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Beating MRSA with diet/supplements/exercise?
Posted by Stephen
Last Reply January 2, 2013 at 03:27
Started September 18, 2011 at 02:35
Is there anyone here who's beaten MRSA only through the a regime of a good diet, supplements, pre/probiotics, and exercise?

I have MRSA, but it isn't nearly as bad as some of the worst I've seen out there, which makes me curious if a good regiment would be enough to beat it once and for all.

Previously I had taken conventional pharmaceutical drugs, and they had only succeeded in making me feel ill, weakening my immune system, and making my infections that much worse. Since then, I've stopped taking any drugs, and have instead opted for a more-natural approach:

* Avoiding acidic foods (or at least limiting them), and eating only alkaline foods. (Do a search on MRSA and acidic/alkaline foods.)

* Eating plenty of raw garlic; mixing Turmeric in my drinks; and making teas from raw ginger root and various spices.

* Taking pre/probiotics, and yogurt.

* Getting exercise every day.

* Using ointments like tea-tree oil.

* And being cleanly: Washing my hands constantly, ... read more

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Just diagnosed w/ MRSA
Posted by Hal
Last Reply January 1, 2013 at 17:17
Started November 1, 2012
I'm 60 years old and on Sept. 21, 2012 I had rotator cuff
surgery.Surgery went great! Two weeks later the incision started
"leaking". I was assured by the surgeon that everything was fine. One
day later I had emergency surgery to clean out a lot of infection in
the shoulder and everything fixed by the surgery was "unfixed". One
week later, I had to have another emergency surgery due to the
infection which was confirmed MRSA. Now, 3 weeks post-surgery, I'm at
home self-administering Cubicin IV every morning.
I am constantly exhausted, weak, and sleep poorly. I'm concerned about
going back to work where I deal with about 100 people a day in a motor
pool and lots of phone calls. The ID doctor says I'm OK to return to
work. Everyone in my office (I stopped in recently) treats me like I
have the plague. What I read and am told leads me to believe that
returning to a full time job that is as demanding as mine is all but
impossible and the concerns of others abou... read more

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Recommendations From Someone Who Has Been Ther
Posted by Kaydee
Last Reply December 28, 2012
Started December 22, 2012 at 01:30
I came down with MRSA about a little over a year ago. I came close to
death and had a tough time with it, but have not had an outbreak now
since May and wanted to share a couple of thoughts because I know how
awful it can be. Here are the things that helped me: prayer,
Bactrim, a good multivitamin, turmeric, cutting out sugar, and
something surprisingly effective and I believe the single best
treatment Dial gold bar soap. I had tried so many things, including
Hibiclins, and still had problems, but 2 treatments of the dial and
the boil crusted over in two days and there is absolutely no scar. I
know there is an ingredient in there that is associated with cancer so
I know it should not be continued on a constant basis, but believe me,
at the time it was a choice and the soap won out. Now I use it once
every other week just to keep it at bay and so far, it has worked.
My GP doc told me about the soap and I actually ignored the advice
because it sou... read more

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MRCA success
Posted by erica
Last Reply December 15, 2012 at 14:32
Started November 13, 2012
I've been meaning to post my recent success story about fighting MRCA, in hopes that I may be able to help somone else. My 5-year old daughter got three back to back bouts of MRCA with boils on her body. Each time she was put on antibiotics. I knew it would just keep coming back. I bought a book about fighting MRCA and followed the advice and it actually worked. It has not come back. Here's what we did: NO SUGAR. I took sugar out of her diet (mostly). According to the book, MRCA needs sugar to grow. I also give her probiotics and immunity vitamins twice daily. I shower her in tea tree oil. This has really worked and I am so thankful. Hope it helps someone. I think it may.

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Posted by RAY
Last Reply December 11, 2012 at 02:35
Started November 11, 2012 at 05:16
The most effective measure you can take to fight MRSA/STAPH is your diet. I am convinced this has to do more with your immune system than anything else.

First, check your cholesterol. Bakc in June 2012, mine was 188. I have now reduced it to 111. And, I have lost fifteen pounds.

Second, avoid sugars as much as possible, refined or otherwise.

Third, stop consuming alcoholic beverages.

Fourth, avoid caffeine

Fifth, drink juices: I mix Kale, lemon juice, apples, radish, celery, cucumber, green peppers, mustard greens, and anything else that os green.

Sixth, Increase your intake of coconut and almond

Seveth, Take probiotics for digestion.

Eight, drink plenty of water.

There are many more precautions I have taken to recover from staph/mrsa outbreaks and it is working ( knock on wood).

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new w/questions
Posted by a. rose
Last Reply December 11, 2012 at 02:08
Started December 5, 2012 at 05:36
Hi. I am a 29 year old female and before July of this year I had never had a staph infection. In July, I became very sick with really bad flu-like symptoms, sore throat, headache, and muscle aches, along with extreme fatigue, confusion, dizziness, and really low blood pressure. After sleeping for almost two days straight, I started getting worried about how severe my illness was, so I started researching the symptoms on the internet. One thing that kept coming up was toxic shock syndrome, which I had only knew about previously due to the warnings about tampons. I hadn't known it was caused by staph, so when I noticed two different sores had formed (one on my face, the other under my breast) I went to the ER as it was late at night, on the weekend. I told them my main concern was the other symptoms, but they treated me for the sores and literally said, "if them other symptoms are related, they will go away with the antibiotics, if not, go see a doctor. Were not going to take the tim... read more

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Home Care - Help Needed
Posted by Peachy
Last Reply December 9, 2012 at 16:45
Started December 6, 2012 at 01:58
My FIL took a fall in October, fractured his knee above his knee replacement and three days later it swelled up, was red and hot - DH took him to the ER fearing it was infected and low-and-behold, it wasn't just infected, it was infected with MRSA!

He was isolated for a week, and then transferred to rehab where he's continued his six week course of intravenous antibiotics. Tomorrow he starts his oral antibiotics that he'll take for life, and in about 10 days he'll discharge home.

His doctor is worried about relapse and says we'll need to monitor him, but hasn't really said what that means - what do we look for as signs of relapse?

We don't even know how he got it - he had no open cuts, scraps or anything, just the knee swelling so we think he was colonized or something where it was inside him just waiting for the opportunity.

What do we monitor and how do we know if he's relapsing?

Is he going to be contagious to us or my kids?

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MRSA in my Husbands Lungs
Posted by Hollie Mcmillan
Last Reply December 7, 2012 at 15:32
Started December 6, 2012 at 14:32
I've known him since 2008 and when I met him he already had a trach and diabetes since he was 8 months old. I come to find out one of the most common infections he has today is MRSA inside his lungs. I didn't know that this was permament or could this be a false diagnoses? They keep putting him on antibiotics like Rafampin (sp?) and it does help it go away, but i was told he will always have it. His condition is complicated since everything above his trachea has collapsed and he only breathes through the trach. Is it true...that MRSA can be permanent in your system like a STD and just has flare ups? Thing is he was not born with it or got it outside of the hospital. He had a 12 hour diabetic seizure and they intibated him after they thought he was "dying" after 6 weeks intibation they put a trach in and have been neglecting his health. almost 7 years down the line and he may never get the trach out. I just wanted mainly more information regarding how to handle the MRSA if anyone has... read more

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Nasal MRSA
Posted by Vicki
Last Reply December 6, 2012 at 13:35
Started November 27, 2012 at 02:34
Now that I am facing a 2nd round of MRSA I need some authority of you pro's. I had a
small paper like cut in the inside/outside of my left nostril. Took Bactrim. antibiotic
irrigation, nasal ointment for the 1st round. Nasal swab negative and I thought I was
done. But NO- the cut came back 3 week ago and called the ENT for a check. He
thought I was crazy but it came back (+). I am baffled by this MRSA. Why did it come
back? Ive been in excellent health, at least I thought so. So many have boils and lesions.
Is that what is to come for me? Please advise as I really don't understand all this. Bless
you all.

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Posted by Vicki
Last Reply November 27, 2012 at 04:18
Started November 27, 2012 at 04:18
I forgot to ask-
Do I need the disinfect everything? What things need to be cleaned?
I swapped my toothbrush and using clorox wipes on surfaces.
If I touch my nose I presume I must wash my hands asap.
What needs to be done to control the possibility of spreading MRSA from my nose?
Any help you can suggest is greatly appreciated.
Im already OCD with germs and now Im totally bugging out.
Kind Regards to you all.

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seeking opinions
Posted by mattb
Last Reply November 25, 2012 at 07:56
Started January 23, 2007 at 19:03
I had my initial MRSA outbreak last June and a 2nd smaller outbreak last August, both treated using Bactrim. I then embarked on a 3-month immune-building regime consisting of taking maintenance doses of allicin (360 mg per day) and going through 1 bottle of Immuplex and 1 bottle of refrigerated probiotics. This is in addition to washing with Phisohex and/or Hibiclense and using muciprocin nasally.

When 3 months passed and I was still clear of infection, I felt free to end the immune-building phase and return to my "normal" habits. (But is there ever really such a thing as "normal" once you've had MRSA?) I remained clear for another 1 1/2 months, but around New Years, I developed a new spot on my back within 3 inches of my prior 2 MRSA outbreaks.

I immediately started taking allicin again and because of the holidays, I went to an urgent care clinic and got a new prescription for Bactrim and started taking that as well. I couldn't get a culture done at that point, becau... read more

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Posted by LYN
Last Reply November 24, 2012 at 13:45
Started August 31, 2010 at 03:29

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MRSA Staff knee infection
Posted by Harry Daw
Last Reply November 23, 2012 at 02:55
Started November 23, 2012 at 02:55
Late March, 2011, I had arthroscopic knee surgery which turned into
MRSA Staff infection. I came home in August 2011. Since then, a lot
of physical therapy to try to restore normal movement. Had limited
success. After over a year of no signs of the infection, I am
scheduled for a new knee Dec. 4th, just days from now. Pre tests have
gone well except for drawing fluid off the knee for a culture. The
doctor could not get a single drop of fluid off the knee. Scar tissue
and all other tissue that could harbor the infection were removed in
April of 2011. The surgeon must have done a good job. Plans are
still on for the replacement. I have a body wash to use starting 5
days before the surgery, a nose rinse to use 3 days before and 5 days
after, plus antibiotics to run the same as the nose rinse. It is
daptimeyicin (excuse the spelling). It is what the infectious disease
doctor finally found that stopped the infection. I will check back in
to this s... read more

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At My Wits End, Considering The unthinkable
Posted by mortgageman
Last Reply November 19, 2012 at 04:24
Started November 9, 2012 at 01:10
I dont know what to do anymore. 3 months ago i went to japan and was colonized in my armpits. I have had 4 doses of antibiotics, it always resurfaces as little red spots on my armpits -nowhere else.

They then get worse. then take bactrim. they go away.

Here is the problem. Yesterday i was on day 8 of bactrim and i started pooping mucous and blood. I feel fine no fever, etc. But still, that startled me. It makes me wonder, if i get c-diff now as a result of antibiotic use, then, my options are, well, limited. And I see myself dying from this.

Im heartbroken. HOWEVER, i have had two nasal swabs and swabs of my armpits and lesions come back NEGATIVE. However, we are still treating as if MRSA, as the ID beleives it is based on patterns.

I do the decolonization, own hibicleanse, phisohex, etc. I just dont know what to do.

I do not want to live a life like this. If it werent for the pretty girl I just met i think i may just end it all. Whats the point? I dont feel an acce... read more

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foaming hibiclens
Posted by sad mommy
Last Reply November 17, 2012 at 01:40
Started November 14, 2012 at 02:45
I have been trying to find the foaming hibiclens but stores dont carry
it and all the websites so far that I have seen have a minimum
subtotal and a high shipping fee :( I really dont want to have to
spend $30 plus another $10 or so for shipping for one pump. Does
anyone know if I can use an antibacterial foaming pump hand soap
container and rinse out the soap and fill it up with hibiclens? I
wasn't sure if hibiclens can be in a clear bottle or if the light will
decrease it's effectiveness or if the type of plastic of the foaming
bottle will matter. also it may be hard to get ALL the old soap
out....will that decrease its effectiveness? I wish the stores would
sell the pump :/

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mrsa cross contimination?housing
Posted by danielle
Last Reply November 16, 2012 at 17:29
Started November 16, 2012 at 01:38

i know this sounds dumb or maybe you wont understand me but. i got sick from mrsa in early 2009. ive been sick from it every day since so for almost 4 yrs ive had mrsa boils on my skin, rashes and horrible internal symptoms where i dont feel well.

i went to many doctors and emergency room trips when i wasnt feeling well and they said all they can do is give me antibiotics and none of the antibiotics they gave me improved my symptoms at all.
mine is resistant to every antibiotic i took since then wich is most of the antibiotics out there.

ive been mrsa pus filled blisters scabs and cysts every single day for 4 yrs and have considered not wanting to be alive anymore.

because the antibiotics didnt work i went home and did my own research on the net to learn about mrsa and alternative cures and treatments.i tried everything. bleach baths and hibiclens baths which helped the symptoms sometimes but then by the next day the symptoms got worse again and the boils were there... read more

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It's Back and Stronger than ever
Posted by Johnny Boy
Last Reply November 14, 2012 at 04:25
Started November 13, 2012 at 12:32
Hi There. Last year I had my first staph boil in 5 years appear again on
my face.I was given bactroban and i used garlic to success. Almost a
year to the day i got another staph boil in the same area. Its been 24
days and the wound is still red and open. I was on Dicloxocillin for 10
days (didn't work) and Bactrim DS for 10 days (didn't work). Im really
scared and confused as to what steps to take now. Doctor took a culture
and results just said..negative. I really dont want another course of
abx. Any help out there please this is emotionally draining.

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MRSA Breathing problems
Posted by Give Dad a 2nd chance
Last Reply November 11, 2012 at 13:02
Started November 11, 2012 at 13:02
My father @ 87 was hospitalized for MRSA for 23 days. Probably contracted from the hospital/rehab setting. It left him incapable of standing up. When he went into the hospital he had been walking. When he came out he was completely unable to stand up. Constant complaints of fatigue and shortness of breath that he did not have before. Now he is in long term care. He is cognizant and just wants to get out. Unfortunatly the family finances are not sufficient. He also has bad indigestion. Some of the breathing problems seem related to the indigestion. Can MRSA cause this? What can we do about it. I want to get my dad out of long term care!

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Comparison - garlic vs. oil of oregano?
Posted by Mom in Calif
Last Reply November 6, 2012 at 14:56
Started February 6, 2010 at 19:01
Have any of you compared the two - garlic versus oil of oregano?

We take Allibiotic CF but have never used the more expensive versions of pure garlic extract. However, we've used oil of oregano topically (with care, since it can burn!) and have just started taking oil of oregano capsules internally. Taking the oil internally seems very effective, especially for our son, who was experiencing some breakthrough pimples after about a month clear on supplements alone.

It sounds to me like the two natural plant extracts have similar antibiotic properties. Both strong, both need to be used with care topically...Oil of oregano has the advantage of being available at the health food store. Raw garlic of course you can work with at home (thank you for your tips, Bob) but it does come with garlic odor, which I don't mind :) but my husband complains...! The garlic that is advertised with fervor all over the internet (...stabilized purified patented only from one source) seems so expensiv... read more

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2nd time with mrsa
Posted by Bryce
Last Reply November 1, 2012 at 21:46
Started October 30, 2012 at 23:17
I have mrsa on my leg back in 2008 and now have gotten it on my forearm. I'm on
anti niotics and cream since yesterday. What are the chances it'll heal in a week?
If not I'll have to get it cut out and I don't wanna do that :( my doc said I should be
ok with the anti niotics I'll see it in a few days I guess I'm worried a lot about it I
hate this stuff:/

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