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The natural antibiotic you should know about this flu season

The natural antibiotic you should know about this flu season

Q: I read your e-mail the other day regarding colloidal silver as an alternative to antibiotics. I’m wondering about natural antibiotic I’ve read about — olive leaf extract. What is your opinion on olive leaf extract? Is it safe to take, and does it have any long- term side effects?

Dr. Wright: Olive leaf was actually studied years ago with favorable results by at least one major patent medicine company. They found that it could inhibit many common respiratory bacteria, as well as several viruses. But then the costs of FDA “approval” started to soar out of sight. And since they couldn’t patent the natural extract and have exclusive rights to sell it (and recoup their investment), the company dropped the project.

However, it is available as a natural supplement, and over the years, I’ve observed many favorable responses to olive leaf capsules and tablets — especially when it’s used regularly (one or two capsules, three to four times daily) in the early stages of an infection.

In combination with echinacea, it packs a “one-two” punch, since olive leaf directly kills germs, and echinacea boosts the immune system. So far, I haven’t received any reports of notable adverse effects from any of my patients using olive leaf. But it’s always a good idea to work with a physician knowledgeable in natural medicine, who can help determine the best dose for you. To find one in your area, contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine at (800)532-3688 or visit www.acam.org.