How Antibiotics Impact Gut Health 

Available for Interviews: Dr. Michael Evangel

Dr. Michael S. Evangel, Chiropractic Physician, is the owner of the Chiropractic Wellness Center in Paramus, NJ. For over 30 years, his mission is to provide state-of-the-art, high-quality care to people of all ages. 

What Dr. Micheal Evangel Can Say in an Interview on
Antibiotics & Gut Health

    • Antibiotics have not only been overused in treating people, but also with livestock.
    • Humans exist in a symbiotic relationship with several pounds of bacteria totaling about 40 trillion that live in us and on us.
    • We harbor several pounds of microbes in total.

    • The number of bacteria outnumber the cells in the human body, but they are much smaller than our cells.
    • There are many different microbiomes in the human body. The gut and the skin are the two with the most microbes. Besides bacteria, the microbiomes also include viruses, fungi, and even protozoa. 
    • We need at least 85% of our gut bacteria to be beneficial and less than 15% to be pathological bacteria to maintain good health.
    • A healthy gut microbiome is vital for our immune system to function properly and is also important for serotonin production. Serotonin is the “feel-good” hormone and most serotonin is produced by gut bacteria. Low serotonin production can lead to depression.
    • Antibiotics indiscriminately kill both the pathological as well as the beneficial bacteria.
    • Antibiotics kill a greater percentage of beneficial bacteria than pathological and shift the balance to less than 85% beneficial bacteria.
    • Antibiotic use can lead to severe bacterial imbalances and even to clostridium difficile, which is commonly called C-diff that is highly contagious and can be deadly.
    • There are supplements that have antibiotic, antiviral, and/or antifungal properties that don’t kill off beneficial gut bacteria. Some of those are oil of oregano, coconut oil, vitamin C, probiotics, and echinacea. These supplements are beneficial, but not a substitute for antibiotics during medical emergencies.
    • During and after using antibiotics, the detrimental effects of those antibiotics on the microbiome of the gut can be minimized by eating fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, taking prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics. Avoiding junk foods, processed foods, and foods with a high glycemic index are also suggested. Sticking with organic foods that don’t contain glyphosate (Roundup) can also assist the gut microbiome to regain a healthy balance. 
    • During a medical emergency, antibiotics might be the only option to save someone’s life, but antibiotics have been overused for decades and have led to superinfections evolving that don’t respond to any antibiotics. An article in Scientific American predicted that by 2050, 300 million people will die from superinfections. 


Interview: Dr. Michael Evangel

Dr. Michael S. Evangel owner of Chiropractic Wellness Center. His practice specializes in treating a variety of conditions, from clinical nutrition to chronic low back and neck pain, to rehabilitation following an accident or injury. Other focuses include improving your diet, what supplements to take, avoiding toxins, creating a healthier workplace, and increasing the overall quality of your health. Dr. Evangel is a former science teacher with a master’s degree in environmental health.

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