a prescription, doctors often prescribing antibiotics for unnecessarily for viral infections such as colds and flus.
Getting rid of bad bacteria is the main goal, but prescribed antibiotics kill all bacteria in your body – both good and bad. Beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, are a large part of your immune system, keeping you healthy and your digestive system. If your digestive system isn’t working properly, you aren’t going to be digesting the foods you eat. Everyone’s heard “You are what you eat.“ A more precise way to say that is you are what you can digest. If your body doesn’t digest the food you eat, it cannot absorb the vitamins and minerals either.
Prescription antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents aren’t the only issue. The majority of the meat supply in North America is loaded with antibiotics due to the heavy use of these agents in the cattle and poultry raising industry. Approximately 80 percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used in meat and poultry production. The vast majority is used on healthy animals to promote growth, or prevent disease in crowded or unsanitary conditions. This results in the majority of our population being unaware of being dosed with those same antibiotics, or the remains of those antibiotics.
The Alcat test will detect your sensitivity / intolerance to the 20 items listed below:
3. Ampicillin Sodium
8. Gentamicin Sulfate
10. Naproxen Sodium
13. Penicillamine Hcl
18. Tetracycline Hcl