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The Double-Edged Sword of Antibiotics

Will You Win the 50/50 Antibiotic Lottery?

Just this morning I was talking to a friend who was vacationing down south. She mentioned how quickly a bug had gotten into her system, pushing her body temperature to 104 degrees. She went to a local medical clinic, got a round of antibiotics and 12 hours later she started to feel somewhat normal.Antibiotic Resistance

Even though the doctor truly didn’t know if it was viral or bacterial, she seemed to win the 50/50 lottery that it was bacterial. If it had been a viral infection the provided antibiotics would not have had an impact.

Antibiotics Solve AND Create Problems

The WHO (World Health Organization) has declared this week as World Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 13-19, 2017. The key word is “Awareness” because even though antibiotics have been saving lives for 90 years, they have also created forms of drug resistant bacteria which have created even more problems.

Western adults get colds 2 to 4 times a year and children 6 to 10 times. The common cold, flues and as many as 95% of noticeable sicknesses are caused by viruses. Therefore, 90% of antibiotics sold may be totally ineffective short term. Our guess is that the common cold occurrence with children in developing countries is even higher than 6 to 10. In these countries antibiotics can be purchased for as little as $1.50 with no prescription needed from a doctor.

Bad Versus Good

Seventy percent of the immune system resides in the gut. The use of antibiotics not only take out the bad bacteria but also the good disease fighting allies. After the good bacteria are removed, bad strains such as Helicobacter pylori move in creating stomach ulcers. We have seen symptoms of ulcers in young adults reversed in many cases with green vegetable derived compounds. Left untreated these conditions can last a lifetime.

Good gut bacteria help to protect the digestive tract by creating a lining. As well, it assists with the digestion of foods and promotes a variety of actions such as vitamin production and metabolic functions. Additionally, good bacteria release antibacterial substances that prevent disease.

One way of preventing bad bacteria is by crowding them out with good bacteria. This is known as competitive exclusion.

A healthy micronutrient-rich plant based diet promotes good bacteria. Good bacteria feed on fiber which is abundant in unrefined plant food. Unfortunately, hundreds of helpful bacteria are lost with the use of antibiotics. Therefore, creating a vacuum for the bad strains to come in.

Our Time With Antibiotics is Running Out

Antibiotic Resistance

One of the WHO slogans is “use antibiotics wisely to combat rising drug resistance”. We agree with this but also ask the question, what do you put in place of antibiotics? Organics4Orphans feel that more awareness needs to be created about restoring the damage in our gut which has been caused by the overuse of antibiotics. We need to create a strong immune system that can effectively overcome diseases. This is what our Growing Health program is all about.

The good news is that the solution to fix the over use of antibiotic costs little to nothing. Simple, fresh, whole foods is all that is needed.

For more on this topic watch out for our new book called Super Immunity for Developing Countries coming out in 2018.

Learn more about World Antibiotic Awareness Week by clicking here.

Pokot County Project Rewarded With Tools

Pokot County Project

ORGANICS 4 ORPHANS INTERNATIONAL

Project Information Story

Visitation and Inspection of 2 Month-Old Pokot County Project, Kenya, East Africa

Mamas Take Over the Land

On August 22, the Organics4Orphans international team set out on a journey to the Pokot County project that was established in June 2017. Mr. Boaz Oduor, Mr. Jacob Latodo and Mr. Francis Lotte tagged along and joined the adventure. This project flourished as it had a variety of plants such as moringa, kale, tomatoes, onions, and beans. Mamas ran the show with the help of only a few men. This group used solid, steel fencing to protect their precious plants from hungry livestock that surrounded the area. Colourful garden beds and one keyhole garden covered their land. Overall, the plants were growing well and produced delicious foods for all the members.

Pokot County Project Mama Working Hard

A Trip Down a Rocky Road, Pokot County

Travelling a far distance down a rocky road, the O4O group arrived at a second project. Here the gardens were over following, the double dug beds were very rich and there were no signs of the most recent drought. While all seemed well, the O4O team immediately noticed a major flaw – this beautiful garden was too far away from the road! This was an issue because the works of the members’ hands could not be seen by any bystanders. Unfortunately, due to its distance, this project wasn’t able to motivate others in the community to start their own gardens. Therefore, the community would need to be encouraged in a different way. 

Pokot County Project

Males Chat While Mamas Work

Quickly the O4O team observed that this project ran much differently than others. As shown in the picture below, the Mamas took charge and did all of the work in the gardens. Meanwhile, the males would sit and talk under a shaded tree. This was odd for the O4O inspection staff to see given that the men had the strength to work and help in the gardens too. Obviously this worried the O4O staff as they know how important it is for everyone to be involved so that they know how to complete each step.

Pokot County Project Mamas Working

Pokot County Project Awarded with Tools for Success

Once the group was gathered, Mr. Boaz spoke a message that was filled with motivation. He encouraged them to continue their hard work and project success. Boaz rewarded them with new farming tools that could help them maintain the excellence of their project. The new tools brought joy to their eyes, smiles to their lips and excitement to their actions.

Pokot County Project Gets Tools

Keyhole Gardens Created with Natural Resources

This intelligent team collected locally available materials and created a keyhole garden. Their actions showed that not everything had to be bought. God’s creation provided them with a variety of tools and materials that they graciously used for free. 

Pokot County Project Keyhole Garden

Success Covers Up Struggles

In summary, the people involved in this project were very thankful, nice and happy. Furthermore, it was hard to imagine that they were struggling with food scarcity and malnutrition. Overall, it was observed that they fully dedicated their time to this project as they understood its benefits. As the O4O group left, they extended their thankfulness for the Organics4Orphans organization. They were thankful that they are able to grow their own food, that they are growing health and creating disease-free communities.

Pokot County Project Success

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Blessings,

Ed Jay Espinosa