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Antibiotic Syndrome-How To Avoid It

My unconventional health choices for my children and why I am so happy I chose what I did.

What does a 40 something year old woman( with chronic indigestion, anemia, repeated colds and flu, brain fog, arthritic pains, and depression) and a 12 year old boy ( with chronic gut pain, repeated colds, missed days of school due to illness and failure to thrive) have in common?

They are both possibly suffering from antibiotic syndrome. The 40 year old woman has been treated 2-3 times per year for her whole life with antibiotics and the 12 year old was treated with antibiotics 2 or three times for a sore throat or stomach illness.

Both have had their gut flora severely diminished and damaged and now suffer from dysbiosis.  Although it is common knowledge that antibiotics are useless for viral infections, many doctors continue to prescribe such drugs “just in case” or in order to “prevent a secondary infection”. This is dereliction of duty and has caused so many so much harm, in my opinion.

I have no problem seeking out straight up medical care and antibiotics when really necessary, but I’ve always opted for natural cures and chiropractic care which supports the overall immune system before drugs. It is a model for health care that has served my family well. My children who are 21, 19, 17 and 14 simply do NOT get sick. Our family has never had the flu, nor are we prone to every stomach bug that makes its presence known every winter. At most, we get a sore throat here and there.  When that happens, we get a chiropractic adjustment (which is great for allowing the body’s natural defenses to do their job ) and we also have some nutritional and herbal remedies that we use in case of impending illness. Drugs mandate a biochemical reaction in the body and come with unwanted, health damaging side effects. Chiropractic care, nutritional and herbal support gently support the body at the cellular level and enable your body to do what it was designed to do-which is to heal itself.

Today, antibiotic syndrome is estimated to affect up to 50% of Americans. Sadly, many of the problems that are caused by overuse of antibiotics are routinely examined, diagnosed and treated as separate conditions with powerful drugs, and oftentimes more antibiotics, making everything worse.

If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic for you, ask if you can treat yourself naturally first. Consider the following instead of, or before taking drugs:

1)If you have a chiropractor, see him or her for an adjustment.  Chiropractic is not just for your back or neck pain, it is for your overall health. You may even need two or three visits in one week if you feel as though you may be getting sick.

2)Heal Your Gut- Consider probiotics. Over 50% of your immune system is in your gut. If you do not have a healthy gut, you are going to have a compromised immune system.

3) What You Eat Matters, a lot-Stop eating sugar, processed food, empty starchy carbohydrates. Instead eat your vegetables, protein and high quality fat such as cod liver oil, flax and extra virgin olive oil.

My goal has always been to learn as much about health and enable my family to grow up drug free and as healthy as possible. It is my desire in this post to simply raise awareness. Everyone must ultimately do what they feel comfortable with.  While I fully acknowledge that I have been blessed, I also know that it was some of the deliberate choices that I made over 20 years ago when raising a young family. The choice to limit junk food and eat a primarily whole food/plant-centric diet, the choice to breastfeed, the choice to limit prescription antibiotics and the choice to have them adjusted by a chiropractor regularly has certainly worked.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I thoroughly enjoy talking about the subject of health, nutrition and chiropractic care.

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