Hey Laura, how can I combat the negative side effects of antibiotics?

“D” writes:

Hey Laura,
My mom had hip replacement surgery and keeps getting an infection. She’s got an oozing infection on her leg and a UTI from the last round of antibiotics. I know you’re really into what else can be done in addition to antibiotics, and I thought I’d try to get some ideas from you—something my dad can make up for her, etc.

*** Disclaimer: Guess what! I’m not a doctor! Trust your instincts and the other qualified experts in your life. ***

Oh, what a bummer! My initial thought is that her immune system must be totally shot - the multiple rounds of antibiotics will do that. I’m a big advocate of probiotics; they can help replenish the good bacteria that the antibiotics are decimating in her gut.

I like the Tummy Tuneup probiotic from Beeyoutiful.com. Because she is immune compromised right now, food sources of probiotics probably aren’t her best bet. Yogurt often has too much sugar, and dairy is contra-indicated for UTIs anyway. A cultured sauerkraut would be fine, but supplements are perfectly acceptable in this case.

No doubt you have heard of cranberry juice being useful in treatment and prevention of UTIs. Use unsweetened cranberry juice (mix it with water so it’s not so horrid), or even blueberry juice; tablets or capsules have also shown to be more effective than the placebo in clinical trials.

Something my Naturopath always has me when I’m fighting something off is a castor oil pack. Castor oil (used externally ONLY!) has some incredibly powerful health benefits. It stimulates lymph circulation, so it might help reduce the inflammation and infection in her bladder.

Speaking of alternative practitioners, is your mom open to getting acupuncture? It can be very efficient in treating UTIs, especially if antibiotic resistance is apparent.

As for the wound on her leg: Garlic, garlic garlic!!! I cannot emphasize enough what an amazing substance garlic is. Not only does it keep vampires at bay, it works wonders at fighting infections and boosting immunity! Wow!

Garlic can be taken internally, to boost the immune system, as well as applied topically onto the wound directly. It’s pretty potent and can burn the skin, so I recommend making a paste called GOOT (Garlic Olive Oil Treatment):

GOOT recipe
3 TB coconut oil
3 TB olive oil
3 TB FRESH (do not use that abomination in a jar!) raw chopped garlic
Melt coconut oil over low heat. Mix in the other two ingredients. Blend well, strain the tiny garlic bits (or not - I never do!) and store it in a glass jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.

To take internally, peel and slightly crush a fresh clove of garlic and swallow like a pill. If that’s too overwhelming, a garlicky salad dressing can do the trick! Three cloves per day is what I’ve seen mostly commonly recommended.

Sure, the garlic breath is stupendous, but it’s worth being well!

I don’t think anything I recommended here will interfere with what your mom’s doctor is prescribing, but it’s always best to run things by your doctor before taking the advice of some random, self-proclaimed expert on the internet! ;)

Hey Laura, I think... Hey Laura, how can I combat the negative side effects of antibiotics?

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