Here’s the problem: antibiotics seem like wonder-drugs, and in many ways they are. Before they were discovered many people died from infections and blood poisoning. They make surgery far safer and enable us to bounce back quickly from illnesses, seemingly with no downside.
But the downside is hidden deep in our gut. There’s a delicate, intricate balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria inside each of us that science is only just beginning to understand. When we take antibiotics this balance can be massively upset. However the signs are often delayed, so when health issues arise later we may never make the connection.
So what about so-called natural antibiotics? There’s no way they can provide the same benefits as pharmaceutical antibiotics, is there? And without the same indiscriminate damage to our friendly gut bacteria?