Greetings. It’s New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker. Author of Candida Crusher. Thanks for checking out my video. We’re going to talk about antibiotics and acne. “Can antibiotics cure acne?”
Many, many people I’ve seen over the years have taken antibiotics for acne and in nearly all cases, it was an absolute, complete waste of time. Acne is not something you really want to control with a drug that helps to eradicate bacteria in your body. The reason why is because it’s a crazy treatment. In this case, antibiotics aren’t given for 10 days or a short duration. They’re given long term. How stupid is that? It’s almost as crazy as what’s happening in the Middle East at the moment between Israelis and Palestinians. It goes on and on. Every day someone gets killed because of conflict.
What we’re doing giving antibiotics long term for acne is no different from the Gaza Strip. It’s a continual long term killing and conflict. You never win wars by pointing guns at each other. You never win the fight with acne by giving a drug.
I just read a very interesting website of board certified dermatologists in America who will remain nameless who said that it was a very good excellent treatment for the long term eradication of acne with six months of antibiotics. Why would you take antibiotics for six months? Why would you take a treatment that kills bacteria for such a long period of time? Both good and bad, indiscriminately, kill, kill, kill. Why would you do that? That’s just board certified crazy as far as I’m concerned. But then this person went on to say that the only proper cure for acne is a drug called isotretinoin or Accutane.
You go on Google. Accutane or isotretinoin. You Google it and look how many lawsuits, how many suicides, how many people have been permanently scarred, disfigured. How many people have developed inflammatory bowel disease from this crazy treatment? You may as well jump off a cliff. You’d probably get a better result curing your acne than you would taking this drug long term. It just doesn’t make sense to me to do that. It’s a stupid thing to do.
If you’ve got acne, there are different approaches. If you’re a female, you may be more prone to having acne if you’ve got polycystic ovarian syndrome. You’ll have a higher number of androgens, for example, the male kind of hormone in the body that can increase sebum production. That’s an important point to bear in mind. Hormonal manipulation, particularly if you’re female and feel you’ve got menstrual period issues. It’s very important to get that sorted because that could underpin the acne problem. If you’re a pimply teen like I was, kid 17 with zits all over his face, then you might want to stop drinking Coke for a while and stop all the crème pies and crap like that.
There is certainly more evidence that diet plays a huge role in acne. Many doctors think it’s a load of crap, but certainly young people that eat a fresh, healthy diet are a lot less prone to acne than the ones who don’t. My four kids have grown up now, but they never suffered from acne, but we had home cooked fresh food all the time. We always had good food. Sure the kids would have a Mountain Dew or a Coke here or there, but they didn’t drink it every day and they did eat a very healthy diet. That played a big role in keeping their face nice and clear.
There are other genetic predispositions that could come into it with acne. But taking a drug long term to cure acne is just crazy. It just doesn’t make sense. It’s almost like having an American Express card for years and years at like a 30 percent interest rate. It just keeps crippling your further and further. I say to that lady, that board certified dermatologist, shame on you for recommending people to take an antibiotic for six months. I’ve seen more misery and more ongoing digestive problems with that kind of recommendation than anything else. It’s a ridiculous thing to do.
Probiotics have a nice effect on cleaning up the mess, but a probiotic may need to be taken for one to two years or longer or on an even permanent basis if a person has had antibiotics for this long. If you are a young person watching this video and you’re contemplating antibiotics long term, I would say “stop” don’t do it. Don’t make the mistake that so many of my patients have made, taking an antibiotic long term. It just doesn’t work. It’s going to erode your health. It’ll come back and bite you in the bum when you get older. Especially, if you were young and you take it. When you get to my age, you could have an ongoing, long term gut or immune dysfunction as a result of this treatment. Please don’t even consider it.
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