July 16, 2013 by Dr. Sana Keller
For 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.
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