Don Amalek Corleone
Purifying the Vocal Domain

Killer Antibiotics

Image result for eustachian tube anatomy in young child

This week, I'd like to address a very common and very big problem regarding the over-use of antibiotics. Now before some of you get all hysterical on me, yes, I absolutely agree that they are a wonderful life-saving invention. However, there are many - too many, in fact - cases in which antibiotics are prescribed when they're simply not necessary.

Take, for example, the all-too-common case of a young child with an ear infection. Typically, babies under two years old are more susceptible to middle ear infections because the eustachian tube doesn't drain fluid as easily as an older child's or adult's. You can clearly see the anatomical difference in the above drawing. 

I found this wonderful article that discusses the real cause of middle ear infections, and I highly recommend that all of you read this, especially the parents of young children. In a nutshell, most middle ear infections are caused by inflammation, but not as a result of bacteria! One Dutch study found that 88% of children with otitis media did not need antibiotics! Many times it's actually an allergic reaction to a food, dairy products being the biggest culprit. Well, what a surprise. Dairy is known to cause all kinds of health problems, from increased mucus production to all sorts of digestive problems to skin rashes, particularly around the mouth. My advice? Dump the dairy.

So what can be done when you have a child screaming in pain from middle ear inflammation? First, give the poor kid some Tylenol! Even though I hate Big Pharma, I am not a fan of screaming children, either. Why should they suffer unnecessarily? If you were screaming in pain, wouldn't you help yourself to a little relief?  I think even giving half a dose is also not okay, because would you give yourself half a dose if you had a fever or were in severe pain? I sure wouldn't! Don't turn your kids into martyrs, for G-d's sake.

Now that I have angered many parents out there, let me anger the doctors, too. I feel that it is completely negligent for a pediatrician or any physician to prescribe repeated doses of antibiotics for non-life-threatening medical issues. But you should know why they do this. First, their hands are tied legally. They are placing their licenses on the line if they give their patients any nutritional or natural healing advice. Second, they might really not know what other natural options are available, since it is well-known that nutrition and natural approaches to healing are not taught in medical school. So in reality, all they are left with is their little pen and prescription pad.

Some of you might remember the famous adage, "The pen is mightier than the sword."

Well, I've just given it a 21st century makeover: The pen is deadlier than the sword.

Believe me, I wish I were exaggerating. The CDC states that 2 million people per year become infected with antibiotic-resistant germs, and 23,000 of those people die as a result. Each year! If this were a plague, everyone would be running hysterically through the streets. Even if a person doesn't die from repeated antibiotic use, they are placing their health in major jeopardy, because antibiotics act like an atom bomb when ingested. They kill off the bad and the good bacteria, which allows the bad bacteria to grow unchecked by the dead good bacteria, and the vicious cycle continues. 

Now, let's take off our angry caps and put on our thinking caps. How, oh how, can we fix this problem? Well, there are many solutions. First, I would recommend that everyone find themselves a good naturopath, homeopath, or doctor of Chinese medicine, and make that doctor their primary care physician. Just stay away from the psychopaths.

Second, regarding otitis media infections in particular, Mullein Garlic drops are excellent for relieving inflammation. Garlic is a powerful anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial healing agent! You can get them at the local health food store. I would suggest that if you have small kids, you should have a bottle on hand even though no one may be sick at the moment.

Third, we have to get back to basics. As I've said time and time again, the entire approach of modern medicine is backwards. Instead of focusing on building up the body's defenses, their entire aim is to break down the body's defenses, all in the name of killing the enemy.

Let's put this strategy into perspective, shall we? If you were involved in a war with another country and you had to send your troops out to battle, would you drop an atom bomb on everyone on the battlefield, knowing that you will be killing your own soldiers in the process of trying to kill the enemy? What do you think would happen to a general who came up with such an insane tactic? 

If the good bacteria have been decimated in an intestinal Hiroshima, the best thing to do is to eat probiotics. These help the good bacteria reproduce and strengthen your immune system. Here's a good article that discusses probiotics in more detail. 

Back to basics means that we have to focus on eating healthy and taking care of ourselves! Our diets are the main cause of our physical and mental states of well-being! How can you expect to be healthy if you're stuffing your face with fake food and sugary snacks? How can you ask why Hashem gave you an illness if you eat like garbage? If you want to be healthy, you have to eat healthy! There's no way around it. And, of course, you must must must exercise!

I have one more thing to add to parents who are looking for spiritual reasons as to why their children are sick. Yes, it is obviously a tikkun for the parents. I'm not arguing with that. But I know, as a BT, that it's easy for a religious person to get caught up in the spiritual aspect of a situation without giving much consideration to the physical, practical aspect of it. The best route is a combination of both approaches. Yes, look for the spiritual message behind it. But while you're looking, you've got to put forth your maximum effort by looking for physical solutions as well!

Let's get back to the common example of a kid is getting repeated middle ear inflammation and going for a prolonged period of time on antibiotics without recovering from the original problem. Why are the parents still taking him to this doctor? I personally think the message for these parents and the rest of us is that we've got to stop having blind faith in modern medicine. We need to educate ourselves about natural healing methods and especially about how to keep ourselves healthy, so G-d willing, we won't need a doctor ever again!

You are welcome to post your infuriated comments below.

Blessings for a healthy, happy, and educated week!



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Great article. Only one comment. Previously I was a high school teacher. 3000 students on the smallest campus in Miami. For 10 years BH I was hardly ill. Not many headaches etc. I believed it was because I was surrounded all day 7 am until 10 pm by students with different types of colds etc and I built up an immune system. Fast forward to the present I changed jobs and now I get ill at least once a year sometimes twice. Can't prove my concept just throwing it up for discussion.
PS still holding at 194 pounds (lost 20 pounds) and following the diet THANKS!!! Also please give my regards to David anytime he and Rabbi Brody are in the southern part of town I will make time to see them.


David, first I am SOOOO proud of you!!! Keep up the fantastic work! Are you exercising? Lift weights - that'll help you burn fat at the same time as you build muscle. As for your colds, I would suggest two things: first, a high quality superfood. I take five capsules every day, and I used to get sick almost every two weeks for about three years! Now, B"H if I get something, it's very mild, which is also because I take something called Oregano Supreme. I have found this to be the best anti-viral immune booster in all my years of experimenting. I take 3 capsules twice a day when I feel something coming on. The trick is to keep taking it for about two days after you feel better as well, because it does such a good job at reducing symptoms that you may think you've recovered 100% when it's only been 80%. Third, Vitamin D3 drops are a must. Vitamin D is the number one immune-boosting vitamin. Take 4,000 IU every day, but take it with a fat because vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Don't be scared of toxicity. You won't get it at this dosage. If you still haven't had enough, you can also take vitamin C. Keep in touch and let me know how you're doing!


Thanks for the advice as for exercising I walk 3 miles a day however according to the neighbors my wife walks (power walks with weights and speed) while I stroll
I don't enjoy lifting weights and I truly dislike gyms
My daughter decided to become a vegetarian except for fish so that's the new diet
Vegetables fruits fish nuts tofu (my wife makes it actually taste like something) etc and breakfast is after 11 am
AND NO SUGAR OR PROCESSED ANYTHING except for bread and challah


That's great, David! Just make sure to get your heart rate up. That's not only good for losing weight, but you already know it's great for your heart and for delivering oxygen to the rest of your body. I'm so impressed with your wife and your daughter! Kol hakavod to all of you!! Hashem should bless you with many long, happy, and healthy years together, Amen!

Esther Rachel

Its not so much the dairy, its the wheat. It depends on your body+sensitivity. All my life the allergy.
once thise small cavities swell, inflame,
that is when infection can set in because it cant drain. when you have that reaction your whole body starts to fight. Eating wheat berries+having hives all over your body, or when you cant breathe.
When your sensitive its not a picnic.
I am thankful for those antibiotics.
moving halfway across the globe, helped.
Yes, maybe growing up in a dirty environment helps. I dont know.
The allergist said I have to be in a very clean environment. Ha Yes, I grew up in a clean environment, but what does that have to do with weeds? Its in the
I would caution parents about this.
10% of us dont fall in that catagory+it can be dangerous.


Hi. Thanks very much for your interesting and helpful articles!
Quick question. What is Rabbi Brody (and/or Rabbi Arush's) thoughts on some of your more "out of the box" advice & articles (eg. such as the anti-vaccination push). I know he is very health conscious, but does he agree with all of the advise you offer here (fasting until 11AM, volcano ash drink...)?


Shimshie, that's a great question! Rav Brody has no problem with what I write, but I cannot personally speak for his views regarding vaccines, and the same goes for Rav Arush. I know that they both do not have very high regard for the approach of modern medicine, and focus on eating healthy and living healthy lifestyles. They do their best to stay far away from doctors, and visit holistic doctors if they have a need to. My view on vaccines is definitely going against the grain of the religious world, and that's because most religious people just don't know their information. Unfortunately, the rabbis they go to for medical advice are also only given half of the story by the doctors who supply them with information. Also, we need to consider that if the gedolim suddenly came out with a stam anti-vaccine stance, everyone would go crazy. This wouldn't be a wise idea. I have heard of people going to gedolim with valid concerns about vaccinating, and they were told not to. The bottom line is that people should start researching for themselves, and stop blindly accepting what they're being force-fed by doctors. The confusion people have is because the doctors believe in the vaccine propaganda, because that's the only thing they were taught. Their belief plus their genuinely good intentions to help others (hopefully) makes it very hard for an uninformed person to resist their medical recommendations. There is enough information out there that gives people the actual opportunity to make INFORMED DECISIONS and to THINK FOR THEMSELVES. I am so fed up with the sheeple mentality. Our children are paying the price, and it's not fair.


The best thing about modern medicine is that it is evidence based. Unfortunately greed can get in the way. This part of human nature applies to all healing arts. I suggest asking any healer what level of evidence the treatment has.
Rating System for the Hierarchy of Evidence: Quantitative Questions

Level I: Evidence from a systematic review of all relevant randomized controlled trials (RCT's), or evidence-based clinical practice guidelines based on systematic reviews of RCT's

Level II: Evidence obtained from at least one well-designed Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)

Level III: Evidence obtained from well-designed controlled trials without randomization, quasi-experimental

Level IV: Evidence from well-designed case-control and cohort studies

Level V: Evidence from systematic reviews of descriptive and qualitative studies

Level VI: Evidence from a single descriptive or qualitative study

Level VII: Evidence from the opinion of authorities and/or reports of expert committees


Eric, while in theory you are correct, evidence is manipulated all the time. Studies are manipulated all the time. It's all about furthering whatever agenda the companies want to push, whether it's a new miracle drug or treatment. Money is always the bottom line. You should read "Racketeering in Medicine" by Dr. James Carter.

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