“Rev. Malkmus, I just returned from a missionary trip to Haiti and have been experiencing plugged ears ever since my return. My doctor has placed me on the drug amoxicillin (an antibiotic) but it is not helping. I am not a fan of taking drugs because I know they all have side effects, but is there an alternative to this antibiotic that might prove effective?
NOTE: Amoxicillin is a generic of the prescription drug Amoxil. It is an antibiotic that belongs to the class of antibiotic called penicillin. Potential side-effects from the drug amoxicillin include: diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, itching, abdominal pain and insomnia.
Unfortunately, many doctors prescribe antibiotics for conditions that are not related to a bacterial infection. Sometimes it is extremely difficult for a doctor to know whether a person is dealing with a bacterial infection or not, but antibiotics are useless if the problem is not bacterial-related.
Whether dealing with a bacterial infection or not, antibiotics are always harmful because they destroy friendly bacteria in the gut, disrupting the balance between friendly and unfriendly bacteria, which allows pathogenic (harmful) bacteria to thrive.
There are occasions where antibiotics may be appropriate, but for me, personally, it would be the very last resort. I would first give natural antibiotics a try, such as ‘Silver Biotics’ (a unique silver solution with antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal properties), garlic, or oil of oregano.
These alternatives support the body’s innate, self-healing abilities. They are all natural and safe alternatives to antibiotics, as they do not destroy friendly bacteria in the gut.
If I had no choice but to use an antibiotic, I would make certain that I used a good probiotic supplement two to three hours following each dose of the antibiotic. In addition to taking probiotics through the duration of antibiotic use, I would continue taking them for six to eight weeks following.
The reason these probiotics are so important is because, if they are not taken, the antibiotic has the potential of wiping out the friendly bacteria, allowing the unfriendly bacteria to dominate. When that happens, yeast and candida take over the gut and can sometime be very difficult to overcome.