Why Use Natural Antibiotics?
Antibiotics, particularly drug-based are over used today to treat acne, middle ear infections, respiratory infections and are used in our food such as animals, fruits and vegetables.
Drug-based antibiotics are used so frequently today that many pathogenic bacteria are learning to adapt, mutate and then become resistant to them. This causes bacteria to be very difficult to treat and become dangerous for people’s health because nothing is effective against them.
Drug-based antibiotics can also dangerous because they target only bacteria, but there are many different kinds of microbes that live in our bodies. These are bacteria, fungi, protozoa, yeasts, viruses, parasites and other life forms.
The different microbial life forms keep each other in check. Bacteria help to keep clostridium difficile (a yeast) under control. The beneficial yeast Saccharomyces Boulardii also keeps c.diff under control, but when drug antibiotics are used, it’s common to see c.diff populations spiral out of control and wreak havoc on the patient.
To combat the problems of creating new breeds of antibiotic drug resistant bacteria and the increase of colostridium difficile populations, another option is to use more natural based antibiotics that are made from nature and not synthetic laboratory chemicals. This is not to say that bacteria can’t become resistant to these natural antibiotics, but it is much more difficult for them.
Three Kinds of Natural Antibiotics
There are many kinds of natural antibiotics, but here I’ll talk about three of them that I have had experience with and can vouch for their effectiveness.
- Colloidal Silver
- Wild Oregano Oil
- Manuka Honey
Colloidal silver was used extensively before the age of modern drug antibiotics by putting a silver dollar in containers of milk to kill pathogenic bacteria. It was used often for many aliments including bacterial colds. The way it works is by deactivating the chemical lung of bacteria. In addition to being effective at killing bacteria, many claims are made about its effectiveness against virus infections as well. At the time of writing, I am unsure of how true this is.
One side effect from poor quality colloidal silver solutions is known as Argyria, where people’s skin turns blue. It is not common and you have to drink a large amount of poor quality colloidal silver over a long time period to turn blue.
There many kinds of colloidal silver and differing opinions on which are best. It’s a confusing field, especially since there is little modern research about the use of colloidal silver.
The kind you want is clear in color, just like water, has no taste and preferably comes in a glass bottle. I have used homemade kinds made from the machine offered by this company, Silver Gen. I also had a store bought version from Sovereign Silver.
Wild Oregano Oil
Wild Oregano Oil is made from the herb Origanum vulgare (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origanum_vulgare). The main component that makes it effective is called Carvacrol and you want your wild oregano to have at least 70% Carvacrol content.
WOO is said to be anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-virus. You can buy diluted or non-diluted forms. Either way, be extremely careful using WOO because it is super potent, especially when swallowing. When I took it, it burned my throat and made my eyes water like nothing else I have eaten or drank.
Manuka honey has a long history in ancient cultures of being effective to treat infected wounds. Recently, exciting research has shown that Manuka honey may eve reverse the drug resistant abilities of some infectious bacteria.
There are different kinds of Manuka honey of varying strengths. I tried two of them. One was “Manuka Honey Bio Active 5+” from New Zealand. I felt some changes and gas in my gut, but not much. The other was Wedderspoon’s “100% Raw Manuka Honey Active 16+” also from New Zealand. I found this to be extremely potent as I will describe below.
Do They Work?
YES! Each time I’ve taken colloidal silver, wild oregano oil and Manuka honey, I have felt distinct impacts on my gut ecology to the point of having increased gut noises and chemical reactions all the way to diarrhea because of a lack of bacteria being able to help digest my food.
With colloidal silver, not only did I experience looser bowel movements, but I no longer suffer from bowel obstruction pain because it does aid in tissue repair. Silver products are used to treat burn victims all the time because of its tissue healing and anti-bacteria abilities.
I have used wild orange oil the least of the three because of how potent and unpleasant it is to drink, even when diluted with water. But after a few days of taking it, I had diarrhea.
I found a big difference between the Active 5+ and Active 16+ Manuka honey I’ve tried. Active 5+ gave me a little extra gas later in the day, but with Active 16+, 15 – 30 minutes later, my gut was roaring with gurgles and growls. I had really bad gas hours later if I ate foods with natural sugar (applesauce). Because of the intestinal disturbances I knew it was killing bacteria.
I have made a few mistakes in my use of natural antibiotics that I hope you can learn from and avoid.
When using antibiotics, always follow up with a probiotic. Just don’t do what I did. After using the colloidal silver I used a high dose probiotic worth 200 billion CFU of various bifidobacterium for 7 days. This was much too high a dose as my stools turned too hard and small, like golf balls to pass easily without straining.
My solution was to try Wild Oregano Oil, to kill any overgrowth of bifidobacterium and restore proper balance, but this time without taking probiotics 1 hr after taking WOO.
Big mistake! I didn’t know it at the time, but I may have reversed my ability to tolerate probiotics! I’ll get to that in a second.
For some reason, I became brain dead and started experimenting with Manuka honey, again, without following up with probiotics soon after eating. Several weeks later, I stopped taking the honey when I started on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome dietary health regimen. Because probiotics are key at the very beginning, I suddenly learned the hard way that I seem to have completely reversed my ability to tolerate probiotics!
This is not good! I used to be able to have all the probiotics I wanted and felt wonderful. Now, when I have a pinch, I get diarrhea and other Herxheimer reactions. I firmly believe that my strategy for taking the WOO and Manuka honey damaged my ability to tolerate probiotics.
Let my mistakes guide you rather than deter you from trying natural antibiotics. There is a protocol you can follow that should help you receive both benefits of antibiotics and probiotics without making the same mistakes I did.
If you currently take a probiotic, continue to do so. Take your natural antibiotic on an empty stomach. If you are taking WOO, definitely take it with water. Wait 1 hr or until you hear and feel changes in your gut, whichever comes first. Then immediately follow up with your probiotic. Do this each and every time. I think it will ensure that you can continue to receive the benefits of both. Don’t start with extremely high doses of probiotics unless you have tried lower doses and they didn’t work for you.
In the world of natural healing, my rule is, “start small, go slow, be safe.”