Over use of antibiotics is leading us to have more powerful bacteria proliferating. The incidence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is on the rise. BTH blog post "How did we get here - The State of Wellness in American", addresses this issue.
Basically when we delve outside the parameters of natural biology we can get into trouble. I'm not saying antibiotic therapy doesn't have it's place. It has been nothing short of a miracle in many cases of extreme infection. But, when we use them as a prophylactic measure with every case of colds or flu, the body's natural immune response is circumvented which weakens immunity in the long run. In this way we are unwittingly contribute to the development of "super bugs"!
Many of you may be unaware of the presence of an antibiotic you are likely ingesting every time you eat pre-grated or pre-crumbled cheeses! Natamycin, technically an antifungal has been approved by the FDA for use on cheeses that are pre-grated/crumbled. It is a mold derived medication originally used for eye infections. A doctor prescribing it would make certain that the patient was not allergic to it before prescribing it, but now anyone sensitive to it would not know that and could become quite ill or go into anaphylaxis after eating cheese laced with it. The cumulative effect of ingesting this is a reduction in immunity and the eventual creation of molds and fungi that are resistant to this retardant. Microbiological evolution! We can change this trend by becoming educated about how to maintain a healthy immune function and minimize the use of antibiotics.
The immune system needs a work out. This helps it to be strong. When we are eating an unnatural diet, have used antibiotics, have low beneficial microbial environments in the stomach, gut and colon we become highly susceptible to infection. The weakened immune system cannot function as it is meant to. Immunity is a holistic and synchronistic function. It involves the glandular system, the digestive system, the blood and lymphatic systems. Major players are also the liver, gallbladder, and colon. Immunity functions best on a variety of whole foods, plenty of water, fresh air, sunshine and good sleep. The flora needs to fed and kept vibrant by integrating live probiotic rich food sources into the diet. Foods such as kefir, yogurt, sourdough breads, fermented vegetables, raw vinegars and miso have been used for thousands of years because of their health promoting qualities...a rich source of probiotic!
There are in nature abundant sources of antimicrobial herbs and agents. Dr. Keith Scott Mumby of the UK, provides us with a wealth of information on this topic in the pdf provided below. I know these options work, because I have employed them for myself and my family members for over 40 years. Dr. Mumby explores the use of chlorine dioxide which is currently used in many parts of the world for microbial infections. BTH will be posting on this subject sometime in 2020...look for that.
Here is an excerpt from a blog post on the BTH "DIY Wellness Care Forum". We offer a thirty day trial membership to this forum, for those who are interested in educating themselves in the areas of building and maintaining a healthy happy body!
The focus of the list below is to provide you with botanical options for staving off bacterial infections and overgrowths of fungus. These botanicals are very effective. I have used many of them over the past forty years in which I have been able to stay antibiotic free by treating infections with sound natural adjunct therapies and fasting.
With the botanicals above it is important that you add only one at a time. Start with one and build up to the maximum dose over a period of a week to 10 days. If no adverse reactions occur move onto the next option. It is important to note that you may begin to experience herxing or die-off reactions as these herbs begin to affect the bacterial growth. To prevent excessive herxing, back down dosage, if symptoms lighten or abate, it was die-off and not an adverse reaction. You may need to consult with your ND, MD or Wellness Consultant to determine if you are having a reaction or die-off symptoms.
Botanicals are only part of the picture. Treating holistically means making dietary adjustments, detoxing and fasting, using poultices and hands on modalities to promote circulation and resting when you are ill! Bridge to Health offering Wellness Consulting as a means of receiving the support and education you need to achieve a higher standard of health and wellness.
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