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my comments about preventive antibiotics, part 3 of 3

Robyn Openshaw - Jun 03, 2011 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

I guess I don’t value the “written protocols and standards of care” much–easy for me to say as I’m not a practitioner–but I have watched with dismay as we’ve become more and more prevention-drug oriented, and I’m doubtful about whether there’s any benefit to the public health. Sure, we take an AB before a procedure and chances of infection are less, but at what cost?

If it were me, I would probably do colloidal silver, megadoses of Vitamin C, and the herb Goldenseal, and oregano essential oil before and after the procedure. But then, I have a strong immune system. (That wasn’t always true. In my 20’s when I ate the S.A.D., I was constantly sick. I had allergies and eczema, both autoimmune conditions.)

If I were overweight, eating the S.A.D., with an already weakened immune system, I might go for the AB. In that case, I would have less confidence in my own body’s ability to regain equilibrium.  Then, of course, we’d have that classic syndrome: the weak get weaker (while the strong get stronger).

These are some of the insightful things said by readers in response to Dr. L’s letter to me:

Go with your gut, and don’t live at extreme ends of the spectrum (anti-drug-at-all-cost, or take-every-drug-because-a-doctor-said so). -Tiffany

Joint-replacement surgery is a big, expensive deal and you don’t want to jeopardize it. -Melissa

Everyone’s individual and I wouldn’t insist on pre-procedure antibiotics. Have the patient sign an “informed consent” and let it go. Patients want individualized care. DENTISTS AND SURGEONS SHOULD INSIST ON GREENS AND PRE-PROCEDURE PROBIOTICS and refuse to do the procedure if patients don’t do this preventative care.   -Dr. Denise Punger

My child died from a reaction to antibiotics for ear infection, and you can’t be tested for it.   -mom2css

Antibiotics don’t always protect you, and it’s protection for the dentist but not always protection for the patient. -Blanche

Freedom of choice is critical and doctors can get consent forms from the patient to release them from liability.   Let’s find out what the real risk is and watch for “fear based propaganda.”   –Tammie

Use colloidal silver, essential oils, and a GSG lifestyle….but don’t take deadly risks. -Dentist’s wife

It’s easier to take the Rx and not fill it, than to argue with the doctor. -Lori  

p.s. from Robyn about Lori’s comment:  Docs can (and sometimes do) also report you to Division of Family Services if you don’t do what they want you to, so I agree that arguing and “taking a stand” is NOT best. That’s a difficult position to be in, as you have far fewer rights when DFS investigates and/or intervenes, than you would if you were accused of a felony and went before a judge. I used to research families who sought natural medicine and rejected standard medical protocols, and I encountered a number of them who lost their kids to foster care, and lost their financial stability and emotional health, in the ensuing legal battle when a doctor joined forces with Attorneys General and Guardians ad litem.

Start being empowered to use natural means to support your immune system rather than declare nuclear war on it.

Posted in: Preventive Care, Relationships

6 thoughts on “my comments about preventive antibiotics, part 3 of 3”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well said. I especially agree with the part about not fighting the system. It’s a terrible balancing act to have to do, trying to keep your child healthy and keep him in your custody. It’s scary. You have to choose your battles. With my son’s condition, we were initially told that he would “need” lifelong antibiotics. (Yes, there are conditions that they are prescribing permanent AB’s for. And when one stops working, they switch to another. This is considered “normal”.) The results speak for themselves, though. We have kept intervention minimal with my son and he is extraordinarily healthy and normal. No one ever guesses that he was born with a major birth defect.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn: You mentioned you had allergies and eczema when younger and I have experienced these for years. Besides a plant-based diet, is there anything else you can recommend to help me. I am going to get the raw honey and mix it with tahini for allergies but my eczema hands are not good.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Raw honey, and cold-pressed coconut oil, were the things I had added into my routine and my diet, when my seasonal allergies left me finally. The eczema left when I adopted a 60-80% diet many years ago. I used to claw my skin at night and wake up with scabs and red angry rashes on my wrists, ankles, and elbows from the eczema. Haven’t had it in 15 years.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    My 11 year old son suffers from bad hayfever, I want to give him raw honey ( does it have to be regional? ) and coconut oil but how much and when should I give it to him? He already eats it, maybe not daily, but quite often in green smoothies and healthy muffins that I make.

    Also what do your kids eat for lunch at school. I have 3 children and am always struggling with ideas for a healthy packed lunch. Especially when it comes to sandwiches. I would really appreciate any tips.

    Many thanks.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Alma, regional is better! Coconut oil: 1 to 2 Tbsp. dialy for a child. We have a 101 Healthy Lunches recipe book that is the answer to that question. 🙂

  4. My 70 year old mother died in 2007 of ventriculitis ( brain infection) after she had a molar removed and then it became infected which spread to her brain. Over the years I watched her doctor misdiagnose Dad’s kidney cancer until he had to have it removed and the cancer had spread to his bones. He also over prescribed antibiotics and a variety of medications. Her lowered immune system could not fight the infection and after 6 weeks of severe allergic reactions to antibiotics in hospital the doctors said there was no more they could do and she died after a nightmare few weeks. My sisters and brother ( I’ve converted my whole family except my resistant still drinking father who needs green smoothies/ juicing the most) and I say in hindsight if only we’d known about green smoothies then I would have made and taken over a litre to her everyday before this to get some whole food, leafy greens into her mainly white pasta, cheese, canned tuna, microwaved veges, icecream diet.

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