There has been a lot of talk about disease lately, and it is true that Super-bugs are on the rise. Antibiotics are less effective as the days go on. What are we going to do?
Well, the first thing to do is to not lose our heads about it. The second thing to do is to classify what kind of “bug” you are up against. It is a virus, bacteria, or fungus? This is important because you need to understand that an antibiotic does not work on viruses or fungi, just like antifungals do work on bacteria or viruses. For clarification, antifungals work on fungi. Anti-virals work on viruses and antibiotics are used on bacteria. In an effort to reduce the length of this post, we will focus on bacteria and these super-bugs.
What are these “superb” anyway? Well, basically, they are bugs that have or are quickly becoming immune to our most powerful antibiotics and medicines, pretty much because we continue to use stronger and more powerful antibiotics and medicines. Many doctors do not subscribe to natural or traditional medicine, but while our most powerful antibiotics continue to fail, we are beginning to see that natural or traditional medicines are often more affordable and often work just as well, if not better than these new drugs that are so hard on our systems. That’s right; there are a few natural solutions that actually work just fine in regard to protecting yourself from these antibiotic-resistant bugs, both internally and externally.
First, yes it is true that remedies such as tea tree, lavender, and other essential oils, colloidal silver, mega doses of vitamin C, goldenseal, coconut oil, etc. can keep certain infections from getting much worse, but these remedies tend to not “kill” the bacteria entirely as we would hope. That being said, these should be implemented whenever possible because they offer variety which definitely helps during the battle and between doses of the things that will kill them. They are also pretty effective for viruses and fungi as well, but these are still important pieces of the puzzle, do not discard these just yet.
Second, diet alone will not kill the bugs but diet is an integral part of the strategy. The worst thing you can put into your body during this fight is sugar, and eliminating as many sources of sugar as possible will help tremendously when it comes to the battle against these super-bugs. Most people do not know this, but eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria and viruses. At the same time, the bacteria you are looking to eliminate feed off of those sugars. The phrase “too much” is relative I know, but understand this: sugar depresses immunity and feeds bad bacteria. Numerous studies have shown that downing the equivalent of even two 12-ounce sodas can suppress the body’s immune responses, causing a fifty-percent drop in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria. Now compound the idea that you are feeding the bad guys and then do the math. Drink the clear stuff: water!!! Flush your body.
The next part of the diet recommendation is that you need to start getting rid of refined foods, processed foods, and manipulated foods. Clean it up. Go natural when and where you can. Think about it like this: if your ancestors wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it.
The third thing you need to do is reduce your stress. Stress also severely suppresses your body’s immune function. Hang out with friends, sit in front of a fire, read a book, be close to loved ones… do something that allows you the ability to unplug and unwind. Don’t make excuses either. Life is short, and if you are reading this, chances are that you are not feeling as great as you could. Try to relax and give your body the time it needs while you mentally reap the benefits of doing so.
Fourth, you need to detox. Start exercising at least 5 times a week. It doesn’t matter if it’s just walking around the neighborhood. Get the body moving and make sure it’s moving for at least 30 minutes when you do. Also, drink some green tea (without the sugar), take some garlic, drink lots of water, and take plenty of vitamin C.
By the way, have you heard about the benefits of Omega yet? Get a good source of Omega 3 while you are at it, such as cod liver oil tablets or golden flaxseed oil. These fatty acids are amazing for the body with benefits too many to list out.
Something you need to understand right now is that TRUE HEALING does NOT happen in the course of five days. True long-lasting health does take a little time, so be patient and give your body what it needs to do its job. On a similar note, understand that your body needs REAL salt and REAL iodine. REAL salt does not contain iodine and it is NOT white. Real iodine is not found in real salt. Look to things like kelp. Still, your body needs these elements for survival and proper healing. Giving your body what it needs is a critical step in this struggle.
Probiotics are also important. I would suggest things like REAL Kefir. It is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains” and has its origins in the north Caucasus Mountains. It is easy to make and does wonders for the body. Word of caution though: don’t use “fake” milk-like homogenized milk.
Honestly… these practices provided above will do your body a tremendous amount of good regardless of whether you are hit by viruses, fungi, or bacteria. And there really are a million different things I could add to the pieces listed above. Don’t take this article as the blueprint, so much as the suggestion to find the blueprint.
These suggestions are also perfect if you are already in decent health. Your immunity will increase, you’ll feel younger, healthier, happier, less stressed, and you will be able to fight off many of these super-bugs before they have a chance to set up shop. If it seems like too much right now, well then don’t implement all of these measures right off the bat. Take it one step at a time.
But here is the deal, your body needs help and these bugs are super-bugs for a reason; you may need something bigger for the fight. Some of the most predominant super-bugs to contend with here lately are things like MRSA, E-Coli, and similar bugs that infect the skin. Note, however, that there are many more than what I could list out here today and with that being said, let us just focus on these for now. But know that what I provide below will do wonders for many different types of bugs. Here are three of my favorite treatments for basic soft tissue infections.
(With diet and lifestyle considerations as suggested) – NOTE: some people have allergies to the following – use your head and DO NOT use something you are allergic to.
Sulfur – Sulfur is one of my favorites. I ingest actual sulfur (sublimed sulfur) twice a year, and MSM (Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane) almost daily. Wait… actual sulfur you ask? Yup! The nonmetallic, multivalent, tasteless, and odorless chemical element comes as a yellow crystalline powder. It has activity against fungus, bacteria, and a host of other conditions you might find yourself presented with.
You can still find this in many pharmacies and online at places like Amazon.com. It was super cheap too! And yes, some will try to scare you away from using this, much like they will attempt to scare you away from using the other treatments I am providing. Why? I don’t know: perhaps because it can’t be patented, and sold as some elite drug? Do some research on it and find out for yourself.
Does the idea of taking sulfur scare you? It shouldn’t. REAL Sulfur and black-strap molasses is a centuries-old homemade remedy. In fact, the mixture of one teaspoon of sulfur and two teaspoons of molasses was believed to prevent health problems and served as a universal remedy. It worked for centuries, and we are to believe it no longer works because someone can make money selling antibiotics? It is best known as the “spring tonic,” which was taken to cleanse the blood after the long period of inactivity during the long, cold winter months. Not only is it known to cleanse the blood, but it is also known to repel parasites. And, if you take it in early spring, it will even repel ticks and mosquitos… which may prevent other serious diseases that have been emerging here lately.
If you are going to use REAL sulfur internally for these purposes, basically you take one ounce of sublimed sulfur (USP) divided into four equal parts and take it at four intervals approximately 12 hours apart with meals. That’s it. Do it in the spring and do it in the fall.
Sure, you could stick with just the MSM (the white stuff), but just know that the two work very differently because they are not one and the same. Sublimed sulfur is used in very small doses to great effect. MSM is used in rather high doses to great effect. Both are great, but their uses are very different.
If you want to use sublimed sulfur for external wound healing or skin conditions, you could do it a couple of different ways. If you have a weeping wound, dusting sulfur powder on the wound dries it and stops it from weeping, it is also an antiseptic that keeps bugs away and helps it heal faster. Or you could make a paste using Manuka Honey with a little sulfur dusted into the mix, put it in the wound, and wrap it up.
Learn more about Sulfur – http://tsfitnessnyc.wordpress.com/nutrition/flex4fitness-mineral-guide/sublime-sulfur/
So what is Manuka Honey? Manuka is another one of my favorites. If I get a sunburn, I pour on the honey. If I get a cut, I pour on the honey. In fact, during the Second World War, the famous Soviet surgeon S.A. Smirnov successfully treated gunshot wounds with honey. Honey works wonders!
Why does it work? Well, hydrogen peroxide is a component of honey. It gives most honey its antibiotic quality. But some types of honey, including manuka honey, also have other components with antibacterial qualities, such as methylglyoxal (MG). MG is a compound found in manuka honey in large quantities. Another one is dihydroxyacetone. In all, I have found over twenty years worth of studies advocating the use of manuka with some amazing results even published in various medical journals.
While not entirely sure how or why it works, it is theorized that this particular honey breaks down the protein in the bacterial cell wall. Also, since it produces hydrogen peroxide, it proceeds to destroy the inside of the cell once the cell wall has been broken. Dead and dead. And like I said before, I use this on all kinds of skin-related issues… and it even makes a good sweetener for my tea. And yes, it does provide some health benefits internally as well.
Learn more about Manuka – http://www.naturalnews.com/035959_manuka_honey_healing_medicine.html
Povidone-iodine – This is the big gun. Dr. David Derry says that iodine is effective “for standard pathogens such as Staphylococcus, but also iodine has the broadest range of action, fewest side effects and no development of bacterial resistance.” Perfection for a very low cost.
Why? Iodine is a deadly enemy of single-cell micro-organisms. Iodine exhibits activity against bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa, and many viruses. For instance, Betadine solution was found to be able to kill MRSA within seconds and this also included three different strains of methicillin-susceptible S. aureus. If you go the iodine route though, I would suggest attacking the bugs from both ends. Used internally, it has supportive roles for human physiology. Lugol’s iodine solution can be taken internally and has been found to be great for chronic or recurrent viral or bacterial infections (eg. colds, flu, sore throat, etc.).
For an added bonus, a function of iodine in the human body relates to clear thinking. The mind simply works better when the body is supplied the iodine it needs and studies do show that iodine deficiency leads to a decline in IQ (Dr. David Brownstein).
Personally, I use this stuff for almost everything. I even mix it with saline water for nasal rinses. In fact, the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health concluded that povidone-iodine irrigation is a simple and inexpensive solution with the potential to prevent infections.
Internally and externally, this stuff is cheap and highly effective!!! Also, be sure you are getting a good amount of selenium in your diet as well. Too much iodine without selenium can be problematic.
Do some research for yourself. http://www.naturalnews.com/022800_antibiotic_antibiotics_infection.html
All this being said… if you really want to win the war against these superbugs… mix it up. Use all of these remedies and do not rely on just one. I recommend that once you have a remedy that works for the particular bug you are fighting, take the remedy for at least 14 days after the last sign of infection. This will help ensure that the bug is eradicated.
Remember, don’t rely solely on supplements or pills. Avoid processed sugar. Drink homemade bone broth. Eat good meats and quality fats and clean up the diet. Get plenty of sunshine and Vitamin D, get plenty of rest, and exercise. And avoid toxins where you can. Reduce stress, drink plenty of water… then bust out these big guns and destroy those bugs.
If you’re interested in learning more about fighting super-bugs, be sure to check out my article titled “Natural Biofilm Disruption.”
I found a great book that discusses Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner. Here is the link. Also, be on the lookout for articles on this topic in the future.
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