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Not Antibiotics – There are Alternatives

by Randall Neustaedter OMD

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This is the first in a series of articles about alternatives to common pharmaceutical medications.

There are situations when antibiotics are necessary and sometimes life-saving. Severe infections of the nervous system, kidneys, blood, and lungs require antibiotics. But common respiratory and ear infections, for example, do not need antibiotics.  Most of these are caused by viruses anyway, so antibiotics will have no benefit. And antibiotics can cause significant adverse health effects, including setting the body up for future infections. Antibiotics kill off beneficial bacteria that discourage infections. Antibiotics also have a suppressing effect on the immune system, especially whilte blood cell productions and the body’s own ability to fight infection. In addition, overuse of antibiotics and exposure to antibiotics through the food we eat has led to bacterial resistance. Then antibiotics are ineffective in fighting infections and we have to move to stronger antibiotics with even more side effects.

A better way

A much better solution is to use antiviral and antibacterial herbs and supplements to fight infections. So at the first sign of a virus take a Chinese Herbal Yin Chiao (pronounced “chow”) formula. There are also children’s liquid versions of this formula (Children’s Clear and Release by Golden Flower and Yin Chiao Jr by Health Concerns and). Windbreaker by Kan Herbs is a similar formula. Black Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is also an excellent antiviral and safe for children. It is available in liquid extracts for children. Echinacea is sometimes helpful to stimulate white blood cell production as well. These are all available at many health food stores or on the Internet.

For any infections take liquid silver, vitamin C (children can take Emergen-C powder, vitamin A (10,000-50,000 IU), and increase your vitamin D to at least 10,000 IU (children can take 4,000-5,000 during infections).

Use homeopathic Belladonna pellets for any type of acute inflammation and infection, whether it’s a fever, red sore throat, earache, or skin infection. If colds develop with congestion then switch to Pulsatilla. And for flus with chills, aching muscles, and extreme tiredness take Gelsemium. Homeopathic medicines are always safe for children as well.

Stock up on these supplements for the winter season. Keep them available and start taking them at the first sign of infection.

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  • Angelbolton

    Thanks Randy. It’s always good to remember what we can do for ourselves and kids when we are sick. It’s important to have it on hand, as most of the times we want a remedy it happens to be in the middle of the night.

  • Angie

    Thanks for the tips. What are your thoughts on using Grapefruit-seed extract?

    • Dr. Neustaedter OMD

      Grapefruit seed extract is great, but you can’t give it to children because of the taste.

  • Amanda

    How young can you give these?  

    • Dr. N

       Any age is fine. These are all appropriate and safe for babies.

  • Lydia

    I get strep throat quite frequently and hate having to take antibiotics for it,especially since I’m breast feeding. If these remedies can cure it, I would be overjoyed! I’ve already noticed that the antibiotics are taking longer to have the same effect that they first had.

  • Saras Bhadri

    Hi,
    I am a breast-feeding mother. My son is 5 months old. We are both recovering from colds. Wondering whether I can take the 5000mg of Sambucus (1 tsp) safely while breastfeeding. Also, if I want to give to my son, who is still struggling with some slight cough and cold (after giving spongia for a few days) would I just give him 20lb/150lbs = .12 percent of this dosage? there is alot of controversy out there regarding safety of sambucus – not to take while breastfeeding or pregnant b/c it has known to cause birth defects and abortion. not sure if this is substantiated. Given the fact it can be taken safely by children I am not sure why some sites say a nursing mother should not be taking! Thank you for your time.

  • Dr. Neustaedter

    Sambucus (elderberry) extracts are safe for children and babies to take and safe for pregnancy and while nursing. This is a class 1 herb considered safe for pregnancy.