The good bacteria in your gut have a significant and profound impact on your health, and maintaining a healthy microbiome is critical to whole body wellness. As we enter the start of cold and flu season it is important to understand how prescription antibiotics can negatively impact your health. Prescription antibiotics wreak havoc on, and devastate the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. This can have a detrimental effect on your physical and mental health.
Antibiotics do not fight viral infections like colds, flus, the majority of sore throats (only about 10% of sore throats end up being Strep Throat), bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections. They do not cure infections. They do not keep you from getting sick. They will not help you or your children feel better. Only take antibiotics to fight bacterial infections. Take them right away and for the entire course as they were prescribed. Do not use them as a prevention tool. Do not save or share your antibiotics. Do not use soaps or lotions that are antibacterial. (Finally these products have been recognized for their contribution to antibiotic resistant bacteria and soon can no longer be purchased.) The antiviral drugs created to help prevent and stop the spread of flu (influenza A) are no longer effective. According to the CDC at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria each year and that number is growing. The World Health Organization states that antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. Beyond causing antibiotic resistance, the overuse and misuse of antibiotics reduces the absorption of vitamins and damages the entire lining of the digestive tract, contributing to leaky gut. WHO reports it is an increasingly serious threat to public health that requires action across all government sectors and society. Just this year, a study from the University of Utah and the CDC found that when physicians prescribe antibiotics they choose broad spectrum ones 60% of the time. The same study showed children receive broad-spectrum antibiotics 50% of the time, regardless of the condition. And, an amazing 25% of the time, antibiotics are prescribed when they have no use. This is why it more important than ever to provide you and your family with powerful, natural antibiotics that will effectively boost immune health and not destroy it.
This commanding herb has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-parasitic properties. It contains powerful compounds called carvacrol and thymol that make it superior to prescription antibiotics that often cause horrific side effects. There are over 800 studies that reference carvacrol in PubMed. Oregano easily fight salmonella, E. coli and other harmful organisms found in undercooked meat or contaminated water. It treats candida, yeast and urinary tract infections. It supports the health of the upper respiratory system, making it effective not only for bronchitis and preventing the spread of virus or bacteria to the lungs, but also for sinus infections and allergies. It kills organisms that cause skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis and can be used directly on the skin to speed healing. Most amazingly, oregano has been shown to prevent side effects to some of the world’s most dangerous drugs and medications, like methotrexate.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Societies from South America, Europe and Asia have traditionally used Grapefruit Seed Extract for its immensely powerful antiviral and antibacterial components. It is rich in disease fighting antioxidants and phytonutrients like hesperidin, a well-studied natural immune system booster. A recent study from The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine reported that GSE was effective at killing over 800 bacterial and viral strains, 100 strains of fungus, and a large number of single and multi-celled parasites. It is believed there is no other naturally occurring anti-microbial that compares. GSE breaks down the bacterial membrane, releasing the cytoplasmic contents vital to the life of the bacteria cell. Research microbiologists from the University of Georgia found GSE was vastly effective as a non-toxic disinfectant and potent enough to use as pre-surgical soap. GSE promotes wound and scar tissue healing and topical skin infections and has antibacterial characteristics that have been proven to be as effective as topical antibacterial creams.
The active ingredient in olive leaf, oleuropein, eliminates viruses, fungi, bacteria, and parasites that cause disease. Oleuropein is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It helps to alleviate symptoms of the common cold, sore throats, chronic sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. People with respiratory tract infections who take Olive Leaf extract can prevent the infection from spreading and expect a rapid recovery. New research shows that olive leaf is neuroprotective, suppressing inflammation and lowering damage done on the brain and central nervous system from oxidative stress. Oleuropein inhibits the enzyme xanthine oxidase that creates uric acid and causes gout. Compounds in olive leaf inhibit growth factors in cancerous cells and disrupts their signaling pathways. Oleuropein further suppresses an enzyme that helps cancer cells derive and store energy.
Silver is a natural element that can be found in whole grains, mushrooms, spring water and seawater. Until the introduction of antibiotics, silver was used predominately by physicians to boost the immune system because of its strong antimicrobial effects. Silver has been recognized as a trace element, meaning it is essential for the maintenance of health and wellness. Silver is also a metal and so can become toxic at certain levels. Extremely low concentrations of silver exhibit potent health benefits, and using a colloidal silver hydrosol is safe at the recommended doses. In clinical research high populations of staphyloccus aureus, salmonella, candida, and enterococcus became undetectable within four minutes after exposure to 15-PPM concentrations of silver. Other studies have shown silver to have broad spectrum antimicrobial activity against streptococcuses, pneumonia, E. coli, and shigella that is as effective as an antibiotic but without undesirable side effects and damage to the intestinal flora. The most recent research shows colloidal silver can eradicate antibiotic resistant microbes like MRSA, the bird flu, and SARS.
Propolis & Manuka Honey
Bees gather propolis from leaf buds on trees and certain vegetables and combine it with wax stored in their abdomen to create a sticky substance with antimicrobial benefits used disinfect and protect the beehive. It is an incredible immune system stimulant with powerful healing, analgesic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Propolis has potent antibiotic properties against aggressive bacteria and harmful pathogens. Propolis speeds up recovery time and wound healing while improving feelings of vitality. Propolis contains a compound called pinocembrin, an antifungal flavonoid that also encourages healthy cell growth. It has been clinically shown to be more effective than steroid creams in reducing mast cells that cause inflammation and inhibit wound healing. It treats cold sores quickly and prevents against future outbreaks. A compound in Propolis reduces inflammation in the inner ear, treating middle ear infections that can lead to temporary hearing loss. It prevents the overgrowth of candida, yeast, and fungus and encourages the production of “good” gut bacteria. Propolis is currently being studied for its believed ability to hamper cancer cell growth.
Made from bees that pollinate the Manuka bush in New Zealand and Australia, Manuka honey is prized for its unique healing benefits. It has up to four times the nutritional content of regular honeys from bees that pollinate flowers. Additionally, Manuka honey has high levels of enzymes that give it potent antibacterial properties and create a natural occurring hydrogen peroxide that can be measured for medicinal quality. This is called the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). To get the medicinal benefits from Manuka honey you must purchase a product with a UMF 10+. Manuka honey has powerful antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that are effective against a wide range or resistant bacteria. It balances bacteria throughout the digestive system and treats SIBO. It has been clinically shown to treat and eliminate staph infections like MRSA. It also stimulates the immune system to stop the growth of Strep bacteria.
This herb has built a reputation as an herbal antibiotic and immune system booster. It has been used by Native Americans to treat whooping cough, respiratory infections, fever, and pneumonia. Goldenseal also has anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that soothe irritated mucous membranes around the eyes, ears, nose and throat. The alkaloid Berberine is found in Goldenseal and is effective against bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and Streptococci. Clinical studies have shown it to treat diarrhea caused by E.coli, giardia and salmonella. The anti-inflammatory properties of goldenseal reduce swelling and irritation in the mucous membranes helping to prevent allergy symptoms. As a natural antibiotic it prevents secondary infections caused by an allergic reaction that often occur in the lungs. This herb is used for acute conditions, and not continuously for prevention. Because of its powerful antimicrobial properties, it can be very drying on mucous membranes throughout the body and difficult on the liver.
A potent antibiotic, garlic contains 100 sulfuric compounds that are powerful enough to wipe out bacteria, parasites and infection. Hippocrates encouraged the use of garlic for treating respiratory issues, parasites, poor digestion, and fatigue. Garlic is excellent for reducing the time and severity of the common cold. Aged garlic also lacks allicin, the most significant antiviral and healing component of garlic. Garlic is one of the most potent antibacterial herbs and protects the body from allergies and chronic sinus infections. Garlic helps to break up mucous, easing congestion. Heating garlic destroys the sulfuric compounds that make it a potent immune booster. Eat or juice raw garlic for maximum and immediate benefits.
Echinacea is an incredible immune modulating herb. It can either boost the immune system when needed, or calm wide spread inflammation. Taking Echinacea at the first signs of a cold or flu optimize its benefits to shorten the severity and duration of illness. It is commonly taken in Europe to prevent illness. Always take Echinacea containing both root and flowering parts as they work synergistically to support the immune system. Echinacea stimulates the lymphatic system, promoting drainage and elimination of toxins, and helps to prevent and fight potential infections by stimulating phagocytosis (the consumption of invading organisms by white blood cells). Echinacea can be used long term.
D-Mannose is a naturally occurring sugar found in berries, peaches, apples, and other plants. It does NOT affect metabolism or blood sugar levels like fructose because it is slowly absorbed and is not converted to glycogen or stored in the liver. D-mannose is filtered through the kidneys and sent to the bladder where it helps promote the growth of healthy flora and prevent bacteria from staying in the urinary tract. Bacteria have tiny projections called fimbria that are made from an amino acid-sugar complex called lectin. Because bacteria cells are coated with fimbria they are literally able to stick to the inner walls of the urinary tract system. Once bacteria have adhered themselves to the lining of the urinary tract they can no longer just be washed out with water. D-Mannose is able to cover the lining of the urinary organs, and is enticing to bacteria, which quickly adhere themselves like Velcro to the D-mannose molecules. Lectin binds and sticks better to D-mannose than to human cells, meaning your body can detox and rid itself of bacteria once they have been coated with D-mannose. D-mannose has been shown to be more effective than cranberry alone at reducing the symptoms and length of UTI’s.
Good Samaritan (Thieves Oil)
The story behind Thieves oil is widely varied and can be traced from the 15th to the 18th century. This was a time during which the bubonic plague rampaged Europe. Physicians walked around wearing dark robes, wide-brimmed hats, and masks with long beaks. Scientific evidence now supports their bizarre behavior, as the beak stored dried herbs and essential oils the physicians used to protect themselves from the extremely contagious infection. They would also douse their robes and hats with the same essential oils. During this time the legend of a witch’s brew called “Marseilles Vinegar” developed. This tonic was made from rosemary, sage, lavender, rue, camphor, garlic, cloves and strong wine vinegar. This herbal medicinal vinegar was said to be used by four thieves who used it to rob the sick and dead and avoid becoming infected with the plague. French aromatherapy doctor Jean Valnet wrote a book in which he quotes archives of the Parliament of Toulouse in which the captured thieves revealed their recipe. "During the Great Plague, four robbers were convicted of going to the houses of plague victims, strangling them in their beds and then looting their dwellings. For this, they were condemned to be burned at the stake, and in order to have their sentence mitigated, they revealed their secret preservative, after which they were hanged." Valnet created other vinegar recipes using essential oils from the original. Richard Forthave also shows up in historical references concerning four thieves as the man who created and sold the preparation. His tonic relied heavily on garlic and the four common herbs found in each recipe-clove, cinnamon, rosemary and lemon. Dr. John R. Christopher, a pioneer in US herbal medicine, brought the story of the four thieves and Richard Forthave to the end of last century with a garlic heavy formula he used to first begin educating people on the powerful antibiotic properties of herbs.
Good Samaritan pays homage to this history and efficacy of the four thieves blend. It combines 100% Ecocert Organic essential oils cinnamon bark, clove, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, rosemary cineol and cinnamon leaf. These oils have been researched extensively for their antibacterial activity. The official journal of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research showed cinnamon, clove, geranium lemon, lime, orange and rosemary to have a significant inhibitory effect against bacteria strains. Cinnamon was shown to have the most comprehensive antibacterial agent. Scientists have shown that these essential oils and others including lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemongrass can fight numerous pathogens and antibiotic resistant bacteria by weakening the cell wall of bacteria and introducing apoptosis. You can diffuse Good Samaritan in your home or work area, or sweep over your hair and clothes to help boost immunity and fight off infection.
75% of Ayurvedic remedies contain neem, and Indians refer to the neem tree as “the village pharmacy”. It is the most heavily researched herbal remedy in India and scientist have identified over 150 active substances in neem. Neem is often described as a panacea for whole body health and can be used internally and topically. Neem leaves and the oil from the seed have antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiparasitic and antimicrobial effects that bacteria and other microbes are unable to become resistant to. Neem is blood cleanser and helps to protect and restore the liver. Neem is excellent for treating all skin issues and promote wound healing. It is a potent immunostimulant that supports healthy cell proliferation and apoptosis. It has antioxidant properties that protect the lungs. Neem helps to regulate blood sugar and balance metabolism.