More drugs you don't need

If you're like most people, you've had bronchitis at some point in your life -- and odds are your doctor gave you unnecessary antibiotics for it bronchitis.

Ever ask him why?

If you did, he probably hemmed and hawed and never really answered your question.

You see, he has to hem and haw, because if he told you the truth you'd leave his clinic and never return. So allow me to tell you what he won't: Bronchitis is almost always viral, which means it almost never responds to the drugs.

But your doctor isn't the only one who's prescribing antibiotics for bronchitis anyway. New research shows that doctors prescribe the meds for bronchitis 73 percent of the time -- a rate that's been unchanged for two decades despite constant warnings about the dangers of antibiotic overuse.

It's not just bronchitis, either.

Sore throats are also usually viral, with only 10 percent caused by the "strep" bacteria. (Surprised? Most people are.)

Yet, again, docs seem happier to write a prescription than find a real solution -- because they prescribe the drugs 60 percent of the time, according to a second new study.

This isn't just a problem for patients, who face the misery of side effects such as stomach cramps, stomach pain and diarrhea.

It's a problem for all of us, as a society, because the overuse of antibiotic drugs has led directly to the rise of drug-resistant superbugs -- potentially deadly bacteria so powerful that they're difficult and in some cases even impossible to treat.

Of course, doctors know all this. They even know that antibiotics for bronchitis and sore throats rarely work. They know it, but they don't have the time or talent to figure out who needs medication and who doesn't.

So they give the drugs to everyone.

There's a much better approach to common infections such as bronchitis and sore throats -- natural remedies that boost your body's immune system and give it the power to fight illness.

And unlike antibiotics for bronchitis, these remedies have been proven to work -- and in many cases, they can work against both viral and bacterial infections.

Seek the help an experienced holistic medical doctor with the skills to know when you might need meds -- and, more importantly, when you don't.