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Staph and quorum sensing
Posted by ruth
Last Reply September 26, 2012 at 14:58
Started September 26, 2012 at 14:58
In Staphylococcus aureus, the quorum sensing system was identified as a regulator of
virulence factors.

VLDL and LDL interfere with the quorum sensing system that upregulates genes
required for invasive Staphylococcus aureus infection. A shortage of choline prevents
the liver from making VLDLs and delivering its fat stores to the appropriate tissues.
This causes fatty liver disease.

Our calorie-rich but nutrient-poor diet processed food has led to an epidemic of fatty
liver disease that tracks our rising obesity and diabetes rates.

The low-profile but essential nutrient choline provides the solution to the problem.
Supplementation with lecithin is an effective and affordable way to get enough choline.
Increasing methionine consumption also improves fatty liver disease. Methionine Food
sources include beans, eggs, fish, garlic, lentils, meat, onions, soybeans, seeds, yogurt.

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I survived
Posted by kevin barker
Last Reply September 25, 2012 at 16:00
Started September 25, 2012 at 15:26
I was a scrap metal worker and I got the mrsa through a cut on stainless steal. I went to the doctors complaining of a sore back , and then went to the hospital. I went there on Thursday night and woke up in I.C.U 7 days later .Mrsa got into my bloodstream, I was on life support and had renal failure as well. I was in hospital for 5 months and went out in a wheelchair .I have since then a total hip replacement as the disease ate my bone. It also destroyed some of my back , and affected my kidneys and heart . I am a very lucky man , praise the lord .I am 58 years old ..kevinbarker54 at hotmail dot com

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phage therapy
Posted by onelove87
Last Reply September 24, 2012 at 23:10
Started September 24, 2012 at 13:20
I was wondering if anyone has gone to Georgia or Tijuana, Mexico to receive phage therapy for MRSA. If so, please let me know the cost and the effectiveness.


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Mrsa treatment??
Posted by Heather f
Last Reply September 23, 2012 at 04:51
Started September 21, 2012 at 04:39
I recently went to the doc for what I thought was a spider bite, but the doc said it
was more than likely MRSA. It was seeping yet so he wasn't able to take a
culture..instead he put me on augmentin. I'm currently 18 weeks pregnant so I'm
assuming that's why he didn't put me on something stronger. But everything ive
read said augmentin isn't strong enough. Should I go back and request
something stronger or just hope the augmentin works?? Thanks in advance!!

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2012-2013 Influenza Vaccine
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply September 18, 2012 at 17:39
Started September 18, 2012 at 17:39

Live nasal spray vs. dead virus flu shot?

With flu season rapidly approaching… I would like to bring awareness to the following distinction between ‘live virus nasal spray vs. dead virus flu shot’ vaccines.

[There are two types of influenza vaccine:
*Live, attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) contains live but attenuated (weakened) influenza virus. It is sprayed into the nostrils.

*Inactivated (killed) influenza vaccine, the “flu shot,” is given by injection with a needle. This vaccine is described in a separate Vaccine Information Statement.

Vaccine Information Statement

Influenza Vaccine
LIVE, Intranasal

*LAIV is not recommended for everyone.

The following people should get the ‘inactivated’ dead virus vaccine (flu shot) instead:

-Adults 50 years of age and older or children from 6 through 23 months of age. (Children younger than 6 months should ... read more

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please help, running out of time
Posted by rosefed
Last Reply September 18, 2012 at 02:12
Started July 29, 2012 at 04:17
Hello, i have been fighting MRSA for over ten years, sometimes im on top, sometimes im not, but, i have made it this far, in the process i now have CHF, RF, kidney disease, i have fought back from being told i have 6 mnths to live 2 years ago, and as of right now, i am in a rehab hospital getting physical therapy so i can start walking again, but, for the last 4 weeks i have had an active infection, at first i went to the er, told them oral antibiotics don't work for me, so of course they gave them to me and sent me back here, i ran the course of them, then the dr here put me on IV meds, but, the wrong ones, i told them what i had, they didn't do cultures or anything.

Finally, after a week of those not working, they changed me to CHLEMDAMIACYN *spelling may be off* since i had already developed an allergic reaction to VANCOMIACYN , so couple weeks on that, no better, plus, i get an allergic reaction to it.

So now, since they wanna show they are at least trying something, they ... read more

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Meth sores
Posted by mnfella
Last Reply September 15, 2012 at 22:31
Started September 15, 2012 at 22:31
i am wondering if this is a way to tell if my friend is still using
meth?? how long does it take for the sores to heal after a person has
stopped using meth?

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Posted by Tleecet
Last Reply September 14, 2012 at 16:32
Started September 13, 2012
I was just diagnosed with MRSA today after a lab came back positive. My concern is that I have had a very low white blood count with it being at 2.1 two days ago. My General Practitioner has only prescribed Septra as the antibiotic to treat the MRSA however it is my understanding that it can take various types to clear it up. In addition, I am experiencing flu-like symptoms and am concerned that with my already weakened immune system and low WBC, my body could be having a difficult time fighting everything going on. Should I be worried? If I do go to the hospital, will they treat me with something stronger to take care of the MRSA?

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ITCHING: What remedy works?
Posted by RAY
Last Reply September 13, 2012 at 16:05
Started September 2, 2012 at 04:49
There are a few threads on itching and some have recommended remedies, but I have to ask again, what remedy works. I have itching on the skin in the groin area. I have taking garlic baths every night for the last eight nights, and it has helped. But I am certain if the itching is side effect of bathing in hot water too much or not. I don't scratch it, but it is painful. I have tried tea tree oil, aloe cream, and several other creams without much success. Maybe taking too much hot baths, dries and cause skin inflammation? I have even used lemon juice as someone recommended in one of the threads, but that has not helped either.

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MRSA Success Story
Posted by Michael Halperin
Last Reply September 11, 2012 at 15:29
Started September 6, 2012 at 16:44
Hey People. I am a 22 year old, just graduated from College. My junior year in college I
got a MRSA infection on my left hip. I took bactrim, and figured it would go away, not a
big deal. A month later it came back even harder. Hours of applying warm moist
towels on it, showering in weird Hibiclens antiseptic, and taking more Bactrim. It hurt
so much. Then I got two MRSA stye infections in my eye. They sucked. I treated it as
well as I could and then six months later it still came back! I have never felt such dread
in my life. I was convinced that I would have this forever. The worst part was reading
these awful internet posts about MRSA. Never a success story. I was so discouraged. I
got three more infections. I was worried that I would never have sex with a girl again,
that I would become anti-biotic resistant. I blamed myself for the disease, saying that
it was because I picked my nose, or because I wasn't clean enough, or because I ate too
mu... read more

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Posted by mouse
Last Reply September 8, 2012 at 15:59
Started July 16, 2012 at 21:38
we just recently found out that my stepfather had this, he just passed whats the chances that it was passed on to others that are very suspetable on infection? or the rest of us???

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The Normal Bacterial Flora of Humans
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply September 7, 2012 at 17:07
Started September 7, 2012 at 17:07

Todar’s Online Texbook of Bacteriology

Online Textbook of Bacteriology Table of Contents

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Infection Disease Specialist
Posted by RAY
Last Reply September 7, 2012 at 16:22
Started September 5, 2012 at 21:53
Many of you here have recommended making an appointment with an ID specialist. I made such a request from the family doctor. Initially, he was reluctant to make an appointment for me, and when I insisted, he did. But my doctor informed me that the referral was rejected by the department that oversees infectious diseases on the grounds that Staph infections are common. And, my doctor said, that although staphs inflections are annoying seeing a ID specialist would not have helped. In other words, he was suggested to used the same treatment: Clindamycin. I have been seeing a naturapathic doctor though. But I find it odd why they would reject my request.

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20+ babies in NICU with MRSA bacteria
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply September 6, 2012 at 14:52
Started September 6, 2012 at 14:52

Sutter NICU
(Sacramento, California)

Parents of MRSA babies expected to announce lawsuit…

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MRSA and finances
Posted by Jenn
Last Reply September 3, 2012 at 03:02
Started September 3, 2012 at 02:18
I have been fighting the merciless MRSA for about two months now on my leg. I will soon run out of FMLA. I am beginning to get nervous about clearing this up within the 12 week FMLA period. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Long Term Effects of HA-MRSA
Posted by David
Last Reply September 2, 2012 at 20:29
Started October 16, 2010
Hello All,

The purpose of this post is two-fold: (1) to provide a brief background on my personal long term struggle with undiagnosed HA-MRSA (3 years+), and (2) ask whether anyone has suffered through such a long infection and been able to recover their energy, etc. following the infection?


I have had multiple sinus surgeries for chronic infection (pan-sinusitus). The best medical estimates is that I contracted HA-MRSA (hereafter MRSA) during surger in Houston during July, 2007. The diagnoses was not made until Sept 20, 2010 when a competent doctor swabbed and clultured the persistant infectious material in my sinus. During that time I had not experienced any external boils or classic symptoms, etc., but instead experienced sever sinus pain and a slow and near complete decline in energy to the point of near disability. During the 3 year period I had gone from a healthy, fit, runner, attorney, pilot to someone who could barely get out of bed. I was li... read more

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surgey after mrsa
Posted by Sandi
Last Reply September 2, 2012 at 04:32
Started August 19, 2012 at 02:56
A lot of you know me, I got HA MRSA after ankle replacement surgery and finally had to have my leg removed. I now need back surgery and they need to put metal in my back. I know metal attracts MRSA just wondering if anyone has had surgery after mrsa and it ended well. They give me a 50% chance and that is now good. Thanks for the advice

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Thank you ladyk! Help me please!
Posted by jean
Last Reply September 2, 2012 at 04:17
Started January 15, 2011 at 04:28
I was just given my Dx of MRSA yesterday afternoon by a walk-in clinic. Even though a dermatologist knew about it last October, he never told me -- just said on initial appointment that my Dx was eczema with excoriated acne. Of course I picked. I even excavated as the only means known to me to relieve the intense itching and burning so great that it felt as if little steel rods were placed in a fire before being thrust into my lesions. I even told my son I was performing surgery on myself. Thought I had adult acne. Went to derm because nothing OTC worked.

Found this site from the UK site. Thank you to all, but especially to you, ladyk, as you seemed to have made this forum your personal mission. I only found it about 2 hours ago but have already learned a lot from you.

My history: In 1982 I had cellulitis in my leg so bad that I spent 10 days in the hospital and still almost lost my lower leg. I could see my bone covered with capillaries. Perhaps that is when I contracted the ... read more

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Posted by BeeGON
Last Reply September 1, 2012 at 23:42
Started August 26, 2012 at 13:05
First let me say thank you to anyone that has taken the time to post useful information on this board for people like me, who arrive here lost, confused, worried and sick. I am a 43 yr old male, had not been to a doctor in 20 years because of good health. Wednesday of last week developed a few small bumps on finger. My hands are always getting wet from a non-toxic fluid that sometimes causes them to get dry and crack but it has been this way for 10 years with no other effects. The bumps itched and I scratched, rubbed, scraped, whatever was convinient. Individual bumps became 1 sore and finger began to swell. By Monday my finger was extremely swollen and really sore. My boss sent me to the ER where I was prescribed 2 different antibiotics and told I could return to work the following day. I couldn't get any sleep that night because of pain but returned to work following day and worked my shift. Still no relief and no sleep because of pain the following night. I went to another ER th... read more

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staph missed on biopsy
Posted by Dee
Last Reply September 1, 2012 at 21:51
Started July 12, 2012 at 15:39
I had a punch biopsy done at my dermatologist,about a yr. ago, but all the results showed was that it was NOT a fungus. Just a week ago, i had a culture done that revealed i had staph/mrsa on my scalp. IF i had the staph infection when i got the biospy done, why wouldn't it show up or does the dermatologist have to specify what he's testing for?

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