In light of the growing problem of antibiotic resistant disease, it prudent for people to employ techniques that will not only reduce the risk of falling victim to, but also help curtail the spread of antibiotic resistance overall.
While the problem of antibiotic resistance disease really needs to be stemmed through public policy nationwide, the more people who get involved on a personal level, the better.
The techniques to employ include the following:
- Using antibiotics only when absolutely necessary: antibiotics are typically unnecessary for most ear infections, and they do not work on viruses. They only work on bacterial infections, and even then, they are best reserved for more serious infections.
- Taking an antibiotic unnecessarily will kill beneficial gut bacteria for no reason at all, which could actually make it more difficult to recover from an illness. If you do take a course of antibiotics, be sure to reseed your gut with healthy bacteria, either by eating fermented foods or taking a high-quality probiotic.
- As an all-around preventive measure, make sure your Vitamin D level is optimized year-round, especially during pregnancy, along with vitamin K2. A number of other natural compounds can also help boost your immune system function to help rid you of an infection, including vitamin C, oil of oregano, garlic, Echinacea and tea tree oil.
- High-quality colloidal silver may be a valuable addition to your medicine cabinet to treat cuts and scrapes in lieu of antibacterial creams. Colloidal silver has been regarded as an effective natural antibiotic for centuries, and research shows it can even be helpful against some antibiotic-resistant pathogens.
- Manuka honey can also be used for topical applications. Clinical trials have found that Manuka honey can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including some resistant varieties, such as MRSA.
- Avoid all antibacterial household products: this includes items such as antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizers and wipes, as these too promote antibiotic resistance.
- Properly washing your hands with warm water and plain soap, to prevent the spreading of bacteria. Be particularly mindful of washing your hands and kitchen surfaces after handling raw meats, as about 50% of all meat sold in grocery stores around the US is likely to be contaminated with potentially dangerous bacteria.
- Purchasing Organic, antibiotic-free meats and other foods. Reducing the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a significant reason for making sure you’re only eating grass-fed, organically raised meats and animal products. Besides growing and raising your own, buying your food from responsible, high-quality, and sustainable sources is your best bet, and I strongly encourage you to support the small family farms in your area.
The featured Catalyst documentary, “Antibiotic Resistance,” offers a 30-minute-long review of some of the many factors contributing to this man-made scourge.
Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary!
Have a terrific weekend.
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