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monolaurin is effective against staph
Posted by ruth
Last Reply April 21, 2014 at 12:19
Started May 13, 2009 at 14:24
Monolaurin (derived from coconut oil) works directly on the envelope of the virus. By
disrupting the lipid bilayer of the virus, Monolaurin inactivates the virus by preventing
attachment (absorption) to susceptible host cell walls. This prevents the uncoating of
viruses needed for replication and infection.

Monolaurin is effective against yeast and fungi, staphylococcus aureus (staph) and
streptococcus agalactiae (strep), chlamydia trachomatis, candidaalbicans, giardia
lamblia, ringworm, H. pylori and gonorrhea.

In studies performed at the Respiratory Virology Branch, Centers for Disease Control,
Monolaurin was shown to remove all measurable infectivity against the following RNA
and DNA viruses:
Herpes Simplex 1 and 2
Respiratory Syncytial Virus
A therapeutic dose of monolaurin is generally 1800mg to 2400mg per day.

Monolaurin is non-toxic and listed in GRA... read more

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Posted by Kelly
Last Reply April 21, 2014 at 03:25
Started April 21, 2014 at 03:25
Is anyone out there from Denver? I had MRSA over a year ago and am struggling with all of these same symptoms and the doctors have been no help. Looking to put a few local heads together to take some action.

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Reporter Inquiry
Posted by Ibby Caputo
Last Reply April 21, 2014 at 03:22
Started March 10, 2014 at 19:13
Hello, I'm a reporter at WGBH, Boston Public Radio. I'm interested in speaking with a
person from Massachusetts or New England who has had MRSA, or a hospital inquired
infection. If you would be willing to speak with me for a public radio story, please be in
touch ASAP. I can be reached at Thank you, Ibby Caputo,

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Healing MRSA with essential oils
Posted by jen
Last Reply April 20, 2014 at 18:23
Started April 20, 2014 at 03:10
I have been colonized with MRSA for a little over a year now. I had my
first staph infection last year and I don't know if it was MRSA or
not, but then I got MRSA in October on my elbow, then another a few
weeks later on my face taking antibiotics each time I had an
infection. Then, another on my leg. I have been colonized with MRSA
and have recently been getting more infections on my face. I got an
infection near the spot on my face where I had mrsa before, and then,
I was prescribed antibiotics which didn't help, so I resorted to tea
tree oil and taking echinacea/goldenseal pills.
When that healed, I got an infection on my chin which healed and
yesterday, I noticed a hard bump on my forehead. I have been putting a
lot of essential oils on it and eating garlic. It's strange because no
pus is coming out, and the spot where the bump started is now flat and
looks dark red like a bruise/dead red blood cells. There is still a
huge bump under it though. Is thi... read more

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mrsa in blood & lungs
Posted by mary
Last Reply April 19, 2014 at 14:47
Started February 21, 2005 at 02:20
My brother is currently in ICU with MRSA in his blood & lungs. The doctors say he has a 50-50 chance of living. Has anyone lived through this? Please help! He is 51 and has a 9 year old son. He is on a respirator and dialysis.

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Garlic powder
Posted by Bob Anderson
Last Reply April 19, 2014 at 05:59
Started April 19, 2014 at 05:59
When you cannot find good fresh non-irradiated garlic, properly made garlic powder is the next best thing

The way things are, garlic is planted in the fall and harvested in July or so, depending on garlic type and growing conditions. It has to dry down for 2 to 6 weeks, depending on bulb size and sales start in August and continue until the crop, except for seed stock, is all sold out, usually through November but sometimes into the new year.

Garlic stores at room temp for 4 to 12 months, depending on variety and storage conditions.

Home gardeners can actually have garkic year around by growing early harvesting varieties as well as late harvesting, long storing ones like silverskins and never run out of fresh garlic, nature permitting.

For most people it is very hard to find non-irradiated garlic from December until August. If one needs to use garlic during this time, garlic powder, if made from non-irridated garlic, will work well. Garlic made from garlic that has been ... read more

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After effects of long term Vancomycin use.
Posted by LindaA
Last Reply April 19, 2014 at 04:58
Started January 22, 2009 at 15:12
Hello all,
And a big warm hug to all my forum friends, especially Lady K, Linda Mc. & Nancy. I won't promise anything, but I will try to weigh in as often as I can to try and offer my knowledge of MRSA to everyone. And at this point, I feel I'm somewhat of an expert on the subject.

As many of you know, I had a long 16month battle with MRSA in the blood that almost took my life. Within a 52 week period I had been given over 32 weeks of IV antibotic infused twice a day taking almost 2 hrs at a time.

After my last bout, and my blood was not testing possitive for MRSA, it took a good year before I felt I was out of the woods, and well on the way to having a strong, healthy immune system, ready to fight anything. and now, it has been a little over 2 years now, and still MRSA free. But I have been left with a few residual presents, compliments of MRSA.

I suffer from Reflux but is now controlable with herbals, and 3 doses of zantac daily. Before this, I had chronic laryngiti... read more

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Diagnosed with MRSA in mouth
Posted by Kim
Last Reply April 19, 2014 at 04:29
Started April 18, 2009 at 03:11
TO all

I will try to make a long story short. Had a tooth ache back in December. Went to dentist and he said nothing was wrong with my tooth. At the end of Dec.the tooth was really bothering me so I called my dentist and again, took an xray and found nothing wrong with my tooth. He told me to go to an ear,nose and throat doctor thinking it could be my sinues. I didnt go. So mid Jan. the pain got so bad, I went to the ER and they dianosed me with TMJ. SO I followed up with an oral surgeon. He did a panoramic xray and said that the tooth I was complaining about had an infection that needed a root canal. Went to a root canal specialist, he drilled the tooth and started a root canal, gave me antibiotics and told me to come back in 3 weeks, so a week later the pain was really bad and when I called the dentist, he was on vacation. Went to another dentist who drilled the tooth but left it "open" so that the infection could drain. He put me on more antibiotics (augmentin). Fo... read more

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My partner has MRSA
Posted by Zia
Last Reply April 18, 2014 at 02:15
Started April 17, 2014 at 02:56
Good Evening,
I'm writing- very worried. My significant other was just diagnosed with MRSA.
This is his third "outbreak" in 3 months but he wasn't diagnosed before- instead
treated for respiratory infection.

We have obviously been physically close. Including kissed while his nose was
draining (had NO idea what any of this was!!). That's the only time while having
symptoms that we were close. BUT I assume he was still carrying it while not
"leaking" it?

How likely is it that I've been exposed? I assume very likely. What's next? I'm
going to get a culture done... But I'm mortified

What do I do??!! I'm worried for him, I'm worried for myself, I'm mostly worried for
the children. I'm making sure we are bathing twice daily, washing everything
maniacally, I don't know what else I can do.

I feel guilty refusing to share drinks and what not. But should I get over it
because I assume I've already been exposed? Or should I run for the hills? Idk
what to do:-(

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Garlic burn?
Posted by Ray
Last Reply April 17, 2014 at 15:48
Started July 31, 2012 at 05:49
So applied garlic directly to my wounds as recommended. But I think I have garlic burns on where I applied the garlic. The skin is dark brown. Is that a garlic burn? It seems like I need to dilute the garlic somehow.

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Nasal Swab accuracy
Posted by Hil
Last Reply April 16, 2014 at 20:56
Started April 16, 2014 at 19:25
How common is it to be colonized with MRSA in your nose and have 1 positive with the other 5 out of 6 swabs negative??

My boyfriend's surgery was cancelled today b/c one result was positive. But in the past 7 weeks, he has had a total of 6 swabs but only 1 out of 6 turned up positive? Just doesn't make sense!?!?

Does it depend on the technique the nurse uses for taking the swab? Or perhaps the MRSA is colonized in 1 small spot in his nose and only 1 out of 6 swabs touched that area where the bacteria are hanging out??

Thanks for your input!

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MRSA and exhaustion
Posted by Tamara
Last Reply April 16, 2014 at 15:58
Started April 16, 2014 at 05:56
I am currently going through my fourth bout of MRSA. This time it's in my ears. I
posted down below about my history with the disease, but I've had two spots
under my arm, two abscesses in my mouth and now my ears. I'm currently using
ear drops and doxycycline to treat it.

Anyway, I can't seem to get over this exhaustion. Even doing everyday things like
laundry leaves me in a cold sweat and so tired I have to rest afterward. It's
horrible because I work full time in an extremely stressful field (I'm a mental
health social worker), have two kids and a husband. My ID doctor recommended I
add Vitamin B12, zinc, Vitamin C and garlic powder to help fight the disease and
to try to fight the disease and get my strength back. She also recommended
avoiding stress and getting a lot of rest.

So, I took a few days off from work to rest and de-stress. I'm also adding all the
natural things she recommended. Is there any thing else I can do, especially for
the exhaustio... read more

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MRSA ear infections
Posted by Tamara
Last Reply April 16, 2014 at 15:37
Started April 3, 2014 at 17:09
Last year, I had a MRSA cyst under my arm that was surgically removed and
treated with Bactrim. Five months later, I developed MRSA abscesses on my lip
and in my mouth. I had four oral surgeries to drain them, took vancomycin
through the picc line and eventually developed a staph infection in it before
everything was cleared up. I've been back to work since January and thought
everything was going great.

Well, except for one thing. I kept getting ear infections but honestly, I've been
having recurring ones for about a year now, and I just thought it was part of that.
However last week my PCP decided to culture the nasty smelling drainage to
make sure it wasn't pseudomonas. It wasn't. It was MRSA. She has referred me to
an ENT and also told me to make an appointment with my infectious disease
doctor. I see the ENT Monday and the ID doctor a week later.

I'm not sure what to expect now. My PCP said I may have to have surgery on my
ears. Is that accurate? Wil... read more

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sinus infection
Posted by donna
Last Reply April 15, 2014 at 05:13
Started June 18, 2007 at 23:37
I have been treated for a "sinus infection" for about a year now. In Dec I was told it was MRSA and was put on Bactroban and Bactrim. That didn't work. In Jan I was referred to an specialist who put me on Zyvox-2 rounds. After being on it for a month I still had a sinus infection, he told me that it must be a secondary infection because after a month the MRSA would be cleared up but didnt do a culture. By Mar by asthma was out of control and for 3 1/2 wks they threatened to put me in the hostipal. During this whole time I still had the sinus infection. I was finally told I needed surgery. That the infection could not drain due to polyps. I had the surgery on May 7, it didn't change a thing. I still have the infection. The Dr said the culture showed a "significant" amount. Can anybody suggest something, anything?? I don't know what to do any more. Also, can someone tell me what causes this? I have no idea how I even got this. I would really appreciate any help anyone can provide. Tha... read more

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Frequent MRSA issues
Posted by Jenn
Last Reply April 9, 2014 at 03:26
Started April 8, 2014 at 21:28
In August of last year we were renting what we thought was a nice apartment. We
had continuous ac issues which eventually led to the unit leaking all over my
daughter's room. I decided to get down on my hands and knees and examine the
carpet, pull it back from the wall, and found black mold. Shortly after that I
developed 2 bumps under my armpits which I ignored for far to long. I also
wound up with a baseball size lump in my leg. Over Labor Day weekend I had to
be hospitalized for 3 days. I also had to pack the wound on my leg for close to 2
months, starting with 16 inches of tape and working my way down. Since then
I've had MRSA 3 more times. Three days ago I found another abscess under my
armpit. Why does this keep happening? I'm a fairly healthy person, not diabetic,
nor do I have any immune system disorders. I'm beyond frustrated, in over my
head with doctor bills. Unfortunately, I do tend to stress a lot! Is this causing it?
I'm just scare... read more

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Recurring abbcesses/MRSA
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply April 4, 2014 at 18:40
Started May 25, 2007 at 19:08
I cannot find treatment to heal my body. I suspect I contracted MRSA during cancer surgeries in 2000-2002. In 2005 I had my 1st surgical site abcess. To date I have had over a dozen and the latest is not a prior surgical site. It is affecting my quality of life with such negativity and I cannot seem to find anyone to help cure me of these recurring boils that turn infectious abcesses and are SO painful. Any help, comments, suggestions, similar experiences? HELP!

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Baby Jena MRSA
Posted by BLeonard
Last Reply April 4, 2014 at 05:21
Started April 3, 2014 at 04:36
I promise to the creator and all that is holy. I AM a real person.
I want to see if I can post a wigit(think thats what its called) to my MRSA+
granddaughters website.

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Posted by BLeonard
Last Reply April 3, 2014 at 23:45
Started April 3, 2014 at 04:25
For all moms, grandmoms, dads, uncles, anyone and everyone. I am just a nervous
wreck lately. I have more on my plate than I can truly handle. I ask, for ALL OF YOU
who have FaceBook and Twitter and ANY social site, will you please, I beg you with all
my heart and soul, spread this link like wildfire for my granddaughter Jena who has
MRSA and her parents recently lost their job and health insurance. I started a
fundraiser. My husband is already paying rent electric natural gas medicine food
vehicle payment ins. You get the picture. As soon as these kids get some money, I
believe baby Jena can go to the hospital where she belongs. Thank you .

All I really ask, is that you just spread the link like wildfire - please. . . . . .

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Posted by Steve
Last Reply April 3, 2014 at 17:29
Started August 15, 2005 at 03:35
Hello all,
Last year I contracted MRSA from a haircut in which I was cut by the barber and then developed a massive MRSA infection. Has anybody had the same experience or can point me to articles on the same? you can contact me at

Please help

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MRSA & Now Paralyzed
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply April 2, 2014 at 18:56
Started April 2, 2014 at 18:56
I am a wife and a mother of 3 daughters. I was working three jobs at the time when my life changed so drastically. My story began in Oct. 2011 when I developed a boil on my left elbow. I was told to go home and put a warm compress on it and let it burst open and then clean it, put Neosporin on it and keep it covered and dry. Changing it very often. I did all of this and it went away and had no more problems. On Nov. 30, 2011, I was going to work and by the time I got to my car, the pain in my back started. I thought that I had just pulled something stepping out of the house and turning to shut the door. Took some Tylenol and went on to work. The next few days I used
icy hot and a heating pad. The pain got worse because it hurt to sit or even stand for a bit. I went in to see my doctor because I needed something stronger for pain. He gave to Vicodin and told me to try that because he felt like it was just a pulled muscle. I came home and within 2 days I could not move my legs and t... read more

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