Overuse of Antibiotics?
Yep, it’s cold and flu season, just around the corner… actually quite a bit of flu and colds have been around these parts lately.
My husband and I were recently talking about the last time we used antibiotics. It’s been well over a year… praise God! That’s pretty much unheard of, in our family of 10.
My daughter dropped a plate on her foot, and had a complete blow out of her toe on the first month of this year. The doctor on call gave her antibiotics. We filled the prescription… but decided against giving them to her, unless she showed sign of needing it. Instead, we kept it cleaned daily with hydrogen peroxide, and wrapped it up for at least a month, and she was fine. Five months later the toenail fell off, and a new one was appearing.
Things like sinus infections and ear infections have been avoided by using tools like our neti-pot and a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and apple cider vinegar (with the mother) in each ear for a 5 minute soak 3x a day.
Even when we do get something – it doesn’t linger on forever like it used to.
I call that major progress in this household, and a credit to better gut health!
Now I’m not always against antibiotics, it’s just NOT my first line of defense or second… or… I want to do what I can naturally, before going down that route.
So when DO we need antibiotics?
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal had a handy chart that listed out some times when antibiotics were effective, and when they weren’t.
If you read through the list, many of these things can be avoided in other ways by drinking lots of water, getting plenty of rest, taking vitamins, eating clean, and taking care of your immune system with probiotics and things like cod liver fish oil.
But what do we do when and if we DO get sick? How do you combat the monster to attempt avoiding antibiotics?
Here is a little list of things we have/do to help things turn around quickly:
1) Drink lots of room temp. lemon water
2) Take zinc and extra vitamin c – up to 500mg an hour (a non-GMO powder form is also good for smoothies for sore throats!), and Sambucol (that has black elderberry and safe for ages 2+ up to adults) or Black Elderberry syrup.
3) Use the Netipot to help clear nasal passages from bacteria/germs and help them dry out.
4) Coconut Oil rub with the following essential oils mixed in (oregano, peppermint and lavender) on the neck, back and chest
5) Bone broth soup from pastured chickens or grass fed meats
6) Oil pushing/swishing in the morning is great to get additional bacteria out of your mouth/throat. Put a spoonful in your mouth and swish around for 15 minutes, and then spit into the trash can. (It also helps whiten teeth!)
7) Local raw honey and cinnamon 3x a day
8) Baths for fevers to keep body temperatures down and cotton PJs (Actually I just learned how fire retardant clothing is not good for you – so this winter I’m only buying breathable cotton PJs!)
9) Exercise and sunshine, as you can. One thing that is great about being sick this time of year – is going outside IS an option. Extra Vitamin D and sweating out toxins helps!
10) Good rest. (One of the reasons I struggle a lot with my issues – is I’m such a POOR sleeper! Naps and plenty of rest at night is so important to restoration and repair.)
We let fevers run during the day, and give motrin at night for comfort if need be. A low dose of melatonin is also safe to help kids rest when they are sick, or coughing. We set up a croup tent as needed for our younger children (under a cardboard table, with a sheet open on one side, when my child needs help to rest through coughing fits.
A special concoction a friend shared with me is going to be added to our list of “treatments” – not to mention it sounds heavenly for winter time. Enjoy this “tea” recipe.
If you do have to have ANTIibiotics (which kill ALL of the bacteria in your system), make sure you up your PRObiotics, to help replenish the GOOD bacteria in your gut, following the dosing regimen. You should be taking 8-15 billion a day as an adult, so bump it up to 20-50 billion after antibiotic use, if you’re normally a healthy adult. If you’re like me, who normally takes 50 billion, bumping it up to 100-200 billion might be a better idea.
If you don’t have any of these products on hand, perhaps now is the time to get them so you’re stocked and ready! (No one likes to find these things when they’re already not feeling well!)
And… If you’re wondering some reasons on WHY over use of antibiotics is getting such a bad rap? This information might help fill you in.
Your gut health is SO important to your immune system, and ultimately your brain and organ function. We need to take good care of it to be Healthy for Him!
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Posted on August 24, 2013, in Auto Immune Disease, Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity and tagged celiac disease, food allergies, gluten intolerance, gut health, healthy for him blog, MS, Overuse of Antibiotics, probiotics, Wall Street Journal, WSJ. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.