Friday, May 2, 2008

Not so Pretty

Sorry I missed wishing you all a happy May Day yesterday but I was running out the door, with a quick stop to greet Gordie (sans the Girl) to jump in my truck for the long drive to NJ to hear herb mentor, David Winston. No lolly-gagging around in my robe and camera yesterday morning! Even pumping $66 worth of fuel into my gas hog couldn't keep me from attending this timely seminar on "Treatment of Bacterial Multiple Drug Resistance with Botanical Therapies". Not a pretty picture but who hasn't heard frightening tales of the dreaded MRSA bug on the news? Being a hockey mom who knows other hockey, football and kids-in-sports moms, I hear the locker room stories and they are hitting very close to home. A family member in a prominent hospital ICU has contracted fact, all the patients in the ICU have MRSA infections. The Avian flu, you say?? Hmmph, in 2005 (count back 3 years so this is OLD info) the CDC reported approximately 94,000 serious MRSA infections (in the US alone) and nearly 20,000 of those people died due to the infection. That doesn't include deaths due to drug resistant E. coli, Salmonella, Strep, Pseudomonas, etc.... I don't know about you, but I need to know that there is some kind of backup to the antibiotics. The super bugs are winning the war. I want to be educated about choices and think about my arsenal. Apparently there are quite a few herbs that help to enhance the efficacy of the antibiotics (good news) but still others that have proven effective to kill bad bacteria in-vitro (can you say petri dish) which means it is possible to treat these things topically with marked success. David believes the secret to regaining some control in the war is to treat the small skin infections topically early with strong anti-bacterial herbs first, before the infection grows and becomes systemic and, perhaps antibiotic resistant. Put the hand sanitizers away...boycott them, in fact, for they are a part of the problem. Good soap and hot water. It is plenty effective. Some surprises about some of the herbs that killed MRSA in-vitro : Catnip, French Green Clay, Eucalyptus, Manuka Honey,Oak Bark (killed 35 strains of MRSA!) Tea Tree Oil, St John's wort, White Sage from California (Salvia apiana) Witch Hazel leaf/bark and Tumeric...and these are just a few of the common herbs that we are already familiar with. I'm gonna do some brainstorming here, perhaps reformulate my Wound Wash slightly.....for you, it's easy enough to make a good vinegar or witch hazel infusion of one or several of these herbs. Label it and stick it in the back of your cupboard. You just never know when it could come in handy.

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