Taking care of Number One - Part 3

  • By Florence Akpopodje
  • 24 Mar, 2016

Natural Sources of Antibiotics

Fresh fruits / vegetables made into smoothie.

For the past five years I have taken so much interest in health matters. The reason being that there is a lot of health scare cases as well as misdiagnosed ailments that result in wrong prescriptions and wrong treatments as well as people dying due to lack of proper medical attention or lack of it.

Of recent there has been some news about antibiotics which is worth sharing. Medical doctors do need to exchange ideas with natural health treatment experts so as to work better on their patients. We are living in a world where collaboration and partnering is becoming more and more beneficial to all parties involved.

Over the years and due to the failings of many medics, people have sought after other alternative forms of treatments especially in the use of antibiotics. For instance, herbs have always been used for infections – in both world wars, soldiers’ wounds were treated using garlic; in the early 20th century, it was found to be effective for tuberculosis also. Many herbs are used as antiseptics. Myrrh, thyme, fennel, cinnamon, goldenseal and marigold are just some of them.

Others have been traditionally used to boost immunity or general resistance or to make the internal environment hostile to pathogens. Plants such as Aloe Vera, Echinacea and Liquorice.  These help with various ailments such as urinary tract infections, common colds and flu as acting as anti-inflammatory and many other types of infections.

Medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi ( Ganoderma lucidum ) and Maitake ( Grifola frondosa ) have been used as anti-bacterial for millennia in the Far East, and more recent research has excited much interest in their wider use.  We need to be cautious not to use medicinal mushrooms personally gathered unless you are sure of what you need to do. Professional help is needed here.  This is because they’re notoriously difficult to identify and several are poisonous. I have witnessed cases of people dying simply by eating poisonous mushrooms.

In the area of foods, there are many parts of the world where food or meal times is seen as healing time because of the nourishing / healing spices used in cooking such meals. Traditional cooking spices from the East and in some African countries are not used solely for taste; they can also help to prevent food from going off – very necessary in hot countries and that was before everyone had the use of refrigerators. Whilst thinking about food, increasing evidence points to the detrimental effect of antibiotics on the ‘friendly’ bacteria in our intestines. These ‘friendly’ bacteria are vital to our health because without them we couldn’t digest and absorb food properly. So what happens when prescribed antibiotics destroy these sort of bacteria that help our intestines? You can imagine the outcome.

Of course herbs can’t do everything, and antibiotics in the right circumstances and in the right amount are definitely life-saving drugs – which of course is what they were designed for in the first place. There will always be more search for more natural sources of antibiotics such as from the depth of the oceans.

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