Study finds 'alarming' rise in head and neck illnesses caused by MRSA bacteria -
January 20, 2009
CHICAGO - Researchers say they found an "alarming" increase in children's ear, nose and throat infections nationwide caused by dangerous drug-resistant staph germs.
Other studies have shown rising numbers of skin infections in adults and children caused by these germs, nicknamed MRSA, but this is the first nationwide report on how common they are in deeper tissue infections in the head and neck, the study authors said. These include certain ear and sinus infections and abscesses that can form in the tonsils and throat.
The study found a total of 21,009 pediatric head and neck infections caused by staph germs from 2001 through 2006. The percentage caused by hard-to-treat MRSA bacteria more than doubled during that time from almost 12 percent to 28 percent.
"In most parts of the United States, there's been an alarming rise," said study author Dr. Steven Sobol, a children's head and neck specialist at Emory University. The study is in January's Archives of Otolaryngology, released Monday.
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, can cause dangerous, life-threatening invasive infections, and doctors think inappropriate use of antibiotics has contributed to its rise.
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Staph is the shortened name for Staphylococcus, a type of bacteria. These bacteria can live harmlessly on many skin surfaces, especially around the nose, mouth, genitals, and anus. But when the skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection.
There are more than 30 species in the staph family of bacteria, and they can cause different kinds of illnesses — for example, one kind of staph can cause urinary tract infections. But most staph infections are caused by the species Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). S. aureus most commonly causes skin infections like folliculitis, boils, impetigo, and cellulitis that are limited to a small area of a person's skin.
S. aureus can also release toxins (poisons) that may lead to illnesses like food poisoning or toxic shock syndrome. (Kids Health) Nutrition support only.
Vol. 4 No. 1
Natural Aids for Fighting
Whatever the cause or whatever the disease, we can address the problem
by certain general standards which help the body generally.
certain emotions can depress your immune system. Depression is one.
Excessive stress is another. Fear, worry and anger likewise deplete our
Eating junk food weakens every part of the body, including our immune
system. Eating refined sugar, for example, can increase our susceptibility to infectious microbes for several hours.
Lack of sleep and exercise may also increase our susceptibility to
disease. Mild exercise keeps the lymphatic circulation going, which is vital
to the immune system.
Of course, external cleanliness is also important. Warm or hot showers
(depending on a person’s strength to endure heat) cause the pores to open
and various body toxins to be removed through the perspiration and washed
away. An internal “washing” in the form of an enema is often helpful as
Once you have recovered, you’ll want to maintain your immune system’s
ability to keep you well. Most important right at first is not to overexert
yourself. This is extremely dangerous, causing you to wind up sicker
than before. People go back to regular activities and stresses when there
may be residual pockets of infection still in the system. These may break
out again and in the person’s weakened state they may completely overwhelm
the immune system and even kill the host.
Silver Shiled (Colloidal Silver)
Silver Aquasol technology, the basis of our NEW Silver Shield TM, kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and other pathogens on contact! It usually takes 2-6 minutes for silver to destroy 99.9% of these pathogens. Tasteless, it is safe to take Nature’s Sunshine Silver Shield TM, every day, either for prevention or to treat an infection of some sort.
- Preventative dose drink 1 teaspoon per day and allow its broad spectrum activity to kill bacteria, viruses, and yeast in your body.
- If you are getting sick or going to be exposed to illness, are traveling, or under stress take 1 teaspoon 2 times/day
- For serious illness take 3-4 teaspoons daily
These doses are for a 150 pound adult, and may be adjusted according to body weight. Silver Shield may be safely used by children, the elderly, and even pets in place of prescription antibiotics. Taken with antibiotics, Silver Shield TM prevents the body from becoming antibiotic-resistant. This new technology is also patented (US Patent #7,135,195, Nov 14, 2006) and being used by the Center for Disease Control. While it is encouraged to drink Silver Shield TM daily to provide silver in the blood stream, it is equally important to administer the silver through sprays or drops for topical use, or in the orifices of the body as needed. These methods may be used concurrently.
All of the above help the body fight the war and repair the damage
quickly. But what can we specifically use to kill the germs?
There are three single herbs which stand out as aids in infection. Here
Golden Seal has been one of the most popular infection-fighting herbs
for years. It was recognized at one time as an “official” remedy for mucous
infections, inflammatory conditions, infectious diarrhea and other ailments
in the United States pharmacopoeia. It contains two major alkaloids,
berberine and hydrastine, which have been used to combat a wide variety
of infectious agents.
Goldenseal extracts have been shown to be effective against staph, strep
and E. coli bacteria. It has also proven effective against giardia, a parasite
which causes diarrhea. It is most effective when used temporarily for acute
infections. Long term use of goldenseal may cause B-vitamins to be
malabsorbed resulting in fatigue and listlessness. Excessive doses may also
adversely affect friendly bacteria in the colon.
Golden seal lowers blood sugar levels, so persons suffering from
hypoglycemia would be better off choosing another herb.
A good alternative
is Oregon grape root, which contains similar alkaloids and thus has
similar infection-fighting qualities. Oregon grape has another advantage
over golden seal—it is more plentiful and hence, cheaper.
Echinacea has been widely studied in Europe where it was found to have
many benefits in enhancing immunity. Studies have shown that echinacea
helps prevent the spread of infection, because it inhibits an enzyme secreted
by bacteria to break down the “cement” which binds the cells of the body
together. It promotes the production of white blood cells and stimulates Tcell
activity. It may also stimulate interferon production and help to sedate
This plant was also an “official” remedy in the U.S. until shortly after the
turn of the century. It has been used to treat numerous infectious conditions,
including abscesses, blood poisoning, gangrene and wounds. The best
news is that this amazing herb has no known side effects.
Because the stimulating action of echinacea is short-lived, it is best taken
in small, frequently repeated doses as often as every hour or two.
Although most of the research was originally done on
Echinacea angustifolia, this plant is becoming an endangered species due
to over harvesting. Echinacea purpurea, which can be organically grown,
is a better choice and has been found to have almost identical medicinal
qualities to E. angustifolia.
Another plant, Parthenium integrifolium, has
been sold as echinacea for many years and people appear to have had good
results with it. There has been at least one study which suggests that this
plant may also have immuno-stimulant properties, but very little actual
research has been done on parthenium. So, for general infection fighting,
E. purpurea is the best choice.
Garlic is the last single herb in our infection-fighting arsenal. Garlic has
been dubbed “nature’s penicillin.” It is more powerful against gramnegative
bacteria than penicillin. One milligram of allicin, its major
constituent, is equal to fifteen standard units of penicillin in strength. It has
proven effective not only against bacteria like staph and strep, but also
against parasites, viruses and even Candida albicans. Its aromatic components
quickly reach all parts of the body cleansing and toning as they go.
Garlic is particularly effective in respiratory infections as its infection fighting
volatile oils are readily secreted from the mucous membranes
lining the lungs. Hence, if you cut a piece off the clove and put it in your
shoe, within just a few minutes the odor will be detectable in your breath.
This remarkable herb can help heal external wounds and draw pain. A
mashed clove or garlic oil may be applied to wounds, abscesses, swellings,
Raw garlic at full strength can burn, so it is best to apply olive oil to the
skin before applying the garlic. Warm garlic oil has also been used in the
ears for the pain and infection of earaches.
Many people are resistant to trying enemas, but garlic has been used very
effectively in an enema solution to help combat amoebic dysentery, high
fevers and even mononucleosis. Crush the clove, blend it in a quart of water,
and then strain it carefully before putting in an enema bag.
Ah, but what can we do for that one side-effect of garlic—foul breath?
Chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer, helpful as a mouthwash or just to drink.
It also has infection fighting qualities of its own, while building the blood
at the same time. It is thought that the magnesium in the chlorophyll is the
agent that neutralizes the strong sulfur compound that is not only offensive
to the nose, but deadly to infections.
Parsley is rich in chlorophyll and is also
known as a natural deodorizer.
Lymph Gland Cleanse and Lymph Gland Cleanse HY are two formulas developed by Stan Malstrom for
fighting “Infection in the Glandular System” meaning the lymphatic glands
or lymph nodes. Whenever there is swelling in the lymph nodes of the neck,
throat, armpits, etc., then these formulas would be good choices. Lymph Gland Cleanse contains two of our major infection fighters: golden seal and echinacea, plus
yarrow and capsicum. Yarrow is a powerful antiviral and anti-inflammatory
agent. Lymph Gland Cleanse HY is identical except that the golden seal has been replaced
with myrrh gum. Myrrh gum is also a powerful disinfectant, but does not
lower blood sugar levels like golden seal. Hence this formula is for “Hypoglycemics with Infection in the Glandular System.”
IN-X is a powerful “INfection-fighting” formula developed by the
famous Dr. John Christopher. It also contains golden seal and echinacea,
plus black walnut, marshmallow, plantain and bugleweed. This is a much
stronger infection-fighting combination for most people and often proves
helpful in chronic, low-grade infections.
IF-C TCM is a Chinese combination which acts as an anti-inflammatory. It’s
Chinese name “Qing Re” literally means “clear heat.” Its principle
ingredient lonicera flowers are considered antibiotic, fever reducing and
anti-inflammatory in Chinese medicine. It is indicated in colds with fever,
flu, sore throats, earaches and other “hot” infectious conditions.
External Infection Fighters
If a wound is infected, it may spread until red streaks can be seen under
the skin surrounding the wound. It may also swell and develop pus in the
area of the wound. Tea Tree Oil is one of the most powerful topical
antiseptics in the herbal realm. It may be applied every half hour. Its oils
will penetrate through the skin to help fight the infection. The oil has been
shown to kill staph and other micro-organisms even in fairly dilute solutions.
Garlic oil or Tei Fu oil may be used as alternatives if Tea Tree oil is
Black Ointment may help to dry infection to the surface of the skin. It
should be followed up with Golden Salve to complete the healing process.
Black walnut extract is also helpful for some types of skin infections.
Toe/fungal infections - use Silver Shield and place the drops under the affected nail. For even more effective treatment, do the Silver Toe” dressing, since the silver needs to be in contact with fungus for 10 minutes to kill it. Therefore, we need to get it below the nail.
* Scrape or sand the top shiny layer, making the nail porous
* Soak a ½ inch thick cloth in silver shield to create a toe dressing
* Tape it over the toe so the liquid can soak into the nail
* Tape a little baggie around it so it doesn’t leak; leave it for at least 10 minutes, or overnight for even better results
* Use clean duct tape to keep it in place (yes, it really works!)
* After 10 minutes, the dark fungus will be lighter, and this treatment will be effective for 48 hours.
* Do this 3 times a week, or every other day.
Wound Healing wounds heal twice as fast! The silver shield reduces inflammation and pain, and reduces the healing time
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