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Say NO to antibiotic resistance; choose a safer homeopathic treatment

Authored by
Dr Batra's™

As per a recent article by The Times of India, a woman in Nevada was killed by a superbug that proved resistant to every antibiotic available in the US. Many consider this episode as the beginning of a post antibiotic era where patients are now showing resistance to antibiotics due to misuse to antibiotics for treatment of common health conditions.

Over the years there has been a paradigm shift in the prescription and consumption of medicine. Like with all other aspects of consumption, the need for instant gratification is seemingly driving a growing demand for quick fixes and instant relief that is fast underlining the belief that there is ‘a pill for every ill’.

As homeopaths we are not categorically against antibiotics. Plain and simple, when used appropriately, antibiotics save many lives. In severe bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, septicemia, venereal diseases, and potentially life-threatening bacterial gastrointestinal infections, they may be the last and only resort. However the blatant over prescription of antibiotics, frequently in cases where the cause is not even bacterial, is excessive and must be addressed.

Antibiotics come with problems of their own. One of the most serious that we see today is antibiotic-resistant bacteria as a result of over prescription, often for viral rather than bacterial infections. Another problem is the common and annoying side effects, such as vaginal and systemic yeast infections. Both of these conditions are a result of the indiscriminate antibacterial onslaught which eliminates healthy as well as unhealthy flora. A third problem is that antibiotics promote a wrong lifestyle. Rather than taking care of themselves, eating adequately, getting enough sleep, and doing whatever is necessary to recover from their acute illnesses, they pop antibiotics and keep going. This lifestyle may eventually catch up with them in the form of a more serious or antibiotic-resistant illness.

Majority of people in this society are convinced that only the only way to get rid of an infection is to use antibiotics. It simply does not occur to them that there are other ways of getting well that may be far more effective in preventing future infections.

Homeopathy is remarkably effective with acute infections. There is a myth that homeopathy is slow. This is a fallacy. The action of homeopathic medicines is often faster than if you had taken antibiotics.Homeopathy works on a basic principle of activating the body's own defenses to fight diseases. This two pronged approach not only helps in building immunity against infections but also build resistance to diseases. On the other hand, antibiotics weaken the response system of the body and make it dependable on recurring medication to fight diseases thus making us more susceptible to infections. This is specially the case in children. Overuse of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistance in children and this could lead to an increased sickness in them. Let us take an example of common cold, which is the most common of the illnesses amongst children. Frequent cold and cough is a sign of weak immune system in children. With each bout of cold and cough, your child’s immunity is worsening, even if he is recovering easily with antibiotics. Antibiotics are not giving his body a chance to develop its own antibodies i.e. self-immunity. This leads to recurrence of cold and cough.

With Homeopathy, you do not have to worry about side effects or antibiotic resistance. Homeopathy being safe and long term is a great option for children as it helps build immunity and resistance. Some of the most common infections among children are amenable to homeopathic treatment and do not need any intervention of antibiotics. Ear infections, sore throat, and tonsillitis are some of the many infections that homeopathy can address quite successfully and for which we find antibiotics rarely necessary.

Moreover, Homeopathic medicines are inexpensive and readily available. The biggest problem arising with allopathy is that it is too costly. Most of the patients cannot afford to continue allopathy treatment for a long period of time. Homeopathy is way cheaper than the allopathy medications and is also 100% safe with no side effects. We cannot think of more reasons to choose this safe option of treatment!

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