Tetracyclines lead to mitochondrial dysfunction

The E.P.A.has found that the 41% of tetracycline fed to livestock alone has resulted in a detrimental environmental accumulation in water supplies and soil. The global consequences are frightening because tetracycline drugs reduce mitochondrial function and cellular energy.Even small doses inhibit mitochondrial , nuclear protein expression and cellular respiration in plants and animals tested. Tetracycline uses gene expression control to reduce infectious processes. Unfortunately, it effects all cells causing developmental delays, reduced respiration and more stress on the cellular level.

Every organism relies on mitochondrial translation to produce energy. For example, there is more mitochondria in the guts than billions of good bacteria. Mitochondria is the catalyst that produces energy for all digestive  and bodily processes. The brain uses the most mitochondria. We do not normally produce more mitochondria to replace cells damaged by decreased oxygen intake and protein expression. The body requires this fuel to work efficiently, or at all. Taking prescription tetracycline can also damage mitochondria in the same way it hurts plants and animals. Amoxicillin, a penicillin derivative drug, did not damage mitochondria of plants and animals. To date, only tetracycline has performed poorly. So, alternatives are available.

There are organizations petitioning Congress to reduce and remove these harmful antibiotics from use with animals, farm and commercial. There appears to be alternative drugs that are not harmful to use when they are really needed. We need to contact our Congress folks and let them know our concerns. The next time you receive an email asking to join this cause, please consider signing. Your health depends on awareness and action about tetracycline usage.

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