According to the World Health Organization, or the WHO, antibiotic resistance is a threat to the public health, welfare, and safety of the worldwide community. While resistance to antibiotics can occur on its own, it is most often a result of the overuse of antibiotics. Some bacteria are more resistant to certain drugs, while others are simply unrelenting even in the face of powerful antibiotics. That leaves people all over the world fighting harder and taking stronger antibiotics to make the same dent as lower doses might have accomplished years ago. In essence, bacteria have learned how to defeat the chemicals in antibiotics by mutating and becoming even harder to destroy.
In addition to sometimes destroying the good bacteria our gastrointestinal system requires in order to function optimally, illnesses that were once treated quickly and with near certainty, have developed into bacterial infections that are harder to fight, and as such, allow individuals to be sicker for longer periods of time. The bitter irony is that the pursuit of feeling better faster, has in fact lead to prolonged illnesses that require frequent hospitalizations and more expensive treatments than the original problem would have ever required, in the absence of antibiotic resistance.
When Antibiotics are the Wrong Choice
Clearly there is a need for antibiotics that are prescribed responsibly. Distributing them without care and concern is not only reckless, but belies the conviction to do no harm, as stated within the doctors’ code of conduct, known as the Hippocratic Oath.
There are in fact other, tried and true ways to restore your energy and begin the process of feeling better. These methods are based on science, as well as the care and concern of mothers of every ethnicity. Getting enough rest, drinking fluids, taking pain medication and fever reducers as needed, and using a humidifier to clear congestion, are just a few of the ways to treat a virus. It is important to note that patients experiencing difficulty breathing or sinus problems will not feel better if they smoke or drink alcohol.
Anecdotal Antidotes- Fact or Fiction?
In addition to the treatment methods described above, homemade chicken soup has been touted as its own sort of drug for centuries. While there is evidence that supports the medicinal qualities inherent in a hearty bowl of the stuff, there seem to be other, more practical shall we say, reasons that chicken soup helps.
Chicken soup, often prepared with vegetables, packs a nutrient rich wallop. The vitamins and minerals in the chicken, as well as the onions, carrots, and celery that frequently accompany this dish, contain powerful antioxidants. Additionally, hot liquid is soothing for the throat and its steam can help relieve congestion. Beyond that, knowing that someone has taken the time and energy to provide you with a whole lot of tender loving care, goes a long way in making anyone feel better. Knowing that you are well cared for makes letting the illness run its course a lot less of a bitter pill to swallow.