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Antibiotic Overload: Overcoming a Bacterial Imbalance

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: You need good bacteria to be optimally healthy. But overexposure to antibiotics is creating a bacterial imbalance.
Air Date: 10/30/13
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Frank Lipman, MD
Dr. Frank Lipman received his initial medical training in South Africa, qualifying in 1979 and emigrated to the United States in 1984. He became board certified in internal medicine after serving as Chief Medical Resident in his final year of residency at Lincoln Hospital in New York City. Becoming more and more aware of both the strengths and the weaknesses of his training, he began to study acupuncture, Chinese medicine, functional medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, biofeedback, meditation and yoga. He began to see that the polarization between western modalities and other healing philosophies merely negated positive attributes of both. He saw that true healing lay in a blend between the two. He now practices his unique blend of what he calls “Good Medicine,” combining all the systems in which he has trained. Dr. Lipman is the author of 2 books: Total Renewal; 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long Term Health and Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again (previously released as Spent; End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again). He is very involved with non-profit work in South Africa and lectures throughout the world on health-related topics.
  • Book Title: Total Renewal; 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long Term Health
  • Guest Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/DrFrankLipman
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Antibiotic Overload: Overcoming a Bacterial Imbalance
You need good bacteria in your body to be optimally healthy. But overexposure to antibiotics is creating a bacterial imbalance, and putting your health at risk.

This overexposure comes in the form of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor, the antibiotics found in the animal meat you consume and even antibacterial soap.

This can cause a whole host of health concerns and symptoms, ranging from digestive issues to depression and anxiety.

Fortunately, there are ways to overcome this imbalance.

Probiotics can help tremendously. If you've been taking antibiotics, you should follow up with a 1-3 month regimen of probiotics containing 50-100 billion live cultures. It's also a good idea to take probiotics every day, regardless of whether or not you've been on a course of antibiotics.

Also, try to eat organic chicken, and avoid GMOs, processed foods and sugar – these can all decrease good bacteria in your system. Avoid taking antibiotics unless it’s absolutely necessary. Doctors tend to over-prescribe these medications.

Dr. Frank Lipman joins Andrea and Lisa to talk about how a bacterial imbalance can have severe effects on your health, as well as effective ways to overcome it.



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