Antibiotics: Life savers and cause of death. Alternatives needed
Antibiotic resistance has become a global health problem. Over-use and misuse of antibiotics has caused the development of lethal antibiotic resistant micro-organisms. However, they are now also suspected of causing cancer. Can homeopathy serve as an alternative?
Meanwhile; in November 18 2009; it was the 2nd European Antibiotic Awareness Day. However, The European Center of Disease prevention and Control; (ECDC); warned about the threat of antibiotic resistance; and called for antibiotics to be used far more responsibly in the treatment of infectious diseases. Nonetheless, antibiotics are of no use in viral infections. They should not be used in uncomplicated bacterial infections;; such as light ear, throat and sinus infections.
Furthermore, the ECDC and the World Health Organisation; (WHO); warn that infectious micro-organisms have become increasingly resistant to existing antibiotics. Replacement products are proving difficult to find. Governments and researchers across the world are searching for alternatives.
Antibiotics may cause cancer
Moreover, 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. However, researchers are currently unsure as to whether antibiotics are carcinogenic and directly cause cancer; or that cancers develop as a result of antibiotics disturbing the body’s protective intestinal micro-biotic environment.
Homeopathy – effective in infectious diseases
Nonetheless, 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.
Furthermore, out of 500 patients suffering from upper respiratory complaints; 82 % receiving homeopathy improved within 14 days; compared to 67 % treated conventionally. However, in another study with 169 children; those receiving homeopathic treatment had significantly less symptoms. Along with shorter duration of disease compared to other children. Their parents also had less time away from work.
Homeopathy is effective in treating recurrent ear infections in children. Over 70 % had no ear infections after homeopathy; compared to 57 % percent receiving conventional drugs. Out of 230 children those receiving homeopathic treatment recovered 2.4 times faster than others.
What three different surveys show
They show that homeopathy is at least as effective as conventional treatment in treating sinus infections.
On the other hand, patients receiving homeopathic treatment need antibiotics less often. No complications are found. Moreover, homeopathy is not only effective. However, it also avoids the creation of antibiotic resistance. But it is also shown to be potentially a more cost-effective solution.
Nevertheless, 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; and so help preserve antibiotics for when they are really needed.
Van Wassenhoven M; Ives G. An observational study of patients receiving homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy 2004; 93; 3–11.
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