This is a topic I could write about daily. The over use of antibiotics in our country is beyond exorbitant, and has had devastating long term consequences to society as a whole. There are alternative choices. I feel strongly that if we don’t change this current behavior, Superbugs and Pandemics will become commonplace in our society. Superbugs are thicker walled bacteria or viruses that have mutated to become resistant to most antibiotics and antivirals. Pandemics are an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread through human populations across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or even worldwide
As a nurse, and a mother, I subscribe to medical sites with daily email updates like Medline, National Institute of Health, etc. At least twice a week there’s an update on the spread of these Superbugs, MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Staph, Strep, Avian Bird Flu, the newest Flu’s, regular Flu mutations, and more.
This week alone I received these studies:
Experts now estimate that 50% of antibiotic prescriptions may be unnecessary
Homegrown Strain of Dengue Fever Virus Pinpointed in Florida
U.S. warns health officials to be alert for deadly new virus
A widely used antibiotic may increase the risk of heart problems in patients with lung conditions, according to a new study
Life-threatening infections of the heart valve are twice as common in the United States as previously thought and have increased steadily in the last 15 years, according to researchers
Seniors who are hospitalized for pneumonia are at high risk for long-term physical and mental problems that can impair their ability to care for themselves, according to a new study
Zithromax or Zmax Drug Safety Communication – Risk of Potentially Fatal Heart Rhythms
The U.S.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Thursday it was monitoring a new strain of bird flu and has started work on a vaccine
The list goes on and on, sadly. My goal here is to educate and encourage people to think twice, to make smarter choices, and hopefully not run to your doctor for an antibiotic prescription at the 1st sign of a cold or fever.
The CDC (Center for Disease Control) states,
“258 million antibiotic prescriptions were written in 2010. That’s an average of 833 prescriptions per 1000 Americans. Rates were highest in the Southeast, with 936 prescriptions written per 1000 people. The most frequently prescribed antibiotic was Azithromycin, known to most as a “Z pack” (see above alert on heart side effects). http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/videos/news/Antibiotic_Resistance_041113-1.html
We all get concerned when we get sick, especially us moms’ when our children are sick. I completely understand that. I’ve been there, done that. My child averaged 60+ days per year of missed school due to illness in elementary school. In middle school, my 1st year using Young Living Genuine Medicinal Grade products, we cut it down to 30 days. 2 years later, we are over half way through the school year, her 1st year in high school, she has only missed 2 days due to a stomach flu, which, ironically, I gave to her (I picked it up in my GI Doctors office, of all places). Let me also share with you that my daughter and I have had testing done, and our Immune System DNA is damaged, broken. We have auto immune diseases, which makes it much easier for us to get sick, and much harder for us to get better.
Young Living’s Genuine Medicinal Grade Oils have been scientifically proven to cross the blood brain barrier. This is huge news, and certainly explains why they work so well on most health issues.
What’s a person to do when faced with constant, chronic illnesses and a mounting pharmacy bill for antibiotics that often don’t work? I turned to Young Living Genuine Medicinal Grade Essential Oils and Products, specifically, the Thieves product line. I replaced all our hand soap at the sink with Thieves foaming hand soap, I replaced our laundry and dish detergent with Thieves concentrated cleaning solution, I mixed a spray bottle of Thieves with water to clean all surfaces in our home, I diffused Thieves Oil at the 1st sign of illness, and keep a Thieves hand sanitizer in my purse. This may sound like a lot, but it isn’t and it was very cost effective. The smell is wonderful, it cleans better then anything I’ve ever used, it lasts forever, we’ve removed TONS of toxic chemicals from our home, and we are so much healthier! Our pediatrician was shocked to realize we went over a year without coming in (previously we couldn’t go 1 month).
Research has shown that “[Thieves] tested at Weber State University in Ogden,Utah, and found to dramatically inhibit the growth of many types of bacteria (both gram negative and gram positive), including Micrococcus luteus and Staphylococcus aureus. Even more remarkably, this blend exhibited a 99.96 percent kill rate against tough gram negative bacteria, like Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These bacteria, because of their thicker cell walls, tend to be far more resistant to antiseptics.”
Thieves Oil is a blend of oils created by Young Living. There are also many, many other individual oil choices that work as antibacterials, antivirals, antiseptics and antimicrobials. Jean Valnet, M.D., who used essential oils for decades in his clinical practice, emphasized this:
”Essential oils are especially valuable as antiseptics because their aggression toward microbial germs is matched by their total harmlessness toward tissue.”
Some of my other favorite go to medicinal, therapeutic grade oils for any type of infection are: Basil, Oregano, Lemongrass, peppermint, marjoram, mountain savory, wintergreen, eucalyptus, thyme, clove, lemon, Melrose, pine, orange, tangerine, Eucalyptus globulus, juniper, Melaleuca alternifolia, spruce, grapefruit. cinnamon and rosemary, just to name a few. I also drink Young Living’s NingXia Red. That’s a lot of choices, and there are many more!
The real upside to using these Young Living Genuine Medicinal Grade Oils is that I can diffuse them anywhere in our home, any day, any time, when we’re sleeping, when we’re out running errands. In other words, it’s a passive way to rid our home of germs without taking the oils orally (which can be done with Young Living Therapeutic Grade Oils). This is especially helpful for use with children. I’ve successfully gotten rid of my Pneumonia twice and my child’s bronchitis and other infections without ever taking anything orally. And, we recovered very quickly. All I did was diffuse the Young Living Essential Oils. For her MRSA, I did apply oils topically around the site.
4 Important Facts
In closing, I’d like to remind everyone of 4 important facts.
- Fevers are our body’s NATURAL way to stimulate white cells (our immune system) into action to fight an infection. Medicating a low grade fever actually stops our body from naturally fighting off an infection.
- Antibiotics do not work on ANY Viruses, EVER. Don’t run to your doctor for an antibiotic at the 1st sign of an illness. Wait a few days, see what happens. Viruses can often show symptoms for up to 10 days (think of the Flu virus). Rest, drink plenty of fluids, then evaluate how you’re really feeling.
- Building up your Immune System by eating healthy and drinking NingXia Red daily are much better choices to keep you healthy and thwart off infections then treating the infection after the fact. NingXia Red is a super whole food drink containing Young Living Oils that does so much more then energize. It’s an amazing addition to your daily routine to assist you in overcoming many health conditions, as well as boosting your Immune System to keep you healthy.
- DO NOT expect to get these powerful affects from any other brand of oils, ie drug store or health food store oils. Young Living was founded by Dr. Gary Young. Our oils are considered Genuine Medicinal Grade, Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, and almost all can safely be ingested. If you look at a bottle of someone else’s oil, it will likely have a warning on it that it most definitely can not be ingested.