Written by Erica Dawson
Once upon a time, doctors ran tests to verify whether you had a bacterial or viral infection. If your infection was bacterial, they would culture the bacteria to see which antibiotic would be most effective. Now when one goes to the doctor, they get an antibiotic no matter what issue is presenting and without verification of whether it is needed. Abuse of antibiotics has become an epidemic! Overuse of antibiotics has been a mounting concern for several years now. The prolonged and widespread overuse of antibiotics has led to the creation of many antibiotic resistant super bugs (such as MRSA, VRE, MDR-TB, and CRE, to name a few). While doctors need to be held accountable for their part in causing this epidemic, we as patients can take control of our bodies and help to end this. If your doctor attempts to give you an antibiotic "just in case", demand that they run a test to make sure that you actually NEED an antibiotic.
The best way to protect yourself is to build up your immune system. Take good, bioavailable vitamins, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy! If you need an antibiotic boost, some natural alternatives are elderberry syrup (home made is best), raw or fermented garlic, or honey.
Prevention is the best medicine!