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Antibiotic Fallout

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

October 1st, 2017  |  43 Comments

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Antibiotic Alternative

I talk to a lot of sick people every day. In fact, I’ve talked to a lot of sick people almost every day for 20-odd years now.

If you were to ask me,

  • “What do most of your clients have in common?
  • What caused their chronic health issues?
  • Is it genetics?
  • Poor diet?
  • Pollution and environmental toxins?”

I’d tell you, “For the majority of people, the first stepping stone on the path to chronic health issues is pharmaceutical antibiotics.”

Most of us started taking antibiotics at a very young age. And most of us have taken them repeatedly, over many years. Doctors and researchers are now starting to understand — this is a recipe for disaster.

In fact, everyone is talking about it. Just Google “antibiotics” and “news,” and you’ll see the headlines.

There are a few different issues that are scaring health professionals today. Collectively, I refer to these dangers as “antibiotic fallout.” But, let me address the top three scariest problems:

Scary problem #1

Health professionals are predicting a world without antibiotics in the near future.

Why? One reason is antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” Because of antibiotic-resistance (due in part to their overuse), we may have plenty of antibiotic drugs on the shelves of our pharmacies, but they just won’t work.

They’ll be useless!

We’re already seeing this. How many of us know someone who has been on course after course of antibiotics for a UTI, for example, only to have their urine culture keep coming back positive?

Meanwhile, doctors keep writing more prescriptions for different antibiotics in hopes of finding one that works.

Scary problem #2

Antibiotic side-effects. Have you seen the news stories about FDA warnings on common antibiotics such as Cipro or Levaquin?

It’s pretty scary stuff! They’re throwing around words such as “tendon rupture,” “detached retina,” “kidney failure,” and even “brain damage.”

Are these risks we want to take with our children?

Our elderly parents?

These particular antibiotics (and some others) have been linked to brain fog, personality changes, memory loss, fibromyalgia-like symptoms, and Myasthenia gravis, among other ailments.

Scary problem #3

Antibiotic aftereffects. So, let’s say we take several courses of antibiotics over a few years and are lucky enough to escape serious side-effects.

That’s great. However, it’s quite likely that we may still suffer from their negative after-effects.

Antibiotic-resistance means that antibiotics leave us more likely to contract subsequent drug-resistant infections. This sets us firmly on the conveyor belt that leads to more infections, more antibiotics, and chronic health problems down the line.

Yeast infections, gut dysbiosis, digestion problems, food intolerances, allergies, asthma, eczema, obesity, and autoimmune ailments are all linked to the health of our gut and our immune systems — the first two victims of antibiotic fallout.

Sadly, this describes the majority of clients I talk to every day. (Keep an eye out for my next two blog articles, in which I’ll address recurring infections and UTIs.)

For those of you who want to correct chronic gut issues already caused by antibiotics, check out my course Good Gut, Bad Gut: A Homeopathic Strategy to Uproot Seemingly Unrelated Illness in Body and Mind.

But, what if we could keep our children from getting on that conveyor belt in the first place, while also protecting their natural immunity and gut health? Yes, there is an alternative to these chilling problems, and for me, that alternative is homeopathy.

Yes, there is an alternative to these chilling problems, and for me, that alternative is homeopathy.

Unlike antibiotics, homeopathy aims to uproot the condition and eliminate the propensity toward recurrence. The right homeopathic will quickly restore health without damaging the body and make it less likely that the illness will come back again. It works.

I’ve previously written about homeopathic alternatives for the most common ailments for which babies are prescribed their first courses of antibiotics: ear infections, colds, sore throats, and coughs. When in need, please refer to those articles by clicking on the ailment’s name.

But, you know that I like to give a remedy tip with every blog article, so, here’s my favorite protocol for bronchitis. At the first sign of symptoms: Aconitum 200C mixed with Bryonia 200C, twice a day. This is a Banerji Protocol, and it has yet to fail me.

If the infection is really, really severe, I increase the frequency to every 5 hours. But be prudent! Everyone thinks their illness is really, really severe.

Try to be objective and not just impatient because of your discomfort. In my experience, this protocol uproots the illness and makes it less likely the infection will recur.

If I can encourage mothers to utilize these methods with their children from birth, think of all the suffering we can potentially avoid down the road!

That’s what my newest course aims to do: Teach how to address infections the homeopathic way and avoid pharmaceutical antibiotics as much as possible.

The course is called The Antibiotic Alternative: Practical, Proven Homeopathic Protocols.

I feel confident that this education will help give our children the best possible start in life and help the rest of us improve and protect our health as well.

Watch your inboxes this coming week for more information.




Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

Call today and learn how homeopathy might just be the missing piece in your health strategy.

Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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The Author disclaims all liability for any loss or risk, personal or otherwise incurred as a consequence of use of any material in this article. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


43 thoughts on “Antibiotic Fallout”

  1. JP says:

    What do you think, can homeopathy help us who have *already* been damaged by Cipro or Levaquin? There are thousands of us and most doctors deny everything and don’t want to help us. Thanks

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I can and would never promise, but I’ve seen it occur repeatedly.

  2. JP says:

    Ok. Which approach do you think it is usually the wisest way to go in this kind of drug-induced illness? The classical approach or Banerji protocol and/or maybe using drug nosodes?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Certainly not classical and if nosodes are appropriate we use them, but I pretty much teach and use Banerji Protocols only.

  3. Lea says:

    I also wonder if there’s hope for those who are never quite better since antibiotics. My son had antibiotics for a strep infection of his finger, followed a week later by strep throat. I didn’t feel good about the antibiotics at the time, but since they gave him an initial dose in urgent care, I felt I had to follow through. That was a year and a half ago, and just last week he had strep throat again.

    Speaking of follow through, an article came out this summer in BMJ that some doctors are now saying antibiotics used beyond a patient feeling better actually contributes to antibiotic resistance, and the whole “complete the course” is not based on any modern-day clinical evidence. I wonder how far that thinking will lead those doctors that are speaking out …

  4. sandree33 says:

    My story, for sure. I developed 3 years of chronic hives after a winter of repeated antibiotic dosing that failed to resolve respiratory acutes plus tons of stress. That was 15 years ago. Much has improved with homeopathy but still have some stubborn symptoms.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Joette, I’m on pins and needles waiting for your materia medica! When can your fans expect it? Is there a pre-order? Thanks 🙂

  6. Lynn says:

    I am one of those that took Levaquin for a sinus infection. I can’t tell you how much I regret taking it but it was the first time I had it and I had no idea i would have such a severe reaction. Anxiety and depression for almost a year and after taking only ONE capsule. Although it was horrible, that is what brought me to homeopathy and Joette. Antibiotic and medication free for almost 3 years now, thank you Joette!

  7. Lydia Grey says:

    Although my mother was big on giving us kids antibiotics as kids, I’m fortunate that early in my late 20s (more 30 years ago!) I somehow stumbled onto information that made me wary of antibiotics, and have only taken one course of antibiotics–and that about 12 years ago–in the past 30+ years. I am so glad to now have Joette’s invaluable information about alternative ways to avoid antibiotics!

  8. Rebecca Jones says:

    I am also excited about your new materia medica. Do you have any information on when we can expect it?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Its in its last stages on the editors desk.

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Its in the final stages on the editor’s desk.

  9. kendra says:

    Me too on the material media

  10. JEANINE PATE says:

    Is this protocol just for babies for bronchitis or is it also for adults? If just for babies, what do you suggest for adults? thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’ve used it for all ages.

    2. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Most of the protocols I use, including this one, are for any age

  11. Kate says:

    I second Jennifer! 🙂

  12. Leighamber says:

    Yes, can’t wait for Joette’s materia medica!

  13. Marita says:

    Me too 🙂

  14. Liz Schmidt says:

    I avoid antibiotics like the plague, but after 4-5 months struggling with pneumonia (which made my life hell) I gave in. I had tried the remedies in your blog as well as many natural treatments as recommended by my naturopath. Do you think there is a time and place for pharma antibiotics?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Yes, when all else fails.

  15. Shari says:

    I am a little unclear on the dosage when you make recommendations. For instance when you recommend Aconitum 200c as above you mentioned using it twice per day. But when I click on the link and read the directions it says 5 pellets three times per day. Do you follow the 5 pellets direction just twice per day vs. three times? Thank you.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      that’s correct.

  16. JP says:

    Hello Lynn, so you recovered from Levaquin toxicity just by using homeopathy? I suppose you used Banerji protocols? Thanks

  17. JP says:

    Hi Joette, here is one question regarding Levaquin toxicity syndrome: do you think it is possible to get even worse when treating this toxicity with classical approach? Because, that is exactly what happened to me! The homeopath used the classical approach, gave me one remedy (or actually two, a complementing remedy too) – and these made my symptoms (tendon issues etc) worse! And it was NOT that that you got worse for a while and then better, no, I stayed worse and have been worse now for 3 months! And yet she insisted that I would continue taking those same remedies! I said no thanks.

    So do you think that classical approach could be even harmful in this kind of situation? Thanks

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Yes, I believe this can happen…even with the method I use. Usually, its a matter of having chosen the wrong medicine, not the method behind the choice. Pls read my blog article titled “stop it”.

  18. Lorrie Corry says:

    Have you worked with over use of antibiotics for sinus infections that
    Turn into autoimmunities like ALS?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Yes. Of course we never know the exact trigger but auto-immune diseases such as ALS are not uncommon outcomes of antibiotic use.

      1. Lorrie Corry says:

        Do you have a successful Protocal to try with those with ALS?

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

          I use a combination of protocol/s plus how the condition and concomitant conditions present.

  19. JP says:

    I see, thanks. I read the Stop it article. I am just wondering if Camphora 200 would help here because this is not a proving but instead the remedy just brought up an old symptom (tendon pain) back to the surface again. I don’t know if it can be called aggravation either because I only took a low potency (1Q) of Ars Alb four times during one week – could that cause an aggravation that lasts for months? Thanks for your thoughts.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I don’t know that Id call this an aggravation but more likely the wrong medicine and Camphor is specific for such.

  20. JP says:

    One more question about the antibiotic damage if you don’t mind: the damage that Cipro etc cause to tendons for example is unnatural – it cannot be compared to a normal tendon injury that people get because its caused by a man-made chemical.

    Would the same principles still apply when treating this problem with homeopathy (in this case using certain protocols or remedies that are normally used for tendon trouble)? In other words: does it matter what has originally caused the symptom when using Banerji protocols? Thanks.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Its a good question and you’re on the right track. We use the same protocols for a tendon injury regardless of the cause.

  21. P says:

    Is there a banerji protocol you can share for kidney support and cleansing, from reoccurring bladder infections?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      We don’t use homeopathy for support and cleansing but rather as the main medicine while a condition presents.

  22. Kate says:

    Wouldn’t cell salts be beneficial to help in the support and cleansing? I’ve been reading a lot of books on them lately and been trying to “fit them in” to the picture of using homeopathy and banerji protocols….

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      If you don’t have a protocol that’s specific for a condition, then cell salts are not a bad idea. However, they become superfluous when used “just in case”. I prefer to use them when they’re fully indicated.

  23. jillkeith says:

    Has this course come out yet? Thanks!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Yes and if you’re interested, pls call my office M-F 9-4:30 EST 561.537.5900 and Eileen, Shannon or Audrey will help you. It’s not available on the site yet.

      1. Kassandra says:

        Can you use this protocol for bronchitis if you are a week or so into the illness?? Or only on the onset? And what if you havebeen trying the incorrect remedy for 8 or 9 days can you antidote and try this?? Thank you so much for this blog!! I’m starting to piece it all together!

  24. htan says:

    Can we fix our digestion the contitutional way?
    But it would take much longer?
    Thank you

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      It depends on how accurate you are in choosing your medicine.

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