Antibiotics maybe not as bad as once thought

Anyone who has taken a remedial class on biology or evolution should know well enough to stay away from antibiotics unless they are truly necessary. That’s because antibiotics kill off the “weakest” bacteria first. It might eliminate the illness, but it creates a group of bacteria that are resistant to treatments. That’s one of the reasons that doctors tell you to take all of your antibiotics instead of quitting when you feel better: you want to make sure that you kill all of bacteria, not just enough to make you feel healthy again.

Knowing this, it comes as quite a surprise that the recent edition of Archives of Dermatology contains research showing that taking antibiotics for acne doesn’t have an effect on the drug’s affect when used to treat other bacterial problems, such as staph infections.

Many scientists seem just as confused as I am. This study defies so much of what we think we know about bacteria and antibiotics. From what I’ve seen, though, most researchers think that the study is sound. There aren’t any gaping holes that question the results.

So, what’s up with this? I’m not sure that maybe people have a good guess. I’m certain, though, that a research team is already retesting the results and setting up a new experiment to figure this out.

If nothing else, it’s interesting. We’ve seen so-called “super-bugs” develop because of antibiotic misuse. Or, at least, that’s what we thought caused the rapid evolution of these bugs. I’ll be very interested to see what the next round of tests shows.


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