We can learn valuable lessons from the past so that they will not be repeated in the future. The intelligent and common-sense approach is to be aware where we have gone wrong and why, and more importantly – to utilize the most effective natural medicine approach when it comes to eradicating and recovering from infectious disease. A tragic but common occurrence is that antibiotics are in many cases routinely prescribed as a ‘precautionary’ measure when it is uncertain if the infection is caused by bacteria or a virus. This is often the case for viral infections such as glandular fever, herpes infections and gastroenteritis. Antibiotics play no role in treatment or prevention of viral illness and in fact only hinder recovery. Antibiotics should be used as a last resort, and not used for front line treatment, and if they were used like this as the rule, bacterial resistance would have probably not occurred.
What If An Antibiotic MUST Be Used?
There are several steps a person can take to offset any negative effects of antibiotic prescribing, as well as maximizing the effectiveness of the antibiotic:
- Always take a high quality natural yogurt or Probiotic Supplement along with the antibiotic to prevent damage to the healthy intestinal bacteria.
- Use a natural immune booster to assist in boosting the body’s natural immune response to the infection, as there is evidence that various types of antibiotics in fact suppress different parts of the immune system.
- Take Vitamin C along with the antibiotic prescription, because ascorbic acid has shown to actually increase blood levels of different kinds of antibiotics making them more effective.8 I recommend 2000 – 3000mg daily along with the course of antibiotic treatment.
- Bacterial resistance may form if the antibiotic is discontinued before the prescribed treatment period. You may find that a recurrence of the infection may be considerably more difficult to treat.
- Don’t take the antibiotic until you have learned about the side effects first. You are best to ask your doctor or do a thorough Google search yourself. Act in haste and you may end up repenting at your leisure, I have seen many patients suffer for years from unwanted side-effects including on-going digestive problems, allergies and even auto-immune diseases of “unknown origin”. .
- Take a Probiotic-Enzymatic Formula if you have developed a yeast infection after a course of antibiotics which is often highly likely. Most women I have seen with recurrent vaginal yeast infection have been on one or several rounds of antibiotics in the past. Most yeast infection respond to a dietary supplement like this with a high level of success. A stool test will reveal all, and will often be dysbiotic bacteria, poor levels of beneficial bacteria including one or several species of Candida present.
- Use Oregano Oil capsules with resistant yeast infections. This is one of the most potent antifungals on the market which I have used in my candida clinic for more than ten years. Begin with one capsule (always with foods) and build to 4 per day if required. Use for no longer than 6 weeks.