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Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Started by sleepless2
Posted: December 23, 2016 at 06:58
Hi, are any of you located in The Portland, Oregon area?
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #1 by Bob Anderson
Posted: December 28, 2016 at 23:24
Sleepless2 -

I'm nowhere near Portland; in fact' I'm in west central Texas but I'll talk with you and my garlic water baths work just as well in Portland as anywhere else. If you wonder what I'm talking about, go back a page to the topics page and search for garlic and garlic water posts and be surprised what garlic can dowhen used directly against MRSA.



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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #2 by Sleepless2
Posted: December 29, 2016 at 05:40
I didn't know you were in Texas, Bob, but I do know of your garlic baths and water. Very soothing and truly worth it. On occasion, I've heard that some crazy strains can be resistant to garlic. It's rare, but I've heard of it. Not entirely sure if this is the case with me. I've taken garlic baths and also consume non irradiated garlic in many things. In fact, I've just made me an echinacea tea with tumeric, garlic powder and black pepper (the black pepper helps deliver tumeric's active properties to immune receptors--as an antiinfammatory).

Re: Portland, I was interested to know if anybody lives in that area. Oregon and Washington state are allowed the use of phage therapy. There are a few doctors that administer bacteriophage therapy...
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #3 by Jackie
Posted: October 2, 2018 at 16:08
Sleepless2,can anyone receive this there
or are there exclusions? Have you done
this or know who to contact?
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #4 by HR Pufnblunts
Posted: October 2, 2018 at 16:54
Sleepless: I am curious how your infections
present. Do they have pus underneath the top
layer of skin or are they dry and effect hair
follicles that create round craters?
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #5 by Jackie
Posted: October 3, 2018 at 14:03
HR Pufnblunts, how do your infections
present themselves? Are you still
suffering from it? Do you have any other
skin conditions or health issues? It seems
like those who did may continue to deal
with it, but it seems some people that
don't have other issues do as Well maybe.
I'm just trying to understand if MRSA
continues to be an issue for people
without other skin or health conditions.
In reading about MRSA, they say it's not
different than MSSA, only that it's
resistant to more antibiotics, but I think
there is more to it than that, there seems
to be other tactics this bug possesses.
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #6 by Jackie
Posted: October 3, 2018 at 14:08
Why isn't more being done about MRSA?
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #7 by Jackie
Posted: October 3, 2018 at 14:13
Until someone is affected by MRSA, they
don't even know these forums exist. Why is
this forum coming to a close soon anyways?
I can't help but wonder why.
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #8 by HR Pufnblunts
Posted: October 3, 2018 at 17:52
To: Jackie

I go by HR and also use another name (Man_Nuka15) in the past for replies. I get bored with my user name from time to time on forums and switch it up a bit.Anyway, a brief history: I am 52, male, work in the medical field in an ER department. My first ever outbreak (though may have harbored MRSA bacteria in my nose or skin for years?) was seven months ago. Started it out as a small pimple which I foolishly popped and ended in a carbuncle that was lanced, drained, and cultured. In the conversation I had at the time with the PA (co-worker) who did the I & D she said can't say for for sure antibiotics (Bacterim cultured non-resistant)will eradicate it. I asked her about use of chlorhexidine body washes and muprocin for nasal hairs and she said they haven't recommended them to patients because decolonizing attempts for otherwise healthy people doesn't eradicate MRSA internally and is easily contactable again causing recolonization.

From March (initial outbreak) through August my outbreaks were tiny pimples near a hair follicle or an inflamed hair follicle, no underlying pus and both types of infections went away within a few days with use of salycidic acid pads or benzoyl peroxide. Neither type needed a cut in the skin to appear..they broke through the skin on their own. Very soon after the initial outbreak I joined this site and researched (still do) on how to treat and possibly eradicate MRSA. I decided very early on after using bacterim during the healing phase post lance and drain of initial outbreak to go a natural route. It seemed clear through many posts here and other forums that antibiotics do not solve the problem and seem to prolong it by damaging healthy intestinal flora.

So, from late March until September I ingested good-quality supplements: Turmeric extract, Oregano oil + coconut oil, Olive leaf extract, Vitamin C, Low dose Zinc, Fish oil and multivitamin. I've tried a few others such as grapeseed oil, cordyceps (mushrooms) extract capsules. They seem to help keep my infections minimal until last month. My past two infections have been inflamed hair follicles that were bigger and harder to treat than the previous ones. They did not have any underlying pus but they both turned into a dime sized, circular and crater like appearance with raised, thick border and concave center. There was a thin, yellowish core with a black hair showing inside.I first treated them with the acne pads but the had little effect. I next tried crushed non-irradiated garlic (allicin) for a few days and that surprisingly had little effect and seem to inflame them some. Lastly I tried Zane Hella's oregano oil and that worked but also caused minor burning of the skin because (intentionally) I didn't combine it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil. I will most likely have scarring but should be minimal and most likely take a year to quit discoloring the skin and lighten in appearance.

(continued)


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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #9 by HR Pufnblunts
Posted: October 3, 2018 at 18:45
(continued)

Last month I tried the herbal folk remedy of crushed garlic baths Bob Anderson discusses. I took daily crushed, non-irradiated romanian red garlic baths once a day for twenty-four days. The last one I took was about five days ago. Unfortunately, another outbreak occurred on my left shin on the twenty-third day of the baths. To clarify, before starting garlic baths I fully understood that there is no guarantee of their effectiveness and that here are no FDA studies, trials or specific regimen to follow based on studies and trials.
I went in hoping garlic baths would work for whichever type of MRSA strain that I have but, also knowing that if they didn't work I will keep trying other methods. What I did experience during the first twenty two days of garlic baths was increased energy, no breakouts and a calmness I haven't enjoyed in a while. Regardless of this new outbreak on my shin I do believe the garlic baths had some positive effects and I do intend to start another round of them in the near future..waiting to see if their is delayed positive effects.

Bob recently discussed with me the benefits of another option involving the use of garlic macerate oil. I intend, at my own discretion and personal choice for my health decisions, to make my own garlic macerate oil, allow it to cool and apply it on my skin to see if it may have a positive effect.

There's options of using ingested, topical and diffused essential oils discussed by authors or advocates but I'm leery going that route as the essential oil market seems sketchy concerning standards, consistency and quality. While the supplements I mentioned previously seemed to help reduce outbreaks I don't feel they will eradicate whichever type stain of MRSA I have. Additionally, I eat many prebiotics and probiotics to help my populate my intestines with good flora and hopefully bolster my immune system.

Yesterday I discovered a pimple/ingrown hair on my chest though it doesn't seem to be as aggressive as the prior two outbreaks. Sorry for the long post and hope it helps or answers your questions.
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #10 by Jackie
Posted: October 3, 2018 at 20:56
HR- thank you for replying. It seems like
your healthcare exposure as come at a
price, though MRSA is in the community
too. Out of curiosity, do you have any
other skin conditions or health issues
that make you more susceptible to
infection?
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #11 by Jackie
Posted: October 3, 2018 at 21:23
HR- "Neither type needed a cut in the skin
to appear," this observation alone
conflicts with the information some people
are given regarding MRSA infection. Thank
you for bringing up the point that it can
occur in the absence of broken skin.
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #12 by Jackie
Posted: October 3, 2018 at 21:33
Sir Alexander Fleming seemed to fear this
by saying, "The thoughtless person playing
with penicillin treatment is morally
responsible for the death of the man who
succumbs to infection with the penicillin-
resistant organism."
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #13 by HR Pufnblunts
Posted: October 4, 2018 at 06:10
To Jackie:

I do not have an autoimmune disease or underlying condition other than I had two non-resistant staph infections as a teenager. My father occasionally had non-resistant staph infections as well on his legs. I have read and was told by a dermatologist that studies have shown that some people are predisposed to staph bacteria via their DNA.

There are strains of MRSA that do not need an entry point through the skin to cause infections. According to this at the time of writing there are 17 strains: http://www.uft.org/our-rights/mrsa-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus

I am visiting my primary physician this coming Monday to find out about vitamin and mineral deficiency testing in the chance that a deficiency could be part of the issue causing lesions.
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #14 by Jackie
Posted: October 4, 2018 at 16:08
HR, do you think genetic testing might
offer answers?
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #15 by HR Pufnblunts
Posted: October 4, 2018 at 18:19
To Jackie:

Possibly. Here's a related link: https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/science/16staph.html
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Re: Anyone in the Portland, Oregon area?
Reply #16 by Jackie
Posted: October 4, 2018 at 22:35
HR- Maybe one day they can target our
genetic susceptibility.
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