I am glad to see that you took the time to read the refrences before saying that you thought this article was full of crap:) I think it may be exaggerated a bit, but I think we all know that overuse of antibiotics is very common and has caused a lot of problems that never existed before. When I was in the medical field I saw A LOT of overuse of antibiotics, such as doctors prescribing them to otherwise healthy patients who came in with the common cold. On one occasion I asked the Dr why he prescribed the antibiotics because it was obviously viral, and he said it was to keep the patient happy and keep them coming back because sometimes if you dont give them meds at an office visit then they will throw a fit to the hospital.... UGH
Here is one of my fav articles on antibiotics, it really doesnt have much to do with what this article is talking about but its still a good one :) http://mothering.com/pregnancy-birth/treating-group-b-strep
Anyway, in some cases antibiotics are necessary and lifesaving, but I do believe there are long term consequences to using medications, even if these causes have not been found yet. The poor health of the US is just one of the things that makes me believe this.
OK I read the references- the ones that were actually journal articles. That's because real articles don't usually reference The Daily Mail as a source. Anyway, while the real articles do discuss subtle changes in the gut microflora as a result of repeated exposure to antibiotics, I did not see anything about these changes being passed from generation to generation, or that they were causing all sorts of horrible issues. The Nature reference that brings this up the idea of autoimmune issues being caused by antibiotics was an editorial, not an article and not research.
It sees that the Gaia article took a small truth and sensationalized it.