I have been alarmed lately by the reports of often-lethal “superbug” infections happening in hospitals. This new era of “superbugs” like C-Diff and CRE bacteria is calling our rampant overuse of antibiotics into question. These are virulent strains of bacterium that often do not respond to antibiotic treatment. The irony is that these antibiotic resistant strains are strengthened as the “good” bacteria, which keep our microflora in balance, are wiped out by antibiotic treatment. This allows a few resistant “bad” bacteria to survive and run rampant in a person’s system.
The counter pose to antibiotic treatment is homeopathy, which is a holistic treatment that supports the good bacteria to fight the bad. When “good” bacteria and the immune system in general are supported through homeopathy, our bodies are able to heal themselves. Even leaders within mainstream medicine recognize that a new approach to infection is needed and that is exactly what is beginning to happen in Europe.
We are familiar with how frequently antibiotics are prescribed for things like ear and sinus infections, however food-producing animals consume 40-50% of the antibiotics worldwide. As reported in July 2013’s Townsend Newsletter, the European Parliament is moving toward phasing out preventative antibiotic use in farm animals in an attempt to preserve their use for humans. FarmingUK.com reports that, “The EU is investing 1.8 million Euros in a pilot research project to examine the effectiveness of homeopathic treatments on farm animals.” A rigorous study in the Netherlands looked at the use of the homeopathic remedy Coli 30c on the bacterium Escericha coli [commonly known as e. coli] in piglets and found it to be an effective treatment against the bacteria (Homeopathy. 2010).
There is no question that antibiotics have been responsible for saving an incredible number of lives over the last 80 years. However, as the golden age of antibiotics begins to wane, we are very fortunate to be able to turn to homeopathy to treat these antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. Remedies made from the dangerous bacteria themselves may be some of the best options we have. One way all of us can preserve antibiotics for our future is to use them sparingly. Ear infections, acne, sinusitis and more are infections that can effectively be treated with homeopathy or other alternative treatments. Wishing you a healthful year ahead!