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Antibiotic Resistance is now a global threat

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. 2 million antimicrobial-resistant infections occur each year – resistance to antibiotics or antifungal medicines – resulting in 23,000 deaths.  Within 30 years, that number is expected to rise to 10 million deaths.

Photo credit – Iqbal Osman via Flickr

Resistance is the result of several factors:

  • The overuse of antibiotics — up to 50% of prescribed antibiotics are unnecessary.
  • The drug kills off most of the bacterial infection but may leave individual bacterial cells that are immune. These multiply because they are no longer competing for food, space and water with their neighbors.
  • The drug also kills off our “good” bacteria that inhabit our stomach, mouth, throat and skin, opening the way for the bad bacteria to more easily become established.
  • The antibiotic actually weakens the immune system, making it more susceptible for infection by those bacteria that are resistant to multiply, free from our immune system’s attack.
  • Sometimes the infection is viral, which will not respond to an antibiotic. Giving an antibiotic in these cases may cause the death of the “good” bacteria and allow for a secondary bacterial infection to develop  … which could be composed of antibiotic resistant strains. Perhaps this was the result of a doctor’s misdiagnosis or just patient pressure because they expect to walk out of the doctor’s office with some sort of prescription in their hands to take care of their infection, no matter what the infection really is

Things that you can do during this cold and flu season:

  • Do not self-prescribe antibiotics from meds left over from before. Get an actual bacterial or fungal diagnosis first, before using any antibiotic.
  • Don’t share your medications.
  • If it is really a cold or flu, you will have to suffer with it without meds, but you can use some possible symptom relievers: nasal sprays, throat sprays, ear drops.
  • Be careful eating meat where the animals have been treated with antibiotics.  These will have drug-resistant bacteria remaining in their meat.
  • Wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Much of the transmission of bacteria from person to person is by direct contact. Some is airborne.
  • The best defense is a healthy immune system — from eating the right foods (fruits and vegetables), no smoking, cutting back on alcohol use and reducing processed foods and carbs.
  • If possible, minimize your contact with potential carriers – avoid hospitals, crowds and movie theaters, and places where the air is recirculated (planes).

Or as an alternative, spend a couple of hours in an antibiotic-free zone looking at the fish and corals. In this photo below, these are soft corals off Ambergris Caye in Belize. This is an activity that is both soothing for the soul and if the water is clean … free of bacteria.

Caribbean soft corals

 

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Aaron - Hello. I have two questions and would welcome any thoughts you’re willing and able to share.

1. Do you feel a vegetarian or vegan diet is superior to one that includes small, infrequent amounts of beef, poultry, and eggs that are grass-fed/-finished, free range, organic, etc?

2. Do you have any recommendations for a person dealing with Lyme Disease; co-infections like Mycoplasma Pneumoniae, Chlamydia Pneumoniae, HHV-6, HSV-1, HSV-2, and Parvovirus; and possibly parasites?

The “Miracles From the Vault” book brought me to your website, as your Olive Leaf Extract is the ONLY one they endorse.

Kind regards,

Aaron

Richard (Founder) - Hi Aaron,
I can answer you how I would personally approach what you are asking:
1. I believe that one should do/eat things in moderation. I don’t believe a 100% vegan diet is good for you, nor are a lot of meats, poultry … and at this point unfortunately fish. We grow our own fruits and vegetables, but also buy some (organic) at a local health food store. I eat a lot of these. But I also eat some organic meat, dairy, and poultry because there are amino acids, proteins, fats etc. that are important (most of our brain and muscle tissue is protein) that most people would not get from a vegan diet. Man has spent tens of thousands of years being a meat-eater and also eventually a consumer of vegetable products. Eliminating one or the other, probably would not be healthy.

2. I am not a doctor and therefore cannot prescribe to you. If you are really dealing with all those infections, you need to see a doctor immediately. Natural products are good. Olive Leaf Extract is excellent. Homeopathics too. We make a lot that are natural antimicrobials. However, a strong infection or multiple infections are best treated by people with real knowledge and education. You don’t want to risk your life by being stubborn.
Good luck!
Richard

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