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Antibiotic Alternatives Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About
We don’t want anyone to get us wrong – antibiotics are a good thing. Ok, they are a great thing. They are true life savers that have given us longer lives, stopped many life threatening infections, and they have also stopped almost all childbirth-related infections and deaths. When it comes to serious life threatening infections such as pneumonia, meningitis, and Lyme disease, antibiotics are vital when it comes to saving lives.
The problem lies with the way we have overused antibiotics. By the time most children hit their second birthday, they have already received at least one course of antibiotics, most times unnecessarily. Antibiotics will do nothing to stop colds, flus, most sore throats, coughs, or runny noses, yet, doctors will give out antibiotics to make parents happy.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control states that at least 50 percent and perhaps as much as 70 percent of the antibiotics prescribed today are completely unnecessary. Most Americans are so accustomed to taking antibiotics for every little thing that we have come to believe these drugs are not only appropriate, but safe, and this is where the problem lies.
Antibiotic resistance is a threat to the entire world. Don’t confuse what antibiotic resistance is: It’s not when YOU or your body becomes resistant to a particular antibiotic, it’s when the bacteria itself LEARNS and changes in response to antibiotics. Over time, this means that antibiotics are no longer effective and cannot kill certain types of bacteria.
Let’s not forget that if you consume conventional dairy or meat products, you are still consuming antibiotics. Just two glasses of conventional milk each day gives you a dose of about 50 micrograms of tetracycline.
Doctors should tell us that healthy lifestyles and a more natural diet is the best way to avoid antibiotics in the first place. When was the last time your doctor recommended that?
Eating an organic, natural diet loaded with plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and organic protein, getting plenty of rest and moderate exercise will keep your immune system strong and in good fighting condition to kick just about anything it encounters to the curb.
But for those times your body needs a little extra help, we have a list of eight of the best herbs around. All of these herbs can prevent infection, improve the immune system and are perfect for assisting the body in fighting those everyday virus and respiratory infections.
1. Maitake Mushrooms
These types of mushrooms support a healthy immune system. When consumed regularly, they can prevent those annoying upper respiratory infections such as ear infections, sinus infections, and coughs. You can eat them fresh, or consume them via supplements.
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