WNF Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) as the leading global health issue and for the past 6 months, the WNF’s AMR Working Group has been creating a naturopathic response.
The following outlines the naturopathic approach to AMR and the research supporting a naturopathic prevention, assessment and treatment approach.
SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
- Prevention of serious infections is the ultimate goal
- Practice proper hygiene
- Strengthen overall digestive and immune health
IDENTIFY THE UNDERLYING CAUSE
- Follow the naturopathic assessment process
- Distinguish between bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal infections
- Identifying the root cause(s)
EXPLORE NATURAL TREATMENT OPTIONS
- Address dietary and lifestyle factors
- Support your natural healing ability
- Explore natural treatment options to AMR
- Support your immune system, especially during times of higher risk of exposure to infectious disease, including during certain seasons (eg. winter), when travelling (eg. in airplanes) or during times of high stress (eg. during school exams, demanding times at work).
AVOID MEAT WITH ANTIBIOTICS
- Over 70% of human’s exposure to antibiotics comes from healthy animals that have given antibiotics to address unsanitary conditions, stress and crowding situations.
- A major reason why antibiotics are given to certain animals, especially poultry, is because of their growth promoting effects, not necessarily to prevent infection.
- Avoid meat and other products that have antibiotics, and/or other substances within them that increase the risk of AMR.
DON’T SHARE ANTIBIOTICS
- The overuse and misuse of antibiotics not only contributes to AMR, but it can be dangerous to your health. Antibiotics can be an effective treatment against specific bacteria, but if they are used inappropriately can increase your risk to more severe infections. It is also important not to share antibiotics as there are many different types of antibiotics and it is important for a medically trained practitioner to determine which one is appropriately for you.
- When the use of antibiotics is indicated finish the entire course as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop taking the antibiotics the moment you feel better. This could lead to growth of more resistant strains of bacteria.
DON’T USE ANTIBIOTICS FOR VIRAL INFECTIONS
- Infections can be caused by bacteria, viral, fungal or parasitic factors. Also some inflammatory and environmental factors can have symptoms that mimic infections. To help reduce the risk of AMR, only use antibiotics when they are absolutely necessary and include natural treatment options as an important part of the treatment plan.
- Only use antibiotics, and other antimicrobial medications, when there is clear indication to do so, mostly based on laboratory diagnosis but also sometimes based on very specific signs and symptoms.
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