The thought hits you, and you jump up. Did you take your next dose of antibiotics? Your mind begins racing. You recall making a reminder on your phone, but maybe you forget to set it. Perhaps you did hear and took it already. You are not sure. Maybe you didn’t. Should you take one now? Perhaps it would be safer to skip it just in case, but you have been feeling lousy and unproductive all day.
You shake the bottle to try and count the capsules. No matter how many times you’ve been on these pills, no matter how diligently you administer them, it doesn’t seem to work. Sometimes the side effects make your illness worse. Other times it doesn’t work at all, and you have to buy another bottle of a different kind of antibiotics. Or it goes away for a bit and comes back at the worst possible time.
As you swallow another capsule, you wonder, “What if the antibiotics are the problem?“
The Harm in Antibiotics
Antibiotics usage is expanding at an alarming rate. Between the years 2000 and 2010, antibiotic prescriptions in outpatient settings increased by 36%. Health experts deduce that 11.4 million unnecessary prescriptions are given very year.
“I think the perception among physicians is, ‘boy, what if I do not prescribe antibiotics, and they end up getting pneumonia and then sue me?’,” said Dr. Mark Ebell, a family physician and epidemiology professor at University of Georgia College of Public Health. “Patients have been trained to believe that ‘acute’ means serious or that an infection is something they need antibiotics for.” This is true even with viral infections, which antibiotics do not treat.
In twelve months, 265.5 million courses of antibiotics were administered in these same settings in the US. In other words, there were five prescriptions written for every 6 people each year. About 50% of prescribed antibiotics may have been inappropriate to the case.
Rise in Resistance
Antibiotics, also called antimicrobial drugs, fight infections caused by bad bacteria. The human body is filled with good bacteria that is concentrated in the intestines. When a person takes these types of drugs in excess, he is damaging or killing his good bacteria along with the infection. The bacteria that survives develop an immunity to the antibiotics. The effectiveness of the doses will lessen as this bacteria builds resistance and spreads through his body.
One of the world’s most pressing health problems is the increase is antibiotic resistance. It creates infections that were once easily treatable to fluctuate to extended and painful illnesses. Approximately two million people in the U.S. suffer each year from such infections and 23,000 die from the condition.
Stop the abuse. Try these smarter and healthier ways to heal yourself and your family from bacterial infections. You may be surprised by the simplicity of these treatments.
- Pneumonia – Just like for any disease, ensure you have plenty of fluids and rest. Don’t suppress coughing unless it causes difficulties breathing or vomiting; it is your body’s natural way to fight the disease. Consider taking natural alternatives to aspirin or acetaminophen to lower the fever.
- Cellulitis – Garlic is a natural antibiotic, and it reduces inflammation. You can eat three to four raw crushed garlic cloves daily for several weeks or fry the garlic in coconut oil, strain it, and apply to the infection for several hours daily. Another great option is tea tree oil. Either dab it on with a cotton swab or mix it into aloe vera gen or raw honey. Rest it for a few hours and repeat this process once or twice daily.
- H. Pylori – Probiotics have been proven to cure H. Pylori infections successfully. Wash it down with green tea or red wine which help reduce the symptoms. You’re welcome.
- Urinary Tract Infection – Again, have probiotics. Kombucha drinks, milk kefir, sauerkraut, apple kraut and miso soups give you many options of how to eat enough to increase the good bacteria to fight the infection. Take cod liver oil for immunity and D-mannose powder to remove the harmful bacteria. Flush it all out with cranberry juice, water, and green tea.
- Bacterial Vaginosis – Add one to two cups of apple cider vinegar to you bath for 20 minutes. Eat two cups of plain yogurt. Dip a tampon in chilled organic milk and wear it for a few hours to alleviate the symptoms. Do all of the above daily.
- Candida – Cut sugar and yeast-containing foods from your diet. Then use milk thistle to regenerate your liver. Thirdly, address any emotional issues. Relax and talk it out. This is imperative to healing.
- Chlamydia – Eat fibre-rich foods like beans and whole grains, and 1-2 garlic cloves a day. Apply olive oil extract to the infected area and take echinacea and cat’s claw. Grind up sage and goldenseal into tea.
- Salmonella – Many doctors agree that antibiotics are not necessary for salmonella. Your treatment is to drink water. Have at least 200 ml after each watery stool. This is in addition to the regular amount of water you regularly consume.
- Folliculitis – Apply melted virgin coconut oil to the infected skin. Let it set and apply daily. Alternatively, soak a clean cloth in one part of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar with two parts of lukewarm water. Hold the cloth for five to ten minutes onto your skin. This process helps eliminate scars.
- Boils – Apply a warm compress of Epsom salts to the boil for thirty minutes, three times day. Afterwards, apply tea tree oil and colloidal silver cream. Remember to wash your hands after touching boils and wash the compress after every use.
Healing should not be encased with further harm. Be rid of your ailments for good and get back to life.