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Plant antibiotics

Doctors are worried. Bacterial infections that used to be easily treatable with conventional antibiotics are becoming more and more difficult to handle as the microbes develop resistance. To counter them, researchers are now turning to a variety of substances produced naturally by plants such as mustard and horseradish.

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Although they are not a substitute for antibiotics in serious illness, plant-based compounds can be used effectively to treat lighter infections.