I have found antibiotics to be helpful for my sinus infections, even though I have to take two rounds most of the time, but it seems to do the trick. However, when I was 17 I was rear ended by a hit run driver and the next morning I couldn’t move my head at all. It was so stiff and so painful that the GP gave me pain killers and muscle relaxers, which I didn’t care much for. My mother thought the cure was a chiropractor. Cracking my neck scared the hell out of me and I begged my mother not to make me go. Besides that, it usually hurt worse after he was done working over my neck. Little did I know that at 17, I did have a choice in my medical treatment, but it was not knowledge I was privy to at the time. My mother either thought she had full control until I was 18 or didn’t tell me she didn’t have control. I don’t know which, but regardless, IF I had it to do all over again, I would have refused to have gone because it does not help a neck injury, esp of that magnitude.
Speaking of which, after that, I intentionally involved my sons in their medical treatment, esp after they became teenagers as were allowed by law to speak for themselves. The bad part about that is though, my older son has bipolar (Dx around 14) and stopped all meds when he was 15. He cycles so much, even at 18, but refuses to take meds for multiple reasons, two of which is that they cause weight gain and they make him feel constantly depressed. He rather be on the high/manic end than experience constant depression. I can understand his reasoning, but I have a feeling that is why he has bounced from one part time job to another while attending school and currently isn’t doing anything now (he graduates soon if he gets his act together).
So as not to dump too much about it all, in some respects, medicine might not be all that bad, esp in cases of mental illness, as long as it works for the purpose it is intended for and is not homeopathy or at least as long as the homeopathy is not the only choice of treatment. Sometimes a change in medication is what is needed and not stopping medicine all together.
As for protein, I have read people don’t need as much protein as they think they do. For meat eaters, it’s what? 6 oz of meat a day? Other sources for those, like myself who don’t eat meat (thus why I am uncertain of the meat intake) there are other sources of protein such as nuts, eggs, cheese, seeds, soybeans, and alike. Protein shakes are really not necessary to meet one’s daily requirements. I’ve spent the majority of my life as an ova-lactos vegetarian and have had no ill affects from it. Now veganism concerns me, because they restrict so much from their diet that the lack of protein can and often does cause them health problems. Plant sources alone are not the best sources of protein. Extremes can be just as bad as some homeopathic medicines.
I did miss saying something about antibiotics, they only work on bacterial infections. If the infection is viral, it’s not going to work at all for a person. Thus, if you have pneumonia and it’s viral, antibiotics won’t work and are the wrong course of treatment.