Alternatives to Antibiotics

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Oil of Oregano: A broad spectrum antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic remedy. Take 2 drops under the tongue four times daily.

Garlic: Another broad spectrum antimicrobial. Take 3 or more capsules four times daily. Or if you prefer fresh garlic, take ¼ clove four times daily.

Echinacea, Astragalus, Propolis, Lomatium, Calendula, Grapefruit Seed Extract: Use one or a combination of all of these. They are general immune system boosters for white blood cell activity and thereby very effective against viruses, fungi, parasites, and bacteria. Take 1 teaspoon of the tincture or 3 capsules three times daily of any or all of these herbs.

: Friendly bacteria-in particular, Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria-with numerous immune-boosting properties. Take 3 capsules twice daily.

Other natural antibiotics or immune system enhancers that you could consider using for various types of infections are:

• Olive leaf extract

• Bovine colostrums

• Colloidal silver

• Zinc lozenges

• Vitamin A

• Licorice root

• Goldenseal

If your lab tests turn out to be negative, antibiotics are obviously unnecessary. You can continue with your regime of natural supplements until you feel better.

If tests show a bacterial infection and you still feel unwell, fill the prescription but take a Lactobacillus acidophilus supplement while you are on the antiobiotics and for at least one month after finishing the antibiotic treatment. This should help offset some of the side effects of the antibiotics, including vitamin deficiencies.

On the other hand, if you feel completely well again after using things like echinacea and oil of oregano but the culture (lab test) was positive, let your doctor know this and ask him or her to repeat the culture before going on the antibiotics. Chances are the repeat culture will now show a negative result, once again making antibiotics unnecessary.

The less you use antibiotics, the better. Leave those antibiotic prescriptions for when you really need to use them.

Dr. Zoltan Rona

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Dr. Zoltan P. Rona is a graduate of McGill University Medical School (1977) and has a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut (1984). He is past president of The Canadian Holistic Medical Association (1987-88) and is the author of three Canadian bestsellers: The Joy of Health (1991), Return to the Joy of Health (1995) and Childhood Illness and The Allergy Connection (1997). He is co-author with Jeanne Marie Martin of The Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook (1996) and is the medical editor of the Benjamin Franklin Award winning Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (1998). He has had a private medical practice in Toronto for the past 35 years, has appeared on radio and TV as well as lectured extensively in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Rona currently writes regular articles for Reader’s Digest, Alive, Vitality magazine and for several web sites. His latest book “Vitamin D, the Sunshine Vitamin” was published in 2010. In 2011, Dr. Rona was named Chief Medical Advisor for NAKA Herbs and Vitamins and has developed a line of nutritional supplements (TriStar Naturals) which are sold in health food stores across Canada. He can be found at