Study Can Save Lives: No Antibiotics For This Bacteria

This is an amazing finding, so I had to share it with you. The New England Journal of Medicine pre-released important material that was then published in their June 29, 2000 issue, because the information could save lives. What they found was that children with diarrhea caused by the dangerous bacteria E. coli 0157:H7 should NOT be treated with antibiotics.

Study Results Can Save Lives

Even though antibiotics can kill this deadly bacteria, in doing so, a burst of toxins are released. Infected children are more than 17 times more likely to develop life-threatening complications if they do receive antibiotics. So this is one bacterial infection where antibiotics will make it worse instead of better.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing physician, author, national and international TEDx speaker, and global health advocate. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of California San Francisco.

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