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Tips To Make Antibiotics More Effective

Because of frequent use, overuse and misuse, more and more viruses are becoming resistant.

Here are some simple tips from medical professionals that can help keep antibiotics doing their job longer:

  1. Wash your hands frequently – It’s still one of the most effective ways to cut down on the spread of viruses.
  2. Don’t take someone else’s antibiotics – Your friends or family members may mean well, but specific viruses need different antibiotics. The type and amount of antibiotics to take is always best left to a physician.
  3. Take your antibiotics as prescribed – Not taking them all can breed antibiotic resistance
  4. Choose foods that are raised antibiotic-free – This is one area where overuse may be having a counterproductive effect.
  5. Don’t assume you need an antibiotic – There are many viruses that really require other types of treatment.

Nutrition on the Cheap

Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean spending more money for “organic’ or “natural” foods.

Foods that are natural and downright inexpensive include:

  • Bananas
  • Peanut Butter
  • Green and Black Teas
  • Cabbage
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Carrots
  • Oatmeal
  • Salmon
  • Sweet Potatoes

Decrease Foot Pain With Food

Who knew? Experts agree that some foot pain is caused by inflammation. Nuts, seeds, legumes, veggies, fruit, and fish are all rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that can reduce inflammation. Also cooking with olive oil may help.

How Good Is Your Doctor?

Chances are he or she is very good. But about 1% if doctors account for nearly 33% of all malpractice claims paid.

If you’ve just moved to a new area or maybe you had to change doctors for one reason or another, you can research physicians on Surgeon Scorecard. You can find it at: www.projects.propublica.org/surgeons/

Baby Boom Needs a Shot in the Arm!

Disease prevention experts say those of us over 65 may be facing a health care crisis we could easily avoid!

Nearly 2/3 of American over 65 have not had the shingles vaccine and 40% of us haven't had a tetanus shot in the past decade. Add to that nearly 1/3 of Boomers have not been vaccinated for pneumonia.

If you fall into one of these categories, do yourself a favor and make an appointment with your doctor today!

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