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by Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, BCIH
As I have scanned through the health headlines, once again the fears of bird flu and the role of antibiotic resistant super bugs resulting from over-use of antibiotics in swine top the list.
For openers let me say up front – yes I had vaccines growing up, so did my son – and we also had mumps and chicken pox, colds, sore throats and I can count on one hand how many times we have been on antibiotics during our lives. Today we opt-out of all the flue, pneumonia, shingles and HPV vaccines, but find it a good idea to have a tetanus shot. Everything does not have to be an “all or nothing” process. I am far more likely to get tetanus with my activities than I am HPV – I weigh the odds, as each of us should do.
A study conducted in Canada showed a marked increase in hospitalizations for pneumonia and flu following vaccination – the results were the same across the county and Health Canada stopped the administering of flu shots. Bottom line they saved money by not giving the shots and in hospital bills. There are as many of us who object to vaccines as those who insist they are a necessary to overall health.
So what is in these vaccines? A lot of stuff from heavy metals to placental tissue – if you have a problem with abortion take a look at what is in your syringe.
Now back to the piggys:
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is a particularly vicious staph infection that plagues hospitals, it may have gotten its obstinate resistance to antibiotics from the routine of giving of antibiotics to farm animals, according to a new study by researchers at Northern Arizona University. MRSA has become a major epidemic and more drug-resistant as it has spread. While most people normally have a bit of Staphylococcus bacteria on their skin, certain MRSA strains are lethal and difficult to treat when they get into the bloodstream.
According to the study, published by the American Society for Microbiology, the vicious new strains of MRSA did not develop in hospitals as previously thought; it appears the superbug started as a somewhat mild-mannered staph bacterium that jumped into the pig population. Later, when it eventually passed back to humans, it returned with a bad attitude and resistance to the major antibiotics generally used to treat staph infections. Researchers compared the genomes of humans, barnyard fowl and pigs from 19 countries to trace MRSA’s emergence, and the habit of giving livestock antibiotics as a matter of course has been credited with the development of this tenacious killer.
The big issue is that the common use of antibiotics in meat animals has killed off weaker versions of bacteria, while allowing stronger, antibiotic resistant strains to survive and reproduce additional difficult-to-kill offspring.
The CC398 strain of MRSA is in almost half of all the US food supply meat, according to the American Society for Microbiology. Most of the time the staph bacteria are killed when people cook their food well, but thoroughly washing counters and cutting boards after meat has touched them is a priority. According to the CDC, about 19,000 people died of MRSA infections in 2005. And 94,000 persons contracted their first serious MRSA infection that same year, 86 percent of which in healthcare facilities.
A 2010 CDC study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed health care facilities have been more successful in fighting MRSA since 2005. The number of invasive (life-threatening) MRSA infections declined 28 percent between 2005 and 2008, and rates of MRSA bloodstream infections fell almost 50 percent during the 10 years from 1997 to 2007.
At the same time, MRSA continues to be spread outside of health care facilities. Childcare workers and students who participate in wrestling are susceptible; locker rooms, shared yoga or workout mats have been tagged as spreading grounds for bacteria.
Re-enter Silver Nitrate (ionic silver protein)
I had the great opportunity to work with Larry Bogart, MD, several years ago; one of Dr. Bogart’s many life experiences was working in missionary hospitals in Africa. One day Dr. Bogart grumped in his quiet way about perpetual sinus issues – I suggested he use liquid silver, at first he resisted, then the light went on and he recounted how they used silver nitrate all the time in Africa for infections. It was effective, safe and affordable. Dr. Bogart left us in 2011 after beating all the odds with an incurable lung disease; he continued to use silver and Chinese herbs till almost the end.
By 1939, as penicillin and other antibiotic drugs began to replace silver colloids, the American Medical Association recognized at least 96 different proprietary silver-based products in clinical use at the time. Even today, silver sulfadiazine is considered by most medical experts to be the topical antiseptic of choice in patients undergoing radiation therapy or with extensive burns. Silver is known to inhibit the growth of nearly all pathogenic bacteria, fungi and viruses including those resistant to antibiotics.
The best source of liquid silver is NOT what you brew up in your kitchen with electrodes you buy from mail order or the internet. There are countless impurities in the rods and in your local water supply. If you are fighting MRSA, chronic sinus and lung infections, or countless other things please use products like VRP Silver Protein (vrp.com) or a compounding pharmacist as directed. Use antibiotics when necessary, wash your hands and by all means stay away from the pig pens.
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