1928 was a big year for medical science. Sir Alexander Fleming returned to his lab to find a big mess – and a new kind of mold. The mold was able to repel one of the leading causes of death in patients during that day, a bacterium called staphylococcus. Dr. Fleming proceeded to try to replicate the mold with great success, and the new drug was named penicillin.
To date, penicillin has earned its stripes and an enduring nickname, “the miracle drug.” Most modern antibiotics used today are derived from Dr. Fleming’s discovery. Unfortunately, along with the benefits come certain health risks and side effects, including permanent destruction of certain intestinal bacteria required for healthy digestive function. Even probiotics have not been found to effectively act against this side effect.
For this reason, certain medical experts are now recommending that antibiotics not be prescribed for pregnant patients or very young patients.
Animal medicine experts are increasingly recommending the same when treating farm animals, livestock, and pet animals. One of the most disturbing side effects of persistent antibiotic use among these populations is how quickly they can develop resistance to the drugs. The people who care for them also share this resistance, which is then encoded into the DNA passed from mother to child.
Happily, this has also led to renewed interest in identifying natural alternatives to prescription antibiotics. In particular, these three natural alternatives can be effective for both you and the protection dogs you rely on to keep your family and your business safe and secure.
Natural Antibiotic 1: Oil Of Oregano
Oil of oregano is best known in the farming world as a healthy, safe additive in chicken feed. Poultry and similar livestock have responded well to the addition, showing increased health and none of the side effects noted from the use of prescription antibiotics.
Oil of oregano works because it has natural anti-biotic, anti-oxidant, anti-septic, anti-parasitic, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
The active ingredients in oil of oregano have been identified as carvacrol and thymol, naturally occurring chemical compounds called “phenols” that effectively capture free radicals and help free the body from disease. It also helps that oil of oregano is chock-full of nutrients and trace minerals like Vitamin C, E, and A, niacin, copper, manganese, calcium, potassium and others.
How to Use Oil of Oregano to Treat Your Protection Dogs:
– First, administer 2-3 drops, three times per day into a coconut carrier oil.
– Next, add to food or a treat or apply topically.
Antibiotic 2: Colloidal Silver
Silver has a centuries-long history of use not just as a precious metal for jewelry and ornamentation, but also as an immune system booster. In its colloidal form, silver has powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-viral properties.
The word “colloidal” means that there are two parts: the silver (or other substance) and some type of carrier liquid. In the case of colloidal silver, the silver itself is broken down into particles so small they are called sub-microscopic.
Because the silver particles are so small and are suspended in a liquid, the silver can move through cell walls to find and eliminate toxins, including viruses, bacteria, fungus, and other pathogens. Even better, to date, no known resistances to the use of colloidal silver as a natural anti-biotic have been reported.
How to Use Colloidal Silver to Treat Your Personal Protection Dogs:
– You should use between 5 and 10 drops (start with less until you know how your dog responds) twice to three times daily.
Colloidal silver can be administered by mouth in food or snack or as a nebulizer directly into the respiratory passages.
Antibiotic 3: Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is now gaining a worldwide reputation as a potent natural healer on many levels. The manuka tree (also called the tea tree) is native to the northern end of New Zealand. In early to late spring, the manuka tree produces blossoms that attract local honeybees. These bees then produce honey. This honey is called manuka honey.
Manuka honey is especially useful as a topical form of natural anti-microbial, anti-biotic, and anti-septic. While manuka honey is not the only varietal of honey that has been shown to prevent the growth and spread of bacteria, germs, and other unwelcome guests, manuka honey has been shown to be particularly useful at eradicating so-called “superbugs.” These superbugs (an example is the Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus bug or MRSA bug for short) can infiltrate and infect whole populations of animals and people.
While all honey contains hydrogen peroxide, a natural antiseptic agent, manuka honey also contains another active agent called MG, or methylglyoxal, which is a very powerful natural anti-biotic. Together, these two agents give manuka honey its uniquely potent anti-microbial, anti-septic and anti-biotic powers.
Manuka honey is now being widely used to treat both exterior and interior health issues. Examples of exterior issues where manuka honey can be effectively used include surface wounds, cuts, areas where abscesses have formed. Examples of interior health issues that respond well to manuka honey include gastritis, digestive discomfort, inflammation, cavities, and oral abscesses, acid reflux, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
In animals, and particularly canines, manuka honey has also been found to be effective in treating kennel cough, ringworm, allergies, and similar conditions.
How to Use Manuka Honey to Treat Your Personal Protection Dogs:
– Manuka honey can be used topically as a surface anti-septic and anti-biotic. Just spread it on to form a thin layer over the area of the wound or irritation.
– Manuka honey can also be taken internally. Start with a one-half teaspoon and increase to one teaspoon per day taken with a snack or food.
NOTE: If your protection dog is diabetic or is carrying a few extra pounds, be sure to talk with your veterinarian before administering Manuka honey. For safety, do not administer Manuka to dogs less than 12 months old.