Hospitals have become a breeding ground for drug-resistant bacteria. Hiding in the shadows, strains like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, and gonorrhea have become prevalent, unstoppable, infecting over 2 million Americans each year. The CDC now reports that drug-resistant bacteria claim the lives of 23,000 each year.
Prescription antibiotics work on a singular mode, are easily outsmarted by bacteria
Often perceived as the cure-all in contemporary medical communities, antibiotics are prescribed en masse each year by doctors who are taught a one-size-fits-all mentality. Prescription antibiotics work on a singular chemical mode and are easily outsmarted by bacteria strains. Allopathic doctors cling to antibiotics as savior medicine because they were never properly educated on prevention, botany and the natural antibiotic properties of herbs.
The complex antibiotic qualities of plants, herbs, berries, roots and barks are more highly intelligent in and of themselves than an entire 12-year medical degree. Natural antibiotic herbs don't encourage bacteria to evolve, like prescriptions do; they destroy the highly evolved bacteria strains through multiple complex modes.
There may be a place for prescription antibiotics in extreme cases, but nine times out of ten, prescription antibiotic use could be mitigated and avoided altogether.
Why plants are the new antibiotics
Using the right combination of herbs is more powerful than any prescription antibiotic.
In Stephen Harrod Buhner's book Herbal Antivirals: Natural Remedies for Emerging & Resistant Viral Infection, several reasons are listed why plants are becoming revisited as the most powerful antibacterial and antiviral medicine source.
For one, plant chemistry is highly complex, consisting of hundreds to thousands of compounds that take down bacteria from multiple angles. Single chemical prescription antibiotics allow the bacteria a chance to adapt and build resistance.
Another reason involves a plant's longevity. Plants are stronger antibiotics because they have developed sophisticated responses to bacteria over several lifetimes. Man-made antibiotics use a singular mode that has only been around for a handful of decades. In contrast, plants work together in synergy, exhibiting multiple modes of bacterial destruction.
A third reason to use plants as antibiotics is that they are practically free. An individual is self-empowered when utilizing plants, bypassing the need for a doctor's directive or prescription. Herbs can be identified, grown and harvested. Teas and tincture extracts can be made in one's own home. The complex constituents of the herbs combine to create highly potent preventive medicine that halts viruses and bacteria in their tracks.
Herbal remedies are apparently more safe to use as well and do not destroy the good microbes in the gut. While prescription antibiotics welcome drug resistant bacteria infections that kill thousands yearly, herbs promote the opposite -- life and sustainable ecology. They kill drug-resistant bacteria.
On top of all this, it does not take a decade of higher education to learn how to work with these natural plants.
Four potent plant antibiotics and other antibacterial herbs that work in synergy
In Buhner's research, four plant antibiotics are highlighted, although many exist.
Cryptolepis is a broad-spectrum, systemic antibacterial, effective for taking out resistant C. diff, CRE, gonorrhea and MRSA -- all of which are pervasive now due to prescription antibiotics.
Goldenseal is one of many berberine-containing plants that is effective for nearly all drug-resistant gastrointestinal tract infections, including C. diff.
Juniper berry and cranberries are effective for nearly all resistant urinary tract infections.
Honey is becoming the United Kingdom's topical antibiotic for surgical wounds infected with resistant organisms. Check out this study and see how honey works.
Other powerful antibacterial herbs, roots and berries include but are not limited to: oregano, garlic, onions, cumin, elderberries, eucalyptus leaf, Echinacea, goldenseal root, tea tree oil, green tea, olive leaf and pau d'arco bark.
Current crises in modern healthcare and the lack of affordability thereof could routinely be solved by personal responsibility to educate and utilize plants and herbs. It is fear and lack of trust in oneself that holds individuals back from reclaiming their natural state of healthy existence.