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Health Concerns

Bacterial Infections

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A wide range of bacteria can cause infections resulting in mild to life-threatening illnesses. Alarmingly, due to haphazard overuse of antibiotics by conventional medicine, several antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains have emerged, threatening the health of the entire population.

Fortunately, integrative interventions like lactoferrin and beta-glucan can help fight bacterial infections and improve the immune system’s response without giving rise to resistant bacteria.

Risk Factors for Bacterial Infections

  • Compromised immune system
  • Individuals at either end of the age spectrum (neonates and the elderly)
  • Malnutrition
  • Genetic predisposition

Common Bacterial Infections

  • Middle ear and respiratory infections, including strep throat and pneumonia from Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Gastrointestinal infections, including diarrhea from Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella species, and E. coli 0157:H7
  • Skin infections, including impetigo, boils, carbuncles, and cellulitis from the pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and group A streptococci
  • Hospital-acquired and health care-related infections, including urinary tract and surgical wound infections

Conventional Medical Treatments

  • Antibiotics are the mainstay of bacterial infection treatments
  • Because of increasing drug resistance, many antibiotics have lost effectiveness against common bacterial infections
  • High-dose and prolonged antimicrobial therapy can eliminate helpful bacterial flora and predispose people to infection
  • Antibiotic use can cause diarrhea, which can lead to loss of essential vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin K, magnesium, and zinc

Integrative Interventions

  • Comprehensive Multinutrient Formula: In general, people taking multivitamin and multimineral supplements report significantly fewer infectious illnesses. In one small study, efficacy was highest in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
  • Garlic: Garlic, through its compound allicin, has potent antibacterial effects that work by enhancing immune cell activity and inhibiting bacteria and other microorganisms.
  • Lactoferrin: Lactoferrin, especially in its apolactoferrin form, possesses powerful antimicrobial activity and is able to inhibit a wide range of pathogenic bacteria.
  • Beta-glucan: A polysaccharide called beta-glucan not only enhances macrophages’ ability to recognize and subdue microbial invaders, but also increases their ability to communicate with other cellular defenders of the immune system.
  • Probiotics: Probiotics produce bacteria-inhibiting substances (natural antibiotics) and prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to vaginal, urinary, and intestinal tract mucosal lining. Probiotics can also be used to recolonize and restore natural bacterial balance in organ and body systems after antibiotic treatment.