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Medieval ”science’’ dumbfounds researchers, cures contagious MRSA superbug

April 15th, 2015
MRSA natural cure

Antibiotic resistant superbugs are becoming more and more prevalent all over the world. This happens when bacteria mutate in such a way that they are able to survive antibiotic treatments.  These “immune” bacteria continue to multiply, deeming the antibiotics completely ineffective in killing the bacterial infection in many cases. These superbugs infect over 2 million people in the US resulting in over 20,000 deaths every year.  MRSA (or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) is one of these dangerous superbugs; it causes many illnesses ranging from skin and wound infections to pneumonia and serious bloodstream infections.

The creation of new antibiotics to combat MRSA and other resistant bacterial strains are few and far between, increasing the need for new treatments for such infectious diseases. Recently, a group of scientists from the University of Nottingham decided to take an alternate approach and look back to ancient, natural medicinal remedies. They re-discovered a 1,000 year-old Anglo-Saxon recipe for an “eye-salve” from Bald’s Leechbook, which is considered to be one of the earliest known medical textbooks. The concoction was able to almost completely wipe out large populations of MRSA in culture dishes; up to 90% of the bacteria was destroyed. Collaborators at Texas Tech University tested the “eye-salve” on mice that had MRSA and found that it was actually better than current antibiotics in treating the infection. They were all completely amazed!

So what was in this magic recipe? A bunch of food and cow parts, that’s what!  Yup, the remedy called for a combination of garlic, onion or leek, wine and cow bile (the liquidity goodness inside a cow’s intestines that helps it digest fats).  The recipe required the mixture to be incubated for 9 days before use. It seems that the combination of the ingredients and the incubation time was essential, as the mixture was much more effective than any of its individual parts. Dr. Freya Harrison, a microbiologist who led the research at the School of Life Sciences told the university in a press release that she thought the mixture “might show a small amount of antibiotic activity, because each of the ingredients has been shown by other researchers to have some effect on bacteria in the lab… But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was.”

Dr. Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert who translated the recipe for the study, said that there are several other medieval books that seem to have treatments for bacterial infections, as well. This is very promising work and exemplifies the power of real, whole food and its medicinal properties.  We’ve already discussed the powerful properties of certain herbs such as oregano oil and turmeric.  Maybe this will spark a new era of medicine that looks to ancient natural remedies as potential cures for current diseases.

Written by Michelle S DiNicolas PhD

**Here’s more information on the power of food to improve your health.

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Medieval ”science’’ dumbfounds researchers, cures contagious MRSA superbug
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Medieval ”science’’ dumbfounds researchers, cures contagious MRSA superbug
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These superbugs infect over 2 million people in the US resulting in over 20,000 deaths every year. MRSA (or methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) is one of these dangerous superbugs; it causes many illnesses ranging from skin and wound infections to pneumonia and serious bloodstream infections.
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4 Responses

  1. liz evans says:

    Been on the paleo 30 day challenge for 3 days. I know the first 3 days with any change is hard, this was a lot easier than I thought, have not felt hungry. Just have not been able to give up that morning coffee with 2 TBLS. half n half.
    Tried almond milk, coconut milk, butter. Nothing has worked.
    Everything else, so far-so good.
    Thanks
    Liz

    • brenda.walding says:

      Keep it up Liz! Have you tried a bullet proof coffee? Put your already brewed coffee in the blender with a tsp to Tbsp of butter and coconut oil and blend it? It’s delicious, creamy and provides great energy!!

      • Kbmartin says:

        I originally drank cream and sugar, then decided I would give up those calories. I found that if you drink really good coffee it I becomes an acquired taste. now I prefer black coffee.enjoy the coffe for the taste of coffee☕️

  2. Em says:

    So far 30 day challenge is going well. I do not seem to be craving anything yet. I too have my one cup of coffee a day and found full fat coconut milk works for me.

    I feel like I am always in the kitchen cooking though.

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