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MRSA the deadly superbug

MRSA Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus  the deadly superbug - Scanning electron micrograph of a human neutrophil ingesting MRSA

MRSA the deadly superbug

I recently watched a very informative Dr Oz show when he addressed the alarming details about MRSA. In case you don’t know, MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. What is it? It’s an infection that is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics that are generally used to treat ordinary staph infections. Yes, it’s now resistant to methicillin, amoxicillin, penicillin, oxacillin, and many other antibiotics.

We used to think that most MRSA infections occurred mainly in people who’ve been in hospitals or other health care settings, like nursing homes as well as dialysis centers. It’s known as health care-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). The infections are common among people who have weak immune systems. Infections can appear around surgical wounds or invasive devices, like catheters or implanted feeding tubes.

Now, another type of MRSA infection has cropped up in the wider community, actually among healthy people. This form is called community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA). It often starts as a painful skin boil. This can progress in to an abscess. And then it can spread by skin to skin contact, where it colonizes and stay there for months on end.

More and more CA-MRSA infections are being seen in the general community, especially in certain geographic regions. Skin infections have been found in certain populations that share close quarters or have more skin-to-skin contact, like team athletes, military personnel, and even prison inmates. Dr Oz mentioned how easily MRSA can be spread, even from the touch of a door knob.

Interesting, too, is that CA-MRSA is infecting much younger people. In a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, the average age of people with MRSA in a hospital or health care facility was 68 whereas the average age of a person with CA-MRSA was only 23.

He says that these superbugs that are resistant to antibiotic use are here to stay. He does have a few recommendations. He suggests that you cover all wounds, especially open wounds, instead of leaving them open to air, as we used to do, thinking that was the ideal way to help healing. He warns against sharing any personal products, particularly towels. Disinfecting with bleach is another of his suggestions as well as taking 20-30 seconds to wash your hands.

What impressed me the most of what Dr Oz said was that if your physician prescribes antibiotics for you, ask him/her why. In other words, he’s recommending that you don’t take antibiotics unless you really, really need them. Antibiotics are often used too often for things they can’t treat — like colds, flu or other viral infections — not only are they of no benefit, they become less effective against the bacteria they’re intended to treat.

He also warns against not finishing a course of antibiotics when you do need to take them. For instance, if you take an antibiotic for only a few days, instead of the full course, what happens is that the antibiotic may wipe out some, but not all of the bacteria. The surviving bacteria then become more resistant and can be spread to other people. When bacteria become resistant to first line treatments, the risk of complications is increased.

Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D.

Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D.

For me, the most reassuring aspect in dealing with such a deadly superbug is knowing that there is one probiotic that I can rely on, Dr Ohhira’s Probiotic Formula. There are loads of clincial trials to show how effective they are in treating MRSA related conditions. It is a unique type of probiotic because the formula is based on traditional Asian fermentation processes and contains both live probiotics (12 Probiotic Strains) as well as their prebiotic food supply. Dr Ohhira’s probiotics come in 2 different strengths. The Professional Formula has been fermented for 5 years, while the Original Formula has been fermented for 3 years.

One of the strains is called Enterococcus faecalis TH-10. This is Dr. Ohhira’s proprietary strain which is 6.25 X stronger than any other lactic acid bacteria (LAB) known to bacteriologists. The proteolytic power of the TH-10 strain is what makes it different from other Lactic Acid Bacteria . Proteolytic power is the ability of lactic acid bacteria to digest protein during the fermentation process. The greater its ability to digest protein, the greater the power of the lactic acid bacteria.

I have been recommending both these formulas for many years now as I see excellent outcomes, both for acute and chronic conditions. In fact, I had a patient not so long ago who had visible, fungal pustules on her tonsils that she could not get rid of after many months of trying many different types of treatments. I had her start chewing on the Professional black caplets every few hours and guess what? within 3 days, the pustules were completely gone, pain dissipated and did not return.

I love the fact that they are completely vegetarian, no dairy what so ever, and may be used for any age group, from infants to seniors alike. They don’t need to be refrigerated and they come in very convenient blister packs that are easy to use.

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Dr. Pamela Nathan DHM August 6, 2014