Beyond Antibiotics: Are There Healthier Options?

by Dr. Michael Schmidt

For decades, antibiotics have been the cornerstone of treatment for bacterial infections. Antibiotics have saved many lives during this time. However, doctors have come to rely too heavily on these miracle drugs and the overuse of antibiotics has led to serious problems.

For all of the potential benefits of antibiotics, a growing list of adverse health consequences has emerged because of overuse. A sample of these is listed below:

  • Children with chronic earaches who take many series of antibiotics experience 2-6 times more recurrent ear infections.
  • Antibiotic overuse can upset intestinal integrity.
  • Antibiotic overuse can suppress immune function.

Factors that Lower Immunity . We know that there are many factors that lower immunity and thus make the body more susceptible to infection. These include:

  • Nutrition: Low vitamin C and zinc lead to sluggish Immune response.
  • Diet: Excess sugar consumption slows the ability of white blood cells to engulf and destroy bacteria.
  • Lifestyle: Sedentary people tend to have more sluggish immune systems than active people.
  • Environment: Solvent chemicals and heavy metals such as lead increase susceptibility to infection.
  • Psychological: People under stress are more likely to have frequent infections, while those with better coping skills are less sensitive to the effects of stress on their immune systems.

Are there Natural Remedies that can Help? For many common ailments, scientific research is confirming time-honored traditions.

  • Ear infections: The vast majority of children with recurrent ear infections improved after removing food allergens from their diets. Warm sesame oil drops can help ease the pain.
  • Bladder infections: Unsweetened cranberry juice clears bacteria from the bladder. Yogurt and acidophilus are also helpful.
  • Respiratory infections: A sauna once a week can reduce respiratory problems by one- half.
  • Intestinal infections: Homeopathic medicine has been helpful in reducing diarrhea in children.

Live Healthfully and Be Informed. Remember, antibiotics can save lives and reduce suffering. They are vital components of the healing arsenal. However, they must be used wisely. Your goal should be to optimize the health of your family to reduce the need for drug intervention and to make wise, informed decisions should drug intervention become necessary.

Are Antibiotics Being Overused in Your Care? Does your doctor:

  • Prescribe antibiotics over the phone?
  • Refill a prescription without an examination?
  • Prescribe without taking a blood count?
  • Neglect to ask about diet, nutrition or lifestyle factors?- Prescribe after only a cursory examination?
  • Write off or ignore concerns about negative side effects?
  • Remark that antibiotics are harmless?
  • Try to intimidate or frighten you into following orders?
  • Prescribe several courses of antibiotics when there is no improvement?
  • Prescribe antibiotics when illness is viral such as a cold?
  • Seem overworked or overbooked?
  • Cut your visit short by handing you a prescription?

If you answered “yes” to more than five items, you or someone in your family may be receiving antibiotics needlessly. Ask your doctor for a full re-evaluation or seek another opinion.

Dr. Schmidt‘s books Beyond Antibiotics: Strategies for Living in a World of Emerging Infections & Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria -Third Edition and Healing Childhood Ear Infections: Prevention, Home Care, and Alternative Treatment . Both can both be ordered through DDR‘s Amazon Associates account which provides financial support to the organization.

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One Cause… One Cure!

This is a simple wellness principle. There is one cause of disease and there is only one cure. In a health state, our body has the ability to adapt to the environmental stresses that we place upon it. It is our ability to adapt to environmental stresses and maintain homeostasis that keeps us healthy. When we lose the ability to adapt and maintain homeostasis, we lose our health. When that state is allowed to persist, we become diseased. The cause of all disease is the failure of our body to adapt to our environment. The key words are “our body.” This is an inside job. It’s the failure of our body to do the job it was born to do. Micro-organisms are constantly around us, but they only infect us when our natural resistance is lowered and our body can’t properly respond to the threat. It’s our body’s lack of function, not the bug, which makes us sick.

Our body is a self-healing organism. It has the ability to heal and maintain homeostasis naturally from within, as long as there is no interference to its function. What is the one cure to all disease? It is our body’s innate healing potential. The solution to health comes from within the body not from outside agents like medications and surgeries. Health and healing come from the inside as long as there is no interference to our innate healing potential. The real doctor is inside. The real healing comes from inside, from the innate healing powers nature has provided from each and everyone of us.

Andrew Weil, M.D. states, “Healing comes from inside, not outside. Healing can’t be prevented from occurring, nor can it be obtained from anyone or anything external. You are born with the power to heal because healing is an innate capacity of every person.”

Nerve interference directly interferes with our innate healing potential. It decreases our immune function and lowers our body’s resistance to infection and disease. When nerve interference is removed, your innate healing potential is restored.

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