Eric Bakker N.D.March 28, 2022

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We can learn valuable lessons from the past to avoid repeating mistakes in the future. The intelligent and common-sense approach is to be aware of where we have gone wrong and why. More importantly, we must utilize the most effective natural alternatives to antibiotics when it comes to eradicating and recovering from infectious diseases.

The Misuse of Antibiotics

A tragic but common occurrence is that antibiotics are often prescribed as a precautionary measure, even when it is uncertain if the infection is caused by bacteria or a virus. This is frequently the case for viral infections such as glandular fever, herpes, and gastroenteritis. Antibiotics play no role in the treatment or prevention of viral illnesses and, in fact, can hinder recovery. Natural antibiotic alternatives can often be more effective and safer in such cases. Antibiotics should be used as a last resort, not as a frontline treatment. If they were used this way as a rule, bacterial resistance would likely not have occurred.

What If An Antibiotic MUST Be Used?

When antibiotics are necessary, several steps can be taken to offset any negative effects and maximize the antibiotic’s effectiveness:

 1. Take a Probiotic Supplement

probiotic supplementAlways take a high-quality natural yogurt or probiotic supplement along with the antibiotic to help prevent damage to healthy intestinal bacteria. Probiotics help maintain a balanced gut microbiome, which is crucial for overall health. Herbal remedies for infections can also support gut health.

Heres an interesting article from Harvard Medical School on whether one should take probiotics

2. Use a Natural Immune Booster

Using a natural immune booster can assist in enhancing the body’s natural immune response to the infection. There is evidence that various types of antibiotics can suppress different parts of the immune system. Natural treatments for bacterial infections often include immune-boosting herbs like echinacea and elderberry.

Read our article on your amazing immune system here

and our recent article on Boosting your Immunity here

3. Supplement with Vitamin C

Vitamin C bottleTake Vitamin C along with the antibiotic prescription, as ascorbic acid has been shown to increase blood levels of different antibiotics, making them more effective. I recommend 2000-3000mg daily along with the course of antibiotic treatment. Natural antibiotic alternatives often work well with vitamin C supplementation.

Read our article on Vitamin C here

4. Complete the Prescribed Treatment

Bacterial resistance may form if the antibiotic is discontinued before the prescribed treatment period. Recurrence of the infection may be considerably more difficult to treat. Preventing antibiotic resistance is crucial for future health.

 5. Inform Yourself About Side Effects

Don’t take the antibiotic until you have learned about the side effects first. Ask your doctor or do a thorough search yourself. Acting in haste may lead to long-term side effects, including ongoing digestive problems, allergies, and even autoimmune diseases of “unknown origin.” Consider natural treatments for bacterial infections to avoid these risks.

Managing Yeast Infections Post-Antibiotics

 1. Probiotic-Enzymatic Formula

If you develop a yeast infection after a course of antibiotics, which is often likely, take a probiotic-enzymatic formula. Many women with recurrent vaginal yeast infections have been on one or several rounds of antibiotics. Most yeast infections respond well to a dietary supplement like this.

2. Stool Testing

A stool test can reveal dysbiotic bacteria, poor levels of beneficial bacteria, and the presence of one or several species of Candida. Natural antibiotic alternatives can help restore a healthy balance.

 3. Oregano Oil Capsules

For resistant yeast infections, use oregano oil capsules. We successfully used this potent antifungal  in our clinic for many years. Begin with one capsule (always with food) and build up to four per day if required. Use for no longer than six weeks. Herbal remedies for infections like oregano oil can be very effective.

Read our website further here about Candida and natural treatments

By following these steps and being aware of the natural alternatives to antibiotics available, we can ensure a healthier approach to managing infections without contributing to antibiotic resistance.

 

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