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How to Combat a Common Superbug
Approximately 10 times as many bacterial cells as human cells reside on and within the human body, and scientists have identified hundreds of different species living on the skin and within the stomach and intestines. Of these many different bacterial types, most potentially harmful strains are rendered harmless by the body’s immune system.
Staphylococcus aureus is a category composed of various strains of bacteria carried long-term on the skin and in the nasal cavities of about 20% of the population. Staph aureus It is the most common cause of many infections, including acne, boils, infection of heart valves, pneumonia, and many others. As in the case of most potentially harmful bacteria, a healthy immune system typically prevents serious infection. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, or MRSA (MUR-sa), is a strain of S. aureus that’s resistant to a large number of the most powerful antibiotics including the penicillins and cephalosporins. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult to treat, even with the best of medicine’s front-line arsenal of antibiotics. MRSA is one of a growing number of 21st Century “superbugs.”
Two sub-categories of MRSA have been defined. Community-Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) commonly spreads where there are groupings of people such as schools, prisons and athletic facilities such as gyms. It typically manifests as swollen and painful skin infections. Healthcare-Associated MRSA (HA-MRSA) is a serious problem in hospital settings where invasive medical devices, open wounds, and people with low immunity are commonplace. Under such conditions, the bacterium can enter the blood, become systemic, and infect internal organs. About 2.5 million Americans carry MRSA, and 5% of hospital patients are either infected with or carry the bacterium. It is three times more lethal than less drug-resistant strains.
Certain medicinal honeys —specifically those with a UMF rating of 12 or higher—demonstrate powerful antimicrobial properties. Several studies have found these honeys effective in treating skin lesions caused by MRSA. It is ineffective, however, if the bacterium becomes blood-borne. Colloidal silver used topically is also suggested. Sovereign Silver Hydrosol™is available in health food stores and OxySilver™ is available online.
Dr. Domenico Iannetti of the University of Naples in Italy has successfully used bacteria-killing viruses—known as bacteriophages, or phages—to attack and kill various strains of S. aureus, including MRSA. While harmless to humans, the phages are deadly to targeted bacteria and much less subject to the development of bacterial resistance than are antibiotics.
ElecampaneAlso known as horseheal, wild sunflower scabwort, and botanically as Inula helenium, elecampane is used to kill intestinal parasites and respiratory infections including asthma and bronchitis. Researchers at the Cork Institute in Ireland have reported that elecampane is effective in killing over 300 varieties of staphylococcus, including MRSA. It is available in capsules, tinctures, and as a tea. Rasayana and Lipistat are two Ayurvadic products containing elecampane.
Drs. Lynda Williams and Shelley Haydel of Arizona State University work with various antibacterial clays including Agricur, a green volcanic clay found near Massif Central, France. It is formed from ancient volcanic ash composed mostly of the minerals smectite and illite. The clay has been shown to kill MRSA, the flesh-eating disease buruli, and other harmful bacteria. French clays are available in healthfood stores.
Silver Dihydrogen Citrate
The hard-surface disinfectant Silver Dihydrogen Citrate by PURE Biosciences is being used by some correctional facilities to prevent the spread of MRSA. It is a broad spectrum anti-bacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.
Researchers at the New York Institute of Technology have reported that blue LED light at the wavelength of 470 nm eradicates both the CA and HA types of MRSA with only several minutes of treatment. 470 nm LEDs are readily available and can be purchased online.
Several natural remedies are recommended for the treatment of systemic/blood-bourne MRSA. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Olive Leaf Extract, Photoluminescence, and Sodium Chlorite are four such remedies, all of which are discussed under General Treatment Methods in The Encyclopedia of Medical Breakthroughs. A poultice of olive leaf extract or acidified sodium chlorite are appropriate for topical application. Used systemically, these treatments may also be effective against other superbugs including Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and Clostridium difficil.