More and more people are turning to non-drug alternatives for many health problems. When it comes to infection treatment, the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant organisms and disruption of the balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria in the body has caused many to look for alternatives to antibiotics. In one report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted at least 20 strains of resistant bacteria. They noted that 833 prescriptions for antibiotics were written for every 1000 people. According to Dr. Carol Kauffman, upper respiratory infections accounted for up to 70% of all antibiotics given. She went on to say that since most upper respiratory infections were caused by fungi, not bacteria, antibiotics are not even required unless there is a secondary bacterial infection. According to a study in the Journal of The American Medical Association, if certain conditions such as a weakened immune system and other underlying medical conditions are combined with antibiotic use, this can increase certain cancers. When faced with a microbial-based infection, there are several good natural options that can be helpful, but which ones are truly effective? Here are a few options that have merit.
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