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Information and products on Probiotics and Natural Alternatives to Antibiotic medication
Natural Alternatives to Prescription Antibiotic medication

    This page will provide you information on products that are safe & natural alternatives to the common use of prescription antibiotics such as Penicillin, Amoxcillin, Macrodantin, Cephalosporin, Keflex and over the counter antibiotics and their harmful side effects.
     We will also provide you information on antibiotic resistance, helpful probiotics and natural remedies for UTI, bacterial & ear infections. There are a vast array of beneficial natural products that will strengthen the immune system and fight infection.
    Our high tech society has overused pharmaceutical antibiotics to such an extent that we've created SUPER BUGS which defy nearly all our previously developed pharmaceutical antibiotics through the process of natural selection (evolution).
       Surprisingly, microbes don't seem to be capable of bypassing natural antibiotics through successful mutation. Infections of various types are one of the primary reasons we spend money on doctors' visits and prescriptions. Isn't it wonderful that there are ways to minimize these expenses (along with side effects from the drugs) thanks to natural alternatives to antibiotics.
    Herbal remedies have been used by many cultures to fight bacterial infections for decades.  A few commonly used herbs are Garlic, Aloe Vera, Echinacea, Cayenne, Cranberry, Licorice, Catís claw, Burdock root, Juniper berry, Pau dí Arco, Golden Seal, Red clover, Green Tea and Oregano leaf. All of these healing herbs are available over the counter. With the onset of a respiratory infection or urinary track infection the use of herbal remedies are very helpful to stop painful or problematic symptoms and also to prevent any further bacterial or viral infections. Chinese medicine also provides useful traditional herbal remedies for viral and bacterial infections as well.
   The use of Homeopathic remedies can also be a powerful natural alternative to the use of prescription antibiotics without the side effects. Homeopathic remedies use the bodyís ability to naturally fight pathogens. Most homeopathic remedies come in a modern bottle formula and are available over the counter without prescription. Herbal and homeopathic remedies can also be combined to increase their healing ability.
   The natural antibacterial power of Digestive enzymes can also be used to treat infections, especially the enzyme named Protease. High dosages of protease on a empty stomach will help the immune system fight infection. There are many nutritional supplements containing herbs, vitamins and protease that will create a synergistic healing effect. These wonderful natural antibiotic products can be purchased at your local health food store. Simple ways to help the body fight infection are to reduce stress on the body, get more rest, drink lots of water and eat less sugar.
Antibiotics, Hormones and Other Drugs

At the turn of the century, the major causes of human illness and death were infectious diseases such as diphtheria and scarlet fever. During this century, the use of antibiotics has helped to rid us of these terrible scourges. Yet
bacteria are becoming resistant to the effects of antibiotics just as insects are becoming resistant to the effects of pesticides. This trend is greatly aggravated by the routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock in factory farms.

Livestock producers use synthetic hormones to increase growth, reproductive rates, and milk production. The FDA has approved the use of these drugs even though it can take generations to discover the long-term effects of these products on humans. The US is today the only fully industrialized nation in the world that still implants beef cattle with hormones.

Amount of total antibiotics used in US that are fed to livestock:   55%

Staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960:   13%

Staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1988:   91%                          

Major contributing cause: The breeding of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in factory farms due to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock.

Response by the entire European Economic Community to the routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock:   Ban

Response by the American meat and pharmaceutical industries to the routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock:  Full and complete support

Amount of US livestock and poultry receiving drugs during their lifetimes:   80%  

Potential cancer-causing substances the FDA has detected in recent years in the meat supply include: chloramphenicol, cabadox, nitrofurazone, dimetridazole, and ipronidazole.

Substances found in 63% to 86% of milk samples in 1991:   Sulfa drugs, tetracyclines and other antibiotics

Amount of all inspected chickens with salmonella bacteria:   One-third

Amount of federal poultry inspectors who said they would not eat chicken:   75%

Testimony from a former FDA official to a Senate investigating committee:   The risk of food poisoning from chicken is so great that package labels with consumer advice on handling should be mandatory.
Our latest health problem of epidemic proportions.

Symptoms of L.I.D.S. =    Diarrhea, constipation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intestinal infections, malabsorption of nutrients, Vitamin K deficiency, Slowing of digestion, food sensitivities, parasite infections, Leaky gut syndrome, Diverticulitis, Diverticulosis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, food allergies, Candidiasis with its multiple symptoms, and the worst of all, Candida Albicans or Yeast.

Causes of Lifestyle Induced Dysbiosis Syndrome: Stress, processed foods, food additives, antibiotic therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid based drugs, many other drugs, polluted air, chemically treated water ( tap water ).
Interesting article Food as Medicine

Antibiotic side effects, -- what an exciting and potentially extremely important area of study, for several reasons:

TRIMOX (Amoxicillin) - penicillin: kill organisms by interrupting the death of the cycle [ANTIBIOTICS]

ZITHROMAX (Azithromycin) - arythromycin: work through a static system and keep the organisms from replicating, which causes them to die off.

Use of these two types of antibiotics together are contraindicated - yet doctors write prescriptions for them all the time! Doctors only take 1 or 2 semesters of pharmacology, so learn most of their drug usage during their internship, and let a nurse correct the dosage if they write down the wrong thing.

Better today since many doctors are using the palm pilots with PDR loaded into it! Still, most doctors are familiar with about 70 drugs, those that are within their area of specialty.

Trimox Alternatives:

Garlic (used by medics in WW II when antibiotics were not available)
Colloidal Silver (used in burn units to prevent infections)
Pau d'Arco
Olive Leaf
Paw Paw

Dr. Lisbeth Baird D.C. , FIACA

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