This is Get Smart About Antibiotics Week

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week logo for November 14-20, 2011

Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases. Since the 1940s, these drugs have greatly reduced illness and death from infectious diseases. Antibiotic use has been beneficial and, when prescribed and taken correctly, their value in patient care is enormous. However, these drugs have been used so widely and for so long that the infectious organisms the antibiotics are designed to kill have adapted to them, making the drugs less effective. People infected with antimicrobial-resistant organisms are more likely to have longer, more expensive hospital stays, and may be more likely to die as a result of the infection.” www.cdc.gov/getsmart

Antibiotics do not cure viral infections, such as colds or the flu, runny noses, most coughs or bronchitis, or sore throats (unless caused by strep). Many people mistakenly believe that antibiotics will alleviate these viral conditions or their symptoms, or protect others from catching the illness from them.

If you find it is absolutely necessary to take antibiotics, it is vital to take them exactly as prescribed, and completing the full course of the prescription even if you feel better. Not doing so may cause some of the bacteria to survive and re-infect you, or create antibiotic resistance.

It is also critically important to take good probiotics (not all probiotics are created equal) whenever you finish taking antibiotics, as the antibiotics will indiscriminantly kill ALL bacteria in your body, both good and bad. You must repopulate the good flora (good bacteria) in your system or you will create an environment where aggressive bacteria can thrive (such as Pseudomonas, Clostridium, and Klebsiella), as well as Candida yeast, a powerful fungi present in all of our bodies, but very dangerous when allowed to grow out of control.

We can’t always avoid getting sick, but there are things we can do that will greatly improve our chances of staying well. Drinking plenty of water each day, eating healthy foods (preferably organic, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free), and avoiding sugar (and artificial sweeteners) goes a long way to keeping us healthier and feeling far better. To strengthen our immune system, the Infratonic 9 is very helpful when placed over the thymus (on the chest, below the collarbone). It can be used this way for as little as 20 minutes a day (it’s a great way to fall asleep at night!).

May you enjoy good health and Sound Vitality throughout the year!

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