Nod your head if you’ve had to take a course of antibiotics in the past two years.
If you did, then I have some shocking news to share with you. For several decades now, many people have been taking antibiotics to treat infections caused by viruses, such as colds, flu, most coughs, and sore throats. And wrongfully so because these powerful drugs kill ONLY infections caused by bad bacteria. They also wipe out the good bacteria in your gut. Which is responsible for keeping your immune system strong, boosts your energy levels, and cleans your skin outbreaks.
Antibiotic overuse in the US is becoming a real problem, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Why is this an issue? Because bacteria become resistant to the drugs. Thousands of people die every year from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. And the number of casualties is constantly growing…
However, this outcome was predicted by the inventor of antibiotics himself, Alexander Fleming: “Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug, make them resistant.”
Not to mention the mile-long devastating side effects of antibiotics:
- Feeling sick
- Fungal infections of the mouth, digestive tract, and vagina
- Formation of kidney stones (when taking sulphonamides)
- Abnormal blood clotting (when taking some cephalosporins)
- Sensitivity to sunlight (when taking tetracyclines)
- Blood disorders (when taking trimethoprim)
- Deafness (when taking erythromycin and the aminoglycosides)
- Inflamed bowels (which cause bloody diarrhea in older patients)
With the rise of superbugs (pathogens resistant to some, many or even all of our antibiotics), there is an increased need to find new and alternative solutions. But recent scientific research shows that an item that may be lying around in your kitchen could be the answer – Manuka honey.
Throughout history, honey has been used therapeutically to treat a host of diseases. Fortunately, there is a mounting scientific proof for that.
What are the things honey can do for your health?
- It has wound dressing properties because:
- It has potent antimicrobial activity.
- Helps to maintain a moist wound environment.
- Honey has anti-inflammatory activity.
- It reduces healing time, scarring, and wound odor.
- It has a natural debriding action (which draws dead tissues, foreign bodies, and dead immune cells from the wound).
- Honey successfully treats infected and non-infected wounds like:
- Surgical incisions
- Leg ulcers
- Pressure sores
- Traumatic injuries
- Meningococcal lesions
- Side effects from radiotherapy
- Other therapeutic benefits:
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Anti-oxidant properties
- Prebiotic (promoting the growth of beneficial intestinal microorganisms) properties
These profound healing effects can in time help you:
Some types of honey have 100 times more potent antimicrobial activity than others.
This depends on which flowers the bees visit to collect the nectar they turn into honey. This is why I strongly recommend the Manuka honey, because it usually has a very high antimicrobial activity.
In laboratory tests, scientists discovered that Manuka honey can disperse and kill bacteria living in biofilms (communities of microbes notoriously resistant to antibiotics), including ones of Streptococcus (the cause of strep throat) and Staphylococcus (the cause of Golden staph infections). And what’s more important is that, so far, bacteria CANNOT develop resistance to honey.
However, always make sure you only buy the product if it has a CE mark or it’s registered with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (marked with an AUST L/AUST R number).
If you want to treat wounds or skin infections, the honey dressings you purchase should be:
- packaged as a medicinal product
Of course, the issue of antibiotics can’t be simply solved by honey overnight. But knowing how natural alternatives can prevent and even help speed the healing process of infections is a great step forward.
My advice to you is to not take antibiotics mindlessly thinking this is the easiest way out of a cough or sore throat. You are most likely worsening your overall condition. Always consult your doctor and be careful.
Did you know about these dreadful effects of antibiotics?
Have you ever taken them without talking to your doctor first?
If you have any other queries, please address them to me by writing in the comment box below.
To your health!
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