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.
Probiotics: 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
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