In 1928, Alexander Fleming is credited to discovering the "first real" antibiotic, known to many people as Penacillin. This was supposed to be the wonder drug. It was supposed to kill all infections and be the answer to infections all over the world. As time has gone on, penacillin, along with many other antibiotics, have been prescribed by doctors for any range of different infections. Ear infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections-- you name it an antibiotic is and was commonly prescribed.
Flash forward to 2015, and you will find many people refusing antibiotics. Why? Why would people refuse an antibiotic for themselves or their children?
Well-- first let me tell you what an antibiotic is.
According to Web MD
Antibiotics are medicines that kill bacteria. Bacteria can cause infections such as strep throat, ear infections, urinary tract infections, and sinus infections (sinusitis).
Antibiotics not only kill the bacteria that cause infections in the body, but also the good bacteria in our body that keeps us healthy... Wait.. There is such a thing as good bacteria?
This good bacteria protects our bodies and makes up 70% of our immune system. The gut flora creates a protective barrier around the gut lining. When we take antibiotics, it not only destroys the bacteria that is causing havoc on our system but it also destroys the bacteria that does good things for our body.
According to many different sources, it can take anywhere from 1 to 2 years to restore the gut flora after a round of antibiotics-- but some people don't believe you can ever fully restore the gut lining. Some experts believe that with each round of antibiotics changes your DNA a bit.Read more about the importance of gut flora here and here
A lot of people are starting to choose to deny antibiotics for a number of different reasons including surgery and common infections. Many people are choosing to let their body fight off infection as naturally as possible.
Right now, there are 7 different classifications of antibiotics--- each that carry risks and side effects other than killing off the good bacteria in your system.
But say all they did was kill the gut bacteria... Say you have one round of antibiotics and it kills your gut bacteria, then you have another round. The more "blows" to your gut health the worse it is for you. As your gut continues not to be fully nourished, micro tears in the gut lining can and will occur. This leads to leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is associated with autoimmune disease and allergies!
But I have an infection.... What am I supposed to do?
Here are a few things you can do when you realized you have an infection to help your body fight it off naturally--
*Drink Bone Broth
*Use the proper essential oils for the infection you might have (melrose, thieves, purification, lemon, oregano, etc)
*Eat fermented foods
*** if your child has an infection-- you can breastfeed!
BUT I have to have antibiotics-- the infection has gotten too far....
If you need to have a round of antibiotics, for whatever reason.. there are ways to help your body recover--
*Take therapeutic grade probioitcs (I recommend nature's sunshine's probiotc 11 or probiotics based on your blood type)
*Drink bone broth daily
*Make sure you keep your bowels moving. Slippery Elm is a great herb to keep your bowels moving properly-- as does fiber.
*Good fats! Lube the tube so to speak!
*Daily fermented foods such as kefir, water kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt (homemade especially), and other fermented foods.
*Eat REAL & Clean foods! Stay away from the processed crap!
**This article is not at all to discourage you from doing what is best for you. You might need to have a round of antibiotics and that is okay! It is my job, as a natural health professional, to be educate you and make you question things! Don't 100% take my word for it, but do your research for yourself!**
Protect your child's gut & immune system!
tAs you might have seen on my Youtube channel or Facebook, I recently said that my son will be having an operation to fix a hernia that is in his groin.
My husband and I spoke with his doctor and have decided to decline the "protocol" antibiotics that are given the day of surgery. We met with his surgeon recently and discussed with her our reasoning for denying the antibiotics if possible. She wanted to know why we would choose that. We then told her that we would like to protect his gut health & if it is just a preventative we would rather only use antibiotics if he actually has an infection.
Once she saw that we weren't just wacko people and that we had thought this whole thing out she was fine with it! I have to urge all of you to TALK to your doctors in a respectful & educated manner. It can be a scary thing to do at first, but this is YOUR child and YOU are responsible for them!
It has been my mission from the day Ezra was born to be sure he has a strong and healthy gut! His first "food" was bone broth according to his blood type (B positive so it was Lamb). He has been taking probiotics since he was about two weeks old. His pediatrician is completely on board with this! He says the more probiotics in your system the less likely you are to get an infection you can't fight off.
Watch my Vlog about antibiotics here.
Here are some other great articles about gut health!
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!