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The Centers for Disease Control is alerting the public to the danger of antibiotic overuse and misuse. Dr. Prather has the answer with alternatives to antibiotics. In this episode, find out:

--Why the World Health Organization says we are now in a "post-antibiotic age" and what that means for our health.

--How post-surgical infections are more deadly today because bacteria no longer respond to the antibiotics.

--The problem with physicians getting their education from pharmaceutical companies instead of taking their guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the Surgeon General.

--How good bacteria that we need are also killed by antibiotics along with the bad bacteria. And how this can set us up for more problems if we take too many antibiotics.

--Why antibiotics are really supposed to be used only for life-threatening infections one or two times during a person's lifetime. And the fear of those who discovered antibiotics about how they would be misused.

-That only 10% of upper-respiratory infections and sore throats should receive an an antibiotic because they are viral and antibiotics do not touch viruses. Yet antibiotics are the most common treatment for upper-respiratory infections.

--How GOLD is the strongest antibiotic known to mankind and does not produce antibiotic resistance. And how MRSA infections have been helped by gold when antibiotics failed.

--Why Dr. Prather says 89-90% of all antibiotic use is NOT NECESSARY. And the shocking amount of antibiotics given to livestock (and put into our food supply) every year.

--The recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control for patients to actually challenge whether an antibiotic is necessary when the doctor is writing the prescription.

--How Dr. Prather's office enhances the effects of antibiotics and helps offset any negative side-effects in the rare instances when an antibiotic is required.


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