Introduction to Infectious Diseases

The growing worldwide resistance to antibiotics requires much more cautious use of antibiotics when treating acute infectious diseases. What can Anthroposophic Medicine contribute in this situation? What possibilities does it offer that go beyond just focusing on the pathogens, how does it therapeutically guide and support a patient’s inflammatory response, and strengthen the person’s immunological resources, both acutely and preventatively? Which procedures have proven successful? How can Anthroposophic Medicine benefit patients with infectious diseases, whether acute or long-term?

In this section we present some of Anthroposophic Medicine’s multi-professional therapeutic concepts for common infectious diseases in childhood and adulthood.

 Fig. «Sick person at night» of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. © akg-images

Research news

Fasting for adults with type 1 diabetes 
Intermittent as well as prolonged fasting appaer favorable in conditions such metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and rheumatic diseases. Fasting for individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is generally considered too risky. The aim of this patient-led research was to investigate the feasibility, benefit, and safety of a 7-d multimodal fasting intervention in individuals with T1D. The study results indicate achievement of the stated aims (open access): 
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2021.111169
For this study, Dr. Bettina Berger received the prestigious Holzschuh Award for Complementary Medicine. 


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