Natural Antibiotics
Natural Antibiotics

Natural Antibiotics

Ray's Rave!

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 01:48 -- Ray
There is no denying that modern medicine is very helpful to our society, however it is crucial to remember that it is not the only form of medicine that is helpful. While modernized medicine brings us many life saving treatments, natural alternatives can be great for more minor, non life-threatening conditions such as minor infections, colds, headaches, etc. One great example of this is with the case of antibiotics.
Antimicrobial Resistance 
The more frequently you take antibiotics, the greater of a resistance you develop to them. And unfortunately this is very dangerous to not only yourself but also to society as a whole. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) "threatens the prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi" and threatens the achievements of modern medicine, according to a recent World Health Organization report on global antibiotic resistance. This is the problem of a "post-antibiotic era," in which common infections and minor injuries can be fatal and diseases we thought were terminated long ago can come back. We are developing stronger resistances to life-saving antibitoics, and a major reason for this issue is taking antibiotics when they aren't absolutely necessary. For more information on this issue, I highly recommend reading the article "Antibiotic Resistance: 6 diseases that may come back to haunt us."
So how do we address this issue? Of course preventative measures are essential -- boosting your immune system, eating healthy and so on. But if you're sick, it is essential to only take antibiotics as prescribed and more importantly, for doctors to only prescribe antibiotics when they are absolutely necessary. And to be clear, I'm not saying don't take antibiotics at all-- because there are certain circumstances where they are necessary and can save lives. But it is important to be mindful about how frequently we are taking them and for what we are using them for-- wouldn't you rather save antibitoics for when you have a life-threatening condition? And maybe opt for a natural antibiotic for more minor, common infections instead...
Natural Antibiotics
In nature's pharmacy, there are several plant remedies that have proven antibiotic properties. For example, Manuka Honey is actually an U.S. FDA-approved option for wound treatment because multiple studies have shown how manuka honey has enhanced wound healing and decreased pain in burn patients. Manuka honey also has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties that may also help treat numerous ailments. Another magical bees product, propolis, has also been proven to have antibacetrial activity-- data from NIH studies supports that propolis is active against Gram-positive bacteria, such as Staph infections. And finally, red tree resin called Dragon's Blood is not only a "liquid bandage" wound-healer, but also has been proven to have antimicrobial properties-- enough to be considered a source of food preservative. 
If doctors didn't overprescribe antibiotics,
If they didn't wrongly prescribe them for colds, flus and other inappropriate conditions,
If antibiotics weren't used in animal feed and therefore passed down the food chain,
and if humans instead used nature's most powerful antibitoics such as Dragon's Blood, Propolis and Manuka Honey, as well as the other ones listed here... 
What a safer and healthier world it would be.
Because at the moment,
the future looks scary...very scary indeed!

One of my all-time favourite herbal writers, Stephen Harrod Buhner, wrote a book called Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug Resistant Bacteria. If you have any interest in going deeper with your knowledge of this subject - I highly recommend this book!

In this book he talks about 'systemics' (herbs that treat the whole body) vs 'non-systemic' (localised treatment). Guess what - one of his top 'systemic' antibiotic herbs is considered an invasive weed here - Bidens pilosa - aka 'Farmer's Friends'. The method he describes to take it is simple - just make a juice of the fresh leaves, and take about 1/4 - 1 tsp (and up to 1 Tablespoon for acute systemic infections) in water, up to 6x daily. The fresh juice can also be stabilised with the addition of 20% alcohol. 
You can also make a fresh plant tincture, using 95% alcohol at a ratio of 1:2 (1 part plant by weight: 2 part alcohol by volume), and use 45-90 drops (about 1/2 to 1 tsp) in water, up to 4x daily. Bidens pilosa is active against many bacteria and fungi, including Streptococcus, Candida albicans, Herpes simplex, Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli and more. 
PS I was once prosecuted for blogging my truth about Dragon's Blood for golden Staph, healing myself and friends of mine as our strain of Staph was resistant to pharmaceutical antibiotics. Remember to always think for yourself and question! Your health, your choice.
"Antibitoic Resistance: 6 diseases that may come back to haunt us," The Guardian, May 2014
World Health Organization Report on Global Antibiotic Resistance
"What is Dragon's Blood and What Are Its Uses?," Healthline


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