This Video Clears Up Five Popular Misconceptions About Antibiotics

Antibiotics are powerful medicine, but there’s a lot of confusion about what they can and can’t do. This video debunks some myths about antibiotics you’ve probably heard before.

The video above, from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel, not only addresses misconceptions, but also explains that general abuse of antibiotics can potentially lead to stronger bacteria strains. In the video, you’ll learn that antibiotics can’t fight viruses like colds or the flu, that antibiotics can have a lot of negative side effects, that you should never take leftover antibiotics, and that killing more bacteria isn’t necessarily a good thing. Make sure you know the facts about the medicines you take and learn to recognise when you actually need antibiotics.

5 Big Myths About Antibiotics [YouTube]


  • Speaking from experience, I think the worst thing you can do when you get sick is take anti-biotics. When I was younger I got sick a lot I even remember getting sick five times in the one year. Every time I would get sick my mum would pump me full of anti-biotic. I remember hearing that anti-biotics weakened your immune system so when I left home I made a conscious effort to not take anti-biotics when I got sick and simply let the sickness run its course. Over many years the incidences of me getting sick got less and less. It is now a couple of decades later and I rarely get sick going years without getting as much as the sniffles.

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