[A,H] Antibiotics - We Do Have A Choice


MRSA is short for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus is a strain of bacteria naturally found in most animals, including humans.
In your dog or cat, staph can be found as naturally occurring bacteria on the skin, in mucous membranes, and in the GI tract. But occasionally pets can become infected by their own normal flora. These infections are usually harmless and easily treated, but when a pet's normal flora develops resistance to broad-spectrum antibiotics, it becomes a very dangerous health threat.
If these bacteria undergo genetic mutation -- making them resistant to even the strongest antibiotic available, including methicillin -- it can cause serious illness and death. We are overusing antibiotics in human and animal medicine. We're also exposed to antibiotics when we eat factory-farmed animals and animal products.
The decision to use antibiotics should never be taken lightly. They should not be prescribed unless absolutely necessary. Aside from the ability of bacteria to mutate and develop resistance to antibiotics, these drugs also have side effects.
Many of the health problems for which antibiotics are routinely overprescribed respond just as well and often better to safer alternatives like herbs, common sense approaches like disinfecting wounds, as well as nutritional supplements.
Unless your pet has a life-threatening illness or injury that can only be treated with antibiotics, let your veterinarian know that you prefer to try and treat, if possible, without antibiotics.

Modern and ancient medicine have identified many of these and isolated them, purified them, extracted them, and as I said in the first post, modern antibiotics like penicillin originally stem from naturally-occurring antibiotics that bacteria have been using against each other for millions of years. The problem with recommending natural antibiotics as a replacement is that there exists very little evidence in the literature supporting their efficacy. Plenty of antibacterial compounds exist, often in herbs and spices with long histories of medicinal uses, but that doesn’t mean that taking a pill of an extract of that herb or spice will kill whatever’s infected you.
We all know about the benefits of Manuka Honey and so I wont dwell on that but do we know about many other herbs and mnerals and foods that give antibiotic properties without the side effects , this post is designed to show you that we do have safe alternatives, after all Doctors whom we all hold in awe are not the true healers of humans , it is people like me that for centuries have used and treated fellow man and beast with herbs because we are TRULY THE DOCTORS of this World and the ONLY reason those that study to PhD level are not permitted to use their title like medical Doctors is because they being posh twits in Victorian times made it so , they now allow vets too, aw that is so good of them NOT !!!!But here is some research : http://www.worldwidewounds.com/2001/nove...agent.html
Science has now proven the health benefits of oregano oil are derived mostly from carvacrol and thymol; these are powerful phenols that have the ability to kill harmful bacteria and microbes. Studies have shown that oregano oil has antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and anti fungal properties.
Oil of oregano can be applied orally, topically or diffused. Try two to three drops, three times a day. If using it topically, you can mix 1 drop of oregano with a teaspoon of coconut oil to up its antibiotic power.
Silver was used 1,200 years ago by Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, sailors, and then by American pioneers. Colloidal silver is a suspension of submicroscopic silver particles in a colloidal base (A colloid is a particle of some substance, broken down and mixed into or suspended in liquid).
Proponents of silver claim that one of its most important properties is its ability to strengthen the immune system. Particles of silver are small enough to penetrate on a cellular level and destroy pathogens of all types, including bacteria, fungal spores, parasites, and viruses.
Colloidal silver has a variety of uses:
it can combat fungus in the body
can kill disease, viruses and other harmful bacteria
improves the immune system’s ability to fight against viruses
soothes burns, repairs skin and tissue damage
During the 1980s, studies done at Syracuse University and the UCLA School of Medicine demonstrated how colloidal silver was highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms, even those that had become resistant to antibiotics. There is no indication of any pathogens, viral, fungal, or bacterial developing a resistance to silver solutions, ionic or colloidal. The only side effect of concern is reducing probiotic bacteria, the way antibiotics do routinely.
Colloidal silver can be taken orally, or through the airways (nebulizing). Five to ten drops, two to three times per day is a typical oral dose.
Apparently now you cant purchase this in UK, hardly a surprise , it keeps people away from the meddling hands of Doctors who should heal not hinder… Personally I know they hinder more than they heal .

Using doses between 1-3 mg/ml, garlic extract was effective against antibiotic-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In another study, garlic extract reduced the viability of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in mice, and lowered inflammation associated with the infection. It’s worth noting, however, that a 2003 review (submitted before the other two studies were run) found garlic and other herbs/foods to be mostly ineffective as an in vivo antibiotic. It also concluded that while solid evidence for using herbal replacements is scarce, there’s enough in vitro evidence to demand further investigation. http://jac.oxfordjournals.org/content/51/2/241.long

Coconut Oil
Coconut fat contains lots of lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride. In the body, lauric acid turns into monolaurin, a monoglyceride with antibacterial properties also found in human breastmilk. Makes sense, huh? A baby’s immune system is pretty undeveloped, especially early on, and some delicious milky antibiotics from Mom are just the ticket. Hmm, I wonder if it works in adults It has proven effective at preventing urinary tract infections, but whether or not it can be an effective treatment remains to be shown.
Just be wary. Natural does not mean safe, nor does it mean “less powerful.” Think of red yeast rice, which is an over-the-counter statin analog (statin drugs came from it, actually), with all the potentially negative effects of Lipitor and Crestor. Go ahead and eat your garlic, add oregano to soups and stews, use coconut oil like normal – basically, treat food like food – but be careful when treating them like medicines (not that garlic is going to hurt you, of course). I’ve given you a list of foods with antibiotic properties, so now do your research or find someone who’s done theirs to decide if these are right for you. Don’t mess around with serious infections; instead, try these alternatives out when it’s a minor one, at least at first.
Vitamin D
A thought provoking article by the Vitamin D Council hints at the antibiotic potential of vitamin D megadoses. We already know that vitamin D is crucial for immune support and numerous testimonials (in this forum and others) of folks taking large doses of vitamin D at the onset of a cold or infection and beating it abound, but the D Council article discusses a little-known role for vitamin D: the expression of the gene involved in producing endogenous antimicrobial peptides, or our body’s own antibiotics.
In the short term, megadoses of around 30-40,000 IUs are perfectly safe. Just don’t maintain that dosage for longer than a week.
Having just this weekend advised to wait and see after bathing a wound this is one way to allow our bodies to become better at fighting infection, just wait and see…
For relatively minor conditions, like a middle ear infection, some doctors are recommending that patients simply “watch and wait.” A 2005 study put this to the test. Two groups of kids, each with ear infections. One group gets amoxicillin, the other goes home empty handed. The antibiotic group’s symptoms resolve quicker than the “watch and wait” group, but not by much. Both groups’ infections resolved. Plus, as time goes on, more members of the antibiotic group get sick again, this time with antibiotic-resistant bugs. After 30 days, both groups had essentially identical cure rates. Both were equally effective, but the “watch and wait” group got to keep their gut flora intact.
If it’s not life-threatening and it’s not impeding your ability to enjoy life, wait a little while. See how your body sorts it out. Check with your health provider first, though.
Good Guts are ESSENTIAL to a BETTER YOU or YOUR DOGS Sometimes, antibiotics are necessary. Sometimes, alternatives simply won’t suffice and you (or someone you care about) just gotta take the stuff. When that happens (and even when it hasn’t happened yet), maintaining good gut health is paramount.
You should already be eating a variety of fermented foods, but the need for dietary probiotics grows more pressing when antibiotics enter the picture. And yes, take probiotics and eat fermented food during your course of antibiotics. Sure, some of them won’t make it out, but some will, and most studies show that concurrent probiotic/antibiotic schedules are helpful in avoiding antibiotics-related complications:
Probiotic supplementation reduces the incidence and severity of antibiotic-related diarrhea.
A meta-analysis suggests that probiotics can be used to prevent diarrhea caused by antibiotics, especially S. boulardii (which I mentioned in yesterday’s post as being resistant to antibiotics) and Lactobacilli bacteria, without side effects.
Kefir taken concurrently with antibiotics was able to resolve a C. diff infection. In a more recent study, however, commercial kefir did not prevent antibiotics-related diarrhea. Every kefir has a unique microbial profile, so it may be that one brand doesn’t work in a certain situation, while another brand will.
In patients receiving treatment for H. pylori, kefir with antibiotics was both more tolerable and more effective than antibiotics alone. Yogurt did not perform so well.
227 daily grams of commercial yogurt helped prevent antibiotic-related diarrhea.
Both yogurt and S. boulardii supplementation performed well against diarrhea.
So, eat yogurt, kefir (real kefir, make your own, make coconut kefir (combo of monolaurin and probiotics?), search for “kefir grains” on Craigslist), sauerkraut, kimchi, and real pickles when you take antibiotics. Focus on variety. Continue to eat them after the antibiotics are done. Don’t stop.Don’t always wash your produce (if it’s from a farm you trust, like your backyard) and eat some of it raw, because there’s a lot of interesting bacteria out there, and most of it – contrary to popular belief – will not kill you. This is a good way to introduce gut flora to your system Eat foods that contain soluble prebiotic fiber. You gotta feed the flora, keep it happy. R. L. Berkelman and J. M. Hughes wrote in 1993 in theAnnals of Internal Medicine that “the stark reality is that infectious diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide and remain the leading cause of illness and death in the United States.” Pathologist and researcher Marc Lappe went even further, declaring in his book When Antibiotics Fail (North Atlantic, 1995), “The period once euphemistically called the ‘Age of Miracle Drugs’ is dead.”
Artemisia (Artemisia annua) is a systemic antibacterial that contains artemisinin, an active constituent known for its effectiveness in treating malaria. The aerial parts of this herb, including the flowers, have the highest artemisinin content. Juniper (Juniperus spp.) is a localized antibacterial that is high in vitamin C. Its berries and needles are typically used, although its bark, wood and root are also active. To use, prepare chopped juniper needles as a standard infusion, or eat a small handful of berries. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a synergistic herb used for colds and flu, nausea and poor circulation. Benefit from this culinary herb by taking the fresh juice of the root as a hot tea—its most potent form. However you use it, ginger’s root is the active portion of the plant. · Alfalfa for arthritis and allergies
· Aloe vera juice for ulcers, acid stomach, arthritis and more
· Black walnut as a natural dewormer and treatment for fungal infections
· Chamomile for pain and inflammation in the intestines and stomach
· Colloidal silver as a natural alternative to antibiotics (it’s also great for rashes, minor cuts and sores)
· Cornsilk for incontinence
· Echinacea to fight infections and improve the immune system
· Garlic as a natural antibiotic
· Glucosamine and chondroitin to address arthritis and joint problems and to rebuild cartilage
Green tea as an aid to your dog’s immune system (it’s a powerful antioxidant)
· Slippery elm tincture to deal with diarrhea and stomach problems

Arthrospira platenis (Spirulina) is a single celled micro-organism found in the sea and known to be an excellent source of chlorophyll. Widely used for its nutritive properties, Spirulina contains high concentrations of protein, vitamins (including B12 and folic acid) and carotenoids. Spirulina also makes vitamin A available for use in the body. Vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes, teeth and immune functioning. This sea algae has been medicinally used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years as a tonic to boost energy, relieve arthritis, enhance liver functioning, improve resistance to disease and general systemic health.
Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) has been widely used in Western and Chinese herbalism for many centuries. This medicinal herb is an effective tissue healer due to its high silica content. Silica is essential in the maintenance of healthy and strong teeth, skin, bones, claws and fur and is the main component in all connective body tissues including the myelin sheaths around nerve cells and the membranes of the brain and spinal cord.
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, D, C, various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese. These vitamins and minerals are all essential for the health of the digestive system, bones, teeth and gums.
Silica (6c) is also known as the 'homeopathic surgeon' due to its unique ability to cleanse the cells of toxins and rid the body of bad odors. Silica is naturally occurring in the body, especially in hair, nails, skin, nerve sheaths and all mucous membranes, including the mouth and digestive tract. This biochemic tissue salt is also frequently prescribed for gum disease (including gum boils and mouth abscess), mouth ulcers and chronic mucous infections. Silica acts as a natural cleanser and purifier and will also eliminate all foreign matter in the body. For this reason Silica should not be used for pets with any type of prosthesis, metal plates, pins or artificial tubes in the body.
Calc. Fluor. (6C) (Calcium fluoride) is a biochemic tissue salt which is important for teeth, skin and bones. Calc. Fluor. is also useful for teething pain and toothaches. It is found in the enamel of teeth and bone surfaces and is excellent for maintaining the health and integrity of teeth.
Calc. Phos. (6C) is also a biochemic tissue salt useful for healthy teeth and gums and is particularly important in times of growth and development. This salt is found in the bones, connective tissue, teeth etc. and is necessary for providing the strength/solidity of these tissues. Calc Phos. is excellent for improving circulation, bones and teeth.
Kennel Cough
Kennel cough is contagious, so whether your dog has the illness or you know of dogs that do, make sure to keep them apart until they are well.
Your dog comes down with kennel cough when she inhales bacteria or virus particles.
The canine respiratory tract is coated in a protective lining of mucus, but if this lining is compromised, an infection can take hold from the inhaled particles. The result is inflammation of the larynx and trachea, and it’s the inflammation that causes the coughing reflex in your pup.
The lining of the respiratory tract can be debilitated through exposure to cold temperatures; dust, cigarette smoke or other particles in the air; stressful situations like travel; and time spent in crowded conditions like those found in many animal shelters and boarding kennels.
A weakened respiratory tract lining can’t provide your dog protection against inhaled infectious particles.
The universal symptom of a bordetella infection is a persistent, hard, “honking” cough. Your pup may gag or cough up foamy looking white phlegm. Occasionally a dog will have other signs of illness like a running nose, sneezing or a discharge from his eyes.
Nosodes. A nosode is a homeopathic remedy derived from a pathological specimen. Nosodes stimulate the natural immune system to react against specific diseases. Kennel cough nosodes are particularly effective.
Esberitox. This is a fast-acting Echinacea that I have found very effective in reducing the virulence of bordetella infections.
Vitamins C and E. Vitamin C is an antiviral and E provides immune system support.
Oregano oil has antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Astragalus is an herb used in Chinese medicine to enhance the immune system, support lung function and stimulate the regeneration of bronchial cells.
Raw garlic and olive leaf are natural antibacterial and antiviral agents.
Raw honey will ease the discomfort of coughing, and certain herbs will soothe and naturally suppress a cough, among them licorice root and marshmallow.
Essential oils can be used to help a pup with kennel cough breathe easier. Oils of eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Chamomile has a calming effect.
Slippery Elm can help soothe sore and irritated throats.
Ecinacea Purpurea give 1 tablet daily and it disappears within 7 -10 days .

I harp on about apple well here is why , anyone NOT giving Fido some apple is crazy


So as I have now shown you that we do have choices I wonder how many will actually give nature a chance, she really does deserve it !

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