In today’s world, it is becoming more important than ever to build and replenish your own body’s natural immune processes. The current pandemic is testimony to that. Why do some people shrug off symptoms relatively easily? Why do others succumb to the long-term and devastating effects of influenza or a virus like COVID-19?
Flu & COVID-19
In 2019, Australia’s health system faced what was described as one of the worst flu seasons on record. The number of reported flu cases for 2019 had reached over 300,000. This was an 80 per cent increase from 2018 and 17 per cent higher than 2017. In 2019, 8121 people died from the flu whilst almost 4000 people were hospitalized.
The current pandemic has seen over 30 thousand Australians infected with the COVID-19 virus. Widespread vaccination is considered an important strategy to help us get through this pandemic. However, building our natural immune processes continues to remain very relevant. This could make the difference between living with long-term effects versus recovering quickly.
A report by the National Prescribing Service found that Australia is one of the worst offenders in the world when it comes to over-use of antibiotics. A report in 2017, found that more than 10 million Australians had a least one antibiotic dispensed in the community and more than 26.5 million prescriptions for antimicrobials were dispensed.
With antibiotic resistance building, the World Health Organisation (WHO), prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced this was the biggest threat to human health in the modern world. Antibiotics come with a long list of side-effects. These include digestive issues such as bloating, cramping and nausea. Other possible side effects include fungal infections, photosensitivity and diarrhea.
Taking antibiotics too often or for the wrong reasons can also change the bacteria. This leads to the potential that antibiotics won’t work against them. This is called bacterial resistance or antibiotic resistance. This ongoing problem could potentially return us to the way it was pre-antibiotic era and a simple bacterial infections can again become life threatening.
It is important to note that antibiotics only affect bacterial infections and have absolutely no effect on viral contagions. Most respiratory tract infections are caused by viruses and therefore cannot be treated with antibiotics.
For this reason, we need to take responsibility for building and nurturing our own immune defenses all year round. This ensures we remain strong when exposed to these pathogens. In this way, the body’s immune processes destroy and overcome these aggressors competently.
Our naturopath can help design a personalized treatment plan to boost and support your immune system. Naturopathy takes a holistic approach and considers many contributing factors, such as your health history, stress management, sleep deprivation etc. Treatment is most likely to include a detailed look at diet and gut health, as this is closely connected to your natural immune processes. It may also include herbal medicines, nutritional support and the fine-tuning of certain aspects of your diet and health routine.
Naturopathy is not only limited to boosting immunity and preventing disease. If you find yourself overcome by the winter bugs consider naturopathy to help you back to health. Herbalism offers many powerful medicines that will assist to alleviate persistent bronchitis, coughs, sniffles and sore throats. Since treatment is personalized, it is suitable for the whole family.
Even the healthiest of people can get sick when exposed to various bugs and viruses, but a strong immune system will fight off most diseases efficiently and support a speedier recovery.
If you are considering a drug-free approach to building your natural immune processes, call us now.
- The Pharmacy Guild – https://www.guild.org.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/84229/Influenza-Report-30-October-2019.pdf
- Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia 2019: Third Australian report on antimicrobial use and resistance in human health (AURA 2019)