Antibiotics has been called the “Wonder Drug”. It was accidentally discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928. Fleming discovered a mould-like ring that surrounded the bacteria and caused it not to grow further. However Sir Fleming pursued other research activities. It was not until 1941 that Fleming’s discovery was advanced by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain of Oxford University. Both succeeded in isolating the mould-like substance called penicillin. That same year Charles Fletcher tried penicillin on his patient whose wound is infected with bacteria. His patient died due to insufficient dose of penicillin. The only reason the patient did not survive was because they did not have enough of the drug – not that it did not work. Howard Florey then got an American drugs company to mass produce it. Enough was available to treat all the bacterial infections that broke out among the troops especially during the Normandy invasion. Penicillin got nicknamed “the wonder drug” and in 1945 Fleming, Chain and Florey were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Post-1945 was the era of the antibiotics.
The Abuse of Penicillin
However as time goes by, penicillin was used, abused and overused. A strain of “super bug” bacteria surfaced resistant to the antibiotic. “Super bugs” are relatively harmless bacteria that can develop resistance to multiple antibiotics and cause life-threatening infections.
Antibiotics should be taken religiously. Compliance to exact dosage is a must. There are some people who avoids antibiotics if need be. I am one of them. If my antibodies can take of the job, then I try to ride the infection first. If the infection is really weakening me, then that’s the time I see my doctor and get treated.
Antibiotics generally refers to pharmaceutical antimicrobials that are originally designed to fight and kill disease-causing bacteria. Unfortunately, synthetic antibiotics can kill both the good and bad bacteria present in the body. In turn, the living microflora that helps strengthen the immune system can become depleted. The more reason I have to resort to natural antibiotic food sources.
Also, doctors do not prescribe antibiotics as readily as they once did. This is because studies increasingly show that over-use of pharmaceutical antibiotics is allowing the target pathogens to develop resistance to the antibiotics. Gone are the days when antibiotics was prescription favorite of the day. The cure-all universal remedy for every bacterial infection. The onset of superbug bacteria changed the way antibiotics was dispensed with.
There is a real concern that this could lead to the development of ‘super-bugs’ that are impervious to any known antibiotic, which potentially could result in outbreaks of infections for which there is no remedy.
To alleviate these problems, incorporating foods and herbs that have antibiotic properties into your daily diet can prove to be extremely helpful.
Although this does not eliminate the need to take antibiotics prescribed by your doctor, if and when required, eating foods with antibiotic properties will help ensure that your body will be able to fight infectious bacteria on it’s own.
These antibiotic food and herb sources will assist in building up your body’s immunity and thereby reduce the need to take synthetic antibiotics for minor health problems that may arise.
The following are some of the more popular natural antibiotic foods:
Garlic has antibacterial and antiviral properties which have been used for centuries in treating both minor and major illnesses. Garlic contains sulfur compounds which are commonly used as key elements in antibiotics.
You can use garlic to help fight flu, colds and bronchitis. You may eat 2-6 cloves of raw garlic every day. However, if you find it hard to ingest raw garlic cloves, you can purchase garlic capsules and take them with meals. These are some of the benefits of garlic supplements.
For topical applications, you can use the juice from the crushed garlic, or pierce one garlic capsule, and apply it topically to the affected area.
Echinacea tea is commonly used to ease the symptoms of the common cold. This herb is a known infection-buster, as it helps improve an individual’s defense system in the fight against bacteria. Echinacea can help boost the immune system.
However, it should not be used on a continual or long-term basis. The recommended dosage is 3 to 15 drops of Echinacea liquid extract mixed in water, three times a day. For cases of acute infection, Echinacea liquid extract can be taken every two hours.
Echinacea is actually a coneflower. Known for its beautiful array of colors, echinacea is widely used in herbal medicine. This supplement is also available in echinacea tablets.
Before synthetic antibiotics were even developed, honey was commonly used as an antibacterial treatment in almost all cultures around the world. Honey contains enzymes that have the ability to prevent the growth of bacteria.
Those who practice Chinese medicine believe that honey is capable of harmonizing the liver and in neutralizing toxins. Honey is used for many health issues including relieving painful wounds and stomach ulcers.
Research reveals that honey derived from the manuka flower helps prevent the streptococcus pyogenes from hindering the wound healing process.
Honey is obviously high in fructose but sugar free honey is available in most stores.
Cabbage contains cancer fighting sulfur compounds, and just like many other fruits and vegetables, cabbage contains vitamin C which is a natural antibiotic.
Cabbage juice is popularly used for treating stomach ulcers. If you have a stomach ulcer, drinking one half cup of fresh cabbage juice up to three times a day for two consecutive weeks, will help improve your symptoms.
Add these foods and herbs into your arsenal of natural antibiotics so you can be prepared to fight minor ailments that may crop up. However, always consult your doctor first. Don’t go self-diagnosing or administering natural antibiotics, especially if you are pregnant or have any pre-existing medical conditions.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
Even if you consume these items religiously there is no guarantee that bacterial infection will not get you. There are many causes of bacterial infection. If the infection is so serious, its time to see your doctor for a professional advice. Eating these foods is preventative.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. ~ Benjamin Franklin