I am sure that you wondering about the meaning of the the title of this blog – Living in a World Beyond Antibiotics and Religion. You are also probably curious to know why I have linked the two together. So let me briefly explain the correlations. Antibiotics have been one of the underpinning concepts and drugs of modern medicine. When penicillin was discovered it was based upon a particular theory about our cells and how to treat them when they become infected with bacteria. Infection control has been one of the biggest discoveries in modern times. We have been living in a golden era of infection control since 1930. Antibiotics have been seen by many as the cure all saviour, however the power of the savior is fading and becoming compromised by antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. I will discuss more about life after antibiotics below.
However, if you are still wondering about the correlation between antibiotics and religion let me give you a few more clues. Religion informs you how to save your soul and antibiotics are what you resort to, to save your physical life. Just as the power, influence and effectiveness of antibiotics is waning, it is also true for our established Christian religion. The questions I pose in my article below is it time for finding new ways to save one’s soul? This of course is a very touchy subject for many people, countless wars have been fought on the basis of religion and a plethora of ideologies have been created on the basis who is right and who is not about the life and times of Jesus.
It is not my intention to offend anyone but only to explore the possibilities of away of moving forward. Perhaps in my own small way offering different ways of exploring and interrelating with what we call the divine which is within each and every one of use.
In the end it doesn’t matter where you find dogma be it scientific or religious. Dogma becomes a sacred cow and whilst it is useful for awhile in the end it causes limitations and other unintended side effects.
Living in a Post Antibiotic World – Pt 1
At the moment many medical experts are warning that “Superbugs could erase a century of medical advances”. The fear is that these superbugs represent one of the gravest threats in the history of medicine. Essentially without antibiotics we will not be able to manage life threatening infections, many will survive their surgery or accident only to die later from baterial infections.
A new class of antibiotics has not been developed since 1987 and since that time our bugs have been evolving. Medicine is now having to turn on it’s head in that once it’s strength was that for every ill there was a pill now this is no longer the case. In actual fact this practice has caused superbugs. Unfortunately antibiotics are not just been used excessively for human ills they are also extensively used in vast quantities in agriculture, fisheries and by vets. Our environment is now flooded with antibiotics the same as oestrogens. We are all passively exposed to antibiotics in the food we eat, the air we breath and the water we drink.
As Professor Otto Cars of Uppsala University in Sweden has said “antibiotic resistance is a complex ecological problem which doesn’t just effect people, but is also intimately connected with agriculture and the environment.
So what action can we as individuals take? Understand that the concept of a pill for every ill is not valid. Take steps to keep ourselves health by doing our best to get adequate rest, eat nutritious foods and drink clean water. In Australia most of these things are possible for most people. When we actually need antibiotics take then as prescribed. Coupled with this also take a herbal AntibioBotanical. There is research that indicates that Pharmaceutical antibiotics kill most but not all bacteria leaving a small amount antibiotic resistant the herbal antibiobotanical that I can prescribe supports full elimination of bacteria and fungi. Couple with this try to treat infections before they become full blown and leave antibiotics your only option. The same Antibiobotanical is a good first option for minor infections.
If you would like more information about the AntibioBotanical please let me know as it seems a sensible inclusion into your medicine chest.
For the world to change it requires each and everyone of us to take personal responsibility for the change. We cannot leave it up to big brother, the politicians or the doctors or even to a higher power. Which leads nicely into my next topic – Living in a World Beyond Religion