Natural Antibiotics and Probiotics
Using natural antibiotics and probiotics you can avoid the dangers of excessive antibiotic prescriptions that has become so common in the U.S.
Excessive use of antibiotic has resulted in the breeding of powerful antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains that are nearly imposible to treat. Read more to learn about the problem and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.
Excess Antibiotic Use
When you bring your child to the doctor for a cold, sore throat, or flu, do you automatically expect a prescription for antibiotics? Many of us do. And we’re often surprised, maybe even upset, if we leave the doctor's office empty-handed. But your child's doctor is probably doing you and your child a favor by not quickly prescribing antibiotics.
Is it Harmful to Overuse Antibiotics?
Taking antibiotics for colds and other viral illnesses not only does not really help, but it also has a dangerous effect: over time. This can actually help create stronger strains of germs that are much more difficult to treat. This is known as bacterial resistance. When a child takes antibiotics too often the "good" bacteria that normally live in (and helps) the body are unintentionally destroyed along with the "bad." The resistant bacteria may survive and grow rapidly. This means that the same antibiotics may not work the next time the child is actually sick with a bacterial infection.
This has become a serious problem, especially in the U.S. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls it "one of the world's most pressing public health problems." Bacteria that were once treatable using antibiotics have become more and more resistant. Among bacteria that are becoming more difficult to treat are those that cause pneumonia, urinary infections, ear infections, skin infections, and meningitis.
Three Things You Can Do
First, stop the overuse problem. When you visit your doctor mention that you’re concerned about antibiotic overuse. If your doctor wants to prescribe an antibiotic for you or your child ask them how necessary it is. Ask if your condition one that will clear up on its own without the use of antibiotics.
Second, find natural alternatives to antibiotics, especially for minor infections. If your condition is serious your doctor will let you know. But if not, try with one of the alternative listed below.
Third, if you must take an antibiotic, take a probiotic supplement for 2-4 weeks afterwards. Available at your natural food store or on-line, probiotic products are effective in replenishing your system with “friendly” bacteria that may have been destroyed as a side of taking antibiotics.
Garlic has been shown to contain elements that destroy both bacteria and yeast. It is available in many forms.
Grapefruit seed extract is a powerful all-around antimicrobial product and is an excellent disinfectant. Grapefruit seed extract has a variety of uses and comes in a liquid, capsules and tablets.
Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic. Derived from the leaves of the native Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree, this oil contains antiseptic elements that act as a skin disinfectant.. It can be beneficial in treating yeast infections, acne, athlete's foot, ringworm, jock itch, fungal infections of the toenail or fingernails, and more.
Colloidal silver has been successfully used for over a century as a powerful antibiotic and is known to kill many disease organisms.
Researchers at New Zealand’s Waikato University have discovered the remarkable ability of natural honey as an antibacterial agent. Honey may be applied full strength or diluted and will completely stop the growth of all the major infectious species of bacteria. They also found that honey was, in some cases, superior to antibiotics in treating drug-resistant strains of bacteria. Use it for bites, stings, cuts or any topical infection.
Olive leaf extract has an active ingredient called elenolic acid. This acid has strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects. It has proven to be useful in cases of yeast and fungal infections, herpes, chronic fatigue, allergies and psoriasis.