On Saturday, you discovered that an antibiotic might be the solution to chronic back pain. That's because researchers recently discovered that bacteria can infect an injured spine and wreak havoc on the entire area. But pharmaceutical antibiotics may not be the only solution. There are some very powerful natural antibiotics that could work as well.
As you may know, certain bacteria respond to certain antibiotics. Some respond to general antibiotics. Others need a specific type. The same is true for natural antibiotics. Not every natural antibacterial agent will work for every infection. So you may need some assistance from an integrative doctor to find the right combination.
For instance, I recently suffered with some digestive issues. My doctor found that I had a bacterial overgrowth of Klebsiella oxytoca. He also found that two natural antibacterials would work against it. One was caprylic acid. The other, which was the more effective of the two, was grapefruit seed extract. Both would have worked, but the grapefruit seed extract worked faster.
You may find the same to be true for other bacteria. In vitro testing at a lab can often determine which substances will work. My doctor uses Doctor's Data in Illinois, which does a very thorough job on its reports. Doctor's Data works only with physicians, so please don't contact them directly.
Caprylic acid is common in the milk of many mammals. It helps their babies fight off infection. Grapefruit seed extract is one of the most popular natural antibacterials – and often one of the most effective. But these aren't the only two natural antibiotics available.
Others include berberine, an ammonium salt often used as a dye, black walnut, oregano, uva ursi, and silver. All of these have been used for centuries to treat various infections. Some can treat viruses, fungi, yeast, and parasites, which pharmaceutical antibiotics cannot treat.
Another area where natural antibiotics outperform pharmaceuticals is in the area of side effects and resistance. Infections don't develop resistance to the natural treatments – and they typically don't have side effects. Best of all, they won't deplete your body of the good bacteria you need in your body. They won't work as fast as the pharmaceuticals, so be patient. While a pharmaceutical will work in a couple of weeks, it may take these three months or more to fully wipe out the infection. As you can imagine, this is much easier on your body.
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So if you have chronic back pain, or any infection, talk to your integrative physician about using these natural antibiotics to fight it. You can find them at any health food store and online. Your doctor will be able to help you with doses as well.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.