Written by Dr. Tanya Wylde, Naturopathic Doctor










Viruses are not the same thing as bacteria.  I was prescribed antibiotics for Influenza A-flu
back in 1999.  I didn’t take them because I knew they wouldn’t be effective, as I mentioned in
my blog post “To Vaccinate or not to vaccinate—that is the question”.

If you or your family member has a virus, antibiotics will not work to treat the virus.
Taking antibiotics for colds, flus, chest colds, sore throats (except for strep throat), bronchitis,
sinus infections, runny nose (with clear, green or yellow mucous), fluid in the middle ear (ear
infection) in otherwise healthy children and adults will not cure the infection, help you feel
better, or prevent other people from catching it since these are more often that not, caused by













The only thing that an antibiotic will do if you take it for a virus is put you at risk of getting a
bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotic treatment.i Antibiotic resistance is a growing
threat to the health of Canadians and North Americans in general.  It is such a problem that
the Centre for disease and control (CDC) created a campaign to educate doctors and the public
on the topic.  To learn more on this topic of when to treat with antibiotics go to the following
web link. and to learn about
antibiotic awareness week 2013 (November 18-24) in Canada go to
Also scroll down (see sources) to review the following graphic as a quick reference guide to know when to use
antibiotics…titled “Get Smart, Know When Antibiotics Work” written by the CDC.




















If you are looking for natural ways to boost your immune system through cold and flu season,
then check out my blog post “Evidenced based naturopathic treatments to prevent and
treat colds and flus”.

~ Tanya Wylde,BSc, CPT, ND

Naturopathic Doctor
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Tanya Wylde is a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor with a busy practice in Vaughan Ontario.  She has a strong interest in, and 10 years experience helping patients with women’s health, fertility, perinatal health, lactation and weight concerns.  She incorporates nutrition, orthomolecular medicine, homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, botanical medicine and fitness consults into her treatment plans.  Due to Tanya’s previous experience as a personal trainer and fitness instructor she is a strong motivator. She strives to help all of her patients to achieve optimal health by assessing and addressing imbalances and deficiencies.  Tanya is committed to supporting rather than suppressing the body’s innate ability to heal.  Tanya, like her brother Bryce Wylde, (One of Canada’s leading alternative health expert’s  previous show host of CP24′s “Wylde on Health”) is passionate about educating the public on evidenced based integrative medicine and motivating the public to get healthy via TV, electronic and print media.  Tanya is a new mom to a 6 month old and is having the time of her life with this new and wonderful experience.  She loves animals and has a “fur baby” named Freyja, a Whippet. Before her son arrived, she enjoyed running, mixed martial arts and playing women’s soccer and plans to get back to these sport hobbies, in time.  For now, she is enjoying her long hikes in nature with her dog and her son.

~Tanya Wylde, BSc,CPT,ND



Sources for this article:

1 Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work Overview and Past Events (2013, March 12) Retrieved from and

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