In the last 20 years, hospital infections have increased nearly 40% in the U.S. Nearly 100,000 people die from these infections every year, which is more than those who die from breast cancer, prostate cancer, and skin cancer – combined!
But you don’t have to be one of the statistics. There are two easy, natural remedies – one from Australia and one from the sun – that can defeat these bugs as fast as antibiotics – and much safer. What’s more, they can even work when the infections are antibiotic resistant.
Hospitals worldwide are struggling to stamp out staph infections. Drug-resistant strains of staph are becoming an increasingly serious threat. These infections resist treatment because the most common (and easiest to use) antibiotics are usually not effective. People with resistant staph infections often require hospitalization to receive antibiotics through an IV or by injection.
Unfortunately, resistance often means these antibiotics don’t work. So what can you do if you get one of these infections on your skin? Fortunately, there are a couple of treatments you can try that are incredibly effective against these infections.
One study suggests that treating them with a simple oil from Australia can clear the infection. But before I tell you about the oil, you need to know your infections.
Know Your Infections
Staph (pronounced “staff”) is the abbreviated name for staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The organism is very common, around a third of us have some living on our skin all the time. But when it enters the body, usually through an open cut or break in the skin, it can cause infection and trouble throughout the body.
Staph infections tend to be pus-producing. Staph bacteria are one of the most common causes of skin infections in the United States. Most of these infections are minor (such as pimples and boils) and many are treated without antibiotics. However, in the worst conditions, staph bacteria can also cause serious infections, such as surgical wound infections, bone infections, pneumonia, and severe, life-threatening bloodstream infections.
In the past, most serious staph bacterial infections were treated with a certain type of antibiotic similar to penicillin. Over the past 50 years, treatment of these infections has become more difficult because the crafty staph bacteria have become resistant to various antibiotics, including the commonly used penicillin-related antibiotics. I’ve written for years about antibiotic resistance. Overuse of antibiotics has created what some refer to as super bugs. They defy treatment.
The infection most often develops in hospitalized patients who are elderly or very sick or who have an open wound (such as a bedsore) or a tube going into their body (such as a urinary catheter or intravenous [IV] catheter). Infections acquired in hospitals and healthcare settings can be severe.
Natural Solutions Work Best
Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer through these infections. You can prevent them before they take hold and spread. A novel approach for keeping this super bug at bay is to take garlic. A study using mice infected with MRSA showed that oral administration of garlic extracts significantly decreased the viability of MRSA, in the plasma, liver, kidney, and spleen of the mice. I suggest two garlic extract capsules (my favorite is Kyolic) to be taken every day to support immune function. Boost the dose to three times a day if an infection is present.
If Kyolic doesn’t work, taking two cloves of whole garlic can kill many infections that antibiotics can’t. Keep taking the garlic even if an infection develops. Infections have yet to develop resistance to garlic. So it’s good to keep it in your system.
Back to the Australian Oil
If you have a loved one in a hospital, or who has a skin condition that could increase risk of MRSA infection, you also need to know about tea tree oil! One study showed that tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) preparations may be as effective as drug therapy for the treatment of MRSA skin infections.
Tea tree oil is an Australian folk remedy for the treatment of both bacterial and fungal skin infections. Acting as a natural antiseptic, tea tree oil kills many bacterial strains, including MRSA. The new study compared the use of tea tree oil preparations with drug treatments for MRSA-type skin infections. Two hundred twenty-four people took part in the study. They were treated either with standard medical therapy appropriate for treating the infection or with tea tree oil.
• For nasal infections, the treatment was either mupirocin two percent nasal ointment or tea tree oil 10% cream, applied to the affected nostrils three times per day. (I’ve also seen good results from Xlear nasal spray – available online.)
• For wounds and leg ulcers, the treatment was a daily application of either silver sulfadiazine 1% cream or tea tree oil 10% cream.
• For widespread areas of infection, the treatment was a daily application of either chlorhexidine gluconate 4% soap or tea tree oil 5% body wash.
All treatments were continued for five days. To assess the presence of MRSA, participants’ infected areas were swabbed before the study and again on days two and 14 after treatment began.
The drug therapies successfully treated 49% of MRSA infections; tea tree oil cleared 41% of MRSA infections. The difference between these success rates was not statistically significant, meaning that the tea tree oil was as effective as the drug therapy. Mupirocin ointment was more effective than tea tree oil at treating nasal infections, but the tea tree oil preparations worked better on other skin sites and ulcers than the drug treatments. The tea tree oil treatments also had no adverse effects on the patients, which was not the case with the commonly used antibiotics.
Now I’m not saying that you should ignore infections and avoid antibiotics, especially if you pick up an infection in a medical facility. If you do, you should ask your doctor to culture the wound for resistant strains to be sure you are treated with the appropriate drugs.
However, for topical infections, tea tree oil is an excellent choice. Tea tree oil cleaners are available for household surfaces and should be used in any room where an infected person is spending time. I suggest you keep a bottle of tea tree oil and a selection of these household products on hand in case someone in your family has an open sore or skin infection.
Infections are a fact of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a passive victim. Garlic and tea tree oil give you the weapons you need to fight back. You can find both in any health food store.
If These Don’t Work, Try Some Light
In addition to tea tree oil and garlic, medical science learned over a hundred years ago how to kill these infections with light. The treatment was so effective, it killed 100% of skin infections, even MRSA. In fact, most infections were gone with only one or two sessions of light exposure.
In the early 1900s, doctors learned that exposing skin to ultraviolet (UV) light sources would eliminate skin infections. However, the scientists didn’t just shine UV light on the infection. They actually exposed a person’s blood to UV light, using an ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) machine. I edited the preeminent book on UBI back in the 1990s (Into the Light, out of print) and have seen the treatment work miracles through the years.
The scientist who discovered this was a Harvard-trained physicist named Emmet Knott, PhD. He developed a method of withdrawing just seven ounces of blood (adult portion), exposing it to a strong UV source (with a liquid mercury bulb), and reinjecting it into sick patients. The results were absolutely stunning.
Knott’s first case was a terminally septic woman. She had gone through a crude abortion in the late 1920s. The procedure left her injured and infected. But one treatment with UBI completely cured her.
The Knott technique of irradiating blood was born. Following this case, American researchers published scores of papers on cases that were beyond miraculous. They cured all of lethal infections in just a few days with just one or a few sessions.
In 1943, a strange thing happened. A group of patients infected with staph died even with UBI. When they investigated, the doctors realized they had treated these patients with sulfa drugs. These were the new wonder drugs of the day. But they had a problem. The doctors figured out that the drugs could interfere with the treatment. So they treated a second group of staph patients with UBI and no sulfa drugs. All the patients survived. We’ve since learned that the sulfa drug molecule neutralizes this particular UV wavelength.
Knott’s technique disappeared with the popularity of antibiotics. But the treatment is making a comeback. We currently use a similar machine in our clinic. If you have the treatment and don’t have an infection, you won’t notice anything. But if you have an infection, treating it with UBI can be lifesaving. To find a doctor who uses UBI, visit www.acam.org or www.oxygenhealingtherapies.com. Not all doctors on these lists use UBI, so make sure it is listed in their used treatments.
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