Recently I was diagnosed with (another) kidney infection. Previously I was in the hospital for 5 days and kept getting sicker! The antibiotics I was given through an IV were taking the infection away but was weakening other bodily functions and systems. Knowing this going into this infection, I requested an alternative to CIPRO and LEVAQUIN. Unfortunately I was told my infection was too severe to let “work itself out” of my system. For fear of the infection spreading I was once again given a heavy daily dose of CIPRO (1000mg). The infection did go away, however I noticed a difference in other areas of my body including: increased fatigue, soreness, bloating and constipation.
I consulted a respected practitioner I know, Dr. Sonya Bladow and asked her weigh in on the subject of CFIDS / CFS and the use of antibiotics. Below is a short article she wrote exclusively for BBNB.
The Dangerous Truth about Antibiotics
Many of us, including myself, were given antibiotics as children to treat bronchitis, diphtheria, pneumonia, and ear, intestine, lung, urinary tract, and skin infections. The downsides of antibiotics weren’t well understood then, but now we know that it increases your risk of cancer, heart disease and digestive disorders. “Recently the New England Journal of Medicine published an article that found taking Erythromycin, a commonly prescribed anti-biotic, increases your risk of dying from a cardio vascular complication by 250%.”
The purposes of antibiotics are to wipe out the bad bugs, however they don’t discriminate between the good and the bad bacteria, therefore wiping out all bacteria. Our good bacteria are VERY important. We need our good bacteria for our immune system and for our digestive system. We are what we eat and we can’t properly digest our food if we don’t have healthy bacteria in our gut. These healthy bacteria are called probiotics. If our probiotics are off, we will not be able to absorb the vitamins, nutrients and minerals from our food.
Now days, we not only get antibiotics that may be prescribed to us, (which I’m going to give you some natural antibiotic options) but we are also getting unnecessary antibiotics in our foods that we eat. Foods that are high in antibiotics are milk, eggs and meat. These foods must be organic to avoid extra antibiotics. Also, most all water sources now have traces of antibiotics in them, due to sanitation issues with humans and animals, as well as farming and agricultural runoff.
Antibiotics can be prescribed for several reasons, however often are not necessary. If prescribed for a common cold or flu, first you must know if it’s bacterial or viral. If it’s viral, which most colds are, antibiotics will prolong your sickness and the natural antibiotics are a perfect choice (see below). The natural options will boost your immune system and shortness the duration of the sickness. If the infection has been tested and determined it is bacterial, you can take an antibiotic, however again I’d start with the three natural options first, since they are not going to harm the good bacteria in your system.
Two types of infections where prescribed antibiotics are best, is for eye and bladder infections. What you can do now, is avoid taking unnecessary prescribed antibiotics and start supplementing healthy probiotics.
Three natural sources of antibiotics are:
- Raw Garlic – contains allison which is a powerful anti fungal, anti biotic, and anti viral. Garlic is often treated with chemicals to prevent sprouting, so it is very important to buy organic garlic Take 1 clove per day of raw garlic.
- Oil of Oregano – anti viral, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti parasitic, anti oxidant, and anti inflammatory. Take 500mg or 5 drops daily.
- Colloidal Silver – Supports your immune system, is powerfully alkaline and is anti viral. Take 1 to 2 Tbsp. Daily.
Foods/sources high in probiotics are:
- Goat’s Milk Yogurt or Kefir
- Coconut Kefir
- Coconut Water
- Kombucha Tea
- A good Probiotic supplement
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