My story is a simple one. I had antibiotics for numerous ear infections as a toddler. Then tonsils out at 4. Hernia repair at 15. By age 19, I had hives or a mild respiratory reaction to every antibiotic I was given. Now, looking back it’s clear how I got to that place.
During my junior year in nursing school, I was hospitalized for 10 days for strep throat leading to acute glomerulonephritis and over 50% bilateral kidney damage. Up to that point, no antibiotic prescribed at the Student Health Center had worked. I had an anaphylactic reaction and a second life-threatening reaction shortly afterwards, thankfully in the hospital. My kind and concerned doctor said I should never have another antibiotic again or I could die.
I had developed antibiotic resistance. I needed something else for the future. This makes me want to tell people/parents to be aware and what worked for me and my family.
Finding Penicillins Create Anti-Social Children
Not only are antibiotics becoming less effective, now there’s a Canadian study (funded by the US Office of Naval Research) that shows even low-doses of penicillin (Ampicillin, etc.) may increase aggressive behavior and long-term behavioral changes – especially in children. The CDC says, “Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health today.”
Other studies have shown that broad-spectrum antibiotics in adults can affect behavior, but this is the first study proving that even a small amount of antibiotics can have behavioral consequences in our youngest.
The findings are particularly disturbing because:
“There are almost no babies in North America who haven’t received a course of antibiotics in their first year of life. If mothers are passing along the effects of these drugs to their as yet unborn children or children after birth, this raises further questions about the long-term effects of our society’s intake of antibiotics.”
We know now that antibiotics wreck havoc in the microbe balance (microbiome) in the gut, can lead to psychological problems ranging from anti-social and aggressive behavior to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to halting brain cell growth.
Antibiotics Annihilate Good Microbes
A big function of the GI tract is to help in the production of neurotransmitters – chemical messengers, which are necessary to help with mood. Whenever we disrupt the normal flora in our gut, we also disrupt the way our brain receives and sends messages. Our microbiome is thrown into a state of “dysbiosis” – or total disruption of absorption and even leaky gut causing behavioral problems common to leaky gut patients. Testimonies of the GAPS diet shows it helps heal dysbiosis over time.
Antibiotics Cause Rapid Mutations of Resistant Bugs
WATCH THIS! I never knew this happened SO fast! Two minutes, so get your kids to watch this with you!!
Bottom line – we need a replacement for antibiotics.
Next, I will show you what we have used for over 15 years as a major part of our natural health arsenal. Another part (that I will not discuss here) is my essential oil antibiotic blend which I have used for many, many years.
Silver, Our Gentler Natural Antibiotic
A safe, natural antibiotic existed before penicillin, and those who had it (although often limited to royals and the wealthy elite) survived quite nicely. Today, in light of antibiotic resistance, silver is is growing in popularity as a functional defense. Silver has proven to be effective for humans as well as cats and dogs.
Science Shows Silver’s Amazing Benefits in Place of Antibiotics
- Effectiveness of silver‐releasing dressings in non‐healing chronic wounds (mix with aloe vera and put on sterile bandage)
- Destruction of Candida albicans When Exposed to Silver Nanoparticles
- Topical Colloidal Silver for the Treatment of Chronic Sinusitis (use in neti-pot)
- “Documented efficacy against wide spectrum of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.”
- Antitumor activity of silver on MCF-7 human breast cancer cells.
- The role of silver dressings in promoting healing in burn wounds
This is our go-to silver (it is nanosilver, not colloidal). I loved reading the Amazon reviews! Our family has taken nanosilver for a nasty well contamination which tested for giardia, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter, E. coli, Enterovirus, shigella, rotavirus, norovirus, salmonella and more. We were all sick, and this silver really turned us around. Now, we also use it when traveling in country and internationally. We love it.
Our dosage: For the well contamination (an acute situation), we all took 1/2 cup this silver 2 times the first day, then 1/4 cup twice a day for 2 more days, then the 1 tsp. a day for weeks (and went through 2 bottles) and we upped our Vitamin C (using Na Ascorbate) (to high dose levels), milk thistle, dandelion tincture, and elderberry tincture or syrup. We have used it for other acute infections, as well, but I recommend you ask your doctor about silver.
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