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Book Review: Herbal Antibiotics

by Rebekah Joy Anast of

November 2005

Herbal Antibiotics, Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria by Stephen Harrod Buhner

"When we are born we are sterile; there are no bacteria on or in our bodies. Normally the first thing that happens after birth is that we are placed on our mother's stomach and we begin to nurse. At this moment our skin begins to be colonized with human-friendly bacteria from our mother's body, and our intestinal tract begins to be colonized from bacteria from our mother's milk. Eventually 1 to 2 pounds of our mature body weight will be the billions of bacteria that live in healthy symbiosis in and on our bodies..."

I learned SO much reading this book. And enjoyed it! Stephen Harrod Buhner is a great writer, and (apart from promoting Darwinism) very well researched. Herbal Antibiotics convinced me that everything I need to take care of my family is available directly from Nature, easy to use, safe, and WORKS. God has provided a powerful arsenal of medicine in the plants that grow around us. With discipline, knowledge, and a little effort, good health is the natural and likely result.

The first section of Herbal Antibiotics is about traditional antibiotics; including the discovery, historical usage and politics, and the current "medical dead end" that faces us. Mr. Buhner's research on the effects of "wonder-drug" antibiotics completely convinced me that ignorance is death. And that, if I don't take my family's health into my own hands, I am literally throwing it away.

After the introduction and history of old-school drugs, the top 15 most effective antibiotic herbs are covered in a thorough, easy-to-read manner. Herbal Antibiotics offers some practical recipes in the back; (Immune Soup, Wound Salve, Cold Tincture, etc...) plus information on how to deal with every common ailment that has sent you to the doctor time and again. I loved reading about the fantastic healing properties of honey (check The Old Schoolhouse Winter Issue for this article) and the powerful cleansing abilities of Grapefruit Seed Extract (not "directly" from nature, but pretty close!). Thanks to Mr. Buhner for an effective, practical introduction to natural antibiotics and their usage in a "bite-sized" book!

I highly recommend this book!

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Daily sprinkling a little Cayenne powder on the toothpaste on your toothbrush can work miracles in fighting and preventing gum disease. That's right! It will also help deal with other oral ailments that plague many folks these days. After reading about this, we just had to try it. There is a warm sensation in your mouth as you brush your teeth, but it soon disappears after rinsing. As always, whenever using Cayenne powder, you should start with very small amounts to allow the body some time to build up a tolerance. The first few times we used it, we sprinkled so little of the powder on the toothpaste that we didn't feel anything. As the days progressed, we increased the amounts slightly until we felt it was warm enough. After using it for a little while, the nice feeling in your mouth is very satisfying. Be warned, however, that you do not want to overdo this one, so start small.