Media outlets have been quickly spreading the news from a new Danish study that claims up to 40 percent of people with back pain could be helped by taking antibiotics.[i]
They detected bacteria in 46 percent of the slipped discs in patients with chronic low back pain following a herniated disc, and believe the antibiotics help to treat this underlying bacterial infection. In the study, patients received a 100-day course of antibiotic treatment or a placebo. At a follow-up one year later, the antibiotics group reported less back pain, leg pain and physical disability, and fewer days missed from work due to back pain.
If you’ve been struggling with back pain for some time, and are growing increasingly frustrated by the ineffectiveness of conventional treatments, you may be tempted to ask your physician for an antibiotics prescription in the off-chance it might work … but not so fast …
This Study Was Rejected by Three Major Medical Journals
Although the research was eventually published in the European Spine Journal, it was first reportedly rejected by three prestigious journals including the Lancet and BMJ.[ii] This isn’t to say that the research is necessarily unsound, but rather that the research is incredibly controversial, in part because the vast overuse of antibiotics is already contributing to the spread of deadly antibiotic-resistant disease — and this research could make the problem even worse, especially since it requires long-term usage (more than three months) of the drugs.
Clearly, if the treatment was effective, it would be preferable to even more invasive options like surgery or a lifetime of pain meds … but only a select group of back-pain patients — those with “Modic” changes in their spinal column that indicate a bacterial infection — would benefit (an MRI must be conducted to make this diagnosis).
Further, the long-term usage of antibiotics shouldn’t be taken lightly. Severe diarrhea is a common side effect. Fever, nausea, headache, thrush, hives and even seizures can also occur. But one of the greatest risks of all is the impact that antibiotics have on your body’s microflora, as they will kill off both pathogenic and beneficial microbes that your body needs to flourish. This imbalance increases your risk of malabsorption syndromes, food allergies, parasitic infection and chronic disease. Antibiotic use is even linked to weight gain and cancer!
A Better Way to Treat Bacterial Infections …
In the event that your back pain is, indeed, being caused by a bacterial infection, building up your immune system should be your first line of “treatment.” You’re probably well aware of the importance of eating well, exercising and getting proper sleep to boost your immune function, but do you also know the importance of proteolytic enzymes?
Proteolytic enzymes are produced naturally by your pancreas and are used by your body to “eat up” scar tissue, cleanse toxins from your blood, fight viruses and improve your immune system, so you’ll likely be less likely to succumb to bacterial infections in the first place.
Unfortunately, your body stops producing optimal amounts of proteolytic enzymes sometime in your late 20s, which is why taking a proteolytic enzyme supplement is a very smart move, especially if you’re in your 40s and beyond. Heal-n-Soothe is our top-recommended solution, providing you pure and powerful proteolytic enzymes. Not only will this help boost your immune system and battle infections without the serious side effects antibiotics can cause, but you’ll also be getting 11 ADDITIONAL most powerful and natural anti-inflammatories to help relieve your pain — all in one tidy, all-natural package.
Most Back Pain is Due to Physical Dysfunctions, Which Antibiotics Cannot Treat
It’s certainly possible, and intriguing, that some cases of back pain are due to an underlying bacterial infection. However, in most people, this is not likely to be the case because muscle imbalances are the number one cause of back pain. These imbalances lead to your body and spine being pulled out of their normal position and into what we call dysfunctions.
Physical dysfunctions develop over time — the result of poor posture, repetitive stresses, sitting too much, improper lifting and so on. Obviously, antibiotics will do absolutely nothing to help your back pain if the reason you have it is because you’re slouched in front of a computer for eight hours a day, followed by an hour-long commute where you’re again slumped over a steering wheel … likewise if your pain is from any other of the most common, and potentially damaging, movements like carrying a heavy backpack, lifting a child, using a shovel, or standing for long periods of time.
And even if your back pain was caused by bacteria, and antibiotics worked to treat it, you could still end up in pain if you’re subjecting your body to these types of stresses without compensating for them.
The bottom line is that, for most people, healing back pain is not about finding the right combination of drugs — antibiotics, pain meds, steroid injections or otherwise. It’s about finding the non-toxic, natural methods that will support your body’s natural tendency toward a healthful, pain-free state — no drugs at all are required. So…
Avoid toxic drugs and HEAL your pain fast… and for good…
Written By: Updated: May 16,2013