Beneficial drugs and hazardous poisons are shades of one another. The old adage is entirely true: one man’s passion is another man’s poison. Poisons attack and destroy a key molecular machine, blocking one of the vital processes of life and killing cells. Antibiotic drugs do exactly the same thing: they block or destroy some key molecular machine. Antibiotics, however, are designed to poison only a microorganism trying to invade your body, without poisoning you at the same time. Antibiotics are specific poisons. They must selectively poison a molecular machine which is vital to the pathogenic organism, but which is not needed in our bodies.
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