The True Story of Oscillococcinum

The True Story of Oscillococcinum
Jan Willem Nienhuys
Whenever the flu season nears, prudent consumers get immunized against the most virulent strains of flu that are expected. This is especially recommended for people who are elderly or have chronic lung disease, diabetes, or various other chronic diseases. In France, however, lots of people arm themselves against this by taking Oscillococcinum. What a strange name! Where does it come from, and what does it mean?

Oscillococcinum was discovered by Joseph Roy (1891-1978) [1], a French physician who was on military duty when the Spanish flu hit the world in 1917. He examined the blood of victims and found a strange microorganism: a bacterium that consisted of two unequal balls that performed a quick vibratory motion. Roy called them “oscillococci” and thought they could vary much in size. Sometimes they shrunk so much that he couldn’t see them with his microscope. But they could also grow and get one or two more balls.

Next Roy discovered these bacteria in the blood and the tumors of cancer patients, in syphilitic ulcers, in the tubercles of tuberculosis patients and in the pus of gonorrhea sufferers. Also people who had eczema, rheumatism, mumps, chickenpox and measles turned out to harbor this “universal germ.”

It is not clear today what Roy saw through the eyepiece of his microscope. But one thing is certain: he did not see the causes of those diseases. Rheumatism, eczema, and most forms of cancer are not caused by microbes, and mumps and measles are caused by viruses, which can’t be seen with an ordinary microscope. Moreover, no other bacteriologist has ever reported seeing Roy’s special cocci again.

Roy thought he had made a new and thrilling discovery on the road to the cure for cancer. He even wrote a book about it. In his time, many people doubted the idea that every disease has its own cause (such as its own microbe). Such skeptics embraced Roy’s discovery.

Roy thought immediately of a homeopathic application. The fundamental teaching of Samuel Hahnemann (1775-1843) is that disease is a disturbance of “life force” and that specific causes for diseases do not exist. Possibly vague environmental factors may play a role, he thought, and his idea was that scabies and syphilis were such factors, which he called “miasmas.” Hahnemann first published his views in 1796. Other parts of Hahnemann’s views were that diseases can be cured if one imparts to the patient an artificial disease that produces similar life force disturbances as the real disease. The short-lived artificial disease will drive out the real disease and then the patient is cured. The remedies act by their spiritual power and this spiritual nonphysical power can be imparted to alcohol or milk sugar by a process of shaking or rubbing, just like iron can be made magnetic by rubbing it with a magnet.

Roy’s finding fit perfectly with the homeopathic view that diseases do not have specific causes, and he thought that his discovery could be adapted to treat cancer homeopathically. Just take any abundant source of oscillococci, and after homeopathic reinforcement, it will become a panacea. Now oscillococci occur virtually everywhere, but for reasons nobody knows Roy took as source the muscovy duck, which French cooks use to prepare duck breast. These cooks call the animal Canard de Barbarie, but biologists know it as Cairina moschata. Completely in line with the unscientific traditions of homeopathy, Oscillococcinum is denoted in Latin with the wrong name, “Anas Barbariae, Hepatis et Cordis Extractum,” even though Anas ducks are quite different from Cairina ducks.

Since 1925, Oscillococcinum has been prepared as follows. Into a one litre bottle, a mixture of pancreatic juice and glucose is poured. Next a Canard de Barbarie is decapitated and 35 grams of its liver and 15 grams of its heart are put into the bottle. Why liver? Doctor Roy writes: “The Ancients considered the liver as the seat of suffering, even more important than the heart, which is a very profound insight, because it is on the level of the liver that the pathological modifications of the blood happen, and also there the quality of the energy of our heart muscle changes in a durable manner.” Maybe the French tendency to call any form of not well-being a “crise de foie” (“bilious attack”) had also something to do with it. After 40 days in the sterile bottle, liver and heart autolyse (disintegrate) into a kind of goo, which is then “potentized” with the Korsakov method.

Semyon Nicolaevich Korsakov (1788-1853) was a modest landowner in the village Tarusovo near Moscow [2]. After 1813, he held a not-too-demanding desk job in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, enabling him to dabble in lay medicine. In about 1829, he converted to homeopathy and invented a quicker way of preparing high dilutions. The glass containing the remedy is shaken and then just emptied and refilled, and the dilution factor is assumed to be 1:100.

In ordinary homeopathy one has to use a new clean glass for every dilution, so the Korsakov method is very cost-effective. In preparing Korsakov potencies, distilled water is used rather than alcohol (sometimes only after the 30th dilution), which saves a lot of money if one has to repeat the dilution step 200, 1000 or even 50,000 times. Oscillococcinum’s manufacturer (Boiron) uses “ultrapure water” from the first step on. Oscillococcinum is designated as “200K”—which means that the original amount is subjected to 200 Korsakov dilutions—and the resulting fluid is used to moisten small 5 milligram balls of milk sugar. Some packages have been labeled “200CK.” (“C” is the abbreviation for centesimal, which means 1-to-100 dilution, and “CK” stands for “centesimal Korsakovian.” ) Other packages have been labeled 200C,” which does not specify which dilution method was used.

Korsakov’s first name is often incorrectly transcribed as Semen, and some biographers use the nonexistent first name Iseman or Isemen. In German transcription he is Simon Korsakoff. Various myths say that he was a nobleman or count, a physician with or without PhD, the czar’s personal physician, or even a general who invented the Korsakov method on the battlefield. None of this is true. Hahnemann addressed him as “Monsieur le comte de Korsakoff” in a time that foreigners customarily used noble titles for any Russian who could speak French. Korsakov’s method gained Hahnemann’s approval in 1832.

Dubious Claims
The good doctor Roy thought that his concoction worked against cancer, syphilis, scabies and tuberculosis, but Boiron only recommends it for “flu-like states” and asks just over a dollar per gram for it. Hundreds of thousands of French buy this energetically advertised nonsense product. It is recommended for prevention (one dose per week in the flu season) and as cure. And, contrary to classical homeopathic usage, one has to gobble up a one-gram doses, rather than take a single 5 mg ball as a lifetime dose.

There’s no logical reason to believe that anything in duck liver or heart will be an effective flu remedy. But even if there were some magic substance, the manufacturing process guarantees that it will not be in the finished product. The laws of chemistry indicate that after the 12th dilution, it is unlikely that a single molecule from the original organs will remain. Moreover, at “200C” (or “200K” or “200 CK”) the concentration of the original substance would be 1 part in 100200, which is a 1 followed by 400 zeroes. A 1 followed by 100 zeroes is called a googol. The estimated number of particles in the universe that we can see is a googol, give or take a few zeroes. So in order for one of the original molecules to be present in a container of Oscillococcinum, the mass of that container would have to be about a googol googol googol times our world, which would be incomprehensibly larger than the visible universe.

How, then, could anyone conclude that Oscilloccinum is effective? Homeopathic theory holds that if large amount of a substance can produce symptoms in healthy people, infinitesimal amounts can cure diseases with those symptoms. The alleged effects are determined through experiments (most done over 100 years ago) in which people ingest the substances and report what they experience afterward. These reports have been compiled into huge books that supposedly provide the “drug picture” of each substance. The books, called materia medica, are said to comprise “all the recorded mental, general and local (particular) symptoms and signs, modalities, pathological changes and test findings” for each substance.” [4]

Oscillococcinum’s drug picture illustrates irrationality to the nth degree. I received it after I complained about an ad. A Dutch Boiron representative responded that the drug picture supported the company’s claims of curative powers. The drug picture alleged that oscillococcinum can can help:

Diabetics who are afraid when during a thunderstorm their husband seems to be late, while they have a feeling of electric currents through their varicose veined legs, anal itch and itchy bumps on their wrist, that they keep trying to wash off in a maniacal way, especially when they have a runny nose and stubbornly resist advice not to worry.

The list of relevant individual symptoms included:

Tuberculosis patients sensitive to chilling.
Luetic patients having obsessive ideas.
General symptoms: Lean, pale, chronic invalidity, weakness, need for fresh air even when afraid of cold. Stiffness, shivering, feeling too hot, headache, weakness, repeating shakes descending down the body. Feeling of electric current running through the diseased part. Bitter and grayish secretions, not much.
Aggravates: when you think about it, by moisture, fog, changes of weather, in the night, when resting, after eating eggs or drinking milk.
Improves: in free air, at the seaside, by heat, resting, after evacuations.
Sleep: sleepless with agitation during the night.
Mental symptoms: Latent anxiety, especially when someone doesn’t return on time) fear, unquietness without clear cause. Impatience, improves when one is busy. Quick speech and understanding. Futility, tendency to be maniacal. Pettyness. Can’t stand disorder, fear of dirt and pollution. Urge to often wash hands. Afraid to shake hands for fear of contagion. Stubbornness. Depressed, thinks back of his past fear of thunderstorms.
Local symptoms: Clouding of the senses. Sudden vertigo. Pain in the right of the head, with repeated shaking. Heavy feeling in the head. Sudden feeling of decoupling in the head. Headache in the front of the head, also occipital, worse in the morning than in the evening, better when one blows the nose. Pain in the maxillary region. Feeling of something running across the face on the right half. Feeling of a bug that runs over the face during the night.
That’s about half. The rest include:

Violent needle-like pain in the ears; flu-like state; runny nose; yellow conjunctiva; dry painful cough; wet cough with mucopurulent expectoration; whole tongue putrid; vomit; pain in the appendix region; abdominal cramp followed by fetid smelling diarrhea; persistent obstipation; full feeling in the belly; anal itch, worse in the warmth of the bed, with or without hemorrhoids; itch after antibiotics; hyperglycaemia; painful micturation; cloudy urine; sugar in urine; fetid and yellow leucorrhea; hypotension; hypertension; varicose veins; phlebitis; ulcerations in the legs, painful in the night; chronic streptococcal eczema; feelings of electric shocks in the lower leg; little bumps that itch on the inside of the wrist.
Do you believe that any product can provide such wide range of benefits? I certainly do not!

Addendum By Stephen Barrett, M.D.
On June 8, 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission sent a joint warning letter to Homeopathy for Health of Moses Lake, Washington, indicating that two claims made for Oscillococcinum were illegal:

“Anas barbariae hepatis et cordi extractum, a nosode made from a fowl bird source, so look at this product for emergency preparedness for swine flu, which is a mutation of bird or avian influenza, swine influenza and human influenza.”
“Use Oscillococcinum for fast relief of flu infection symptoms.”
The letter—a copy of which was sent to Boiron Borneman, Inc.—further stated: “You should take immediate action to ensure that your firm is not marketing, and does not market in the future, products intended to diagnose, mitigate, prevent, treat (including to treat the symptoms of) or cure the H1N1 Flu Virus that have not been approved, cleared, or authorized by the FDA.

The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry and the Center for Inquiry have urged Wal-Mart to stop marketing Oscillicoccinum

In 2011, a class-action suit was filed in California against Boiron, Inc., Boiron USA, Inc., and Laboratories Boiron, charging that Oscillococcinum was “nothing more than a sugar pill” and asking the court to stop these companies from claiming it has any effectiveness against flu or flu symptoms.

Oscillococcinum, le joli grand canard. Science et Pseudo-sciences, Cahiers bimestriels de l’Association Française pour l’Information Scientifique, No 202, mars-avril 1993.
Kotok A. The history of homeopathy in the Russian Empire until World War I, as compared with other European countries and the USA: similarities and discrepancies. PhD thesis, submitted November 1999.
Anas Barbariae, Hepatis et Cordis Extractum. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, monograph #0137, June 1989.
Homeopathic Medicine Research Group. Dictionary of Homeopathy, First Edition, 1996.
Dr. Nienhuys is a retired mathematician, formerly at Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. He is also secretary of the Dutch organization Skepsis. An earlier version of this article appeared in the organization’s magazine, Skepter. .

This article was posted on August 27, 2003.
The addendum was revised on August 20, 2011. I talk about the health benefits of Probiotics, Colostrum and make my own kefir, never thought about putting it all together which basically makes GcMAF.. GcMAF is what these Doc’s discovered and cured a lot of people esp children before the govt found out, raided their offices, remember Dr. Bradshaw and so many other Doc turned of dead under suspicious circumstances..if you’re sick or know someone who has a chronic disease or children with autism have them look into GcMAF it will open your eyes and the ingredient to make it is dirt cheap.

Why Everyone Should Take Colostrum

Commonly referred to as the “first food of life,” colostrum has helped promote and maintain optimal health since the beginning of human history. Now, powdered bovine colostrum supplements are available that have been shown to help people in a number of ways. There are many reasons people of all ages and even pets should take colostrum, and these include:
Colostrum helps modulate the immune system.

Colostrum contains antibodies that help protect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract against disease, particularly enteric infectious disease. In fact, various studies have shown that the antibodies in colostrum help the immune system combat both enteropathic and enterotoxic Escherichia coli, Cryptosporidium parvum, rotavirus, and Shigella flexneri.
One study, in particular, revealed that a high percentage of the antibodies and immunoglobulins in colostrum stay in the intestinal tract. Here, the antibodies attack disease-causing organisms before they can enter the bloodstream. A preemptive attack in the gut decreases the amount of work the immune system would normally be subjected to should those pathogens gain access to the bloodstream
Colostrum helps modulate the immune system.
Other studies have highlighted the benefits of immunoglobulin G (IgG), antibodies that are found in all fluids, including colostrum. IgG makes up 75% to 80% of all antibodies in the body, according to WebMD, and help the body combat bacterial and viral infections. Plus, IgG can even cross the placenta in a pregnant woman to further protect the baby (fetus) against infection and disease.
It generally doesn’t take much colostrum to help balance and maintain immune function. Colostrum-LD® is a bovine colostrum supplement that is safe to consume in any quantity. It is recommended that adults who want to maintain a healthy immune system take two capsules (or 1 teaspoon powder) twice a day for optimal results. Or, for anyone with a compromised immune system, or advanced need, four capsules (or 2 teaspoons powder) twice a day is recommended.
Furthermore, the dosage of Colostrum-LD® can be lessened to a maintenance level over time as long as an individual continues to achieve the desired results. The benefits of Colostrum-LD® are cumulative, and as such, the longer and more consistent the use, the greater the immune benefits that an individual may achieve.
Colostrum helps lower an individual’s risk of illness.

To better understand how colostrum supplementation can help reduce a person’s risk of illness, let’s consider the impact of colostrum on newborns and infants.
In many instances, newborns and infants who receive colostrum in the first few days after birth, followed by their mother’s breast milk for one to two years are less prone to illness than those who are not breastfed. Also, young children who received the benefit of early and extended breastfeeding often display increased mental acuity and stronger, more vibrant growth than formula-fed babies.
Although breastfeeding is not always an option for women, colostrum supplementation remains a viable alternative and addition to formula. Furthermore, colostrum can benefit a child’s health at any age. Children may be more susceptible to colds and illness in daycares and schools, and colostrum supplementation helps lower the risk of illness. Colostrum-LD® is available as a powder with a pleasant taste, making this nutritional supplement an ideal choice for kids who are unable to swallow colostrum capsules.
The benefits of colostrum extend into adulthood as well. Colostrum supplements contain a wide array of immune-modulating components, including immunoglobulins, cytokines, interferon, lactoferrin, and proline-rich polypeptides (PRPs). Together, these can help restore immunity, prevent infection, and speed up healing and recovery from illness by either (1) destroying pathogens on contact, or (2) signaling the immune system to destroy them.

Colostrum helps heal the gut.

A healthy, functional GI tract plays an important role in a person’s overall well-being. Many diseases affect the gut, and the gut must be able to effectively absorb nutrients from the foods we eat. The macronutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals) are important to fuel the body and to perform metabolic processes throughout the body. Regular colostrum supplementation helps increase the surface area of the intestinal lining (the villi) to improve the absorption of nutrients.
Colostrum has been shown to help restore a leaky gut to normal permeability levels. Colostrum contains an assortment of growth factors and hormones that help repair damage to the intestinal lining, including damage caused by NSAIDs, prescription pain medications, antibiotics, glyphosate, GMOs, and other gut-irritating medications. By restoring gut integrity, undigested food proteins, pathogenic microbes, and other toxins are unable to enter the body via a leaky gut. Colostrum also contains high quantities of immunoglobulins and natural antibodies that help control harmful bacteria and fungi. It has been clinically proven to control harmful bacteria that cause ulcers.
Lastly, colostrum helps promote the re-colonization of the bowel by friendly bacteria. These bacteria grow and replicate better with the help of colostrum’s growth factors, assisting in food digestion, elimination of waste, production of B vitamins, and the prevention of gut-based infections.
People frequently overlook digestive processes or bowel problems until it’s too late or until they experience unpleasant or painful symptoms, such as constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, or other GI problems. Colostrum-LD® is a multifunctional supplement that should be used to maintain optimal gut health, even in the absence of symptoms. Leaky gut happens over time, often quietly, but the damage can be serious. Doctors agree that leaky gut and the systemic inflammation it perpetuates is the primary cause of all allergies and autoimmune conditions.
Colostrum-LD® is the lone substance that is clinically proven to heal and prevent Leaky Gut Syndrome. This supplement remains biologically active at the cellular level for maximum effectiveness. It has even been shown to be up to four times more effective than other colostrum supplements and features a liposomal delivery (LD) system that makes colostrum up to 1,500% more bioavailable in the body. To learn more about Colostrum-LD®, please check out our blog.

High Vitamin D Level Essential to Prevent Chronic Inflammatory Diseases

The connection between cellular saturation of the prohormone vitamin D and development of chronic conditions ranging from cancer, dementia, stroke and heart disease have been well documented among forward-thinking scientists for at least a decade now. The specific mechanism of action has not been well documented though, as most studies have not drawn a clear line between blood levels of vitamin D and disease prevention.

Researchers from National Jewish Health reporting in The Journal of Immunology have discovered specific molecular and signaling events by which vitamin D inhibits inflammation to help prevent and possibly even treat a host of potentially deadly diseases. Current levels considered satisfactory by most medical professionals did not inhibit the inflammatory cascade, leading to the progression of many forms of disease. Conversely, individuals that maintain significantly higher blood levels of vitamin D had lower levels of inflammatory markers known to aggravate disease progression and were protected against the major killers so prevalent today.

High vitamin D status inhibits inflammatory messengers to prevent chronic disease

The study author, Dr. Elena Goleva noted that this research “goes beyond previous associations of vitamin D with various health outcomes. It outlines a clear chain of cellular events, from the binding of DNA, through a specific signaling pathway, to the reduction of proteins known to trigger inflammation.” Current guidelines call for minimum vitamin D blood serum levels of 20 ng/ml, a benchmark set decades ago that was intended to prevent rickets in children and promote bone health. Researchers conducting this study found improvement in inflammation levels at a minimum of 30 ng/ml, leaving millions at risk for chronic disease.

Scientists conducting this study examined the specific mechanisms exhibited by vitamin D to act on immune and inflammatory pathways. They incubated white blood cells with different saturation levels of vitamin D and then exposed the culture to an inflammatory molecule known to promote intense inflammatory responses. Cells exposed to low levels of vitamin D (less than 15 ng/ml) produced excessive levels of the inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNF-alpha, associated with disease development and progression. The highest level of inflammatory inhibition occurred at 50 ng/ml and above as cells become fully saturated with the prohormone and maximum immune response is observed.

Researchers identified a new location where the vitamin-D receptor appears to bind directly to DNA and activate a gene known as MKP-1, interfering with the inflammatory cascade promoted by long-term stress and a highly refined, processed food diet. Dr. Goleva concluded “The fact that we showed a dose-dependent and varying response to levels commonly found in humans also adds weight to the argument for vitamin D’s role in immune and inflammatory conditions.” Maintain your vitamin D blood levels above 50 ng/ml (measured with the 25(OH)D test) to afford maximum protection against chronic inflammatory-mediated diseases.

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The 3 types of Pneumonia and their causes…

What is pneumonia?

air passages

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of your lungs that can be caused by several kinds of germs, such as:

Fungi (molds) (uncommon)
Pneumonia causes swelling (inflammation) of the airways and causes air sacs in the lungs to fill with mucus and other fluids, making it difficult for oxygen to reach the blood.

People who are otherwise healthy often recover quickly when given prompt and proper care. However, pneumonia is a serious condition. You are at higher risk if you:

Are over age 65
Have a chronic illness, especially one that affects the heart, lungs, or kidneys (such as COPD, diabetes)
Have a weakened immune system for any reason (such as from medication, cancer, or a transplant)
Have trouble swallowing
Have had a recent surgery or procedure
Have pneumonia that doesn’t get treated

If you are not sure whether any of these apply to you, ask your healthcare provider.

How Your Lungs Work

Your lungs’ main job is to get oxygen into your blood and remove carbon dioxide. This happens during breathing. We breathe 12 to 20 times per minute when we are not sick. When you breathe in, air travels down the back of your throat and passes through your voice box and into your windpipe (trachea). Your trachea splits into two air passages (bronchial tubes). One bronchial tube leads to the left lung, the other to the right lung. For the lungs to perform their best, the airways need to be open as you breathe in and out. Swelling (inflammation) and mucus can make it harder to move air through the airways, making it harder to breathe. This leads to shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, and feeling more tired than normal.

What is it?

Bacterial Pneumonia: Bacterial pneumonia is caused by bacteria germs. The streptococcus pneumoniae germ is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia.
Viral Pneumonia: Viral pneumonia is caused by virus germs. About half of all people with pneumonia have viral pneumonia. Viral pneumonia is usually less serious than bacterial pneumonia.
What are the signs and symptoms?

Bacterial Pneumonia: Symptoms of bacterial pneumonia can develop gradually or suddenly. Symptoms include:
High fever (up to 105 degrees)
Tiredness (less energy)
Rapid breathing
Cough with mucus (might be greenish or have blood)
Chest pain, especially with coughing or deep breathing
Shortness of breath
Loss of appetite
Viral Pneumonia: Symptoms usually develop over a period of several days. Early symptoms are similar to flu symptoms, which include:
Dry cough
Sore throat
Loss of appetite
Muscle pain
Additional symptoms about a day later:
High fever
Cough with mucus
Shortness of breath
What is the treatment?

Bacterial Pneumonia: Bacterial pneumonia is usually treated with antibiotics. In some cases, the person may stay in the hospital for treatment. Hospital treatments may include:
Fluids and medicines given through an IV
Breathing treatments and exercises to help loosen mucus
Medicines for pain and fever may also be helpful. With treatment, bacterial pneumonia usually improves within 24 to 48 hours.
Viral Pneumonia: Antibiotics are not used to fight viruses, but may be given to fight a bacterial infection that is also present. Hospital stays for viral pneumonia are less common than for bacterial pneumonia.
Medicines for pain and fever may also be helpful. Other medicines and therapies such as breathing treatments and exercises to loosen mucus may be prescribed by your doctor. Symptoms usually begin to improve within a few days.
The most important thing is to finish all medications and therapies as they are prescribed. This will help to get rid of the infection completely and prevent it from coming back.

How can I prevent?

Bacterial Pneumonia: Several pneumonia vaccines (shots) are available for protection against the most common causes of bacterial pneumonia. Ask your healthcare provider about these vaccines. Getting a flu vaccine (shot) once every year can also help prevent bacterial pneumonia.
Viral Pneumonia: Get a flu vaccine (shot) once every year. Flu vaccines are prepared to protect against that year’s virus strain. Having the flu can make it easier to get bacterial pneumonia.
How to Prevent Bacterial and Viral Pneumonia
Don’t smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.
Wash your hands before eating, before handling food, when using the restroom, and after being outside.
Avoid being around people who are sick. Ask them to visit when they are feeling better.
Eat a healthy diet, exercise, and get enough rest.
Tell your doctor if you have trouble swallowing.
Get treated for any other infections or conditions that you have.
Don’t use alcohol heavily.
What should I do to get better?

Finish ALL medications and therapies as they are prescribed.
Drink warm fluids to relieve coughing.
Rest. Don’t rush your recovery. It can take weeks to get your full strength back.
You are the only one who knows whether you are feeling better. If at any time you feel worse, contact your healthcare provider right away.


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. What is Pneumonia? Accessed 4/29/2016.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pneumonia Can Be Prevented—Vaccines Can Help Accessed 4/29/2016.
American Academy of Family Physicians. Pneumonia Accessed 4/29/2016.
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In a day and age where we are given a pill for every conceivable ill, it may seem strange to hear someone reject swallowing one down. We have come to believe here in the West that medications are our only option and remedies found in nature mere snake oil. But with big pharmaceutical companies shamelessly trying to make a buck at every turn, it’s important we remember that, long before these pills came to be, people were surviving naturally, utilizing hundreds of years of collected knowledge.

The overuse of antibiotics has reached an all-time high, and the results of this uncontrolled experiment are, quite frankly, alarming. Drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” are evolving faster than scientists can keep up with, casting doubt on our future ability to fight off these bacteria.

Foods and herbs were once used on a daily basis to guard against infection and disease before the development of pharmaceutical antibiotics in the 1940s, and they continue to be used by natural enthusiasts around the world.

Here are some holistic ways to heal without succumbing to pharmaceutical antibiotics, we recommend that you content a Naturopathic doctor, or someone you know is knowledgable with regards to dosage and frequency of consumption, it might be different depending on your illness.


Popular as a flavoring for your Italian dishes, oregano aids digestion and weight loss. Furthermore, the oil in oregano, Carvacrol, is a natural antimicrobial which can fight bacteria that cause infections and as well as combat Candida overgrowth. This is arguably the first supplement you should reach for when you come down with a cold or flu.

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Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV has been trending recently as people continue to uncover its many medicinal uses. From its antibiotic and antiseptic properties to being able to naturally alkalize your system, it’s a much-loved potion. Heartburn sufferers should keep ACV well within reach, eschewing antacids, which only worsen your situation. ACV can also help you to manage your weight, lower cholesterol, and cut your risk of cancer. Used topically, this chemical-free astringent can disinfect and sterilize.


Oh so tasty, honey is nature’s sweetener. The enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide, making it perfect for naturally treating wounds and preventing infection — which is precisely what the ancient Romans used it for on the battlefield.


Often used to enhance many meals, this plant is pretty powerful, as it can fight the common cold. The allicin in it protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

So medicinally powerful, grapefruit seed extract has been found to be effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, as well as more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites. It’s also rich in antioxidants, naturally alkalizes the body, and improves your gut flora.

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

The long list of medicinal benefits of coconut oil seems to be endless. A naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial oil, it is chock-full of antioxidants that you simply can’t get your hands on through any other natural source. It is used to boost both immune and brain function and balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. Mary Enig, Ph.D, explains that our bodies convert the lauric acid contained in coconut oil into monolaurin, which is the “antiviral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria, including listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia.”

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods have been used for centuries as a means of preservation, but they’ve also been found to renew intestinal flora, protect against cancer, and fight off infections, including Candida. Try unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir, and probiotic yogurts.

Colloidal Silver

This natural antibiotic has been used for centuries. Colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid. Though meant to be a temporary treatment, since silver, a heavy metal, can be toxic, it can be used to stop the enzymes that single-cell bacteria need in order to multiply. Learn how to use it on an infection here.



According to the result of research findings, cancer is a lactic acid, which is formed when a certain kind of fungus or mold lives in an environment devoid of oxygen. It was also discovered that by passing a very high concentration of oxygen molecules through cancer cells, it could destroy them completely.

It is really very difficult for anyone to wrap their head around the idea that a substance as common as sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can offer much more benefits than most of the pharmaceutical drugs that cost so much. There is however fascinating evidence that proves that sodium bicarbonate can indeed cure a lot of serious diseases, such as cancer and diabetes. Medical practitioners have also been advised to use it since it offers amazing benefits.

Sodium bicarbonate, it must be noted, is a very widely researched substance, which has been used for several years even by oncologists. The toxicity of chemotherapy and radiation are such that could destroy vital organs of the body, like the liver and kidneys, therefore, sodium bicarbonate is usually given periodically to patients to prevent this possibility.

All over the world, multitudes add sodium bicarbonate to their drinking water with the intention of curing clinical acidosis and other adverse conditions. It is a well known fact that sodium bicarbonate has saved a lot of lives in the emergency rooms. The combination of baking soda with other natural substances like iodine and magnesium chloride produces a mixture that is a wonder in the medical world.

A major issue with regards to human physiology is the problem of a lack of bicarbonate ions. This results in a decrease in the pH value of the blood. Enzymes are a fundamental part of biochemical reactions and they are highly sensitive to pH levels.