PREVENT BACTERIAL INFECTIONS SPREADING
To combat the spread of bad bacteria the answer is to keep very clean. Personal and household cleanliness is of ultimate importance. Wash hands whenever they have come
into contact with surfaces that might harbour bad bacteria from others,
especially after handling money or touching handles and after visiting
the toilet. Use a tea tree oil solution.
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towels and clothes at least once a week in hot temperatures, (daily if there is an infection)
and keep surfaces, especially those touched by human hands or food and
floors in the home clean and dust free. 90% of dust in the home is human
skin which mites and bacteria thrive upon. Some bacteria can live without
sustenance on surfaces for a long time.
As well as a healthy diet, including all the foods
listed below, vaccines can be given to prevent serious
bacteria infections such as polio and influenza. It is especially recommended for
elderly, those with a suppressed immune system, those taking steroid
anti rejection drugs or those with a malfunctioning or
spleen. Keeping the liver,
intestines, bowels & kidneys healthy by a good diet of whole
vegetables, herbs and spices will help with fighting
bacteria infections too.
Vaccines make the body create antibodies to particular virulent and
often dangerous bacteria infections. They are not harmful because
they are working in conjunction with the body's immune system.
could be eradicated from the world completely (the same as smallpox
has been) if all those left in the small areas it is prevalent would
agree to be vaccinated. Unfortunately, some religions are against
vaccinations which is not helping the spread of this devastating
Bacteria and the diseases they can cause
Certain bacteria can cause diseases of certain parts of the body and many can spread to any tissues and organs and cause various diseases, especially when an individual’s immune system is compromised.
Follow the blue links to find out bacterial infection symptoms and bacteria fighting natural remedies.
Acinetobacter baumannii (blood or wound infections and pneumonia)
Actinomyces odontolyticus (oral, intestinal and genital tract infections)
Agrobacterium spp. (human systemic diseases, cellulitis, myositis, peritonitis and urinary tract infection)
Bacillus anthracis (anthrax)
Bacillus subtilis (endocarditis, pan-ophthalmitis, pneumonia, visceral abscess)
Bartonella henselae (cat scratch fever)
Bordetella pertussis (pertussis, whooping cough)
Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme
(Brucellosis) is a highly contagious zoonosis caused by ingestion of unpasteurised milk or undercooked meat from infected animals or close contact with their secretions.
Burkholderia pseudomallei (melioidosis)
Capnocytophaga gingivalis (gingivitis)
Chlamydia trachomatis (Chlamydia)
infections, tetanus toxaemia)
Clostridium tetani (tetanus)
Eikenella corrodens (oral, intestinal and genital tract infections)
Escherichia coli (various including anaemia,
prostatitis, urinary tract infection,
Fusobacterium nucleatum (various including Lemierre's syndrome, periodontal diseases and topical skin ulcers.
Helicobacter pylori (stomach ulcers)
tract infection, bladder,
Leptospira spp (leptospirosis, biphasic disease, meningitis, liver damage,
Listeria monocytogenes (lysteria, meningitis)
Micrococcus luteus (pneumonia, septic shock and urinary tract infections)
Mycobacterium abscessus (lung
cystic fibrosis sufferers at most risk of this infection)
Mycobacterium leprae (leprosy, Hansen's disease, granulomatous disease of
the peripheral nerves and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (tuberculosis)
Neisseria gonorrhoea (gonorrhoea)
Peptostreptococcus micros (various including infections of the abdominal region, brain, ear, gastrointestinal abscesses, genitals, heart, jaw, mouth, nasal septum and the pelvic and pleural cavities.
Porphyromonas gingivalis (gingivitus)
Proteus mirabilis (urinary
Proteus vulgaris (urinary
Pseudomonas spp. (various including bacteraemia, pneumonia and urinary
Veilonella parvula (various including infections of the eyes, dental cavities and meningitis)
Salmonella (salmonellosis, typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever, food-borne illness)
Shigella dysenteriae (dysentery)
Shigella sonei (diarrhoea)
Streptococcus mutans (tooth
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia,
Streptococcus pyogenes (tonsillitis,
pharyngitis, impetigo, cellulitis, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, kidney disease, respiratory disease, sinusitis, otitis, arthritis, bone infections)
Staphylococcus aureus (various from minor skin infections to bacteraemia, endocarditis, meningitis, osteomyelitis, pneumonia, sepsis and toxic shock syndrome and Mrsa)
Staphylococcus saprophyticus (urinary
Streptococcus (various including impetigo, Scarlet fever, septicaemia and tonsillitis)
Treponema denticola (periodontal
Treponoma pallidum (syphilis)
Vibrio cholerae (cholera)
Yersinia pestis (bubonic plague - black death)
For natural remedies and more details of the above infections see Associated subjects below.
BACTERIAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Anthrax: Multiplication of Bacillus anthracis in the body causing a painless skin sore (ulcer) with a black centre that appears after the small blisters or bumps. Most often the sore will be on the face, neck, arms, or hands. Can be fatal.
Bacterial meningitis: Inflammation of the
protective membranes of the central nervous system.
Botulism: Blockage of nerve function and respiratory,
as well as musculoskeletal paralysis.
Brucellosis: Entrance of Brucella bacteria by
direct contact or untreated/contaminated milk of animals.
Campylobacteriosis: An inflammatory and at
times accompanied by bloody diarrhoea or dysentery.
Cat scratch disease, also known as cat
scratch fever, Teeny's disease, or subacute regional lymphadenitis, and known
to have been caused by the bacteria Bartonella henselae. Symptoms start to
show between seven days or up to two months post a cat scratch; tender regional lymphadenopathy, slight fever, headache, chills, malaise, abdominal pain,
backache, convulsions or sterile suppurative papules at the site of
(formerly known as C. welchii, or Bacillus welchii):
This is a bacteria found in soil and contaminated undercooked
meat. It is widely distributed in the environment and foods, and
forms part of the normal gut flora in man and animals.
Spores of C. perfringens survive cooking and, during slow
cooling and unrefrigerated storage, germinate to form vegetative
(growing) cells. Under optimal growth conditions the organism
has a generation time of 10 to 12 minutes, and gastroenteritis
often follows ingestion of food containing large numbers of
vegetative cells. Food poisoning most often occurs when food
(usually meat) is prepared in advance and kept warm for several
hours before serving.
Food poisoning from this bacteria can cause diarrhoea and
stomach cramps that usually resolve within 24 hours. However,
the bacterium is also responsible for 80-95% of cases of gas
gangrene, a rare but very severe form of gangrene (tissue
One particular strain of C. perfringens, Type B, makes a
toxin that can travel through blood to the brain and kill myelin
producing cells which is the damage seen in
Cholera: Ttransmission of Vibrio cholerae by ingestion
of contaminated food or water causes diarrhoea.
Diphtheria: Upper respiratory tract illness causing sore throat, low-grade fever and an adherent layer on the tonsils, nasal
cavity and pharynx.
Epidemic typhus: Caused by louse-borne
Gonorrhoea: Common sexually transmitted disease caused by Neisseria
gonorrhoea. One natural treatment alternative to antibiotics for gonorrhoea
Impetigo: Superficial skin infection common in the age group of two to six.
Kawasaki disease: An autoimmune disease also
regarded as lymph node syndrome, is a condition that affects the
medium-sized blood vessels; being marked by a tendency for the blood vessels
to abnormally swell up. Can be a complication caused by leptospirosis.
Legionellosis: Pneumonia or mild respiratory
illness, like acute influenza.
Leprosy (Hansen's disease): Granulomatous disease of
the peripheral nerves and mucosa of the upper respiratory tract caused by Mycobacterium leprae
Leptospirosis (Weils disease, field fever,
rat catcher's yellows, pretibial fever): Biphasic disease with meningitis,
liver damage and renal failure caused by the leptospira spp bacteria. Naturally aquatic organisms, found in fresh
water, damp soil, vegetation, and mud. Flooding may spread the organism.
Mainly caught from rats but can infect other wild mammals and dogs, pigs and
cattle. Infected animals carry the
bacteria in their kidneys, often without becoming unwell. They can excrete
leptospires in their urine for some time. The spirochaetes are shed from the
urine and can survive in the environment for several months in moist, warm
conditions. They enter the bloodstream through broken skin or the mucosa.
Water-borne transmission has also been documented. Infection occurs as two
syndromes: anicteric (which is self-limiting) and icteric leptospirosis
Listeriosis occurs in newborns, the elderly and immune-compromised patients
caused by the listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
Lyme disease: Rash and flu symptoms followed by musculoskeletal,
psychiatric, neurologic, arthritic and cardiac manifestations and many other
symptoms including those associated with
Parkinson's disease. Caught from ticks that feed upon deer.
Melioidosis (Whitmore's disease): caused by burkholderia pseudomallei which is found in soil and
water in tropical climates. There are several types of melioidosis
infection, each with their own set of symptoms. Melioidosis has a wide range
of signs and symptoms that can be mistaken for other diseases such as tuberculosis or
MRSA infection: characterised by rapid weight loss, boils and muscle
Mycobacterium abscessus; bacteria (which is distantly
related to the bacteria that causes
tuberculosis) It was thought that this
bacteria could only be caught from water and soil but has now been
discovered to be able to infect person to person. It is believed that it
becomes aerosolised when people cough and because this bacteria is tough it
hangs around in the air. It causes lung damage and can be incredibly hard to
treat with infected patients needing months of treatment with toxic drugs.
Betulinic acid, a tumour fighting, antifungal, anti inflammatory and
antibacterial compound found in the bark of white birch trees, and
chaga mushrooms and
winged beans can treat mycobacterium abscessus bacteria infections
Nocardiosis, Nocardia asteroides or Nocardia brasiliensis; affects either the lungs or the
(Whooping cough): severe hacking cough followed by palpitations caused by bordetella pertussis.
when a person is bitten by an infected flea.
Pneumococcal pneumonia: is a very serious illness of the lungs and respiratory system,
where the alveoli are inflamed and filled with fluid. It is caused by
streptococcus pneumoniae. It may begin with a severe teeth-chattering chill
lasting 30 minutes with high fever then a couch and the production of rusty
or blood-streaked sputum. It is spread through contact with respiratory
droplets from the nose or mouth of an infected person. It is common for
people, especially children, to carry the bacteria in their throats without
contracted from parrots, pigeons, hens, ducks, sparrows and seagulls.
Q fever; due to
inhalation of contaminated particles in the air or contact with the vaginal
mucus, milk, faeces, semen and urine of infected animals. It is also called query fever and is an infection caused by the bacteria Coxiella burnetii. The bacteria are most commonly found in cattle, sheep, and goats around the world. Humans can contract Q fever when they breathe in dust that was contaminated by infected animals.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever;
severe rickettsial illness. The bacteria are found in ticks, lice, fleas,
mites, chiggers and mammals in the United States and inhabit the white blood
cells and destroy them in the process..
causes typhoid fever, paratyphoid fever and
Scarlet fever: Infection may occur through bloodstream or skin and underlying tissues.
Shigellosis : Dysentery due to poor hygiene.
Syphilis: Sexually transmitted disease due to sexual contact or
Tetanus: Prolonged contraction of skeletal muscle fibres caused by clostridium tetani
Trachoma: Infectious disease of the human eye usually leading to blindness.
Tuberculosis: generally attacks the lungs, but may affect central nervous
system, circulatory system, lymphatic system, bones, joints, genitourinary
system and skin.
Tularemia: Headache, fatigue, muscle pains, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite,
inflammation of face and eyes and lymph nodes.
Typhoid fever: Due to ingestion of food or water adulterated with faeces of an infected
Typhus: Severe headache, sustained high
fever, severe muscle pain, rash, cough, chills, stupor, decreasing blood
pressure, and delirium characterize it
tract infections: Cystitis or
pyelonephritis is caused by the escherichia coli bacteria
PROBIOTIC (FRIENDLY) BACTERIA
Probiotic "good bacteria" are essential in
digesting food. For example, the helpful Lactobacillus bacteria produce
lactase enzymes which digest the lactose found in milk and dairy products (and
may also aid in reducing migraine attacks). Other lacto bacteria digest
carbohydrates. Without probiotics to digest foods, humans could not get
enough nutrition to survive.
When the food passing through the small
intestine and is not properly digested and the nutrients are not well
absorbed, people tend to eat even more food in an attempt to get the missing
nutrients they need to survive. This is one of the causes of weight gain as
people age and build up more and more mucoid plaque.
These bio-friendly bacteria or probiotics
displace those harmful pathogenic micro-organisms (the bad bacteria,
parasites, yeast and fungus) that cause constipation and diarrhoea and vaginitis and do not leave them room to attach themselves and multiply on
the inner surface of the colon and small intestine. Those which cannot
attach themselves to the lining would normally end up being excreted from
the body in the faeces, but when the intestines have a build up of mucus and
waste material sticking to that lining, it provides a perfect place for
pathogenic bacteria, yeast, fungus and parasites to reside, feed, reproduce
and multiply, and produce their poisonous toxins.
In a healthy digestive system, there should be
about 80 to 85 percent bio-friendly bacteria (like Acidophilus and Bifidus)
and only 15 to 20 percent yeast and fungus. In a healthy body, there will
three pounds of probiotic bacteria in the digestive tract, bacteria which
help to digest and absorb the nutrients in food. There will be about four
pounds of good and bad bacteria in the whole body. There should be more
individual probiotic bacteria organisms in the gut than there are cells in
the lining of the digestive tract.
However today, processed foods, alcoholic
beverages and antibiotics fed to the animals humans eat means the number of
probiotic bacteria that survive to do their job in the
human gastrointestinal tract is getting less and less. Taking antibiotic
drugs kills the good probiotic bacteria along with the pathogenic bacteria.
The chlorine and fluorine in tap water helps kill toxic bacteria in the
water supply, but can also kill the probiotic bacteria in the
human gastrointestinal tract. A charcoal filter can remove the
chlorine from tap water but not the fluoride.
Chemical preservatives in processed foods keep
bacteria from growing in the products and obviously when ingested will also
kill the bacteria which are supposed to be growing in the digestive
tract. With less of the good protective probiotic bacteria in the human
system it is no wonder the pathogenic bacteria, yeast, fungi, and parasites
are proliferating and causing so many health problems today.
Beneficial intestinal bacteria
To keep the beneficial bacteria balanced and fed the most important foods to
ingest is fibre and prebiotics and probiotics. See the
page to learn more.
Anthrax is an acute and an infectious disease occurring in ruminant
animals who survive on plant-based foods like sheep, goats, cows, buffaloes,
etc. However, the anthrax spores/strains can be transmitted to human race
when in contact with infected animals or on consumption of their products.
This causes them to be infected and ultimately be diseased. The causative
agent of anthrax is a rod-shaped bacterium Bacillus anthracis which is a
Gram-positive bacteria. Anthrax can spread from one animal to another animal
or human beings, through air inhaled or food/meat contaminated with spores.
The bacterium has an ability to change forms (e.g., spores) and become
dormant when exposed to extreme conditions of temperature, light, etc., and
live for a longer period in that form. Once the spores enter into the new
host's body or come in contact with a suitable environment, the bacteria
becomes active. Production of anthrax spores has been used as biological
weapons by certain terrorist groups threatening the lives of millions.
There are about 89 strains of anthrax bacteria which cause various forms of this disease in animals and humans. However, there are three main types of anthrax disease:
Cutaneous Anthrax: This type of anthrax spreads through direct
contact with the skin of an infected animal or human.
Gastrointestinal Anthrax: This type of anthrax is caused by
consumption of infected food/meat.
Pulmonary Anthrax: This is also known as respiratory, pneumonic or
inhalational anthrax. It spreads through respiratory tract of the host when
a person inhales the spores. The resulting infection is highly lethal and
the mortality rates are almost 100%. This type of infection takes very less
time to attack and kill the host.
infection can be spread by direct contact with the skin or tissues of an
infected animal/human to a healthy animal/human (there have been no known
cases of this disease-spreading from one person to another) or by
inhaling the air in which bacterium of this disease is active. In some
cases, the incubation period after exposure to the bacteria can be as long
as 57-60 days (in case of contact with the skin of an infected
person/animal) and in some cases, it can be as small as 2-3 days (if
the airborne spores are inhaled directly into the lungs). The intestinal
form of this disease occurs when food contaminated by the spores is eaten by
an animal or a human being.
Cutaneous Anthrax: boil-like skin lesions that start with skin bumps and
form ulcers with black, painless patches/eschars.
The ulcers start as small, black patches on skin (itchy and irritating
lesions). The area on the skin from where the spores penetrated the skin
start showing changes from day 2. There is an uneasy feeling due to the
toxin excreted by the bacterium.
Gastrointestinal Anthrax: vomiting of blood, acute inflammation of the
intestinal tract, severe diarrhea, gastrointestinal difficulty, loss of
appetite, collapse of intestinal tract, lesions in intestinal area as well
as in mouth and throat, uneasy feeling due to the toxin excreted by the
Pulmonary Anthrax: flu-like and common cold symptoms, problems related
to the respiratory system occur, within a couple of days, the patient's
respiratory system collapses completely.
Once diagnosed with the disease, high doses of antibiotics like
ciprofloxacin, penicillin, tetracycline, etc. are used in case of skin
infections. The treatment duration in case of cutaneous anthrax infection is
7 to 10 days.
In case of
inhalational anthrax infection, a combination of powerful antibiotics are
used to treat the disease. The length of the treatment stretches to 60 days.
Vaccination against this disease is also available. Hence, people like lab
technicians, veterinarians, cattle breeders, etc., should take special care
and be vaccinated. However, it needs at least a year (during which a
person is given 5 doses of vaccine) to make an individual immune to this
Cholera (Vibrio Cholerae)
Cholera is an infectious disease caused by a comma-shaped bacterium; Vibrio Cholerae. This bacterium causes acute diarrhoea and an intestinal infection through the ingestion of contaminated water or raw undercooked food. Cholera is derived from the Greek word ‘Khole’ meaning ‘flow of bile’. In Latin, the word Cholera means ‘bilious diarrhoea’. The toxins in the cholera bacteria cause water in the body to be expelled quickly.
Within one to five days of ingesting the cholera bacterium, a person will develop symptoms that range from mild to severe. Cholera is a potentially life threatening disease and requires awareness and early recognition of the symptoms so as to avoid complications and fatalities.
Symptoms of cholera
The watery diarrhoea may contain flecks of mucous and cells that lend it the term ‘rice-water stools’. The volume of diarrhoea from a person suffering from cholera is very high. An adult can produce nearly 10 to 18 litres of diarrheal fluid in a day. This can cause severe dehydration rapidly and therefore requires immediate medical treatment as soon as the symptoms become evident. Dehydration can lead to renal failure, electrolyte failure, shock, coma and even death. In countries that are underdeveloped, cholera epidemics can result in nearly 60% fatalities.
Precautions to take to avoid cholera in areas where it is common are:
Always boil water before use or only drink from sealed bottles or water purified with iodine or chlorine.
Always cook food thoroughly especially seafood like oysters.
Always wash hands well after handling uncooked foods or going to the toilet.
Always dispose of waste carefully.
Soak fruit and vegetables in clean water with bicarbonate of soda, lemon and vinegar before using.
Avoid ice, unclean fruits, raw foods, salads and ice cream when travelling in high cholera areas.
Never take anti-diarrhoea medications when suffering from cholera as this prevents the elimination of the bacteria and toxins.
Nature cures for treating cholera
The quickest way to rehydrate someone is for them to slowly drink 1 litre of water to which 4 teaspoons of sugar and ½ a teaspoon of salt has been added. The following can help as they have antibacterial or rehydrating properties as well as being nutritious.
Aloe vera juice, apple cider vinegar, chilli pepper, garlic, ginger, papaya fruit and seeds, radishes and turmeric can help to eliminate the bacteria from the intestines.
Coconut water, cucumber juice and pineapple juice can relieve excessive thirst and prevent dehydration. Coconut also has antibacterial properties.
Guava tree root bark; a decoction with boiled water should be drunk twice daily to reduce cholera symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
Lemon juice; can reduce the levels of cholera bacilli in the intestines and digestive system.
Onions and fresh black pepper ground together can treat restlessness and thirst.
Nutmeg; steep half a nutmeg in half a litre of water and make an infusion and add half a litre of coconut water. Drink this 15ml at a time. Nutmeg powder may be used instead.
Rough chaff (Achyranthes aspera) should be mixed with half cup of water and drunk daily.
Once recovery from watery diarrhoea to a semi-solid stool takes place then the diet can include buttermilk and semi-soft boiled rice. Solid foods and uncooked vegetables should be avoided until there is complete recovery.
A glass of lime juice in warm water with honey should be consumed upon waking up. Then fresh fruit and fruit juices, cottage cheese, milk, soft cooked whole grains, steamed vegetables and wholegrain tortillas can be slowly introduced.
Nature cures for infections
Blueberry juice, cranberry juice, ginger and pomegranate juice prevent the E.coli bacteria from adhere to the urinary tract lining and have powerful antibacterial properties thus preventing the development of infection.
Cinnamon has powerful antibacterial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria.
Echinacea, grapefruit seed extract and wormwood taken together has very effective antibiotic properties against the enterococcus, staphylococcus and other bacteria. Grapefruit seed extract is made from the seeds and connecting tissues of the fruit.
Holy basil and neem leaves have powerful antibacterial activity against Enterococcus faecalis bacteria.
Brassicas, garlic, onion, olive oil and pepper can help to reduce inflammation caused by these bacterial infections.
See more on the Medicinal Herbs and Spices page.
E. coli is the name of a germ, or bacterium, that lives in the digestive
tracts of animals and humans. There are many types of E. coli, and most of
them are harmless. But some can cause bloody diarrhoea. These are called enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC). One common type is called E. coli O157:H7.
In some people, this type may cause severe anaemia or kidney
failure, which can lead to death. Other strains can cause urinary
tract infections or other infections.
You get an E. coli infection by coming
into contact with the faeces or stool of humans or animals. This can
happen when water is drunk or food consumed that has been contaminated by
faeces. E. coli can get into meat during processing. If the infected meat is
not cooked to160°F (71°C), the bacteria can survive and infect a person when
eat the meat.
Human or animal faeces infected with E. coli sometimes get
into lakes, pools and water supplies. People can become infected when a
contaminated city or town water supply has not been properly treated with
chlorine or when people accidentally swallow contaminated water
while swimming in a lake, pool or irrigation canal. The bacteria can also
spread from one person to another, usually when an infected person does not
wash his or her hands well after a bowel movement. E. coli can spread from
an infected person's hands to other people or to objects. The main symptoms
of an E. coli infection are: Bloody diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea and
vomiting. Urinary infections can cause pain when urinating and frequent
Enterococcus faecalis is a strain of bacteria that is known as a commensal organism in the intestines. This means that it is normally found in the intestine, particularly the large intestine, of most human beings. Normally it is not pathogenic, which means that, when it is contained within the intestines, it does not cause any sort of disease. It is able to survive the high concentrations of bile within the intestines and may actually play a role in digestion as it breaks down complex carbohydrates. Because this is an organism that is found in the human body it has also over time become resistant to many common antibiotics.
Although Enterococcus faecalis is usually harmless, because of its resistance to antibiotics, it can sometimes overgrow the intestines after a course of antibiotics, leading to intestinal problems. It can then cause a serious infection if the intestines become perforated and it is able to escape into the abdominal cavity, where it can spread to other organs as well as cause a massive infection. Finally, in the event that it spreads into the bloodstream, it may cause bacterial sepsis and can spread to the brain or the heart.
E. coli, Klebsiellapneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Enterococcus faecalis are the major pathogens that cause kidney and urinary tract infections.
Not long after a
female infant is born, the Lactobacilli bacteria are found in the vagina.
They stay there for several weeks, making the environment of the vagina
acidic while they make acid from stored glucose. A mixture of various
bacteria then inhabit the vagina and it stops being acidic. When she reaches
puberty, however, so many Lactobacilli are now in the vagina, that it
becomes acidic once again. The acidic environment created by the
Lactobacilli protects the vagina from being inhabited by harmful
gonorrhoeae causes the sexually transmitted disease named
Neisseria meningitidis causes meningitis, or the inflammation and infection
of the meninges membrane that covers the brain. Yet, there are other
Neisseria bacteria that are part of the normal flora of the respiratory
tract. Like Lactobacillus, they hardly ever cause any disease.
this group include N. mucosa, N. flavescens, N. sicca, N. cinerea, N.
lactamica and N. subflava. From three to 40 percent of people have N. lactamica, especially children. While this beneficial group of Neisseria
protect against any harmful bacteria that may enter the respiratory tract,
N. lactamica has proteins that specifically help the immune system to
destroy the N. meningitidis bacteria that causes meningitis.
For natural remedies see Gonorrhoea
P. gingivalis is a significant deterrent to oral health. It helps the
initiation and progression of
periodontal disease in which gums become red
and swollen and bleed easily. This bacteria infiltrates the sub gingival
region and adheres to dental tissues or other bacteria. Although gingivitis
and periodontal disease attribute to a localized region around the tooth,
persistent proliferation of this bacterium can cause major systemic
conditions, including cardiovascular disease and early deliveries in
pregnant women. Regularly flossing and brushing your teeth, in tandem with
annual professional dental cleanings can prevent P. gingivalis from
overtaking the bacterial balance in the mouth.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria. It's usually found in poultry, eggs,
unprocessed milk and in meat and water. It may also be carried by pets like
tortoises, turtles, rodents and birds. It usually causes
food poisoning, but
one type of salmonella bacteria is the cause of typhoid fever. The
salmonella bacteria attacks the
stomach and intestines. In more serious
cases, the bacteria may enter the lymph tracts, which carry water and
protein to the blood, and the blood itself.
The bacteria attack all age groups and both sexes. Children, the elderly and people who are already ill are much more likely to get a serious infection, as are people who have low gastric acidity or who regularly take antacids. Symptoms are diarrhoea, without blood, headaches, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting and fever. In the case of less serious infections, there are fewer symptoms, usually only
diarrhoea two or three times a day for a couple of days. Most mild types of
salmonella infection clear up in four to seven days without requiring any
treatment other than rest and plenty of liquid. See also Food poisoning
This bacteria is
one of the normal microbial flora of the skin and being on the skin, it
provides an important first line of defence against harmful bacteria. There
are approximately 10,000 to 100,000 Staphylococcus epidermidis on each
square centimetre of skin. Some of them are on the outermost layer of the
skin, while others are in the hair follicles and will
travel to the outer skin layer after people wash their hands. This bacteria
is also found in the mucous membranes of the throat.
Streptococcus mutans is a dental pathogen and is the leading
tooth decay around the world, Often seen as the most cariogenic,
meaning cavity-causing, of all the Streptococci bacteria in the oral cavity,
S. mutans sticks to the teeth's surface and feeds on simple carbohydrate
procured through eating. This bacteria is present in virtually everyone in
the world and preventative measures include a regular brushing and flossing
regimen to minimise bacterial proliferation. See Tooth decay
This human pathogen, also known as group A streptococcus (GAS) is the leading cause of bacterial pharyngitis and tonsillitis. It may also produce scarlet fever as well as strep throat, pneumonia and toxic shock syndrome, in addition to ear and sinus infections, sinusitis, otitis, arthritis and bone infections. Incubation period is typically two to four days, and if strep throat is not treated, a person can stay contagious for several days to weeks after the illness has passed. People can also be carriers of strep without being sick or demonstrating symptoms.
Some strains prefer skin, producing either superficial (impetigo) or deep (cellulitis) infections. Later, following skin infections an after effect of disease or injury can include rheumatic fever following respiratory infections and glomerulonephritis (a painful kidney disease).
It is very
important to treat a strep infection within nine days, because in rare cases
it can lead to an autoimmune reaction - rheumatic fever - that can affect
the joints, skin, heart and kidneys. Rheumatic fever can cause permanent
damage to the heart valves as well as other disorders of the heart. It can
also lead to a syndrome called Sydenham's chorea, which causes emotional
instability, muscle weakness and jerky movements of the hands, feet and
face. This autoimmune reaction can also cause inflammation of the kidneys,
producing a condition called poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis that can
lead to permanent kidney damage.
Streptococcus pyogenes is the
leading causative agent of rheumatic fever. Despite its reputation as a
disease gone-by, acute rheumatic fever remains the leading cause of
disease among children worldwide especially in the third world.
Once inside a person, the bacteria often subvert the immune system, allowing
them to attack heart tissue. In severe cases, surgery is required to replace
damaged heart valves. Researchers have tried for many years to make the
connection between bacterial infection and heart disease.
There are more than a hundred varieties of group A Streptococcus each of
which is distinguished by the type of 'M' protein it has. The M proteins
serve as important virulence factors that help the organism resist phagocytosis (cell eating). Two M18 proteins in particular caught the
attention of the researchers. They look like another M18 protein, called
SPEC, which triggers a massive immune reaction in host cells and leads to
streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, these types of protein are called
superantigens, which allow the bacterium to survive in the host for an
extended period of time. Occasionally, S. pyogenes causes rapid and
progressive infection of subcutaneous tissue resulting in massive systematic
inflammation and tissue destruction - hence the dramatic reports of
fever (sometimes called scarlatina) is an infectious disease caused by the
bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, which is commonly found on the skin or in
the throat, where it can live without causing problems. However, under some
circumstances, they can also cause diseases like scarlet fever. Scarlet
fever is usually a complication following infection by a particular group of
strep bacteria that cause strep throat.
mainly a childhood disease and is most common between the ages of two and
eight years but can infect children up to the age of 15. It is rarely seen
in adults. It is usually spread by coughing, sneezing or breathing out.
Scarlet fever can also be caught through direct contact with the mucus or
saliva of an infected person, meaning it can live on eating utensils or
surfaces such as tables.
important to keep children at home when they have this highly contagious
infection and teach them to hold a had over their mouth when sneezing and
coughing and wash their hands often. Do not let them share drinking glasses,
cups, toothbrushes or utensils. Clean all surfaces that the child can touch
in the home often (including toilet flush levers, light switches, door
handles and banisters etc) and change their toothbrush when they have
symptoms that appear are usually a sore throat, cough and nasal congestion
followed by a fine, red, raised, sandpapery rash. Along with a sore throat,
there is often a bright red tongue with white patches on the tongue and
tonsils. The rash typically starts on the face, and then rapidly spreads to
the chest, trunk and extremities. It does not include the palms of the hands
or soles of the feet. The rash is often worse in skin folds around the
groin, arms and legs. This rash usually lasts about a week and skin can
slough off as the redness fades.
take around two to five days to develop after infection.
symptoms can include:
and nasal congestion
temperature and fever
coating on the tongue
glands in the neck (enlarged and tender lymph nodes )
tired and unwell
face, but pale around the mouth
skin on the fingertips, toes and groin area as the rash fades
Remedies for Scarlet Fever
marigold are soothing and anti-inflammatory herbs.
myrrh are antibacterial and immune-stimulating herbs.
ginger are antimicrobial and anodyne herbs.
Astragalus is a Chinese herb which has a long history of
treating bacteria infections by boosting the immune system. It
can be obtained in tincture or capsule form and is safe for
children at half the adult dose stipulated.
Passion fruit contains components which have the ability to
sore throat and hoarseness.
A sore throat can be soothed with ice lollies made with fresh
fruit juice and the teas of herbs listed here which is especially good for children.
Chilli peppers, garlic, ginger, onions and radishes are especially good dietary additions since they have antibiotic and antiviral properties.
Pineapple juice can rehydrate the body during a fever.
See more Remedies for fever and infection below.
T. denticola aids in the progression of
periodontal disease, inflammation
and gum recession. This bacterium invades healthy gingival tissues and can
infect the root canals of teeth causing severe pain and, in some cases, the
need for dental surgery. P. gingivalis and T. denticola can decrease the
effectiveness of normal human bacterial inhibitors in the mouth leading to
severe periodontal degradation over time.
See Tooth decay
The mucous membranes that line the throat and mouth do not usually have any
bacteria in them initially, but they may get bacteria as the infant passes
through the birth canal of the mother. By four to 12 hours after an infant
is born, Viridans streptococcus is the main microbial flora of the mouth and
throat, and it stays that way for life. Both S. epidermidis and V.
streptococcus can cause endocarditis, or the inflammation of the inner layer
of the heart muscle, if they gain access to the bloodstream and reach the
heart. Just as S. epidermidis protects against harmful bacteria that may
contact the skin, V. streptococcus is beneficial because it protects against
harmful bacteria that may try to invade the mouth and throat.
For a full list of bacteria and where they reside in the body see the Bacteria list
OF BACTERIAL INFECTION
A high temperature fever is usually the main symptom that can
be caused by a bacteria or
virus infection and a blood test needs to be done
to ascertain the cause.
Other symptoms can be unusual tiredness, muscle aches, headache,
vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
Fever is an elevation in body temperature. It's the body's
protective mechanism against infection. The elevation in temperature
happens when the immune system is fighting off bacteria and
viruses that could harm the body.
Normal body temperature ranges from 97 to 99 degrees Fahrenheit, but
varies throughout the day. Usually is lower in the early morning and
higher in late afternoon. A fever is consider to be any temperature
above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. One should get concern when
temperature raises above 102 degrees Fahrenheit for an adult and 103
degrees Fahrenheit for children. Often, having high temperature is
helpful for the body; it's the way the body acts to destroy harmful
microbes. In an adult, temperatures under 103 degrees Fahrenheit
encourage the body to create more immune cells. A fever of 104 or
higher can be a risk for people with cardiac problems, since it
accelerates the heart beat and makes it work harder, and can cause
irregular rhythms, chest pain or even heart attack. When a person has
had a fever over 106 degrees for a long period of time, can cause
dehydration and brain damage.
The old saying "feed a cold and starve a fever" is good advice. When
a fever is present only liquids should be drunk.
Natural remedies to reduce a fever
Plenty of bottled mineral
Aloe vera, coconut water and pineapple (prevents dehydration) and radish juice in warm water with ginger, honey and freshly squeezed lemon.
Do not take ginger if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen or in
the first trimester of pregnancy due to the risk of bleeding.
Steep one or more of the following ingredients in a cup of hot water for ten minutes then strain and sip
slowly. Can be gently reheated but do not boil.
A tea made with
the following ingredients can be taken to lower fever and fight infection:
A slice of raw
onion or crushed
olive oil placed on the soles of the feet can bring down the fever.
When suffering a fever avoid supplements containing
zinc as iron causes great tension in a body that is fighting infection and
zinc is not absorbed by the body during fever.
Daily morning liver cleanser
Take all these five ingredients together in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning to
help the body fight against pathogenic bacteria.
Antibiotics are ineffective since they work by destroying the specialised
structures of all bacteria in the body including those that are vital to normal functions and who assist the immune system and produce some nutrients the body requires. There are many plants with powerful antimicrobial properties,
in their leaves, stems, seeds and roots, as they have evolved to produce chemicals that can kill the bacteria, fungi and viruses that attack them as they do not have an immune system. When humans and animals consume these plants they same antimicrobial effect will occur within the body. Most aromatic herbs and spices produce volatile oils that have this ability.
For a full list of antibacterial herbs, spices and other plant foods see the A-Z of antimicrobial plant foods
Mushrooms that exhibit powerful
antibacterial properties are:
Apple cider vinegar has powerful antibiotic and antiseptic properties. It also helps to alkalise the body which can prevent infection. Consume one tablespoon every day. Vinegar makes a good natural cleaner for the home as well. See Hygiene, Toxins and Health.
Aubergine: The seeds of
aubergine are an immune system stimulant. Intake of half a gram to one
gram of these seeds daily for three days will help develop immunity against
many bacteria and viruses, especially measles, for one year.
Fagara: is an effective natural treatment alternative to antibiotics.
Grape seed extract has been proven to kill around 800 species of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
The proanthocyanidins in grape seeds also activate a protein in the body called JNK (c-Jun N-terminal kinase), which regulates apoptosis which prevents cancer cells from proliferating. JNKs are master protein kinases that regulate many physiological processes.
Honey was used by Roman soldiers as an antibiotic to help wounds heal quicker and prevent infection.
Oregano contains an oil called carvacrol that has powerful antibacterial properties. It is particularly good at fighting intestinal bacterial infections.
The medicinal mushrooms, crushed seeds and chopped herbs should be steeped
in hot water for 30 minutes, strained off then the liquid drunk as a tea,
soup or broth 3 times a day until the infection is gone.
The herb roots should be chopped up and simmered for 30 minutes before
consuming along with the juice once a day until the infection is gone.
Add any of these medicinal herbs, spices and mushrooms to meals and with
fruit juices and honey which may help some of them be more palatable.
Reishi mushrooms can be placed in hot water and taken as tea, hot
chocolate, mocha or latte as an alternative to coffee.
Avoid reishi mushrooms if taking medication for anti-hypertensive, blood
sugar lowering medications and anti-coagulants or are pregnant. Side effects
may cause mouth dryness, bleeding from the nose and bloody stools.
Fermented foods such as the following help to stabilise the balance of the intestinal flora:
Probiotic foods that contain beneficial bacteria
Brine pickles (eggs, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables that have been fermented by lactic acid bacteria)
helps to provide additional beneficial (probiotic) bacteria to the intestines.
Kefir (fermented milk drink)
Kimchi (a fermented, spicy Korean side dish)
Kombucha (fermented black or green Asian tea)
Miso (a Japanese fermented seasoning made with soya beans, salt and a type of fungus called koji)
Sauerkraut (finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria)
Tempeh (fermented soya beans)
Yoghurt (plain with live cultures)
CURES DIET (To recover from bacterial infections)
A wholesome healthy diet of
the natural foods will boost the immune system and help the body to fight off infections naturally. The nutritional value of foods is important. Wasting valuable time eating the wrong foods is damaging the body further and allowing viruses,
worms to flourish each time they are consumed. They all reproduce so
fast that just one high-sugar and low-nutrient meal can help them spread to
other parts of the body and cause immeasurable damage. The following pages can help you lean what foods you need to keep the immune system working well.
Raw juice therapy Drinking three glasses of pure, additive free, unsweetened juices per day can help to fight off bacterial infections. Choose any of the following and blend together if desired. The best foods to juice are: apple, apricot, beetroot, blueberries, carrot, celery, cranberry, cucumber, elderberry, ginger, grapes, lemon, lime, mosambi, nasturtium, onion, papaya, parsley, pineapple, pomegranate, radish and watercress.
Sprouting is a simple way to provide additional nutritional value to foods.
To benefit from red and yellow plant foods containing
like tomatoes and carrots always eat together with fat-rich
foods like avocado, coconut oil, fish, nut, olive, seed and other plant oils because carotenoids are fat-soluble, meaning they are only
absorbed into the body along with fats and can then assist with the manufacture
of the essential
vitamin A nutrient.
Drink at least six glasses of bottled mineral
water per day to avoid chemicals additives such as fluoride and chlorine and provide more
of the essential
minerals the body needs. One glass should be consumed just before sleeping to help the body eliminate waste and toxins from the body and the brain whilst you sleep.
NUTRIENTS THAT HAVE ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES
In order for the immune system to effectively fight off bacterial infections there are many nutrients that must be available in sufficient levels for the body to use.
Boron is a mineral found in foods that has antibacterial
To gain sufficient boron from plants and vegetables they have to be
grown in boron rich soil.
Supplements are not advised as toxicity can be harmful Symptoms of
toxicity are: red rash,
decreased blood circulation, shock followed by coma. Symptoms
occur at doses of approximately 100 milligram. A dose of 15 to 20
grams is fatal, for children 3 to 6 grams is fatal.
Natural sources of boron
Vitamin A: Low vitamin A levels can adversely affect the bones, digestive system, eyes, hair, immune system, skin and urinary tract.
Two forms of vitamin A are available in the human diet:
reformed vitamin A (retinol and its esterified form, retinyl ester)
Provitamin A carotenoids.
Preformed vitamin A is found in foods from animal sources, including dairy products, fish, and meat (especially liver). By far the most important provitamin A carotenoid is beta-carotene; other provitamin A carotenoids are alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin. The body converts these plant pigments into vitamin A but, as they are fat-soluble, they must be consumed with some healthy oil in order to be absorbed such as coconut, fish, nuts, olive or seed oils. For example, there is no point eating a raw carrot on its own as the body will not be able to use the beta-carotene it contains.
NOTE: high levels of vitamin A consumption can cause birth defects so the foods below are best limited during pregnancy and supplements containing vitamin A should be avoided.
Natural sources of preformed vitamin A
Fish and fish eggs
Milk (full cream)
Highest sources of pro-formed vitamin A in micrograms per 100 grams
Cayenne chilli powder, paprika 49254 µg
Sweet potato 19218 µg
Carrots 17033 µg
Pumpkin 15563 µg
Kale 14704 µg
Dried apricots 12669 µg
Butternut squash 11155 µg
Dried mint 10579 µg
Cos or romaine lettuce 8710 µg
Parsley 8424 µg
Cress 6917 µg
Watercress 3191 µg
Broccoli 2622 µg
Butter 2499 µg
Peas 2100 µg
Apricots 1926 µg
Tofu 1913 µg
Carrot juice 1912 µg
Passion fruit 1272 µg
Courgettes 1117 µg
Tomatoes 833 µg
NOTE: One µg is one microgram.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is required to protect against infection and assist with clearing up infections and is thought to enhance the immune system. It can also can kill the antibiotic-resistant tuberculosis bacteria.
Vitamin C increases iron uptake, which vitamin E inhibits. Vitamin C lowers manganese and zinc, while vitamin E helps increase manganese and zinc absorption. As a result, a very high intake of vitamin C will require an equally high intake of vitamin E to maintain the same ratio. See Vitamin E below.
NOTE: Vitamin C supplements might raise blood sugar. In older people with diabetes, vitamin C in amounts greater than 300 mg per day increases the risk of death from heart disease therefore it is wiser to choose foods rich in vitamin C rather than supplements.
Highest sources of vitamin C in milligrams per 100 grams
Acerola cherries 1677.6 mg
Camu camu berries 532 mg
Rosehips 426 mg
Green chillies 242.5 mg
Guavas 228.3 mg
Yellow bell peppers 183.5 mg
Black currants 181 mg
Thyme 160.01 mg
Red chillies 143.7 mg
Drumstick pods 141 mg
Kale 120 mg
Jalapeno peppers 118.6 mg
Kiwi fruit 105.4 mg
Sun dried tomatoes 102 mg
Broccoli 89 mg
Brussel sprouts 85 mg
Cloves, saffron 81 mg
Chilli pepper 76 mg
Mustard greens 70 mg
Cress 69 mg
Vitamin E: Low levels of vitamin E can adversely affect the brain, bones, fertility, gallbladder, immune system, lungs, muscles, nerves, skin and the veins
NOTE: High doses of vitamin E supplements can greatly suppress blood coagulation and clotting thus increasing risk of excessive bleeding or haemorrhage. Also synthetic vitamin E is only 50% as absorbable as natural vitamin E and does not contain any tocotreinols, making it a very poor substitute for natural food sources of vitamin E.
Highest sources of vitamin E in milligrams per 100 grams
Wheat germ 149.4 mg
Hemp seeds 55 mg
Hazelnut oil 47 mg
Almond oil 39 mg
Sunflower seeds 38.3 mg
Chilli powder 38.1 mg
Paprika 38 mg
Rice bran oil 32 mg
Grape seed oil 29 mg
Almonds 26.2 mg
Oregano 18.3 mg
Hazelnuts 17 mg
Flaxseed oil 17 mg
Peanut oil 16 mg
Hazelnuts 15.3 mg
Corn oil 15 mg
Olive oil 14 mg
Soya bean oil 12 mg
Pine nuts 9.3 mg
Cloves (ground) 9 mg
Peanuts 8 mg
Celery flakes (dried) 6 mg
Spirulina 5 mg
Dried apricots 4.3 mg
Bell peppers (red), eel, olives and salmon 4 mg
Jalapeno peppers 3.6 mg
Anchovies 3.3 mg
Broccoli, chicken, chilli peppers (sun-dried), cod, crayfish, dandelion greens, egg yolk, duck, goose, pecan nuts, spinach, tomatoes (tinned or pureed) turkey and turnip greens 3 mg
Avocado, beef, bilberries, blue berries, butter, chicory greens, cinnamon (ground), crab, halibut, herring (pickled), mackerel, marjoram, mustard greens, pistachio nuts, poppy seeds, sardines, sesame seeds, Swiss chard, trout, tuna, turnips and walnuts 2 mg
Fish roe 1.9 mg
Asparagus, kiwi fruit and parsnips 1.5 mg
Black berries 1.2 mg
Chlorella 1.1 mg
Vitamin D: It is estimated that around 70% of the world's population in the northern hemisphere are lacking in
vitamin D that is an essential nutrient for the immune system to function correctly.
However, this figure may be much higher as testing vitamin D levels is not done on a regular basis, if at all, in most people.
Vitamin D is produced by cholesterol in the skin when it is exposed to sunshine. It is then stored in the fatty tissues of the body for between 30-60 days. During the winter months there is often not enough to last through until the sun reaches its optimal strength again around April leading to a deficiency unless extra vitamin D rich foods are consumed.
Midday outdoor sun exposure on bare skin as often as possible for
15 minutes (without sunscreen) is recommended so the body can make enough vitamin D. It will not work through windows and cloud cover reduces the amount of vitamin D produced by 50%. In winter months vitamin D must come from the diet.
There are more than 900 genes that Vitamin D is now known to switch on and off and, in doing so, alters the body’s vulnerability to disease. The large number of genes involved explains how so many quite different diseases can be caused by insufficient sunshine.
After the age of 50 the body becomes less proficient at converting the sun's rays to vitamin D and the kidneys become less efficient at making this process take place. It is important to check levels every six months over the age of 50, especially around December and January.
It is also difficult for vegetarians to gain sufficient vitamin D as there are few plant foods that provide it. However certain mushrooms listed below and hemp seeds are two ways of gaining extra in their diet.
Highest sources of vitamin D per serving listed
Krill oil - 1 teaspoon: 1000 IU
Eel - 85 g or 3 oz: 792 IU
Maitake mushrooms - 70 g: 786 IU
Rainbow trout - 85 g or 3 oz: 540 IU
Cod liver oil - 1 teaspoon: 440 IU
Mackerel - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU
Salmon - 85 g or 3 oz: 400 IU
Halibut - 85 g or 3 oz: 196 IU
Tuna - 85 g or 3 oz: 228 IU
Sardines - 85 g or 3 oz: 164 IU
Chanterelle mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 155 IU
Raw milk - 1 glass or 8 oz: 98 IU
Egg yolk - 1 large: 41 IU
Caviar - 28g or 1 oz: 33 IU
Hemp seeds - 100 g or 3.5 oz: 22 IU
Portabella mushrooms - 85 g or 3 oz: 6 IU
NOTE: One IU is the biological equivalent of 0.3 μg or 0.3 micrograms.
NOTE: Supplements must be vitamin D3 and not D2 and check that aspartame or any other artificial sweetener has not been added to chewable forms. Consuming natural foods that are rich in vitamin D is far healthier and safer than taking supplements except krill oil capsules (1000 mg per day) as this can be beneficial due to the content of vitamin D and other nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin.
Zinc: Zinc, together with copper, improves the absorption of vitamin D which aids in the absorption of calcium. Alcohol and some medications cause the expulsion of zinc so it is advisable to consume more zinc rich foods if on medications or if alcohol is consumed regularly.
Highest sources of zinc in milligrams per 100 grams
Oysters 78.6 mg
Chlorella 71 mg
Wheat germ 16.7 mg
Beef 12.3 mg
Calf's liver 11.9 mg
Hemp seeds 11.5 mg
Pumpkin and squash seeds 10.3 mg
Sesame and watermelon seeds 10.2 mg
Bamboo shoots, endives and gourds 9 mg
Chervil (herb) 8.8 mg
Lamb 8.7 mg
Venison 8.6 mg
Alfalfa seeds (sprouted), amaranth leaves, Crimini mushrooms, Irish moss and tea 8 mg
Crab 7.6 mg
Lobster 7.3 mg
Agave, basil, broccoli, buffalo, elk, emu, oats, ostrich, spinach and turkey 7 mg
Cocoa powder 6.8 mg
Cashew nuts 5.8 mg
Asparagus, chicken livers, laver seaweed, mushrooms, parsley and rice bran 5.7 mg
Cashew nuts 5.6 mg
Pork 5.1 mg
Jute (herb), lemon grass, mung beans, Portobello mushrooms, radishes and shiitake mushrooms 5 mg
Agar seaweed, butterbur, cauliflower, chicory, Chinese cabbage, chives, coriander, green beans, lentils, lettuce, okra, rocket, spring onions, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes and wasabi (yellow) 3.4 mg
Peanuts 3.3 mg
Cheddar cheese 3.1 mg
Mozzarella cheese 2.9 mg
Anchovies and rabbit 2.4 mg
Cabbage, cucumber, jalapeno peppers, , kidney beans, navy beans, spirulina and turnip greens 2 mg
Mussels 1.6 mg
Arrowroot, artichokes (globe), beetroot, bell peppers, black eyed peas, borage, broad beans, Brussel sprouts, butter beans, cabbage, carrots, celery, chilli peppers, courgettes, dandelion greens, garlic, horseradish, kale, kelp, mustard greens, peas, pinto beans, potatoes, pumpkin, turnips, Swede, sweet potato, tomatoes (red), wakame (seaweed), watercress and winged beans 1.2 mg
It is important to address the acid/alkaline balance in the
body. An acidic environment causes bacteria and other microbes to flourish. Check the pH of saliva with pHydrion paper. If the saliva pH is
below 7.2 then there may be an imbalance of the bacteria flora in the intestines. To increase the oral pH to a normal 7.2 or greater, drink one
bicarbonate of soda in a cup of water. It is that
simple to neutralise the acids that cause
bacteria imbalance and infections,
anaemia, halitosis, hay fever, mouth sores, proliferation of worms and parasites, tooth cavities and decay, virus infections and even oral cancer.
Cleaning teeth regularly with bicarbonate of soda can help keep the alkaline levels in check and has no toxic chemicals that are added to toothpastes and alcohol in mouthwashes which encourage an environment suitable for the growth of pathogenic bacteria and parasites.
Coconut oil is also antibacterial and can be mixed with bicarbonate of soda to produce a natural toothpaste. It has been proved that the strong antibacterial mouthwashes
that contain alcohol encourages the proliferation of
worms and parasites by killing the good bacteria in the intestinal
Some bacteria in the intestines turn
a nutrient found in avocado, beef, egg yolks, legumes, nuts, oily fish, organ meats, pork, soya and whole grains,
into an artery-clogging compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO).
Some intestinal bacteria also transform
a nutrient found in
beef, cheese, halibut, milk, oily fish, pork, poultry, rabbit and venison
lecithin and carnitine are manufactured by the human body and essential for
vital processes in the body.
is produced in the liver and consists of fatty acids and
and is essential for processes in all cells of the body.
is made in the body from the two amino acids,
and is essential to lipid metabolism.
However, excess trimethylamine-N-oxide, caused by certain bacteria in the
intestines, transforming lecithin and carnitine which is derived from animal
foods into this compound, can lead to
build-up on artery walls, causing
(hardening of the arteries) and, if the build up ruptures and blocks an
artery, results in a
therefore healthier to ensure the plant nutrients required for the body to
manufacture it's own lecithin and carnitine are present rather than
consuming animal products which contain these nutrients which feeds the
trimethylamine-N-oxide producing bacteria in the intestines instead.
Natural plant foods to consume to ensure the body can produce it's own
lecithin and carnitine are:
AVOIDING BACTERIAL INFECTIONS
The answer is to ultimate disease free health and vitality is to correctly balance the bacteria that naturally exist within the human body by ingesting only those natural foods that can help to do this. Once the body is under attack, especially if the individual is very young, aging or immune suppressed, this is even more vital. Foods of poor nutritional value, over indulgence of unhealthy fats, sugar and toxins introduced to the system simply
makes the fight even more difficult and can result in further attacks which
the weakened immune system will be unable to fight off.
Wash hands regularly especially after touching any surface others may have been touched by others such as door handles, cash machines, money etc. This is especially important before eating or doing anything that involves the hands touching the mouth such as smoking. It is good to get into the habit of washing the hands as soon as getting home. Always use a tissue when sneezing and coughing and dispose of it properly.
When infected with a bacteria stay away from substances that will make it harder for the body to fight off infection such as:
Pesticides, herbicides and fungicides (buy organic produce)
Sugar (includes excessive sweet fruits)
There is no
point prescribing medication to relieve the pain or symptoms of bacterial
infections when the root cause is the diet of the individual. Pain,
diarrhoea, vomiting and fever are natural bodily responses which are trying
to tell the individual that there is a problem and they must expel the
pathogens and introduce more, or care for, the beneficial bacteria already present that
can assist in the fight. Introducing powerful chemicals simply serves to
make this fight even more impossible by indiscriminately killing off all
bacteria present. The result is a mutation of the pathogenic bacterium which
can now successfully thrive with no adversary to stop them.
overhaul of dietary habits needs to be put in place and a natural cleanse of
the system from within will give the body the power and where with all to
fight off any disease without drugs. There are hundreds of
remedies which are more powerful and far kinder than drugs because they
do not cause 'side affects' as they work in unison with the bodily systems.
Unfortunately, if these remedies are easily available or easy to grow at
home they do not get the massive marketing campaigns and media attention
that synthetic man made 'cures' do. Not only that, they are denigrated as
being 'old wives tales' or 'folk lore'. But thousands of years of successful
treatment using these remedies cannot be wrong. Some synthetically produced
drugs have had less than 10 years experimentation and yet are pronounced the
safe and the right way to 'fix' disease because they can be bottled or
packaged and sold world wide.
on each individual of this forceful medication is completely different yet
they are sold in 'one size fits all' amounts which can have disastrous
affects on the bodies of susceptible individuals. The problem is that these
'side effects' can be very slow to emerge by which time it is not possible
to accurately diagnose the cause. Then more drugs are administered to
counteract these 'side effects' until the individual is unable to stop any
medications because if they do the system, which is now being managed
artificially (and not very successfully), has lost the ability to
take care of itself.
"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC
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