It's time to stop using antibiotics whenever possible. The World Health Organization (WHO) is finally saying what I've been telling you for years: Antibiotic resistance is spreading around the world. It's already found in over 100 countries. The time is quickly coming when a simple bacterial infection or an overnight stay in a hospital could be lethal, and we have only ourselves to blame. Here's why this is happening, and what you can do to help slow the problem and protect yourself.
We've been overusing antibiotics for years. When we do, they stop working — bacteria adapt, making the antibiotics ineffective against them. So we've just used different antibiotics to kill the new forms of bacteria. The problem is that we're running out of options, but bacteria aren't running out of ways to adapt. It's been over two decades since researchers discovered the last class of antibacterial drugs, and there aren't many left out there to replace them. Bacteria, meanwhile, are continuing to find ways to outsmart whatever we throw at them.
To keep yourself safe, the first solution, of course, is to stay healthy. Boost your immune system so your body can fight off pathogenic bacteria on its own. That way, you won't need to turn to antibiotics, giving the bacteria in your body the opportunity to become resistant — if they aren't already.
You can do this by reducing your sugar intake, getting seven to eight hours of sleep every night, and taking an herbal antibiotic. Herbal antibiotics, such as garlic, goldenseal, and grapefruit seed extract, are chemically more complex than pharmaceutical antibiotics, so it's harder for bacteria to outsmart them. If you'd like to learn more about natural antibiotics, read Stephen Harrod Buhner's book Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria
. You can find it at any bookstore and online.
Another way you can avoid antibiotic resistance is by strengthening your immune system with a formula such as MycoPhyto Complex
. This contains a number of medicinal mushrooms grown on immune-enhancing herbs. I've never found another product that boosts immunity as effectively as this one. After all, if you don't get sick, you don't need to worry about antibiotics.
WHO suggests that we stop taking antibiotics for colds and viruses when our doctors prescribe them. I don't think that's going far enough. I think doctors should stop prescribing medications that don't work. They will ultimately be harmful for us. If you can avoid getting sick through immune-boosting measures, wonderful. If not, talk to your doctor about natural alternatives to help you fight off your infection. If they continue to push antibiotics, it may be time to look for a new doctor who truly understands the gravity of this situation and safe solutions.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
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