Powerful Immune Boosters


Natures solutions to antibiotic resistance? Powerful immune boosters from plants

Research published in the UK has started a row among health experts as it suggests people should stop using antibiotics when they feel better, contrary to long-held advice that you should always complete the course as prescribed.

According to UK researchers in the British Medical Journal, there’s no evidence that finishing a full course of antibiotics is necessary, flying in the face of received medical wisdom that says the longer an antibiotic stays in the body, the more likely it is that all the bacteria will be killed, leaving none of them behind to mutate and become potentially dangerous “superbugs.”.

The BMJ team argued that prolonging antibiotic use needlessly may even make the problem worse, by giving bacteria more exposure to the antibiotic, and thus more opportunity to find ways to beat it. One of the authors, Professor Martin Llewelyn, says: “The idea that stopping antibiotic treatment early encourages antibiotic resistance is not supported by evidence, while taking antibiotics for longer than necessary increases the risk of resistance.”

One person who welcomed the new guidelines is our cofounder, pharmacist and homeopath, Margo Marrone. She says, “As a homeopathic pharmacist, the article came as no surprise. But during my pharmacy degree at Kings College London I was trained to ensure clients finished their course of antibiotics. It was drummed into us and – consequently – the patients.

She has seen first-hand the negative effects of antibiotic use.

Traditionally it was thought that taking the full course was essential for the infection to be fully treated, allowing the immune system to kick in. It did not take into account the fundamental flaw that if the immune system doesn’t function properly, the infection will come back. So strengthening the immune system is of primary importance because it can adapt to the mutations in bacteria and therefore conquer resistance.”

I have treated many clients over the years and at least 25% have needed help with the after-effects of antibiotics which include a weakened immune system, diarrhoea, acne, eczema, chronic fatigue as well as candida, thrush, bloating, poor digestion and allergies.”

Margo’s always been keen to use ‘the power of nature to bring about an enhancement of the mind and body’. So instead of using antibiotics to home in on bad microbes, she prefers to advocate boosting our bodies’ “good” microbes, which play a key role in protecting our health and well-being. Antibiotics can devastate these and, in the process, create less Darwinian competition for nastier bacteria.

Studies have been done which show that probiotics do help protect people from getting diarrhoea when they take antibiotics but they must be taken as soon as you start the antibiotic and continue for at least one week after the end of the course. They also prevent the overgrowth of candida in the gut and help with gut conditions, such as Crohn’s, IBS, etc

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Probiotic courses  – One to two billion colony forming units (CFUs) per day of acidophilus are considered to be the minimum amount for the healthy maintenance of intestinal microflora.

For Candida or after an infection – Start with 2 billion for 3-4 days and increase to 8 billion. Dosage: 1 capsule of Daily Probiotics daily for 4 days then increase to 2 capsules twice a day thereafter for 2 weeks.


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