Do antibiotics weaken your immune system?
Over time, yes, definitely.
The immune system is by far one of the most important and complex entities of our body. It regroups all of the systems, organs, structures, cells, and molecules that identify both SELF and non-SELF.
In humans, it is made up of the following organs, systems, and structures:
- Bone marrow
- The spleen
- The appendix
- The lymph nodes and vessels
- The thymus
- Lymphoid tissue associated with mucous membranes “MALT” (Mucosa Associated Lymphoid Tissue)
This MALT is located in our digestif tract. Therefore as the use of antibiotics is damaging our digestive system, it will inevitably impact our immune system as well.
The problems with antibiotics
Weakening the immune system is far from being the only problem with the use of antibiotics. Amongst many others, there is one that is becoming one of the top challenges of medical history: antibiotic resistance.
Inevitable with the use of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance comes because antibiotics eliminate the most sensible bacteria to their actions and leaves alive the strongest or the bacteria that have found a way against the action of the antibiotic. This phenomenon generates resistant bacteria, as if by natural selection. The more often and the longer the antibiotics are taken, the more resistant bacteria are selected.
As a result, it leads to longer hospital stays, higher medical costs, and increased mortality.
In some cases, the infections become untreatable as the pathogenic bacteria is too resistant to antibiotics. This is the case of some multiresistant “Staphylococcus aureus,” for example.
Most of the time, these types of infections are nosocomial, meaning that they are contracted at the hospital when treated for something else, like a surgery procedure. This is because in hospitals, due to the massive use of antibiotics and sanitizers, you have higher chances of finding resistant bacteria like “Staphylococcus aureus.”
That problem could have been avoided, or at least severely reduced, if modern medicine did not rely solely on antibiotic treatments to address infections.
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What are the alternatives to antibiotics?
The right question is: what are the complementary solutions to antibiotics?
Today, because of the complexity of infections, it is unrealistic to think that we can globally totally avoid using antibiotics. This is largely due to the fact that medicine took the wrong path of betting everything on antibiotics, and now, a century later, we are facing a very complex problem.
Firstly, it is capital to mention here that antibiotics are inefficient against viruses (except some), and yet for many decades, antibiotics have been wrongly used in cases of viral infection. This was so common that it led to the french campaign “Antibiotics Are Not Automatic Anymore” to try to reduce the misuse and overuse of antibiotics. Although this is much less relevant nowadays, it is still happening.
For viral infections, natural medicines are very useful because they contain many efficient tools to fight viruses, like essential oils and phytotherapy, for example.
Secondly, it is vital to understand that the approach of treating the infection only by the germ responsible, without any consideration of the patient’s current health state and particularities, is a big mistake.
Personalized medicine is one of the keys to reaching better results, but it requires time, dedication, and competency.
Lastly, it is capital to work upstream on the prevention of infections. This requires working on many factors, but the leading one is strengthening the immune system.
In this instance, natural medicines are just the best, and here is why.
If you want to know more about helping your immune system, check our article on “How to protect the immune system”.
Natural medicines for disease prevention
Natural medicines are fundamentally made to:
- Increase someone’s knowledge about his health
- Prevent diseases
- Help him reach optimal health
They are, of course, effective for treating as well, but they are just the best for health prevention and optimization.
This is because with a natural medicine approach We:
- Consider human health as a whole
- Investigate the root causes of problems
- Take into account the physical, mental, and emotional
- Try to understand the patient’s life and patterns
- Advise him on everything that impacts his health
- Always follow the Hippocratic oath
- Give remedies that have no side-effects
- And more.
In the case of preventing infections, our best ally is our own immune system which can protect us from pathogenic germs by repelling the enemy before we get globally infected.
With natural medicines, we strengthen the immune system with different tools:
- Healthy diet and lifestyle
- Essential oils
To achieve the best results possible, all these tools must be used by a holistic natural health expert as only he can use them according to each individual’s needs, identified through a thorough health analysis using the different diagnostic tools of natural medicines.
Like self-medication with regular medicine is dangerous, self-treatment with natural medicines is also dangerous.
Wrongly used natural medicine tools can harm your health. In those cases, most of the time, the tools of natural medicines are accused of having side effects and being dangerous, but it is simply not true.
The danger comes from the lack of knowledge of these medicines that are so often considered “grandma’s medicine.” This underestimates both their value and power of action.
This is why we always recommend addressing a holistic natural health expert who, like a regular medical doctor, dedicated his life to the study and use of his medicine.
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