christopher vasey naturopathe
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  Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals
18 Infection-Fighting Herbs and Essential Oils
 
         
 

Content

     
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  • The History of Natural Antibiotics
    Rediscovering the Power of Plant-Based Remedies
  • Germs
    What They Are and How They Interact with Humans
  • Infectious Diseases
    Their Forms and Sources
  • Our Immune System
    The Five Lines of Defense
  • Pharmaceutical Antibiotics
    Their History and Effects
  • Natural Antibiotics
    18 Remedy Profiles

Nature offers us many natural antibiotics from the plant kingdom that work powerfully against
germs while being gentle on the body. The question thus arises: Why are these natural antibiotics no longer known as well as they once were, and why don’t we rely on them as we once did?

For much of human history, the true cause of infectious diseases remained a mystery. In the absence of rational treatment, many patients succumbed to their illnesses. It was not until the nineteenth century that evidence for the existence of germs was revealed. The discovery of penicillin in 1929, and then that of many other pharmaceutical antibiotics, finally permitted the specific treatment of infectious diseases. The mortality and suffering connected to these illnesses dropped so spectacularly that the plants we had used empirically until then in the fight against germs were abandoned.

However, over the last few decades, an increasing number of studies have brought these plants back into the spotlight. Extensive research has made it possible to gain a deeper understanding of their antibiotic properties. Not only have they been shown to have a greater therapeutic effectiveness than was once believed, but they have been revealed to have a much greater spectrum of action. Indeed, many of them are also effective against viruses, which is not the case for pharmaceutical antibiotics. In addition, their side effects if they even have any tend to be benign, and the plants do not prompt germs to develop resistance against them.


Today, we also benefit from better preparation methods for plant-based remedies, which has made it possible to obtain products that are more powerful and more reliable than those of centuries past.


The purpose of this book is to introduce the reader to the world of natural antibiotics by presenting eighteen of the most important ones and explaining how to use them. To do this, I shall first explain the role played by germs in infectious diseases as well as that of the body’s cellular terrain and immune system on the possible development of infections. I will also examine the manner in which standard antibiotics work, as well as the question of their side effects and the development of resistance in germs when they are used, as the use of natural antibiotics provides a solution to both these growing problems.


The fact that modern pharmaceutical antibiotics have side effects and elicit resistance in the bacteria they are meant to treat does not mean that we have to reject them. They provide an enormous service to humankind, and we can only be happy that they exist. In some cases they are indispensable. Rather, the question is how to act with discernment in choosing the most effective remedy for the patient being treated, with “effectiveness” here meaning the ability to halt the infection without harming the body. As it happens, for mild infections or chronic diseases whose intensity and development are well known to the patient, natural antibiotics are often preferable because of the absence of noxious side effects.

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206 pages
Healing Arts Press
ISBN 978-1-62055-735-8
US $ 14.99
available at InnerTraditions

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