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Myth: Only Antibiotics Stop Infections

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 04:30 PM Current | Bio | Archive

I am amazed that the typical treatment for infections is antibiotics.

On the other hand, the possibility that nutrition may be able to prevent infections — and even aid in recovery — never seems to cross most physicians’ minds.

This is happening despite many studies that show that nutrition plays an integral part in survival and recovery from a wide variety of infections, both bacterial and viral.

For example, we know that low levels of vitamin C, zinc, selenium, and B vitamins greatly increase the likelihood of infection, and once infected, experiencing a prolonged recovery.

Such deficiencies also increase the likelihood that a person will die from a postoperative infection.

Protein deficiency, severe iron deficiency, and high intake of omega-6 oils, sugar, and high glycemic foods also impair chances of recovery.

When I worked in the burn and trauma unit at the Medical University of South Carolina, infections were our worst enemy, responsible for the death of the most patients. Because this was also a research unit, we knew that severe immune suppression was common with these terrible injuries.

What I eventually learned was that nutrition played a major role in the healing process, and improving the patient’s nutrition often made the difference between life and death.

Many of the feeding solutions we gave patients actually suppressed immunity. They were all high in sugars and omega-6 fats (alpha-linolenic acid) — which are powerful immune suppressants.

Amazingly, many of these feeding solutions are still being given to hospitalized patients.

I have also seen many patients who were given iron supplements during active infections. All bacteria and many viruses depend on iron for their growth.

Giving iron to a person with an infection will only feed the infection. And in many cases, it can be fatal.

Stimulating immunity, especially cellular immunity, plays a major role in preventing and curing infections.

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I am amazed that the typical treatment for infections is antibiotics. On the other hand, the possibility that nutrition may be able to prevent infections - and even aid in recovery - never seems to cross most physicians' minds. This is happening despite many studies that show...
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