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How I beat a throat infection without penicillin


Remedies for the sickness.


In a recent post, I spoke   whinged about how I contracted a virus of some kind on my quick trip to Sydney. On day 4 of such virus and back home in Western Australia, I went to the doctor suffering from severe body aches and a sore throat that was preventing me from eating (sacrilege).

By the time I actually saw the doctor, I was beginning to feel better (thankfully the body aches were gone) so I made the decision to take the prescription for penicillin but I had no intention of filling it.

I did go to the local chemist for a chat about immunity boosters. I bought some defence vitamins and Betadine sore throat gargle. I was advised to gargle 3 times daily and to increase the dosage of the supplements. I agreed that if I was not better at the end of 2 days, I would fill the prescription. It was the chemist’s opinion that a throat infection could not be cured without anti-biotics or penicillin but the fact I was seeing improvement meant my body was fighting the infection.

Now, 48 hours later, I am well enough to know for sure that I will not be filling the script. Here’s how I did it.

  • Even though my throat was still sore, I resumed healthy eating (fresh fruit, yoghurt, protein, veggies and then some carbs*)
  • I used the Betadine gargle x 3 daily
  • I took 2 supplements (garlic, vit C, horseradish, zinc and high levels of echinacea) 3 times daily, which is well above the recommended dose
  • I drank hot lemon, honey and fresh ginger drinks before bed
  • I resumed my 6am fitness regime (including 45 minutes of dance cardio!)
  • I resumed my daily meditation
  • I used positive affirmations
  • I resumed work
  • I drank water
  • I harden up and got on with my life

Please note that I had taken 2100mg of Vitamin C before I saw the doctor. I use vitamin C quite regularly and not just to fight infection. Want to know more…look at this post.

Now, I’m not suggesting that everyone choose this path. But I do suggest that you listen to your body and I highly advocate using natural remedies before taking anti-biotics, which in my opinion are over prescribed. I believe in preventative medicine. This means taking care of yourself on a daily basis not just when you’re struck down with an illness. I do take care of myself and I get pretty pissed off when I pick up a virus from an airplane, train or hostel. I also think I’m invincible. This latest virus has proven me wrong. I beat it because I do take care of my mind, body and spirit daily. But, I am human and therefore, not perfect…..

*NOTE: Someone told me that I may have gotten sick because of my vast reduction of complex carbs over the month of January!! Oh really???? I may do a post later about this. Please feel free to comment.

i am healthy


Author: Jennifer Morton

Perth Travel Writer | Photographer | Canadian | Nomad | Home Cook | Glutton | Serial Planner

2 thoughts on “How I beat a throat infection without penicillin

  1. I’m with you on antibiotics. There is a time & a place for them- but they are all too often over prescribed imho…

  2. Awesome!! I am a full believer in natural remedies. I actually just watched a documentary that discussed the power of vitamins in healing. They said no one has ever died from over dosages of vitamin C, but they sure have from overdosing on prescribed drugs. So happy to hear that your well. 🙂

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