Antibiotics, Alternatives and Conventional Medicine Needed
Antibiotic resistance has become a global health problem. Over-use and mis-use of antibiotics has caused the development of lethal antibiotic resistant micro-organisms. Moreover, they are now also suspected of causing cancer. Can homeopathy serve as an alternative?
However, November 28, 2009 was the 2nd European Antibiotic Awareness Day. The European Centre of Disease prevention and Control (ECDC); warned about the threat of antibiotic resistance. Howbeit, they called for antibiotics to be used far more responsibly in the treatment of infectious diseases. Moreover, antibiotics are of no use in viral infections. As a matter of fact, they should not be used in uncomplicated bacterial infections; such as light ear, throat and sinus infections.
Meanwhile, the ECDC; as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that infectious micro-organisms have become increasingly resistant to existing antibiotics. However, replacement products are proving difficult to find. Governments and researchers across the world are searching for alternatives.
Antibiotics may cause cancer
Furthermore, a Finnish study based on three million people correlates a higher risk of developing prostate, breast, lung, as well as colon cancer; with multiple use of antibiotics. Nonetheless, researchers are currently unsure as to whether antibiotics are carcinogenic and directly cause cancer; or that cancers develop as a result of an antibiotic disturbing the body’s protective intestinal micro-biotic environment.
Homeopathy – effective in infectious diseases
However, research shows that homeopathy can serve as an effective alternative to antibiotics in a range of infectious conditions; for which they have been commonly used.
Moreover, out of 500 patients suffering from upper respiratory complaints; 82 % receiving homeopathy improved within 14 days; compared to 67 % treated the conventional way. In another study with 169 children; those receiving homeopathic treatment had significantly less symptoms. Along with shorter duration of disease compared to other children. However, their parents also had less time away from work.
Homeopathy is effective in treating recurrent ear infections in children 7-8. Over 70 % had no ear infections after homeopathy; compared to 57 % percent receiving conventional drugs. Nonetheless, out of 230 children those receiving homeopathic treatment recovered 2.4 times faster than others.
Meanwhile, three surveys show that homeopathy is at least as effective as conventional treatment in treating sinus infections.
Nevertheless, patients receiving homeopathic treatment need antibiotics less often. Moreover, no complications are found. Homeopathy is not only effective.. It avoids the creation of antibiotic resistance. Although, it is also shown to be potentially a more cost-effective solution.
Homeopathy may be at least as effective as conventional treatment in treating infectious diseases. However, it could therefore serve as an effective first line option in treating viral; and mild bacterial infectious diseases… So help preserve antibiotics for when they are really needed.
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