Monday, 1 August 2016


Dr. Mercola
Your guide to good health

*Who Is Usually Affected by Pneumonia?*
Anyone from any age group can be affected with pneumonia, but young children and senior citizens over 65 years old are most susceptible to this infection.

Statistics from November 2015 by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that around 922,000 children died in 2015 because of pneumonia. This infection is said to account for 15 percent of all deaths among children under 5 years old.

Pneumonia is known as the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide, with many cases coming out of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

An important fact that you should know about pneumonia is that not all cases of this infection are identical, since there are various infection-causing agents, including different bacteria strains, bacteria-like creatures, viruses and fungi, that can cause it.
 If your infection is not treated immediately, these can spell disaster for your health.

Be warned that the conventional treatment protocols prescribed by physicians to pneumonia patients can be just as threatening as the infection itself. While these medications may seem like the best option to heal from the disease, the health risks that can arise speak otherwise.

It pays to have adequate knowledge on how to deal with pneumonia since you’ll never know when it will strike you or your loved ones.

 if antibiotics are extremely necessary, make sure to take a high-quality probiotic supplement a few hours before or after taking the antibiotic. Not only do probiotics replenish the amount of good bacteria in your gut, but they also:
• Improve mental and psychological health
• Enhance your immune system
• Help in digesting food, especially those that are hard-to-digest or might be sensitive for some people
• Boost B vitamin synthesis and calcium absorption

You should exercise caution if your physician prescribes over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen (popularly known as Tylenol) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or aspirin.

High rates of hospitalizations, emergency room visits and even liver failure fatalities are linked to acetaminophen.
What’s more, acetaminophen overdoses are becoming quite common, even if you slightly go over the amount prescribed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also found out that excess acetaminophen is connected to liver damage and negative skin reactions.

Ibuprofen, aspirin and other variants of NSAIDs are also a big no-no when it comes to treating pneumonia because of their potential side effects, such as:

• Heart problems
• Gastrointestinal bleeding
• Ulcers
• Kidney problems
• High blood pressure

What’s more, if you’re pregnant, your risk for miscarriage, prolonged labor and low amniotic fluid may go up if you take these medications. NSAIDs may affect your child as well, and can result in heart problems for your baby. If you want to heal from pneumonia, as much as possible, avoid gambling with conventional medicines that may have hidden dangers. Instead, opt for natural remedies that will provide your body with an arsenal that can get rid of pneumonia for good.

*Go Natural With Your Pneumonia Treatments*

One of the best ways to treat any type of disease (not just pneumonia) is to use what Mother Nature has to offer. There are a variety of herbs and plants that are able to do this.

Some of the best homemade and natural remedies for pneumonia include:

• Holy Basil: also known as tulsi, Holy Basil efficiently fights bacteria. Research published in the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology saw that Holy Basil oil has exceptional antibacterial activity against three types of bacteria strains. You can reap Holy Basil’s benefits by chewing dried leaves or by drinking tulsi tea.

• Garlic: this well-known vegetable contains allicin, a compound that’s responsible for providing protection versus bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, preventing sicknesses, enhancing the immune system, and combatting oxidative and inflammatory stress to name a few. Eat garlic raw, add it to your favorite dish or take garlic capsules.

• Ginger: a pneumonia-fighting root vegetable, ginger eliminates toxins and heals spasmodic pneumonia. You can add fresh or dried ginger to smoothies, stir-fries, or salads, or make your own ginger tea by placing fresh ginger in boiling water.

• Fenugreek tea: together with a few drops of lemon juice, this type of tea assists in clearing the fluid in your lungs and treating your cough.

• Tea tree and eucalyptus oils: these two essential oils have antibacterial properties that can remove infection-causing agents.
 If you have fungal pneumonia, tea tree oil is beneficial because of its antifungal properties.

• Oregano oil:
this essential oil has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making it ideal for many pneumonia patients. You can combine oregano oil with water and drink it.

• Astragalus: this herb encourages antibody production, boosts immune system and raises your body’s resistance to viruses and bacteria. There are capsules, powdered root and essential oils available today, but you can also infuse some dried astragalus root into water to make tea.

• Echinacea: this plant is helpful for pneumonia patients because it has antiviral and antibacterial capabilities. Echinacea also enables your immune cells to be more effective at combatting bacteria, viruses and abnormal cells, and raises the amount of immune system cells. Echinacea capsules and tinctures are available if you want to treat your pneumonia.

• Goldenseal: pneumonia patients can benefit from goldenseal’s antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Moreover, an alkaloid present in goldenseal called berberine is great at fighting various bacteria, protozoa and fungi, and facilitates easier elimination of bacteria.


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