Antibiotics: How Too Much Of A Good Thing Really Is Bad For You

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By Katherine Smith

pillsNobody doubts that there are times when medicine is really and truly needed. A cancer patient, for example, often needs chemotherapy and radiation to beat his disease (though there is some fascinating new research about the use of cannabis oil in treating cancer). A person suffering from a DVT needs blood thinners to help break up the clot. A person with a bacterial infection needs antibiotics to keep that infection from spreading.

The problem is that we have allowed ourselves to believe that we are dependent upon a lot of these medicines, especially antibiotics, to stay healthy when that really isn’t the case. And, because a lot of doctors want to treat an illness as quickly and completely as possible, they are likely to over-prescribe medications to patients who don’t really need them, all in the name of “playing it safe.”

Causing More Harm than Good

It seems like a fairly harmless thing to do but this over-dependence on antibiotics isn’t helping people. In many cases, it is actually hurting people. In Australia, a toddler with an ear infection (a disease seemingly easy to treat) came close to losing his hearing when the infection was too strong for regular dose antibiotics. Luckily he’s fine, but it took a few tries to find the right strength and dose of the right medicine to clear out his infection.

Some antibiotics have caused problems on such a large scale that there are now class action suits against their manufacturers and prescribers. Cipro, for instance, is a drug that is prescribed equally as an antibiotic and as a treatment for anthrax exposure. The problem is that patients who took it as a simple antibiotic started developing a condition called peripheral neuropathy. You can learn more at

“Life Always Finds a Way”

The reason the overuse of antibiotics is a problem is that bacteria, for all of their single-celledness, are pretty smart and viruses know how to adapt to their surroundings. The more exposure these bacteria and viruses have to antibiotics the more they learn about the drugs and the better able they are to adapt themselves to fight the drugs off. This is what “antibiotic resistant” strains are: bacteria, viruses, etc that have “beefed themselves up” and now the antibiotics that used to take them down are having little to no effect.

In and Out of Your Control

It seems like an easy enough situation to avoid. For example, to help counteract this dependence on “just in case” antibiotics prescriptions, doctors in Denmark have developed a quick test to help a physician determine whether or not her patient really does have a bacterial infection or is simply suffering from a cold.

Even so, some antibiotic ingestion happens without our express knowledge or consent. We take them in via our food. The use of antibiotics on livestock has been spiraling out of control for years. It has gotten so bad that a Federal Plan of Action is being put in place to help curb their use on livestock. Instead of allowing ranchers and farmers to just administer these drugs whether or not the animals truly need them, trained veterinarians will be tasked with that job and will only be able to write prescriptions for herds with which they already are familiar.

What You Can Do

There are, of course, things that you can do to help reduce your own ingestion of antibiotics:

• Wait out a cold or flu; only see your doctor if your fever lasts for more than three days or if your symptoms are still severe after a week.

• Try natural methods of curing your illnesses first. Healthicine is often more effective than medicine.

• Pay attention to your food. Make sure that your animal products are labelled “antibiotic free” before you buy them and eat them.

It is going to take time to reduce our dependence on antibiotics but hopefully, if we all start paying more attention to what we eat and how we’re treated we’ll stop teaching those viruses and bacteria how to beat us.

Go Home You’re Too Fat

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

obesityArt Caplan, from the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU, posted a story about a couple in New Zealand. A chef and his wife had emigrated to New Zealand 7 years ago from South Africa. The chef, when he arrived in New Zealand, was 5’6″ and weighed about 360 pounds. His wife was not obese. After about 6 years, they applied for a renewal of their right to stay and work and run their restaurant in New Zealand, but they were told that they had to leave. He was too fat.

The government’s position was that the chef was going to become a burden on their healthcare system. He and his wife, who isn’t fat, had to leave. They had lived in New Zealand for 7 years and no one had warned him. And, despite the fact that he had lost 50 pounds, the New Zealand government still said, “We are deporting you because you’re fat.”

New Zealand is a health-conscious country. Popular leisure activities include beach swimming, fishing, skiing, and hiking. Most New Zealanders take pride in their healthy, active way of life. In recent years New Zealanders have become more conscious of the need to moderate their sun exposure and high-fat diets. Restaurants now offer more varied and health-conscious cuisine. (1)

Like it or not, this is the wave of the future and many feelings will be hurt, many outraged and yet we can prevent embarrassment and rejection if we begin today.

We’ve all heard the phase “take responsibility for yourself,” and nowhere is this more critical than in health issues. If you are overweight get on a program that will help you manage your weight. You don’t have to set yourself up for unnecessary emotional distress.

I created Heart Easy a plan and program of recipes and healthy eating to ensure your longevity and cardio health. It begins with changing what you eat, reducing sodium, saturated fats and sugars, exercising and stopping smoking or excessive drinking. Not only does this plan help your heart, but it also helps prevent cancer, supports weight loss and stimulates overall health and well-being.

saladplateIf you want to become a healthier person, then use my experience as a former cardio patient and do what I did: Take hold of your health and your weight by declaring your resolve to shed the pounds and get healthier beginning today.

You’ll really see that can be easy, delicious and enjoyable and you’ll start feeling more energetic, happier and healthier right away.


Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early

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babyFrom Your Health Journal…..”My regular visitors here know I always love to promote a site called My Health News Daily – as they always have such wonderful, informative health articles. Today’s article is written by Rachael Rettner entitled Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early. New findings each day help us to understand the beginnings of childhood obesity. We know an epidemic is taking place now, not just with children, but adults. And, obesity related illness is also on the rise, which include heart disease, asthma, cancer, weak joints, and type 2 diabetes. Sedentary lifestyle, along with lack of physical activity is a major culprit to the developing problem. Now, in a study, 40 percent of mothers said they gave their infants solid foods before the age of 4 months, which is earlier than recommended. About 24 percent of mothers who breast-fed, and 53 percent of mothers who formula-fed, gave their babies solid food too early. Studies have also linked the early introduction of solid foods with an increased risk of chronic diseases later in life, such as obesity and eczema. In addition, starting babies on solid foods early may reduce the duration of breastfeeding, and breastfeeding itself has been shown to have many health benefits for kids. I encourage you all to visit the My Health News Daily web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I thought it was well written and informative.”

From the article…..

In the study, 40 percent of mothers said they gave their infants solid foods before the age of 4 months, which is earlier than recommended. About 24 percent of mothers who breast-fed, and 53 percent of mothers who formula-fed, gave their babies solid food too early.

At the time the study was conducted (between 2005 and 2007), the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended infants start solid foods no earlier than 4 months. Currently, the AAP recommends waiting until 6 months. Until that time, the AAP recommends breast milk as the sole food for infants (along with necessarily vitamin supplements).

The new findings are concerning because infants may not be developmentally ready for solid foods before 4 months of age (they may have troubling eating and swallow the food properly), the researchers said. Studies have also linked the early introduction of solid foods with an increased risk of chronic diseases later in life, such as obesity and eczema. In addition, starting babies on solid foods early may reduce the duration of breastfeeding, and breastfeeding itself has been shown to have many health benefits for kids.

The findings highlight the need for better communication about when mothers should start their infants on solid foods, and the risks of giving these foods too early, said study researcher Kelley Scanlon, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity.

The study surveyed 1,334 women before they gave birth, and nearly every month during the first year of the baby’s life. Moms were asked to report any solid foods their babies ate in the last week.

To read the complete article…..Click here

It’s Never Too Late (Or Too Soon) To Live Your Dream

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By George and Sedena Cappannelli

familywalkDo you remember dreaming that one day you would be a great writer, painter, or composer? Do you remember wanting to invent a remark­able new product, pitch a perfect game, find the cure to a debilitating illness, rally the troops to save the day, become a great actress, enter the courtroom to right an injustice, or throw your hat into the political ring to make a difference? Do you remember dreaming of bringing a brood of children into the world and raising them with incredible amounts of love and consciousness? Do you remember wanting to play music or sing melodies that issued from your heart? Do you remember dreaming of being a coach or a teacher, a dancer, choreographer, cook, carpenter or fisherman, an astronaut or mountain climber, a religious or spiritual leader, a humanitarian or a healer?

Perhaps in your case, you did not know exactly what you wanted to do with your life, but you felt a longing you could not put a name to, a restless tug to do something more and different than others around you were doing.

Perhaps both of these things were and still are sometimes true for you – specific longings to do or express yourself in a given way or a restlessness that issues from not knowing quite what you want to do or how. If this is true for you, then we invite you to spend a few moments with us exploring the possibility that the next stage of your journey not only can be more satisfying and rewarding, but also more in alignment with the dream you came here to manifest.

The first step we recommend in this exploration is to take a little time to be alone, a little time to listen to some of the hints and promptings that come from that “still small voice” within you. If you are willing to take this first step, we believe you will soon discover that this longing, this dream that you once had is still very much alive inside you. We also believe you will discover that by directing your attention to that place where your dream still lives, you will either rediscover or discover the beginning of a pathway that can – no matter how old or young you are – lead you to live more of the life you were born to live.

The Power of Your Dream

Our personal experience confirms the fact that when we are in touch with our personal dream and stay true to its call – stay true to what is called our destiny – we are not only more creative, impassioned, and energetic, but we are also more involved in our own lives, connected to others and in tune with the natural rhythms of life. When we are in touch with our dream we are also more concerned about the well-being of others, this planet and all of the species that reside here. In short, in our experience being in touch with our dream is an essential key not only to living more con­sciously and aging wisely, but to fulfilling what we call our spiritual promise or heritage.

friendsFor more than 30 years we have been experimenting with and testing this premise not only in our personal lives, but through our work with hundreds of major organizations and with thousands of individuals who have attended both our organizational and public programs. During this time we have come to verify that those who are in touch with and living even portions of their dream are more content, impassioned, engaged, loving, health and successful. In addition, following the call of our dream is not just important to us as individuals, it appear to be equally essential to the grand scheme of things.

Yes, our dreams hold a blueprint for a unique and successful life, in fact for the precise life many of us long for and believe somewhere in our hearts is possible. And yet it may not be and often is not the life we are living. We could, of course, spend months exploring why this is true. But in the end, we believe what matters most is not why, but what we can do to correct this misalignment.

Our exploration indicates that this blueprint is often as close as the longing we feel our hearts. Indeed, we have discovered that it doesn’t matter whether it has been days or decades since we have last paid any attention to our dream, it is always there, literally as close as our next breath.

If you have been faithful to your dream you know this to be true and we applaud and celebrate your efforts. But then again, our applause is unnecessary for you already know the value of the journey that was written indelibly in your heart long ago. If you have not yet been as faithful to your dream as you have wanted to be then you also know or, at the very least, sense that what we are saying is true. For we know that you, like us, periodically receive, sometimes quietly, sometimes insistently, those whispers, prods, prompts, and even demands that you to pay more attention from that “still small voice within.”

So here in this moment we invite you to pause and take a little time to touch that place in your heart where your dream still resides. We ask to get quiet enough to hear what that “still small voice” is saying so that you, too, can once again regain that glint in your eye, that spring in your step and that flow of loving that is not just a possibility, but your right and privilege as a spiritual being who is currently having this physical experience called life.

Indeed, no matter what your experience has been – whether it has been the hot and dedicated pursuit of a dream that has been clear and compelling for a long time or whether you turn away and are now living with that restlessness, knowing that there was or is some­thing else, something you sense is more inspiring that you want to do – we invite you to lean back in your chair, close your eyes, and for just a few moments go to that quiet place inside you that is not limited by the boundaries of physical time or practical considerations.

Please do not just read these last few paragraph and move on. Stop, take a few, slow deep breaths and give yourself the gift of getting back in touch with your dream. You will, we know, be deeply grateful to yourself for doing so. Indeed, you will be taking your next steps to honoring what the poet Mary Oliver has called, “this one wild and precious thing called your life.”

yogaposeThere are, of course, numerous techniques that can assist you to get in touch with this inner experience. Different forms of slow, focused breathing; various reflective and meditative practices; the use of mantras and simple phrases spoken on the out-breath and the in-breath; a walk in a favorite woodland; a run along a wild and beautiful beach; moments spent gazing into the innocent eyes of your child or that remarkable being you are spending your life with. Any and all of these practices and a host of others will do. Indeed, whatever allows you to connect to your heart and be available to the guidance that comes from within you – anything that allows you to remember your dream, is perfect.”

Even if this first re-connection to your dream is only a vague sense, a hint of a direction, the barest impulse, or a fleeting image, allow yourself to glimpse it, sense it, feel it. But do not hold on too tightly or be disappointed if it does not materialize as a complete game plan for the rest of your life. Just let it unfold in whatever way is appropriate and for which you are ready. Just touch into that special reservoir of energy that is your dream and let it evoke in you the beginnings of a renewed sense of hope, purpose, and passion.

And if by chance you find yourself suddenly feeling the impulse to blow the dust off those paintbrushes; open the cover of the piano or of your toolbox; or dig out that notebook you tucked away on the bottom bookshelf of a bookcase, that notebook that is full of ideas for that humanitarian project, that business venture, or that novel you once wanted to create, then go ahead.

Truly, no matter how old you are or what you have chosen to do thus far in your life to earn your daily bread, if you give yourself permission to touch even the edges of that dream that lives inside you, we are confident that you will experience a sense of rightness, of alignment with something that is deeply familiar. Of course, you may also experi­ence some pangs of regret for not listening to that “still small voice” more often and listening instead to those who told you that you had to be reasonable and responsible, that you needed to find a practical and proven way to sup­port yourself, and eventually, perhaps, a family. But don’t let that regret stop you from re-connecting to your dream. Just keep following the hints and impulses. Just stay in touch with that sense of alignment and naturalness and let it be your guide.

How can you be sure you are at the right place, the place where your dream resides? You’ll know. So welcome it. Be grateful to it for the fact that the light of wonder and longing is alive and well inside of you. You may also want to keep this reconnection private for a while. You know what they say about “protecting vulnerable beginnings.” So hold it sacred and nurture it, and above all, be willing to allow these first moments, these new re-connections to grow stronger and come more alive inside of you.

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

And even if you do not know where these first hints or images will lead you or how to bring them even more to life, let that be okay. The only thing that matters now is your willingness, your availability and openness. The only thing that matters now is that you honor this re-connection and allow these first stirring to lead you step by step toward that greater unfoldment of the life that you were born to live.

So we celebrate your courage in taking these steps and leave you with a remarkable quote from Oriah Mountain Dreamer, the author of The Invitation. We also leave you with our sincere hope that you will also keep some of encouragement we offer and extraordinary words from this gifted writer close to your heart. And most of all, we hope you will celebrate the very distinct, special and unique notes that you and only you have to come to this earth to add to the great song that is life.

– George and Sedena Cappannelli are co-authors of Do Not Go Quietly, A Guide To Living Consciously and Aging Wisely For People Who Weren’t Born Yesterday (Hay House, 2013). They are also co-founders of AgeNation, a digital media company dedicated to informing, inspiring and engaging Boomers and elders on the challenges and opportunities in a world in which 50% of our population will be over 50 for the first time in history. They are experts on individual, organizational and society change and they have been assisting and inspiring hundreds of the premier organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors as well as thousands of leaders and people in the general public to accomplish their objectives for more than 25 years. Their other books include: Say Yes To Change and Authenticity and they have recently launched the World Council of Wisdom Keepers that include such notables as Jean Houston, Ram Dass, Angeles Arrien, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Michael Meade, Dr. Gladys McGarey and Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith. For information visit: