Last week (16-22 November) was World Antibiotics Awareness Week. This has come about because for a long time antibiotics have been over-prescribed and in many cases given to patients who just don’t need them. This has made antibiotic resistance one of the biggest threats facing us today. It is a growing global problem and needs to be addressed urgently by all of us!

Pack of tablets on a tableOveruse of antibiotics seriously threatens their long-term effectiveness. This means that minor illnesses and surgery may become high risk procedures if infections cannot be treated. Simple procedures like setting broken bones, basic operations and animal healthcare all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

You can help by doing the following:

For infections that our bodies are good at fighting off on their own, like coughs, colds, sore throats and flu, treat the symptoms for five days rather than going to your GP.

It is vital we prevent antibiotics getting into the environment, so please take any unused

antibiotics to your pharmacy for safe disposal.    




Inspired by a life-long interest in health, I worked as an NHS medical secretary for 20 years. After experiencing the power of herbal remedies for myself, I trained as a medical herbalist, graduating from Westminster University in 2004. I’m a member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP); a governing body for qualified medical herbalists. I’m a firm believer that you have the power to make profound changes, and I aim to support you on your journey - and help you resolve on-going health problems. I have published several articles and have served as health expert for Holland & Barrett's Healthy magazine. At a local level, I regularly dispense health advice in a health food shop. I have recently developed my own range of natural skincare products, Clay & Herbs. You can also find a wealth of information on medicinal herbs and a variety of health topics on my website:

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