Recently the World Health Organization sent out a world-wide alert. The presence of antibiotic resistant “super bugs” has become an increasingly serious, if not alarming, issue in every region of the world. Antibiotic resistance is occurring throughout a wide range of illnesses including sepsis, diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhea. In the U.S. the Pan American Health Organization reports high levels of resistance to E. Coli, the pneumonia bacteria K. pneumoniae, and Staphylococcus (MRSA).
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) two million Americans are diagnosed every year with an antibiotic resistant bug and 23,000 of those die. That is more deaths from antibiotic resistance than from HIV/AIDS, every year. At the same time, major drug companies and researchers are turning away from antibiotic research and development to more lucrative and long-term drug therapies that serve their profit-minded investors. Further, the U.S. government has not, to this point, responded with a sense of immediacy even as the director of the CDC uses words like “nightmare bacteria” and “urgent crises”.
So what do we, as average Americans, do to protect ourselves and our children?
1. Research and educate yourself.
2. Wash your hands before and after activities, front and back, for a full 20 seconds. The CDC calls it a “do-it-yourself” vaccine.
3. Use hand sanitizers, liberally, when soap and water are not available. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Stay away from hand sanitizers with antibacterial compounds other than alcohol. These actually produce antibiotic resistant bacteria.
4. Support your immune systems. Drink plenty of water, eat a healthy diet, avoid sugar, get at least 8 hours of sleep, and exercise.
5. . Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for proper functioning of the immune system and is one of the most difficult vitamins to access in the natural world.
6. Discover foods, spices, natural substances that have antibacterial properties. Dr. Oz suggests Vitamin C, Goldenseal, Oregon Grape, Andrographis paniculata, and Manuka honey. WebMD reports the high effectiveness of the enzyme Lysine on strep throat.
7. Other substances reported to have antibacterial properties include garlic and garlic oil, colloidal silver, taheebo, Echinacea, aloe juice.
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