Surprising Options for Antibiotics


July 16, 2013 by Dr. Sana Keller

pcnFor most of us in the Western world, we ‘think pharmaceutical’ when it comes to antibiotics (Penicillin, Cipro…). While antibiotics play a critical role in treating infections,  there is a growing challenge of bacterial resistance to pharmaceutical antibiotics, due in large part to over-prescribing and overuse. Also contributing to this bacterial resistance is the extensive use of pharmaceutical antibiotics in the meat industry to promote animal weight gain and protect from infections that can easily result from living in typical cramped spaces in animal feed lots.

Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) describes our current state of health affairs as the ‘Post Antibiotic Era’ due to this overusage of antibiotics. ‘Post Antibiotic Era’ refers to a time when numerous infectious diseases no longer respond to antibiotic treatment. Scary thought, I agree.

Listed below are several natural options that provide antibiotic actions without promoting bacterial resistance:

Goldenseal                            Andrographis     Ginger

Grapefruit Seed Extract       Lavender           Pau D’Arco

Manuka Honey                     Colloidal Silver   Turmeric

Eucalyptus Essential Oil        Echinacea          Aloe Vera

Olive Leaf Extract                 Licorice root      Usnea

Oregon Grape Root              Cinnamon          Garlic

3 Important NOTS:

This list is NOT designed to promote the concept that taking an herb or nutritional product is all that it takes to ‘get rid’ of an infection. This is NOT a ‘quick fix’ solution (like many Western Medicine treatments often are). Just as important in regaining your ‘best health’ is Adequate Quality Sleep—Regular Exercise—Healthy Eating Choices—and Individualized Stress Reduction Measures.

This list is NOT meant to serve as a ‘shopping list’ where you pick one from the list that sounds like it might work. It is of UTMOST importance to work with a knowledgeable health practitioner with a sound understanding of herbs and their uses (ie. Master Herbalist, Naturopath…). Some herbs require certain precautions, other herbs work well only in specific circumstances, while yet other herbs works specifically against certain organisms.

This list is NOT exhaustive by any means…rather it is meant to demonstrate the multitudes of potential options available when consulting with a knowledgeable health practitioner.

This truly could be life-saving information for those with antibiotic-resistant infections like MRSA as well as those of us who never want to reach the point of antibiotic resistance. Please share! Natural Antibiotics

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