Will You Win the 50/50 Antibiotic Lottery?

Just this morning I was talking to a friend who was vacationing down south. She mentioned how quickly a bug had gotten into her system, pushing her body temperature to 104 degrees. She went to a local medical clinic, got a round of antibiotics and 12 hours later she started to feel somewhat normal.Antibiotic Resistance

Even though the doctor truly didn’t know if it was viral or bacterial, she seemed to win the 50/50 lottery that it was bacterial. If it had been a viral infection the provided antibiotics would not have had an impact.

Antibiotics Solve AND Create Problems

The WHO (World Health Organization) has declared this week as World Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19, 2017. The key word is “Awareness” because even though antibiotics have been saving lives for 90 years, they have also created forms of drug-resistant bacteria which have created even more problems.

Western adults get colds 2 to 4 times a year and children 6 to 10 times. The common cold, flues and as many as 95% of noticeable sicknesses are caused by viruses. Therefore, 90% of antibiotics sold may be totally ineffective short term. Our guess is that the common cold occurrence with children in developing countries is even higher than 6 to 10. In these countries, antibiotics can be purchased for as little as $1.50 with no prescription needed from a doctor.

Bad Versus Good

Seventy percent of the immune system resides in the gut. The use of antibiotics not only take out the bad bacteria but also the good disease fighting allies. After the good bacteria are removed, bad strains such as Helicobacter pylori move in creating stomach ulcers. We have seen symptoms of ulcers in young adults reversed in many cases with green vegetable-derived compounds. Left untreated these conditions can last a lifetime.

Good gut bacteria help to protect the digestive tract by creating a lining. As well, it assists with the digestion of foods and promotes a variety of actions such as vitamin production and metabolic functions. Additionally, good bacteria release antibacterial substances that prevent disease.

One way of preventing bad bacteria is by crowding them out with good bacteria. This is known as competitive exclusion.

A healthy micronutrient-rich plant-based diet promotes good bacteria. Good bacteria feed on fiber which is abundant in unrefined plant food. Unfortunately, hundreds of helpful bacteria are lost with the use of antibiotics. Therefore, creating a vacuum for the bad strains to come in.

Our Time With Antibiotics is Running Out

Antibiotic Resistance

One of the WHO slogans is “use antibiotics wisely to combat rising drug resistance”. We agree with this but also ask the question, what do you put in place of antibiotics? Thrive feels that more awareness needs to be created about restoring the damage in our gut which has been caused by the overuse of antibiotics. We need to create a strong immune system that can effectively overcome diseases. This is what our Growing Health program is all about.

The good news is that the solution to fix the overuse of antibiotic costs little to nothing. Simple, fresh, whole foods are all that is needed.

For more on this topic watch out for our new book called Super Immunity for Developing Countries coming out in 2018.

Learn more about World Antibiotic Awareness Week by clicking here.

Where Is Your Gaze?Thanksgiving

Everyone enjoys the time of the year when we slow down and reflect on the good things in life. So often our gaze is only on what is up ahead. The holiday of Thanksgiving helps us to slow down.

During this time, I reflect on the last forty years where I have been trying to help create change in developing countries. If I am honest, for the first thirty years there seemed to be little results for the time and money invested. Thankfully, over the last ten years Thrive has been excited to see 21st-century organic growing practices and natural medicine be birthed in the poorest communities.

Our 5 day Growing Health workshops started many groups down the road to a more secure future.

Thankful for HIV Group Success

Organics 4 Orphans Thanksgiving HIV GroupQuickly, we saw so many testimonies of personal health improvements that we wanted to validate some of the results. With the help of a naturopathic doctor, Elise San Tiago, we identified an HIV group to do a month-long study in 2010. All that we asked of them was to consume a large bowl of various greens that was supplied. Each week, for a month, their immune system was measured to see what change had occurred. Almost without exception, we saw a doubling and even tripling of their immune strength.

The best news though is that 25 out of the 28 suffering with HIV are still alive. This has encouraged us to train many HIV groups and individuals with programs that cost only a few pennies per day.

Changes Need to be Made In Order to End Extreme Poverty

On Sept 13, 2017, Bill Gates stated that the global plan to end extreme poverty by 2030 was failing. There are many reasons for his statement, but we do know that if the same amount of money had been spent on empowering communities to Grow Health all villages would be more secure.

Therefore, we are so thankful during this season that there is a solution today for the one billion people who struggle to get enough food, have little to no traditional medical care and whose life expectancy would probably be cut short by a third. They can actually have a future now.

We are also very thankful for the people who financially partner with us. For as little as $1.30 a day, whole communities can begin to tackle their own health challenges.

If you are not part of this 21st-century solution, consider joining with us!


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Dale Bolton