Are We Too Safe?

Canada
May 29, 2007 11:08am CST
Quite a while ago, Toronto here in Canada had a SARS(Severe Acute Resperatory Stress) breakout which caused quite a stir in that city. As a matter of fact, Toronto was pretty much "closed" for a time because of the fear of people catching this illness. The interesting thing is...SARS is a virus and therefore, antibiotics would do nothing. The only thing one is left to do, is wait out the illness and hope for the best. Our human bodies are equipped with these wonderful things called "antibodies" which fight off illness. My belief is that we have pretty much stopped relying on our own bodies and run to a doctor as soon as we get a runny nose or sore ear. By doing this, we are endangering our species by limiting our ability to develop our own antibodies (those who survived SARS built antibodies against it). So, my question to you is: Do you agree with what I've said here...do you think we've gone a little too far in worrying about getting sick? Are "protecting" our children too much by lathering them in antibiotic cleansers? Or do you think that we need to protect ourselves from the serious illnesses that are present today? Share your opinions....
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@shestalou (293)
• Canada
13 Jun 07
I think if we protect ourselves the natural way with a healthy lifestyle we can avoid some of these illnesses, I dont think we need to run to a doctor every time someone gets a sniffle, I always try natural homeopathic first and if it develops into something more serious than I will go to a doctor.
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• Canada
13 Jun 07
That's pretty close to how I handle illnesses as well. I usually just let the illness run its course unless it gets really serious - then, I'll go to a doctor.
@derek_a (10902)
30 May 07
Yes, I fully agree. I think that antibiotics are now beginning to strengthen these bugs and they are becoming super-bugs. The body, not used to fighting off infection is weakened by too many antibiotics, so that when something like SARS arrives we are at a serious disadvantage. In the colds and flu season, I just eat raw garlic every day. I have noticed that colds, although they still come are less severe and lot less freqent, just one cold I've had this year and the one before it was when I got flu 5 years ago. I took nothing then except vitamin C and let it burn itself out. There is no doubt that our medical knowledge helps us live longer now, but we still need a balance and not go into a flap everytime we talk to somebody with a cold. I feel... if I catch it, I catch it. That is my karma and in a way I am going to come through it stronger than before. There is a definite correlation between stress and the immune system, so to constantly worry about getting these bugs will surely attract them towards us.
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• Canada
31 May 07
I've got a friend who swears by the powers of garlic. I understand what you're saying with "...if I catch it, I catch it." That's pretty much the same as me. I figure my own body is quite capable of fixing most illnesses and if it can't, that's when I seek some sort of medical attention.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
30 May 07
I think we need the vaccines to build up the antibodies for all the new diseases as they come out.
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