Are new antibiotics really necessary?

The local newspaper published an article in the Op-Ed section which encourages new research in this field. Dr. Sheldon Kaplan of Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine wrote to say that “Now’s time to declare war on antibiotic resistance.” Dr. Kaplan observes that drugs have lost their effectiveness as new super bugs have arrived. He says that between 1969 and 2000 no new antibiotics have been approved, and only two have been approved since 2000. He further goes on to say that this is a crisis: “Young lives are at stake in this country and globally.”

I am glad for the wonders of medical drugs, but when there is an option, I choose holistic methods. I am glad that so many lives have been saved with the good antibiotics that are available; however, there is a better way.

I have said it before, and I will say it again. Using chemical antibiotics to treat an infection is like using chlorine bleach to clean an aquarium. Yes, you will get the algae off, but you will kill all the fish in the aquarium in the process. Yes, antibiotics do eradicate the bad bacteria, but they also kill the good flora in the gut. We need the good flora to function properly.

There are many herbs that have antibiotic properties, Elderberry and Olive Leaf are two of my favorites. Also, silver (yes, the element) is a very effective antibiotic agent. I am not as much of a fan of colloidal silver as I am of silver with Aqua Sol technology. Additionally a combination of Japanese Honeysuckle and Forsythia will take care of both strep and staph infections. Whenever I am feeling puny, I take swift and sure action with one or more of these products.

I am frustrated with the ‘common knowledge’ as expressed on Facebook: “The Pink Medicine You Get As A Kid That Tastes Awesome” It is imperative that we as mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers reach first for something natural that will not harm the liver or the good internal flora.

Until next time,