Preparing for “Nightmare Bacteria”: Do We Need Alternatives to Common Antibiotic Treatments?

The Center for Disease Control has called them “Nightmare Bacteria”. Prepare for Them Now.

Do We Need Alternatives to Common Antibiotic Treatments?

In this article, we’ll cover several ways to help you and your family be better prepared for the ever-widening circle of medical challenges we face in our world today. The growing ineffectiveness of what we used to consider a great medical breakthrough is growing worse with each passing year.

Antibiotic resistance is becoming a crisis and according to many experts, the growing inability of antibiotics to effectively treat illnesses owing to antimicrobial resistance is one of medicine’s most significant challenges of the 21st century”.

man with hospital bracelet

I hope the beginning half of this article isn’t too technical to enjoy but I want to set the stage for the urgency to have a well-stocked and well-understood alternative plan of action to keep us more medically self-reliant.

Let me be the first to say that antibiotics have saved a great number lives and continue to do so, however it seems we have gone way too far and have allowed what should have been used sparingly to become the cure-all for every sniffle and cough. That mistake was huge and we are now paying the price and it is high.

To add to that excess, we expanded the use of antibiotics to our food supply.

Antibiotic Food and Water Contamination

According to an FDA report, “livestock consumes as much as 80% of all the antibiotics consumed in the USA. Because of this rampant overuse, we have seen the emergence of ‘superbugs’ which are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotic treatment”.

Also, according to a recent report, “resistance to antibiotics caused over 2 million illnesses leading directly to over 23,000 deaths in 2013 alone.” I marvel that we are not more outraged by that number. But I think and hope that the tide is turning towards less harmful, more effective modalities.

This bacterium can enter into the environment through animal feces and may spread to vegetable produce that is irrigated with contaminated water.

Many meat producers still sell their products after having used antibiotics on their animals. Fortunately, this practice is somewhat less common than a few years ago. Still, the label on animal feed oftentimes lists some form of antibiotic or “medicated” ingredient.

I know that for chick feed there is a non-medicated option which I always use and have had no problems in my flock…… other than raccoons and foxes!

We need to educate ourselves on good medical practices and how we can take more responsibility for our own health. And we don’t have to be a medical professional to do that.

woman books reading libraryThe rising appearance of superbugs is here because of the excessive use of antibiotics over many years. Now some doctors are changing their antibiotic prescribing protocols and are better able to work with their patients in alternative but scientifically proven ways.

One medical journal had this to say, “The number of effective antibiotics is decreasing, and therefore, constant effort is required for the identification of antimicrobial materials from natural products and traditional medicines.

A number of natural products have been confirmed as new antimicrobial drugs; however, there is still an urgent need to identify novel (new) substances active towards pathogens with a high resistance.

Barbour, E.K.; Al Sharif, M.;… Screening of select indigenous plants of Lebanon for antimicrobial activity. J. Etnopharmacol. 200493, 1–7.

Knowledge is Power

Gaining knowledge of how to fight this battle against the growing number of virulent flu bugs and bacterial superbugs is an important tool we can have in our medical arsenal.

Having that knowledge and putting it into practice increases our self-sufficiency, so then if we find ourselves without the option of functional healthcare or if we have a societal breakdown or any other situation which causes medical limitations we can still have the basic knowledge of our natural and effective options.

Even without a breakdown of standard care we can be effective healers using a broad range of options. I hope this will be the takeaway for all of us.

More than a few essential oils and foods are antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal and even some that have been proven to effectively combat MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) as well as about six other superbugs.

As more research is done, more natural solutions are being discovered! Sometimes the research is so current that it takes an effort to keep up with new developments and options. That’s a great “problem” to have!

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Staphylococcus Aureus under Magnification

Staphylococcus aureus was one of the earlier bacteria in which penicillin resistance was found—in 1947, just four years after the drug started being mass-produced. Bacterial strains are smart and can protect themselves from antibiotic invasion! MRSA was first detected in Britain in 1961, and is now quite common (and deadly) in hospitals.

Vaccine

There is a vaccine currently under development for the prevention of invasive Staphylococcus aureus disease. The study mentioned that it had an acceptable safety profile with no vaccine-related serious adverse events reported.

Designed to counter multiple bacterial virulence factors, it is intended to intercept S aureus at the early stages of invasive infection, before the development of biofilms or foci that may hinder immune intervention.

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted this vaccine a Fast Track designation with an expected completion date of November 2018. At this point, it will only be designated for patients having a specific spinal surgery.

Personally, I am always skeptical of new manmade vaccines. Science has proven that many of them just don’t work like the developers claim they will and are soon removed from the marketplace. We can’t lose sight that there are very natural interventions available right now.

vaccine needle

New Directions

Since about 2002, even though studies of natural products are usually hard pressed to find funding because those natural substances can’t be patented thus pharmaceutical companies can’t receive high profits, there have been new medical studies conducted by The National Institutes for Health and others, on many natural substances.

That in itself is a clue that the medical world may be changing. More researchers seem to finally be realizing that plants are our lifeline in dealing with disease, especially when it comes to super antibiotic drug resistance.

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The handwriting is on the wall and the medical research world knows it. The new direction is slow to be accepted in day to day medical practices but notice the increasingly expanding areas into a more natural, holistic approach to treating disease, as those alternative modalities, mentioned earlier, branch out and spread.

We can’t go on trying to find only manmade chemical solutions. While they might work temporarily, they may follow the same route that previous manmade drugs have taken and more than likely will end up digging the “Nightmare” hole deeper. Herbal antibiotics are now proven to be an effective defense against drug-resistant ‘superbugs’.

Researched Natural Remedies

Here are only a few of the examples of natural substances that have been researched, tested and found effective against antibiotic-resistant “Nightmare” organisms.

  • Garlic (Allicin)
  • Pomegranate rind extract
  • Organosulfur compound in Cruciferous vegetables i.e.: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts…
  • Juniper Berry extract
  • Guava leaf extract and bark
  • Manuka Honey
  • Clove extract
  • Cinnamon extract
  • Fennel oil extract
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Oregano Oil
  • Certain probiotic strains from breast milk
  • Cranberry
  • Grapefruit seeds
  • Curcumin from Turmeric
  • Of course, there are others which could be added to this list.

MRSA

MRSA very often does not respond to even the high powered “big gun” IV antibacterial drugs. It has become resistant to them. The HA MRSA (Hospital Acquired MRSA) infection may begin as a skin sore, pimple, or boil, before becoming serious, potentially harmful, and sometimes fatal.

Those people who are ill or immunocompromised have fewer defenses available to fight off a virulent bacterial attack and that is exactly what people who are hospitalized are: ill and vulnerable. Stay away from hospitals if at all possible.

doctor medicine

The number of drug resistant Superbugs keeps increasing and it is becoming extremely difficult for standard medical sources to be prepared with effective treatments for them. Hence, there is, of necessity, a move towards botanical, natural “non-pharmaceutical” solutions. It’s about time.

We must also become aware of the growing concern of CA MRSA. Community-Acquired MRSA has the same symptoms as mentioned above for HA MRSA.

The CDC says, “Anyone can get MRSA on their body from contact with an infected wound or by sharing personal items, such as towels or razors that have touched infected skin. MRSA infection risk can be increased when a person is in activities or places that involve crowding, skin-to-skin contact, and shared equipment or supplies.

Being out in public places increases the chance of getting Community Acquire MRSA. Wash your hands very well whenever you return home and always keep your hands out of your mouth and nose.

Nightmare Bacteria

According to Medical News Today, “Around one in three people carry staph in their nose, usually without any illness. Two in 100 people carry MRSA.” (Per CDC statistics)

  • “Germ-killing soaps and ointments used in intensive care units have been found to reduce MRSA cases”, but not to eliminate them altogether.” My suspicion is that some of them may also continue to perpetuate drug resistance.

We have overused antibiotics increasingly over the past 70 years and so have arrived at this critical and vulnerable place today where the collective gut microbiome is a mess which has caused countless health problems.

Of course, we have helped this process along by our dietary and lifestyle choices. But it is the vast overuse of antibiotics (Anti (against) and Biotic (life) = against life) that has created these superbugs in the first place.

The problems associated with overuse of antibiotics have been known for a long time but the can has been kicked down the road until now we are dealing with what the CDC has recently called Nightmare Bacteria”.

So What Can We Do?

We can increase our knowledge, thus increasing our ability to be more medically self-reliant and more informed even before we visit with medical professionals! (i.e.: antibiotics do not work against viruses but they have been given for that purpose much too often. Most ear infections will usually resolve on their own within 3 days.

If an antibiotic is given it still takes three days. Overprescribing is a major factor in creating bacterial resistance. Because giving antibiotics have used over a long period of time, bacteria have figure out a way to protect themselves against them.

This winter season, don’t allow your doctor to give you antibiotics for a known viral infection unless you understand why they have chosen to go that route. Do not fear to ask questions, a good answer may be forthcoming.Rest and drink plenty of fluids” is still a good recommendation for getting over the flu or a cold.

We can learn to ask questions including asking about alternatives. We can find healthcare professionals who are willing to consider alternative options. Your MD. may be willing.

There are more medical options available under terms such as functional medicine, alternative or complementary medicine. A naturopathic doctor (ND) or a naturopathic medical doctor (NMD) is a doctor who mostly treats a patient using natural methods or alternative medicines.

doctor talking

Communication is Critical

We have a wonderful MD. who listens, works with us and is open to something other than the usual way to see a medical challenge. As we all know it is important to have excellent two-way communication with healthcare professionals.

To help make a visit run more smoothly before you visit your doctor make a list of questions and concerns. This saves time and is a memory prompter. If you feel you are being rushed at your appointment, be honest and say so.

A True Story

Let me take a minute to tell a story that actually happened. Surgery patients used to be admitted to the hospital the day before the scheduled procedure. One of my duties as a registered nurse working in OR and PACU was to visit patients the evening before the scheduled procedure to go over any last minute concerns they may have and generally do a last check to make sure they were ready for surgery.

No matter how many patients were on the schedule and how rushed I may have felt, I tried to appear that I had all the time in the world. I found that if I sat down instead of standing over them it seemed to help them relax.

hospital food

One evening as I sat chatting with a patient about their surgical concerns there came the question I’ll never forget: “Will it make any difference that I have hemophilia?” I tried to stay calm but everything in me wanted to scream, “What? you didn’t tell this to your surgeon?” “Why isn’t this on your chart! How did this get missed ?” “Why wasn’t this information in your medical history”? “Didn’t your GP mention this to the surgeon?”

Hemophilia is a hereditary disease causing the sufferer to bleed severely from even a slight injury and this patient was set to have major surgery! Before I could ask for more information the patient continued, “My doctors are always rushing around and in a hurry to go to the next patient so I just didn’t want to be a bother and I don’t have a bad case anyway.”

Of course, I notified the surgeon and steps were taken but my big takeaway, seared into my brain early in my nursing career was: Be calm, listen and help the patient feel that you have all the time in the world. I learned to ask one last question before leaving the patient’s room. “Is there anything else we should know, anything at all?”

  1. If anything is a concern make sure your doctor is aware.
  2. Find a doctor who encourages two-way communication and is focused on your total care and will take the time that is needed to answer any and all questions. Communication is critical. It could save your life! This patient came very close to becoming a medical statistic!

Five Natural Substances that are Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal and/or Anti-Viral

Fortunately, there are ongoing clinical trials and studies comparing the effectiveness of herbal products to antibiotics. Here is one of many published short abstracts in case you are interested. Herbal Therapy Is Equivalent to Rifaximin for the Treatment of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth . Click here to read the full study or just read the brief conclusion.

woman doctor hospital

The study’s brief conclusion: “Herbal therapies are at least as effective as rifaximin for resolution of SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth) … Herbals also appear to be as effective as triple antibiotic therapy.” While this doesn’t apply to antibiotic resistance directly, it is a big step towards recognizing the efficacy of herbal treatments.

1. MELALEUCA (TEA TREE OIL)

Its properties are: Antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, and balsamic (a substance that can soften and reduce mucus), diaphoretic, expectorant, fungicidal, immunostimulant, parasiticide and vulnerary (used for treating scars)

Recent clinical studies indicate that tea tree oil can treat the skin infection caused by MRSA and six other drug resistant organisms!

tea tree flower
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Remember, you have that treatment as an option should you need it. TTO could have a clinical application in both hospital and community-acquired MRSA.

This is a huge deal. We all need to keep Tea Tree Oil on hand. For me, this is a medicinal must have. It packs a punch and is so multifaceted that it belongs in every home and medical kit, along with a printed list of ways to use it effectively. If we have it but don’t know how to use it correctly, what’s the point, right?

SAFETY DATA: Repeated use can result in contact sensitization in some people. But for the general population TTO can be used topically without dilution and without a problem. If this is the first use, make sure to do a skin patch test on a small area of skin before using it for clinical application.

For those who know they have sensitive skin a dilution of 1:1 TTO to carrier oil is a safety precaution. Keep this and all essential oils out of the eyes and nose and out of the reach of children.

How it Works Against Drug-Resistant Organisms: BIOFILM

One of the great things TTO has the ability to do is reduce or dissolve the biofilm that forms around bacteria which protects it from antibiotics. (This biofilm is a protective mechanism the bacteria use to become drug resistant).

Once the biofilm is destroyed by the essential oils the antibiotics are more able to enter the bad cell and destroy it and/or the essential oil can destroy the resistant bacteria as well. Several essential oils have this ability. A combination of geranium essential oil and tea tree oil was most active against the methicillin-sensitive S. aureus.

2. TURMERIC ROOT:

turmeric

Turmeric is in the green bowl. That’s ginger root in the white one.

Turmeric is a powerful spice that has been used in Asia for thousands of years both as a culinary spice and as a medicinal agent. It has broad-spectrum anti-microbial activity and prohibits the growth of many drug-resistant “Nightmare” bacteria as well as viruses, fungi and parasites.

If one is looking for an agent against Staphylococcus aureus, E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Bacillus species, Helicobacter pylori and other aggressive antibiotic-resistant bacteria, active curcumin from turmeric is effective.

It also has strong anti-fungal properties against the fungi responsible for Candida. Curcumin exerts anti-viral activity against many viruses including influenza, human papilloma virus and HIV. It’s also effective against hepatitis B and C. That is amazing to me and it is natural and without the extensive side effects of antibiotics and the list of other drugs it is able to replace.

turmeric powder

In a recent study researchers found “Curcumin can Reverse Methicillin Resistance in Staphylococcus aureus,” Curcumin was shown to possess superior potency to resensitize methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to antibiotics.” This is so powerful but so easy to use!

A few ways to use Turmeric/Curcumin in your diet

Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and responsible for its bright color. But more importantly it is responsible for antioxident and anti-inflammatory effects. Curcumin is probably the most powerful and broadly effective herbal in the world and has extensive scientific research to back that up.

TURMERIC TEA:

turmeric-tea

I enjoy turmeric tea with added ginger root, honey and milk. The milk makes this drink appear to be less vibrant in color.

TURMERIC TEA RECIPE:

  • 4 cups of pure water (Some people boil the water but I only allow mine to get to an easy simmer because the high heat may kill the health benefits that I want to keep. I’ll do it this way until I know for sure that high heat (boiling) won’t destroy the healthful effects. There is still ongoing debate about this point.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of peeled and grated turmeric root. Organic, non-irradiated is best if you can find it. There is an Asian grocery here that carries the root.
  • Both turmeric and ginger root can be peeled easily with the side of a spoon.
  • Add about 1 teaspoon grated or sliced ginger root (optional)
  • Add a few turns of the peppermill or 4-6 peppercorns which contain piperine, a compound in pepper that increases absorption of curcumin. (optional)
  • Turn off heat and allow to sit about 15 minutes.
  • Strain the tea into a glass container such as a Mason jar.
  • Honey to sweeten and to give the mixture more anti-microbial properties.
  • To make the turmeric even more absorbable add a fat like whole milk, cream, a teaspoon of coconut oil or butter.
  • The zest of a lemon or some fresh lemon juice may be added to taste. (optional) Enjoy!

SO MANY USES FOR TURMERIC!

Turmeric capsules are available in health food shops or you can make them yourself. (Wear surgical gloves because of turmeric stains) but you need the real stuff, not the spice that is in the grocery store. Put a teaspoon of turmeric powder into rice cooking water to add a beautiful yellow color when the rice is done. Or you can learn how to add it to practically every food you prepare!

Use it in soups, stews, casseroles, chicken salad, mac and cheese, (even the boxed variety) smoothies (just add 1” of the peeled root or some pure powder), frittatas, quiche, scrambled eggs, dips, pancakes, cookies, cakes, marinades, mashed sweet potatoes.

Intensify the flavor and color of pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin pie. Just add a teaspoonful of freshly grated turmeric root to the batter and bake as directed. Use your imagination, experiment. Start with a small ½ -1 teaspoon at first, gradually moving up till you reach 2 teaspoons or whatever your family will tolerate.

When you do this you are boosting your family’s glutathione production, controlling inflammation, increasing immunity, and adding strong anti-cancer properties to their diet: quick, inexpensive, easy, safe, and effective!

3. THYME ESSENTIAL OIL:  Labiatae (Mint)

PROPERTIES : Highly antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antiviral, antiseptic.

USES: Asthma, bacterial infections, MRSA, parasites, psoriasis, tuberculosis, fungal infections, fatigue, common cold, bronchitis, blood clots, fragile hair, eczema, stings and bites, vaginal candida, uplifting and helps to relieve depression… and more.

SAFETY DATA :

  • May be somewhat irritating to mucous membranes and skin.
  • Do not use for children under 6 years of age.
  • Thyme should be avoided during pregnancy.
  • Use with caution when dealing with blood pressure or thyroid issues.

Oral Use as Dietary Supplement:

Thyme oil is GRAS, Generally Recognized As Safe by the FDA for human consumption. However, more dilution may be needed due to the potential for irritating mucous membranes. Not for children under 6 years old. Use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 and over.

Note: Although the FDA has given the label, “Generally recognized as safe for human consumption” to various essential oils you must be careful to use only excellent quality oils, that have been third party tested for this purpose and use in the manner, dilution and amount instructed.

Common Application Methods:

  • Dilute 1:4 drops of EO to at least 4 drops of carrier oil.
  • Heavily dilute for children and for those with sensitive skin.
  • Then apply directly on the area of concern or to reflex points on feet.
  • Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. Can be diffused while sleeping. Diffusers can be purchased online for as little as $15 – $20. We have four in our home.
  • Use as a flavoring in food
  • Can be applied to MRSA skin eruptions and applied to reflex points. Alternative healthcare professional should also know how to use thyme oil in reference to MRSA. Can be taken 1 drop in a capsule…by mouth with a little food or milk…per FDA. GRAS.
  • Dilute 1 drop oil in 2 tsp honey and swallow or in 8 oz. of rice, almond or coconut milk or cow’s milk.

The Big Gun Oils Against Nightmare Bacteria

I am very impressed with Thyme essential oil. It is yet another “Big Gun” against bacterial biofilm. Scientific studies have shown that Thyme oil can destroy biofilm in as little as 5 minutes! That’s a big deal when the biofilm formation is what makes antibiotics ineffective and so creates antibiotic resistance.

Tea Tree and Thyme essential oils both remove the strong biofilm in short order. Standard medical practices have nothing even approaching the efficacy of these two essential oils. Oregano, Cassia, Peru Balsam and Carvacrol have the same ability. There are other essential oils that have a high biofilm-eradicating effect on Nightmare Bacteria.

  • These are other essential oils that are effective against some antibiotic-resistant bacteria:
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Geranium
  • Lavender

4. MANUKA HONEY:

According to Therapeutic Manuka Honey: No Longer So Alternative, “The current and growing crisis of antibiotic resistance has revived interest in the use of honey, both as an effective agent in its own right and as a therapeutic lead to develop new methods of treatment.

honey

In this paper, they review manuka honey research, from observational studies on its antimicrobial effects through to current experimental work that aims to take honey into mainstream medicine.”

What’s so special about Manuka honey?

Manuka honey is harvested in both New Zealand and Australia and comes from the nectar of a flowering plant that is in the tea tree and myrtle families. The average price is about $3o.oo for 8.75 oz.

Scientists believe the bioactive properties support and boost the body’s own immune system, and result in benefits ranging from fighting off the common cold, to wound care treatment for antibiotic-resistant skin infections.

The honey has been said to help relieve digestive ailments, including acid reflux and fungal infections. It has been shown to help alleviate upper respiratory issues, like sinusitis, allergies, and sore throats, in addition to boosting the immune system. Like all honey, it has  infection fighting ability.

Honey has medicinal properties but Manuka honey has attracted considerable attention over the past few years because of its successful use against multi-antibiotic resistant bacteria. It is unknown at this point which components are responsible for its benefits but research is continuing to identify what makes it work. It has been most successful against wounds.

How to Use Honey Medicinally

For open or infectious wounds, MRSA infected wounds, wounds that just won’t heal, old wounds, amputation stump wounds, chronic wounds, post-operative wounds and scars, apply Active Manuka Honey to a sterile gauze. Then apply gauze with the honey to the wound. Change honey dressing every 24 hours.

Since honey does not “go bad” it may be an advantage to purchasing a jar of the Manuka medicinal honey to put back until a time of need, either medicinally or for food. Store away from sunlight and extreme temperatures.

honey in jar

Be prepared to pay a premium price although I have seen it online for about $15 for 8.50 oz. and as high as $45.00 / 8 oz. so if you are interested in this healing honey, take the time to compare prices. I have never tried it but I’ve heard that it has an initial sharp taste with a sweet taste afterward.

After doing a little research I found that there is a dispute about who has the “real” manuka honey. Is it New Zealand or Australia? It seems that New Zealand has an abundance of flowering Manuka trees and they are indigenous to that country. The beekeepers there scrupulously test their product for the specific properties of that tree.

Australia has a much smaller number of these trees that give Manuka honey its desired health-promoting qualities. The squabble continues and there is a lot of profit at stake. There is also a lot of “hype” about this honey coming from the honey producers themselves. So I will watch this product carefully to see if more scientific studies will add more evidence that Manuka is more beneficial than any other natural honey product.

Either way, look for the following to avoid getting a counterfeit product:

  1. New Zealand– Manuka Honey should be labeled with the actual MG test results (in mg/kg),
  2. Australia– Manuka Honey should be labeled with a rating on the UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) scale.

5. CARDAMOM ESSENTIAL OIL:

This is from the ginger family. You may recognize cardamom as more of a kitchen spice or flavoring used in food or beverages. But it has many more properties that are helpful to either keep you well or get you through the cold and flu season breathing

Properties: Antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, decongestant, expectorant, stomachic, and tonic.

cardamom

An important note about cardamom: The main reason I chose to include cardamom is that it is usually gentler and safer for children than other oils for the purpose of antibacterial activity. Because many digestive or respiratory oils, such as Eucalyptus or Peppermint are often to be avoided with younger children, it can be hard to find suitable solutions.

But cardamom can actually be a great substitute for many digestive and respiratory needs. Diffusing this in a child’s bedroom at night is protective against microbes. It is GRAS (generally regarded as safe – for human consumption) by the FDA. It is effective against MRSA.

Benefits:

  • Promotes clear breathing and respiratory health.

Cardamom can be diffused into the air while a child is sleeping. Add a couple of drops of cardamom to ½ teaspoon of coconut or olive oil and rub on soles of child’s feet for cold or flu symptoms at bedtime. It can be inhaled directly from the bottle.

  • Research has shown that cardamom has powerful antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis spores when compared to 12 other essential oils. It was found to “inhibit growth of all the tested bacteria,including  coliStaph. Aureus, and Listeria.  That’s a big deal since any of these left untreated could be fatal especially to the very young, immunocompromised or elderly!
  • Calms stomach upset and indigestion and uplifts mood. Maintains an optimal gastrointestinal balance. Cardamom can be mixed with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil and rubbed on the abdomen to lessen stomach upset.
  • One drop may be placed under the tongue. (GRAS by FDA) Not for children under 6 years.
  • Putting 2 drops on the bottom of the feet every 2 hours is helpful.
  • Cardamom, 1-2 drops, emulsified with a drop or two of aloe vera in ½ cup of water makes an effective antibacterial mouth rinse. I keep a small collection of oils in my bathroom for various medicinal uses.

Final Reflections

Keep in mind as mentioned earlier, antibiotic resistance is not rapidly becoming a crisis, it already is one. According to many experts, the growing inability of antibiotics to effectively treat illnesses owing to antimicrobial resistance is now one of medicine’s most significant challenges.

With some of these Nightmare Bacteria, we’ve already reached “critical mass” and there are no more antibiotic options available. With that in mind, learning about specific alternative options and how to use them is not to be procrastinated if you and your family want to be as prepared and protected as possible for this life-threatening assault.

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Traditional medicine realizes the problem but as yet has not gotten the Nightmare bacteria under control. I hope you have come away knowing that there are viable effective options that are available to you.

If you have had an experience with antibiotic resistance and would like to share it, just leave a comment. If this article has encouraged you to become more medically prepared, what are your plans to do that? As always, sharing with one another helps all of us to learn to be better prepared.

Blessings, Donna


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  1. Really great article. I learned several things I didn’t already know,such as manuka honey and cardamom EO. Especially like that this article is instructive pertaining to a current crisis. Not that I’m happy there is any type of crisis going on. It’s just that being able to use information and see results in the present just feels more exciting.

  2. Very helpful article! I had heard of the antibacterial properties of Tea Tree oil and Thyme essential oil but did not realize that Geranium and Cardamom essential oils also had such properties. Thank you for explaining why Manuka Honey is so useful for wound care – and how we can tell real Manuka Honey from a counterfeit product. Since it is quite expensive to purchase, it’s good to be able to be certain we’re getting the real thing!

  3. Thank you for sharing your thoughts Karen. It’s good to have feedback from you. As you can probably tell from my articles my emphasis is often on medical preparedness and foraging for food/ medicinal plants. Like you, I want to be aware of things we can do now to take care of current concerns and things that are obviously near. If we just complacently drift along we may suddenly wake up and find preparation is no longer an option. I have another article in the works about vitamin D3 that fits these same, “we need this now” idea. I’m so happy that you found the article helpful.

  4. Powerful article! So many things to add to an arsenal of self-reliance! Loved all the details! Looking forward to more articles!

  5. Informative and well researched article. These are things we need to be aware of and prepared for.
    Should I drink milk from a cow that had antibiotics I break out in an itch all over my body. Thanks, Docs of the 60’s!

  6. Zabeth, It’s amazing how many essential oils have antibacterial properties. I find it interesting that so many EO’s are being scientifically studied now. The results bear out that “Nature’s Pharmacy” has much to offer. Our ancestors knew this, other cultures know this. I am glad that it is being rediscovered and increasingly accepted as positive studies mount up. Thank you so much for taking your time to comment!

  7. What a helpful comment Peggy! Sometimes, as I write these articles, I think they many be too detailed but BDS readers are not blind followers, they are thinkers. That is why I include at least some details and studies to back up the content.

  8. Dear Judi,
    Milk and other allergies are rampant in the US. There was a 2013 study published in JAMA saying that more people in the US get more allergies than in other countries and that when someone moves to the US their chances of developing allergies increases. Just think about the monetary toll ($25 billion a year)….not to mention all that pain and suffering. Sadly more children are affected yearly and some die as a result.
    I am sorry that you experience the all over itching and discomfort from antibiotics in milk! Add that to all of the other increasing allergens we are exposed to. Another reason to be glad that there are alternatives to standard antibiotics. Let’s hope that industry and farming would see the light and use some of the natural options already available….but I won’t hold my breath! Thanks for adding your first-hand perspective Judi.

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