HEADS UP Time for Antibiotics

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November 22, 2013 by Dr. Sana Keller

dangerA recent CDC report carried a strong warning for us all: we need to ‘kick up our game’ when it comes to keeping our immune system strong to avoid becoming one of a growing number of people in the US who become infected with antibiotic-resistant infections. This 2013 study reports that at least 2 million people in the US develop an infection that is resistant to treatment with antibiotics—AND at least 23,000 people die each year as a result of such infections. Many of these deaths occur in the hospital and nursing home settings, yet many occur as well in the general community setting. This number is considered a low estimate, since deaths where antibiotic-resistance was present, are typically not labeled as such for the cause of death.

ColdThis is NOT to say that all antibiotic prescriptions should be avoided, rather a realization or changed mindset that antibiotics should not always be the ‘Go-To’ answer for every cough, cold, ear infection, etc. This allows antibiotics to be used appropriately and maintain effectiveness against harmful microorganisms. Such a realization requires personal responsibility on our part to do what we can to maintain a strong immune system and to explore other possible options when an antibiotic is recommended.

Healthy Lifestyle Options for a Strong Immune System:

  • Many herbs and some foods have powerful antimicrobial effects. Refer to my recent blog entitled “Surprising Options for Antibiotics”  https://healthunlimitedbiz.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/surprising-options-for-antibiotics/
  • Avoid eating meat raised with antibiotic use. Close to 80% of all antibiotics in the US are given to animals to prevent sickness and promote faster growth while in confined living quarters. Most supermarket meat falls into this category. Big Farms Manure vreba-hoff medina
  • Get adequate, quality sleep on a regular basis. Shorting yourself on sleep shows up with a weakened immune system EVEN IF you think you are ‘doing OK’!
  • Maintain a regular exercise routine—at least 5 days/week—at least 30 minutes/day—aerobic/strength training. Research has found that exercise strengthens your immune system by providing a boost to the cells in your body that are assigned to attack bacteria. These cells appear to work more slowly in people who don’t exercise than in those that do.
  • Make non-starchy vegetables a mainstay of your diet, with some fruit, healthy oils, nuts, legumes, organic beef/chicken, and whole grains—avoiding sugar and minimizing processed foods.
  • Deep breathing can greatly reduce stress levels. Since stress is known to weaken our immune system, regular deep breathing helps keep our immune system strong.   https://healthunlimitedbiz.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/keep-calm-and-breathe-deeply/

get well soon

Please contact me with your questions—Here’s to an antibiotic-free year!       http://www.healthunlimited.biz

Photo credits: kidshealth.org, midlevelu.com, ecowatch.com

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/threat-report-2013/

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