Avoid An­tibi­otics Help your body clean it­self in­stead

Alternative Medicine - - Condition Spotlight - BY HANA R. SOLOMON, MD BY FRED­ER­ICK ABE­LES, DDS

TOXIC OVER­LOAD POL­LU­TION AL­LER­GENS CHEM­I­CALS BAC­TE­RIA FUN­GUS VIRUS o one would dis­pute the mir­a­cles of mod­ern medicine: surg­eries per­formed with min­i­mal in­ci­sions, or­gan trans­plants, limb reat­tach­ments, ad­vances in chemo­ther­apy, and so many lives saved by an­tibi­otics. Just 100 years ago, 25 per­cent of all deaths were due to bacterial in­fec­tion alone. The dis­cov­ery of peni­cillin by Sir Alexander Flem­ing in 1945 is some­thing for which we should all be grate­ful. Yet, all good things can be­come harm­ful if overused or abused, and an­tibi­otics are no dif­fer­ent. Dr. Flem­ing him­self warned, decades ago, that overuse would cre­ate an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance and the de­vel­op­ment of “su­per­bugs.”

Rep­utable sci­en­tific re­search con­firms the the­ory that an­tibi­otics are need­lessly pre­scribed eight out of 10 times. An­tibi­otics found in our food chain have also be­come a se­ri­ous con­cern. This is an ex­am­ple of too much of a good thing, cre­at­ing an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance with dan­ger­ous ram­i­fi­ca­tions. Some re­ports sug­gest that an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance will kill up to 300 mil­lion peo­ple by 2050.

Why do we abuse some­thing we need and value so highly?

Life is crazy, time is pre­cious, and we don’t al­ways feel that we are able to im­prove our own en­vi­ron­ment in or­der to help boost nat­u­ral im­mu­nity. Learn­ing about pre­ven­tion and nat­u­ral ap­proaches to treat symp­toms sounds daunt­ing or merely too time con­sum­ing when com­pared with the ease of procur­ing a pre­scrip­tion.

“Doc, just give us a pill, I al­ways get bet­ter with a Z-Pak” Does this sound fa­mil­iar? How about: “I’m time pres­sured, I can’t let the ill­ness sim­ply take its nat­u­ral course”, or even, “The in­surance cov­ers it, so let’s go ahead.” Pre­sum­ably, the doc­tor al­ways knows best, right? A 2013 study by Brigham and Women’s Hospi­tal in Bos­ton, Mass, showed that 84 per­cent of an­tibi­otic pre­scrip­tions for sore throats and nearly 100 per­cent for acute bron­chi­tis were un­nec­es­sary and not rec­om­mended by cur­rent guide­lines.

As a pe­di­a­tri­cian, overuse of an­tibi­otics is of par­tic­u­lar con­cern, as so many chil­dren ex­pe­ri­ence on­go­ing nasal is­sues through child­hood and of­ten be­come an­tibi­otic de­pen­dent. Dur­ing my clin­i­cal prac­tice, I main­tained the po­si­tion that if it is dirty, the first step is to clean it. If there is a wound to the knee—clean it! If there is a dirty nose— wash it! Most of the time this al­lows the body to heal it­self.

Not ev­ery si­nus, ear, or res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tion re­quires an­tibi­otic

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