Natural and Alternative Antibiotics

From Mrs. Cog's Corner

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Nature holds countless remedies that have been utilized far longer than modern man could distinguish a bacteria from a virus. During the current age of overuse of pharmaceutical antibiotics leading to seemingly resistant strains, perhaps it is a good time to examine the age old natural and alternative methods that have worked for so long. At the very least, having these items on hand, or the ability to grow or procure them, could mean the difference between life and death in an emergency if healthcare or treatment  is unattainable.

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Although penicillin originally came from natural sources, scientists have found the technology to reproduce its medicinal power to manufacture many other synthetic drugs. However, these antibacterial drugs are often misused and abused, leading to the evolution of superbugs that have developed resistance to their effects. Fortunately, nature is abundant with other natural antibiotics, which people can readily use with greater margins of safety.

In herbology, antibiotic-like foods are called astringent — meaning natural blood cleansers. The word anti (against) – biotic (life) refers to a list of pharmaceutical antimicrobials designed to kill harmful bacteria in the host body. The problem is these synthetic forms of antibiotics kill off both the good and bad bacteria leaving the body depleted of living microflora that supports immune function. 30 Foods and Herbs With Natural Antibiotic Properties:

On December 11th 1945, at the end of his Nobel lecture, Alexander Fleming sounded a warning. Fleming could already see the future of antibiotic misuse. “There is the danger”, he said, “that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant.”

We’ve allowed the North American continent and much of the world to become awash in antibiotics. In the short run, this means the emergence of pathogenic, antibiotic-resistant bacteria in agricultural crops and animal and human populations. In the long run, it means the emergence of infectious disease epidemics more deadly than any in human history.


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