The discovery of antibiotics was initially a miracle. The intention behind them was to treat life-threatening infections, but unfortunately today we are inundated with them.
How? For a couple reasons…doctors write antibiotic prescriptions for illnesses that may be caused by viruses or allergies. Neither can be treated with an antibiotic because antibiotics are for bacterial infections. Another way we are exposed to these medications is through our food supply.
Why are antibiotics in our food?
With the industrialization of our food supply, we started using Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in order to process meat quickly and efficiently. The small, unsanitary, overcrowded areas restrict animal movement and make them susceptible to disease. To try and keep disease at bay, the animals are treated with large doses of antibiotics (among other things), then they are slaughtered and sold to the public.
More and more research is bringing to light the impact antibiotics have on cardiac risk. Macrolides, an antibiotic group which is commonly used for infections like pneumonia and bronchitis, has been associated with a small, but significant increase of sudden cardiac death.
How can antibiotics cause heart attacks?
- They destroy gut bacteria which weakens the lining of our intestines.
- Weakening of the gut lining can lead to inflammation linked to heart disease.
- Deadly heart rhythms may arise like Torsades de Pointes.
- Antibiotics can cause an overgrowth of bad bacteria that leads to digestive dysfunction.
- They diminish good oral bacteria thus inhibiting conversion of food-based nitrates into nitric oxide (helps dilate blood vessels for better blood flow…gentlemen, this is pretty important).
Steps to Prevent Infection
- Eat organic, Paleo food. (Avoid sugar while combating infection)
- Get plenty of sunshine to boost vitamin D.
- Get good sleep.
- Avoid chemicals that damage your immune system and increase infection risk. Check out this video for more information.
- Get routine chiropractic care to boost immunity.
- Get active and outdoors.
- Reduce stress.
There are many solutions for bacterial infections outside of the prescription realm. Hopefully, you can find a holistic doctor to guide you with these remedies. Some of our favorites include:
- Berberine. 2 caps 2x per day usually does the trick.
- Silver hydrosol. Keep this in your house for times of need. Follow directions on the bottle.
- Black cumin seed oil. 1 tsp 2x per day or use liberally in food. Try to find organic in glass.
- Garlic Force– 1 tab 3x per day until 24 hours after infection resolves
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