Antibiotics Overuse Part 2
One of the most frequently prescribed medicines today are antibiotics. In 2010, U.S. doctors prescribed 258 million prescriptions of antibiotics in a country with a population of 309 million people, resulting in 4 out of 5 Americans being prescribed antibiotics annually.
The trouble with Antibiotics overuse is that the very bacteria they are treating are slowly becoming more resistant to the medicine itself. The bugs mutate and becoming stronger, creating superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. As a naturopathic doctor, I know that there is a vicious cycle at play here. The antibiotics kill all the bacteria, both good and bad, in your body. It's the good bacteria that help keep your immune system working and prevent infections in the first place. The antibiotics kill the good bacteria, so you become more susceptible to infection, then you get another one, have to take some more antibiotics and the cycle continues. This is especially true of people with chronic, recurring ear infections, yeast infections, These people are stuck in the cycle of antibiotic overuse.
There are many natural antibiotics that naturopaths use every day, that have no such side effects. Oregano oil, tea tree oil and garlic are all natural bacteria fighters. At the same time, it's important to keep the good flora healthy, by using a good probiotic. A good probiotic will keep the good bacteria and flora in your system healthy and strong, to be able to fight off any infections or diseases. Our kids never go to school without their probiotics. Helps them fight the usual colds and things they'd normally pick up at school. Please write your questions and comments here, I answer every single one. Have you and your family been stuck on the "antibiotic cycle"? What do you do to stay healthy during cold and flu season?
Let's continue to use this forum as a place for discussions about maintaining good health the natural way let's all live the Vita Life together!
To Your Health and Wellness!
Dr. Janine Bowring