When the mainstream media and health communities wholeheartedly agree with something alternative and holistic practitioners have been saying for years, you know a situation is serious.
The dangers of antibiotic overuse has created a very real problem that’s causing a ripple effect in the health of humanity. That isn’t opinion. It’s a scientifically proven fact.
Since the discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, antibiotics have saved countless lives. There’s no doubt that they’re an incredible weapon against serious infection and have prevented the spread of many diseases since they became available to the public in the 1940s.
Too Much of a Good Thing
We’ve gone too far. Previously unworried, antibiotics were mass-prescribed and utilized in many aspects of daily life without thought about the future. We’ve been exposed to so many antibiotics that the living organisms mutated, adapted, and became immune to the only thing we had to beat them.
The researchers at Mayo Clinic explained, “If you take an antibiotic when you actually have a viral infection, the antibiotic is still attacking bacteria in your body — bacteria that are either beneficial or at least not causing disease. This misdirected treatment can then promote antibiotic-resistant properties in harmless bacteria that can be shared with other bacteria.”
They go on to point out that colds, flus, bronchitis, stomach flu, as well as most coughs, sore throats, ear infections, and sinus infections will not benefit from antibiotics anyway. These conditions are typically viral in nature and antibiotics won’t help.
That unnecessary antibiotics are proven to damage the good (harmless) bacteria inside you should be a wake-up call to all of us. Without beneficial gut flora, your entire body can end up compromised. These bacteria are an important element of your immune system.
The danger of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” may seem like a plot from the latest science fiction movie…not something that could happen in real life.
It’s already happening all over the world.
Drugs that once worked effectively aren’t as powerful. Some antibiotics no longer work at all when faced with specific bacterial strains. More such strains are discovered every year.
Here are just a few…
- Antibiotic-Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB)
- Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
- Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Gonorrhea)
- Gram-negative bacteria (such as coli, Acinetobacter baumanii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella pneumoniae)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states, “Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.”
An infection that doesn’t respond to antibiotics means a much worse situation. You could be sick for longer, end up with a permanent disability, the costs of care skyrocket, and if nothing works to treat the superbug, it could even take your life.
Minimize the Dangers of Antibiotics in Your Life
It isn’t just doctors and hospitals at fault here. In the 90s, the “antibacterial craze” exploded into the marketplace and those products made their way into our homes and businesses.
The overuse of antibacterial products (soap, lotion, baby wipes, and cleaning products) and misuse of antibiotics in our food supply (primarily in commercially raised cattle) have hastened us toward a worrisome future where antibiotics no longer work at all.
Choosing organic (grass-fed or free range) cattle, poultry, and the products made from them is beneficial on many levels. Not only are the products more nutritious, they aren’t being pumped full of antibiotics or grown hormones that the human body absolutely doesn’t need. They’re not being fed GMO feed covered in pesticides.
Every year, 14,440 tons of antibiotics are administered to livestock in the United States.
The food that goes in your body is within your control. The products you use to clean your home are within your control. Choose natural, non-toxic options to lower the amount of unnecessary pharmaceutical and chemical pollutants you’re allowing into your body.
5 Tips to Smart Antibiotic Use
- If your doctor tells you antibiotics are not the answer…listen.
- When prescribed an antibiotic, take all of it in the proper dosage!
- Don’t self-diagnose…even if you “think” you have a bacterial infection.
- Don’t use old antibiotics (a past prescription), other people’s antibiotics, or buy antibiotics over the internet.
- Practice good hygiene with (non-antibacterial) soap and water – and be super diligent when you’re ill.
No one wants to feel sick. You play an important role in reducing the dangers of antibiotic resistance before it’s too late. Though you may want quick relief from symptoms you’re experiencing, antibiotics are simply not always the answer. Long-term, they’re certainly not the best answer for your body.You need to know what your alternatives are to the dangers of antibiotics!Click To Tweet
Pharmaceutical companies aren’t putting money into new antibiotics. There’s a very low profit margin associated with them (unlike antidepressants and statin drugs). It’s not a priority. It isn’t considered important enough…to the bottom line.
Headlines such as this one from the United Kingdom’s Telegraph, “First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough” show the seriousness of the situation worldwide.
We must come up with new options, better options right now.
You need to know what your alternatives are to the dangers of antibiotics before you or someone you love goes through the terror of an antibiotic-resistant infection.
Interested in more information about antibiotic alternatives? Take a look at Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby’s book, “A World Without Antibiotics.” I think you’re going to be fascinated by the information inside. Check it out right now!
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