Throughout this winter we have seen an especially nasty Avian (Type A) influenza bug affecting people, sometimes followed by secondary bacterial infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia. Many of these people had the flu shot—which was more on target than last year, but still is hit-and-miss and contains mercury.
Bacterial infections are becoming more resistant to antibiotics. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an article on a dangerous new superbug that scientists are calling the “phantom menace.”
This new strand of bacteria bypasses the normal evolution of antibiotic resistance because it already contains the DNA to break down antibiotics, thereby transferring it to normal bacteria already present in our bodies.
Coupled with our individual abuse of antibiotics, the overuse of drugs on farm animals routinely fed antibiotics to prevent the spread of disease is in itself a major source of antibiotic resistance, through the animal products we consume.
Natural health alternatives such as vitamin D; grapefruit seed extract; oil of oregano and olive leaf extract can be used to fight viral and bacterial illness and keep the immune system healthy. Silver is approved by the EPA to safely be used in purifying drinking water. It is nearly impossible for bacteria to become resistant to silver.
When our immune system is strong we are less susceptible to viral infections. Nurturing our innate immunity by entertaining good microbes in our gut through probiotics and a host of natural means is a good start.
– Donna Holt, Wellness Writer