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Posted by L:indaA
Last Reply August 30, 2007 at 20:46
Started August 30, 2007 at 20:46
the 2003 annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers Toxic Exposures Surveillance system states that there have been only 2 deaths allegedly caused by vitamins. Almost half of all Americans take nutritional supplements every day, some 145,000,000 individual doses daily, for a total of over 53 billion doses annually. And from that, 2 deaths? That is a product safety record without equal.

Conversely, pharmaceutical drugs, properly prescribed and taken as directed kill 106,000 americans each year. That is over 2,000 each week, dead from their prescriptions. Some physicians estimate the true number of drug-induced deaths to be far higher.

Fatalities are by no means limited to drug products. In the USA in the year 2003, there was a death from "Cream/lotion/makeup" a death from granular laundry detergent, and one death from plain soap, one death from baking soda, and one death from table salt.

Other deaths reported by the American Association of Poison... read more

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Recently Diagnosed With MRSA
Posted by Priscilla
Last Reply August 30, 2007
Started August 27, 2007 at 20:35
Hi I'm 34 years old and it's been about a week since I was in the hospital for MRSA. It started off with my getting a tattoo. It started to heal then I noticed that my ankle got swollen and then what looked like a pimple/bug bite came about.

Now a month ago I had a similar looking bite on my left leg and yes it looked bad but not as bad as this one was. I figured it would eventually heal and scar up like all my other bug bites. So over the weekend I got scared because the redness area was bigger than the day before. I called the tattoo artist and told him I had a welt underneath my tattoo and he told me to take Benadry so I did. It did get rid of a lot of the redness but I still went to the doctor on Monday.

By this time black spots started forming underneath and by the area of that bite. Another pus ball formed about 1/2 inch away from that "bite." So the doctor says I have cellulitis and prescribes Bactrim and Muporicin ointment. She also performed a little I & ... read more

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Positive Manuka Honey Testing
Posted by Carla
Last Reply August 29, 2007 at 14:17
Started July 4, 2006
Honey may take the sting out of the NHS superbugs
by BEEZY MARSH, Daily Mail

07:35am 21st November 2002

Honey has the power to defeat the hospital superbugs which claim up to 5,000 lives a year, scientists have discovered.

Renowned for thousands of years for its medicinal properties, it is able to kill off mutant bacteria, including MRSA which has defeated all but the strongest antibiotics.

The latest discovery by researchers at the University of Wales in Cardiff comes at a time of growing scientific interest in the substance's healing properties.

Honey contains natural antibacterial agents which experts have discovered can prevent the growth of a number of hospital-acquired wound infections, even at very low concentrations.

Outbreaks of the infections cost the Health Service £1billion a year in extra treatment.

They kill 5,000 British hospital patients a year and are a factor in a further 15,000 deaths.

Honey was revered by the ancient Greeks and Egy... read more

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MRSA Spreading
Posted by Arrow
Last Reply August 27, 2007 at 23:07
Started July 3, 2007 at 15:46
New 'superbug' strain spreading in meat, warns study

By Ahmed ElAmin

25/06/2007- Retail meat from pigs, chickens and other livestock could be
infected with a "superbug" strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA), according to a UK study released today.

The prospect of MRSA in the food chain could spark off another consumer
reaction against meat products, already suffering from a bad perception due
to past outbreaks of bird flu, food-and-mouth disease and bovine spongiform
encephalopathy (BSE).

In the Netherlands, the MRSA strain has been found in 20 per cent of pork,
21 per cent of chicken and 3 per cent of beef on sale to the public, the
UK's Soil Association stated in the study.

'This new type of MRSA is spreading like wildfire across Europe, and we knowit is transferring from farm animals to humans - with serious health
impacts," said Richard Young, a policy adviser to the Soil Association.

The association warned that MRSA found in farm... read more

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MRSA pre heart surgery
Posted by Kate in Ireland
Last Reply August 25, 2007 at 17:55
Started August 23, 2007 at 23:19
Mum has spent 7 weeks in hospital. Picked up the MRSA bug during her stay. They released her from hospital 2 weeks ago, "to clear up the bug", before she is re-admitted for a tripple bypass. Just got the results of her first swab, positive in her nose, groin and underarm. Is she re-infecting herself? Are we re-infecting her. Very dispondent!
Please can anyone help

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Posted by ruth
Last Reply August 25, 2007 at 17:45
Started August 25, 2007 at 17:45
MRSA is staph in Mycoplasma. Google Dr. Garth Nicholsn

doxycyclene and rifampin - 1 year

lacto bacilus - for gut 1 year, in yogurt or pills russians did lots of research on this

chlorhexidine - topical wash for skin lesions

Violeta De Gencianan - makes lesions dry up scab over takes a few weeks

alkalinize body - 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 times a day - get ph test from health food store

alkaline diet - 40% vegs, 40% fruit, 20% meat and carbs, drink lots of green tea and herbal teas. No coffee, sugar, alcohol, chocolate

build immune system - vitamins - a, b, c, d, e. minerals - zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium, cesium. Omega fatty acid - fish oil, flax oil

exercise - to get oxygen in body

Callisto Pharmaceuticals development pipeline also includes a drug to treat inflammatory bowel disease, as well as a homeland defense initiative called the Superantigen Biodefense Project, which is exploring development of a drug and vaccine to protect against b... read more

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MRSA and Toddlers
Posted by Dagny
Last Reply August 23, 2007 at 20:13
Started August 23, 2007 at 07:03
I just found out my 22 month old daughter, Kayla, has MRSA. It seems that she has had it for quite some time. She developed a rash on her inner thigh that spread quite quickly in 4 days. I took her to the doctor and she did a culture. She gave me some antibiotic and said to call on Tuesday for results. I didn't because of losing her number and also the rash was gone by Monday. She had this same rash last year and it went away within a week with the same antibiotic.

I have no idea where she got it but me, my son, and my husband are not showing any symptoms. I am a bit freaked because of some of the stuff I have read if you have a huge infection.

Though how can MRSA affect a toddler? If she has had this for more than a year, could this be why I call her demon spawn? She screams A LOT, and is quite irritable since she was 9 months old (same time as last "outbreak").

I am supposed to go in tomorrow to get antibiotics and talk to the doctor about this. Anything I need to know ... read more

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UBI Treatment for Serious Infection
Posted by Arrow
Last Reply August 22, 2007 at 18:09
Started August 22, 2007 at 18:09
There are doctors around that do this but you will have to search. I have one just down the road from me.

Natural Medicine
The South African Journal of Natural Medicine

Dr Robert Odes
MB ChB (UCT), MBA (Wits) Member ACPE (USA)

The last two decades have seen an escalation of immune-related illnesses such as fibromyalgia (FM), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), allergic conditions and HIV/AIDS. This has led to a revival of interest among medical practitioners worldwide regarding the ability of ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI) in the treatment of such disorders.

UBI therapy involves extracting 100 ml of the patient’s blood, irradiating it with ultraviolet light, and then returning it to the patient’s body in a sterile, closed-loop system.

As a simple, non-toxic, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved procedure, UBI is ... read more

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My 14 year old son with MRSA in Vancouver
Posted by K
Last Reply August 22, 2007 at 13:34
Started August 12, 2007 at 19:17
Hey all, first of all I wanted to say thanks to those who post here. I have been reading for about a month while waiting for things to sort themselves out with my son. We live in Vancouver and in early May, my 14 year old son a few spider bites on his thigh, and continuted to get them for about two months before we saw the doctor. The final one was a huge boil. The doctor tested it and it came back as MRSA. We were told that he got it somewhere in the community (he is an active athlete) and that there is nothing that they can give him to get rid of the MRSA. They would only give him antibiotics if he was at risk of losing a limb. It is very frustrating to walk away from the doctor with nothing.

Having worked in and studied alternative medicine, I was very comfortable trying other healing methods. I have been giving him Maluka honey daily. Two weeks ago, he started to get another boil. I took him to my acupuncturist twice (which the doctor ok'd) and she also have him a herbal tea... read more

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Alternative Vs. Conventional Medicine
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply August 15, 2007 at 20:04
Started August 15, 2007 at 19:59
Why Don't Doctors (and other narrow minds) Get It?
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
with Laina Krisik

If you live in the United States and need medical care or treatment for a disease you can follow one of two paths to better health--conventional or alternative. In making this decision it is important to know the differences between the two practices.

A Comparison of Conventional to Alternative Medicine

Conventional (Disease-based Model)
-Offers the best medicine in surgeries or trauma care.
-Treatment of immune health-related conditions routinely consists of prescribing drugs or recommending medical procedures, which are often invasive.
-Targets treating symptoms, not the underlying causes.
-Treats the human body in parts, not as a whole.
-Medical schools are set up by organ specific departments that don't share any kind of relationship with one another.
-The shaping of conventional medical doctors is based upon using "rescue medicine," not finding treatment and prevention... read more

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2 yr old with MRSA 6 times
Posted by DJ
Last Reply August 13, 2007 at 14:04
Started January 7, 2007 at 10:49
I’m desperately seeking advice regarding treatment for MRSA in toddlers. My 2 1/2 yr old has had 6 puss-filled bumps diagnosed as MRSA over the last 1 ½ yrs. He was 9 mths old when we first noticed a bump on his leg. The pediatrician immediately had the abscess cultured and it was diagnosed as MRSA. He was treated with 2% Bactoban and oral antibiotics to treat the “super bug”. 3 months later we noticed a bump below his belly button. He was again treated with Bactorban and oral antibiotics. He continues to get puss-filled bumps around the lower part of his belly/upper part of his diaper approximately every 3 months. I’m very concerned – not only is he on antibiotics all the time but my poor little guy complains that it hurts.

My husband had one incident of MRSA 1 ½ yrs ago too, at about the same time as my son, but he has not had any other incidents. Our 6 yr has not showed any symptoms at all. Both kids are watched at our home and we do not have any indoor pets.
Has... read more

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Clinical / chlorophyll
Posted by Luna
Last Reply August 13, 2007 at 07:36
Started August 13, 2007 at 07:36
Carpenter. 1949. Clinical experiences with chlorophyll preparations

A clinical study using chlorophyll [wheatgrass, chlorella, spirilina] preparations to treat chronic osteomyelitis, osteomyelitis secondary to compound fractures and chronically infected wounds and ulcers. The study included many patients that had been resistant to other forms of therapy. The author considered chlorophyll preparations not necessarily a cure, but was interested to find ‘such rapid eradication of infection and healing of wounds’. Photos show epithelialization and healing of lesions, chronic ulcers and a ‘grossly infected amputation stump’. In many of the wound healing and ulcer cases there was no evidence of recurrence of infection or of breakdown at 18 months.

Smith & Livingston. 1943. Chlorophyll. An experimental study of its water soluble derivatives in wound healing

Wound healing involves an inflammatory (exudative) phase and a proliferative tissue growth and repair phase that presumably i... read more

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MRSA and Iraq
Posted by Amy
Last Reply August 13, 2007
Started August 21, 2006
I am a 33 y/o female in Washington state dealing with MRSA.
My fiance (healthy 34 y/o guy) developed mrsa while he was in Iraq. Nothing really popped up again until November of 2005. He was treated w/antibiotics and had the boil drained. In February of 2006 I developed a boil under my arm, had it drained and received antibiotics. Since then both of us have developed a boil at least once a month. Presently he has one in his groin area and I have one inside of my vagina. When the boils come to a head and start draining on their own, we have found that rinsing the area with Betadine helps speed up the healing process. But these things keep coming back!!! We are frustrated beyond belief that this disease does not seem to be going away. This is disgusting, painful and highly annoying. This disease does not care who you are, how healthy or clean you are, it will attack. Does anyone have any experiences dealing with this in Washington state? Or anyone in the military who has seen this in... read more

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MRSA in Vacouver Canada
Posted by Tara Day
Last Reply August 12, 2007 at 18:50
Started April 8, 2005 at 08:31
I'd like to check talk to some folks about MRSA in Vancouver. My sister died Mar 15 from Mrsa related pneumonia.

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Posted by MARY
Last Reply August 9, 2007 at 03:35
Started August 8, 2007 at 06:15

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Thrush in the mouth and tongue
Posted by Martha
Last Reply August 7, 2007 at 22:21
Started August 6, 2007 at 20:06
I have been dianosed with thrush in the mouth and tongue and have no sucessful antibiotics, would any MRSA treatments be of any use to me.

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Update on my hip surgery
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply August 3, 2007 at 13:48
Started July 21, 2007 at 16:23
On July 12, I had to have my hip replacement pulled and a spacer inserted in the bone. It was severely infected and full of puss.

I have been home since Monday, and I'm doing very well. I can walk with a walker,unassisted, and with the exception of actually carrying anything, can pretty much move independently. In fact, today my husband will pack up the wheelchair and we're off to Annapolis for lunch.

I am taking narcotics when I exercise and just before I go to sleep. Still I take fewer every day as I'm getting stronger.

I will see the surgeon on Thursday to have my staples removed. I have never seen so many. The incision line is about 8.5 inches long and it must have 200 staples. I know that's gonna hurt!

I have had no fever or chills. I think that the IV meds and the oral antibiotics have things pretty much under control.

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MRSA Treatment
Posted by Magnum
Last Reply August 3, 2007 at 12:48
Started June 19, 2007 at 02:42
Well, after all I've mentioned in my past and quite long account of my MRSA situation, as of this present day, I have a sense of regaining my breathing and other functions a bit. However, let's not break out the wine bottle just yet. I have also experienced bouts of the aforementioned illnesses sporadically, and I can't readily say I'm fully 'out of the water' just yet (by far).

Nonetheless, I'd like to mention what I believe, as an Associate in Science, and common sense minded individual, what may have helped me achieve recovery (or at least partial/ongoing recovery), as to possibly help my fellow brothers and sisters out there, suffering with this dreadful illness too.

In one all mighty word to sum it up: SUPPLEMENTS.

Which supplements? That is the question I'll try to address.
As mentioned, not being a DR, or that of one knowing your particular medical situation, it is proper to seek such professional advice before experimenting with anything that could possibly produ... read more

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Recent contraction
Posted by Tina-Illinois
Last Reply August 1, 2007 at 01:04
Started August 10, 2006 at 21:26
I was recently diagnosed with CA-MRSA. I have been on an emotional roller coaster since. I am as up and bubbly as I am down and crying. Not sure if this is just the results of dealing with the MRSA or if it is the levoquin I am on.
My family understands and being in the medical field for 20 years, I use extra precautions to keep the infection from spreading. I quit working in the field around a year and a half ago. So that is why the doctor said it is Community aquired. I know I have staph colonies, as I was exposed to it so much working as a CNA. I would like to know what others are doing to deal with the emotional roller coaster.

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Posted by Rebecca
Last Reply July 31, 2007 at 09:17
Started July 30, 2007 at 22:15
Thank You all so much, and I am so sorry to read of your encounters with this horrible infection. I can only thank god that for now my husband is ok, and that his prognosis is good. Right now we are still on the 32 day waiting period. They tell us we have to wait for 32 days after his treatment ended, to see if he is going to break out again or not, and I pray to god that he does not. It was hard nursing him the 1st time, not only on him, but on myself and our 4 children as well.
It's still really odd to us, my husband has never been a "sick" person, never had health problems till this, and whats worse he contacted it from an apparent bug bite, or thats what they told us.
I will keep each and everyone of you in my prayers, for I know how this is. All I can do is pray.
They have told me my husband will not return to work, have any of you had to experince that? And if so why wont they let him go back? They have given us no clear answers to that even tho we have both asked numerous ... read more

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