Will antibiotics help my cold?

The following is a post from the Franklin Institute of Wellness. I have posted it here for informational purposes. Please note that we, I, understand that there are times in which bronchitis, or a sinus infection, or a cold, can be bacterial. We sometimes call this “piggy-backing.” It is when a bacterial infection piggy-backs onto a virus. The information below is not to say that you should not use antibiotics, but to create a pause in our first gut reaction of grabbing an antibiotic. Please make the best decision for you and your family.

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Antibiotics are often used to treat viral infections such as the flu, common cold, and bronchitis. In fact, a recent study found that 80% of bronchitis cases result in an antibiotic prescription, despite repeated educational programs to teach doctors about effective ways to manage bronchitis. Not only does antibiotic misuse lead to the risky side effects and potential reactions, it does nothing to treat a viral infection, nothing to reduce the symptoms, and nothing to protect those around you from getting sick–in fact, some studies indicate it could even worsen a viral condition! It also leads to the increased risk of resistance, which is something that affects all of us.
Here are some tips to help avoid unnecessary antibiotics:
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Stomach Flu – Treatment & Prevention

On February 9th at 11am CT Franklin Institute of Wellness is hosting a webinar  discussing how to prevent & treat the stomach flu! Come and get great tips on how to take care of you and your family!

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How do I stop an illness from spreading?

When one person gets sick, we all get sick! This adage  is true in my family, and many others. While prevention isn’t always a 100% guarantee that you won’t get it, it definitely reduces the chances and the duration. Outside of making sure our children don’t share cups or food, and remembers to cover their mouths, or wash their hands, we try to clean the “hot spots” in our house every night and turn things over when their fever breaks.

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Honey Onion Syrup

When I began my herbal adventures I stumbled across a book by Rosemary Gladstar. In the book Rosemary spoke of a syrup she made one winter of just onions and honey and how she swore it kept her family from getting sick that winter. So I had to try it. While we still got sick that winter, it wasn’t nearly as bad. Since then, this had become a staple in my home!

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an amazing vitamin because it is made by our bodies through sun exposure!  Ten to fifteen minutes of sun  a few days a week has been shown to contain the perfect amount of vitamin D for our bodies.

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Winter Foods: Garlic

Garlic and onions are two root vegetables I always have on hand. Did you now that when you cut garlic and leave it out 10 minutes before using it, it retains their medicinal properties! Their benefits are limitless and they are so easy to incorporate into any dish.  Continue reading “Winter Foods: Garlic”

Vitamin A

I don’t think anyone ever likes being sick. During winter months one of the things I keep in abundance are items that contain Vitamin A. Vitamin A is wonderful during winter months because it plays a key role in helping the immune system function.

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Possible Obesity and Antibiotics Link

We often blame the obesity epidemic on the food industry, and while the increasingly unhealthy meal options definitely play a role, did you know that something as seemingly unrelated as antibiotic use in infancy is also a determining factor?

Children who consume antibiotics within the first 6 months of life are far more likely to be obese later in childhood. The best way to avoid this risk factor is to focus on prevention and effective botanical solutions.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/135/4/617

This message is from the Franklin Institute of Wellness.

Mental Stress Relief

Holiday times can be stressful, both mentally and physically. It is easy to sometimes forget to stop and take care of us. This post is tells you why it is important to take care of yourself, and provides tips and tricks on easy ways to do so. Continue reading “Mental Stress Relief”

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a wonderful vitamin to keep in the medicine chest. Not only is this vitamin renown for helping treat and prevent scurvy, it is helps boost the immune system. It is also water soluble, which means that whatever your body doesn’t absorb will pass through your urine. Although, too much can cause diarrhea; just think of this as your bodies way of telling you it has had enough.

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