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January 23, 2006
Keeping those New Year resolutions? If yes, great! If not, start again - you havenít failed until you stop trying!
Over this past holiday, I talked to a lot of people about health. For some reason, the topic of antibiotics kept coming up in conversation.
Two things struck me:
One, many people donít understand that antibiotics often cause severe, long term problems, and
Two, if they do understand that antibiotics cause problems, they donít know how to avoid taking them.
SoooooÖÖ. Iím here to give you a ďheads up.Ē
Ever hear of "Leaky Gut Syndrome?"
Iím estimating that over half the people who come into my clinic have it, so you may want to pay attention Ė youíve probably got it.
Loosely, itís a condition where your small intestine is inflamed, allowing toxins and undigested food particles to "leakĒ from your small intestine into your bloodstream. That causes big-time problems.
Itís often the culprit behind chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, asthma, food allergies, sinus problems, eczema, migraine, chronic diarrhea, PMS, colon cancer and fibroids.
Antibiotics are the biggest cause of this, followed by anti-inflammatory meds like Ibuprofen.
They do it by causing an overgrowth of fungus and yeast in your intestines, as well as by killing the necessary good bacteria that thrives there. (Anti = against, biotic = lifeÖ get it?)
***A side note for those of you who've heard me speak on Chinese Medicine Dietary Principles - antibiotics would be considered extremely "cold," putting out the "digestive fire," leading to dampness/phlegm and damaging the "spleen function" (different from the actual spleen organ)***
Donít get me wrong - antibiotics are a blessing in a hospital type emergency when bacteria have entered your blood, bones, or organs. But, youíre probably taking them for every infection and inflammation you get, like ear infections, bronchitis, flu, sore throat and urinary tract infections.
Guess what? Since many of these are virus rather than bacteria conditions, the antibiotics not only are hurting you, they donít even work for the problem. And, it increases your chance of re-infection for these same problems.
So, what can you do if you get an infection?
Well, for starters, donít think that antibiotics are the only solution available. Did you know that 50% of the medical doctors in France and Germany include natural medicine in their practice? Most U.S. doctors donít prescribe natural remedies due to lack of training and disdain from fellow doctors.
And, more impressive than that, 40% of Chinese people go to clinics and hospitals that use only herbs and acupuncture. Thatís 560 million people who arenít using antibiotics or anti-inflammatory meds!
A couple issues ago I told you about a great remedy for the common cold (it contains powerful anti-viral herbs). Several of you ordered it and reported making it through the holidays without the usual cold or flu (just like my family and I did.)
In future newsletters, Iíll be telling you about other effective, natural health remedies you can use instead of antibiotics.
I hope Iíve got you thinking with this one.
Bob Dorris, D.O.M.
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
1430 N.W. 86th Terrace
Pembroke Pines, Fl.
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