I learned to change my own oil back when I was a teenager — and I still do it like clockwork every 3,000 miles.
I’d rather not risk pulling in for a simple oil change and getting charged an arm and a leg to fix something that isn’t even broken.
If your mechanic always seems to be doing repairs even when your car is running fine, it’s high time you find a new one.
The same goes for your doc, because new research shows how he might have a lot more in common with that shady mechanic than you might think: He could be giving you a treatment you don’t need… for a condition you may not even have!
According to a report in JAMA, a full ONE-THIRD of all antibiotic prescriptions are completely unnecessary!
Now, I’m not saying your doc is a crook.
But some of them are lazier than a high schooler in summer. They can’t be bothered to sort out who really needs the drugs from those who don’t. Heck, some of them don’t even know themselves.
So they drug EVERYONE for the FEW who might need them.
That’s not just irresponsible. That’s dangerous — and, in some cases, outright deadly.
Antibiotics can cause immediate side effects like nausea and vomiting. Some of the newer drugs can even cause tendons to rupture. And nearly any of them can lead to a secondary infection with a potentially deadly superbug.
You might have one of those nasty little germs lying low in your own gut right now without even knowing it. The reason you don’t know it is that your supply of GOOD bugs are working to keep it under control.
When you take an antibiotic, though, you kill off those good bacteria — and the drug-resistant superbug takes charge.
The C. diff superbug now sickens some half a million Americans a year, killing 29,000 of them — and in most cases, the infection kicks in AFTER a course of antibiotics.
Yes, unnecessary antibiotics are actually KILLING people — and it’s time to make sure you’re not one of them.
The report lists the five most common conditions that people get unnecessary antibiotics for: viral upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, and viral pneumonia.
In addition, middle ear infections, sinus infections, and pharyngitis shouldn’t be treated with the meds at least half the time.
So if your doc is pushing these pills, do a little pushing of your own. Find out why he thinks you need them — and don’t swallow a single one unless you’re satisfied with the answer.