The Bad News - Antibiotics Are Not Working
Since the accidental discovery of penicillin in 1929 by Alexander Fleming, antibiotic use has saved countless lives.
Interestingly though, back in the 1930s, Fleming lectured throughout the world, warning that less than judicious use of these drugs could lead to problems. He cautioned us not to give penicillin unless there was a clear need for it. Fleming noted in his early experimentation clear evidence of bacteria’s ability to get around antibiotic exposure.
Besides overuse, the addition of low-dose antibiotics in our animal feed is also to blame. Antibiotics are employed not so much to stop infection, but to make the animal grow faster artificially.
The Good News - There Are Antibiotic Herbal Alternatives
We can help the situation and avoid antibiotic drugs by harvesting the powerful substances nature has given to us.
Many common ailments such as,
- sinus problems
- sore throats
- simple urinary tract infections
- superficial wounds,
Immune Support - Start With a Good Lifestyle
Antibiotics kill the vast majority of the bacteria, but it is up to our body’s immune system to finish the job and get rid of the rest of the bugs.
Harnessing the healing power your body possesses requires taking good care of yourself. It is important to remember that in most cases, bacteria can take over only when the environment allows.
- Getting quality sleep (at least 8 hours)
- Exercising regularly
- Eating healthy whole foods and avoiding sugar intake
- Practicing relaxation, such as meditation or yoga
- Maintaining healthy relationships and following your passions
Antibiotic Alternatives - Four Herbs to Know
The following plant medicines are very effective choices in helping us avoid pharmaceutical antibiotics.
2. Oregon Grape (Berberis aquifolium):
Also from the Northwest, Oregon grape contains a substance known as berberine, which can stop bacteria from adhering to the walls of the intestine and urinary tract.
When used as a tea, it is a wonderful way to wash away urinary tract infections; it can be used in dried capsules or liquid tincture to treat digestive tract conditions like infectious diarrhea.
3. Andrographis paniculata:
4. Manuka honey:
It is important to note that there are cases where conventional drug antibiotics are still be the safest choice.
Conclusion - It Is Up to Each of Us
To truly slow and eventually reverse antibiotic resistance, it will require us to stop using antibiotics unnecessarily on an individual level, and as a world community by ceasing the use of antibiotics as growth enhancers in animal feed.
Using herbal medicines like goldenseal, Oregon grape, andrographis and manuka honey can help us make natural choices for our best medical care - and we can then save the drug antibiotics for when they are really needed.