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MRSA (Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

MRSA is used to describe the infection that over use and misuse of antibiotics has created. The Staphylococcus aureus bacteria has mutated and become resistant to these antibiotics. MRSA causes an estimated 2000 deaths in UK hospitals each year and approximately 23,000 in the USA.

It is not just the staphylococcus aureus bacteria which has become resistant to antibiotics, the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoea, which causes the highly prevalent sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea, has now become resistant to all but one antibiotic which is of grave concern.

The organism Staphylococcus aureus is found on many individuals skin and usually causes no health issues. However, if it gets inside the body, for instance under the skin or into the lungs, it can cause unpleasant, and in some cases, serious infections such as boils or pneumonia.

Serious complications can develop if the bacteria spreads into other parts of the body like the bones and other organs where it can result in organ failure. This is rare and usually only happens to people with a suppressed immune system or who are frail and poorly in other ways or have undergone surgery.

The first sign of a MRSA infection is a sharp rise in temperature (fever). It can also cause recurrent grape like blistered skin eruptions that are similar to shingles and which can be mistaken as such.

Staphylococcus aureus can be passed on to others through basic contact with any shared household surfaces including towels, bed linen and clothes because the bacteria can reside outside of the body for long periods of time and withstand high temperatures and high salt environments which makes it a particular concern and difficult to eliminate.

Another resistant bacteria infection known as Klebsiella Pneumoniae Carbapenemase (KPC)  which causes urinary tract infections and pneumonia in sick patients is resistant to Carbapenems, the last major group of antibiotics to work against multi-drug resistant bacteria. It causes blood poisoning and can be fatal within 30 days if the patient is suffering from any serious illness. It is a long lasting infection with patients still carrying KPC in their gut a year after being infected.

 

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PREVENTION

Hand washing

To combat the spread of this infection the answer is to keep very clean. Personal and household cleanliness is of ultimate importance. Wash clothes, towels and bedding daily after use and disinfect surfaces especially in the kitchen and bathroom. For ways to make natural effective and toxin-free cleaners see See Hygiene, Toxins and Health.

Do not share drinking vessels or cutlery and do not swig from bottles or cartons that other will use.

Take tea tree oil and aloe vera baths regularly and be particular about cleaning the nasal passages where MRSA resides. Wash hands regularly using a tea tree oil solution or antibacterial soap.

It is wise to treat all persons living in the same household as the bacteria can spread so easily. Visitors and contact with others should be avoided during episodes of MRSA and acute bacterial infections.

Individuals can become carriers of MRSA in the same way that they can become a carrier of ordinary Staphylococcus aureus which is by physical contact with the organism. If the organism is on the skin then it can be passed around by physical contact. If the organism is in the nose or is associated with the lungs rather than the skin then it may be passed around by droplets spread from the mouth and nose.

Doctors can find out if and where Staphylococcus aureus is located on a patient by taking various samples, sending them to the laboratory and growing the organism. Tests done on any Staphylococcus aureus grown from such specimens can then decide how sensitive the organisms is to antibiotics and if it is a methicillin resistant (MRSA) organism.

IMPETIGO

Impetigo can develop from a Staphylococcus aureus infection and cause itchy red rashes.

  • Aloe vera gel helps to cure Impetigo naturally when used topically regularly four to five times a day.

  • Apple cider vinegar diluted in olive oil for cleaning the affected area helps to remove impetigo scabs.

  • Garlic: applying crushed on the affected area is one of the effective natural home remedies for impetigo home treatment. In addition to this, consumption of two or three garlic cloves every day also aids in the healing process.

  • Grapefruit seed extract is an excellent therapeutic home remedies for impetigo.

  • Olive oil can help to clear up impetigo rashes,

  • Rosemary and thyme: Take 56 grams (two ounces) each of thyme and rosemary leaves and simmer in approximately two cups of water for about 15 minutes. Finally, use this home remedy on Impetigo sores to cure them in a natural way. When used regularly as a cleaning mixture, this safe Impetigo natural remedy gives encouraging results. NOTE: Rosemary should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers or people with high blood pressure.

  • Tea tree oil is an excellent therapeutic home remedies for impetigo.

  • Turnip is regarded as the one of the best impetigo home remedies. For this, slices of turnip should be soaked in rice water or apple cider vinegar for about six hours. Then, eat these turnip slices on a regular basis as an effective natural remedy.

Antibacterial plants that can fight off bacterial infections

Natural home remedies bacterial Infections, boils and MRSA

Drink plenty of bottled mineral water to flush it from the system.

Allicin occurs naturally in garlic, leeks, onions and spring onions and has proved a vital weapon against MRSA which is resistant to normal antibiotic treatment. Always chop or slice these root vegetables and allow to stand for ten minutes before cooking or consumption for the process to take place that produces the allicin.

Aloe vera has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-viral properties when consumed or used externally.

Chestnut leaf extract can clear MRSA skin lesions due to its ursene and oleanene compounds that effectively block the ability of the bacteria to create damaging toxins.

Apple cider vinegar and honey: Drink one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of honey mixed in a cup of hot water at least twice a day plus two litres of bottled mineral water per day. If the boil does come to a head where it is going to open continue to drink the vinegar tea and the water. Use hot packs on the boil for 15-20 minutes three times a day.

Apple cider vinegar and parsnip: Slice parsnip and soak in apple cider vinegar for six hours then eat small portions through out each day until the infection clears up.

Aubergine: The seeds of the 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.

Betulinic acid is a tumour fighting, anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compound that can effectively treat MRSA found in the bark of white birch trees, chaga mushrooms and winged beans.

Brine pickles can help to rectify imbalances in the intestinal flora which can help to enhance the immune system.

Chilli pepper has shown good results when treating MRSA.

Chinese rhubarb root can treat boils.

Coconut flesh, milk, oil and water has antibacterial properties and cold-pressed coconut oil can be used externally and consumed regularly to help fight infection.

Cranberry juice (additive free) and pineapple: Urinary infections can be caused by Staphylococcus aureus so drink plenty of unsweetened cranberry juice and eat pineapple as this will stop the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Pineapple also rehydrates the body when fever accompanies a bacterial infection.

Fagara has been known to kill the bacteria responsible for MRSA infections and gonorrhoea.

Fruit: Apples, berries, grapes, mango, orange, papaya, pear, pineapple and tangerine and their juices are highly beneficial.

Miso can help to rectify imbalances in the intestinal flora which can help to enhance the immune system.

Nasturtium has been known to kill the MRSA bacteria.

Nutmeg: Take 1/4 of a teaspoon per day.

Prebiotic and Probiotic foods: Eat plenty of acidophilus enriched live yoghurt to boost the immune system.

Turmeric: Take1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric powder in warm water three times daily.

Vitamin D deficiency is dramatically on the rise because of the lack of sun exposure on the bare skin and this can drastically affect the immune system. Just 10 to 15 minutes midday sun exposure on the skin will provide the body with all its vitamin D requirements. Covering the skin or using sunscreen lotions stops this process and sun through a window will not activate the production of vitamin D either. The body only stores enough vitamin D for 60 days, therefore, in the northern hemisphere from October to April when the sun's rays are not powerful enough to activate the skins vitamin D production, bodily stores will run low. It is advisable for everyone to get their vitamin D levels checked during December and January and top up by consuming foods rich in this vital vitamin.

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.

Acid/alkaline balance

Check the pH of the saliva with pHydrion paper. If the saliva pH is below 7.2 then it will be harder to fight the infection. To increase the oral pH to a normal 7.2 or greater, drink one teaspoon of pure sodium bicarbonate salt (bicarbonate of soda) in two ounces of milk or water. This will neutralise the acids that cause tooth cavities, mouth sores, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16), bacterial and yeast infections and oral cancer. Individuals with high blood pressure should not take this remedy due to the amount of sodium it contains.

Mushrooms that exhibit powerful bacterial properties are: basidiomycete mushroom, maitake mushroom, reishi mushroom and shiitake mushroom.

A blend of the following herbs can be especially potent against deadly bacteria.

NOTE: Lomatium dissectum is best to use with a liver/urinary stimulant such as dandelion root to help avoid a lomatium rash side effect.

NOTE: Avoid scutellaria if pregnant or breastfeeding.

The medicinal mushrooms, crushed or ground 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 15minutes before straining and consuming 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.

External home remedies  for boils

There are many natural cures treatments for boils. Different ones work for different people. Try the following external treatments one by one until you find which one works for you;

  • Bacon: A slice of bacon put directly on boil and covered and taped in place and left overnight draws out the pus of boils.

  • Beetroot: Cut a thin slice from an organic beetroot. On the side that is to lay on the abscess, cut little lines to help release the beetroot juice. Secured the beetroot with a wide band aid. Change it twice a day, in the morning and upon going to bed. This should cure the boil within 2/3 days.

  • Bicarbonate of soda: To cure boils and large pimples make a paste out of bicarbonate of soda and water. Pack it on the infected spot and it works to draw the infection. Baking soda combined with some essential oils like lavender and lemon work too but essential oils are not suitable for pregnant women.

  • Castor oil: Put some castor oil on a cotton ball and cover the boil with it. Leave overnight.

  • Egg: Crack open an egg, empty it and use the white/clear film on the inside of the shell. Place this over the boil and leave it there.

  • Oatmeal: Mix a paste of oatmeal, add sea salt and apply directly onto the boil and leave overnight.

  • Apply a crushed garlic cloves, fenugreek and red clay poultice.

  • Tea tree oil Apply one drop of 100% pure tea tree oil directly to the boil and cover with a plaster or telfa (nonstick) pad with tape for large boils) and change two to three times daily. Avoid using plain gauze, it tends to make the boil dry out or scab over. You want to keep it moist. Use a moist compress as hot as you can stand it, apply tea tree and/ lavender oil to maximize effect. Do this several times per day. Once a boil has a white tip or has opened, it should be kept covered and treated liberally with tea tree directly into the wound if possible. NOTE: Tea tree oil has been shown very effective against MRSA, nearly as effective as the best antibiotics. To test for sensitivity to tea tree oil: apply a drop on inner arm and cover with a plaster. Wait 1-2 hrs and remove the plaster. If redness or swelling occurs you should not use tea tree oil.

  • Tomato: Cut a tomato in half and heat it. Place it over the boil and leave it there. Hold it in place with a gauze and band-aids and kept it there until it cooled. Then place the other half of the tomato on the boil and repeat the operation. The boil should open by itself and this method could stop boils recurring in the future.

  • Tomato paste, sea salt baths and parsley have also shown good results.

WARNING - NEVER SQUEEZE A BOIL

This can spread the infection very quickly to the surrounding tissue. If you see red spider web like lines around the boil, see a doctor immediately. This can be a sign of the infection spreading into the blood (septicaemia and sepsis), which is very dangerous. Other common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and confusion. There may also be symptoms related to a specific infection, such as a cough with pneumonia or painful urination with a kidney infection. In the very young, elderly and people with a weakened immune system, there may be no symptoms of a specific infection and the body temperature may be low or normal rather than high.

After MRSA

After an MRSA attack take a small clean glass jar and mix about 2-3 ml (just under a thimble full) of cold-pressed coconut oil with 1-2 drops of 100% pure tea tree oil. Cap jar and shake to mix completely. Take a cotton bud and dip it in the solution and apply it to the inside of each nostril (one clean swab full per nostril). It may sting a little but this will pass quickly. Then pinch the nose closed and squish around to spread it out inside. Do this twice a day religiously until 10 days after you are boil free. Then do it 2-3 times per week for a month. This step is very important because MRSA will usually hang on in the nasal passage, even after all infection appears to have gone, just to reoccur when conditions are right.

Drink plenty of bottled mineral water to avoid chemicals additives such as fluoride and chlorine and provide more of the essential minerals the body needs..

NOTE: Non-heme iron is found in green vegetables like spinach and kale. Tea, as well as green leafy vegetables has oxalates that block the absorption of iron. To assist the body in the absorption of non-heme iron from tea and those healthy green leafy vegetables, eat a couple of vitamin C rich

CAUTION: Many herbs are powerful and can react with medications. Always check before taking at the same time as any drugs.

NOTE: Some nutritional yeasts, especially brewer’s yeast, can  also interact with medications. Those who are on Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor antidepressants (MAOIs) medication are especially at risk. It is also best avoided by those carrying the herpes virus as it can induce a attack.

When fighting off infections stay away from substances that will prevent the body from fighting infection effectively such as: strawberries, a kiwi fruit, orange, tangerine or some mango or freshly squeezed lemon juice if having green leafy vegetables or tea with a meal or snack.

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