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I call him Edgar because he doesn’t like to be associated with our definition of parasites. The classic Greek nomer (‘para’ means beside, and ‘sitos’ means food) doesn’t explain his nature. Most people who hear the word, visualize a worm that hasn’t shaved for weeks, with tiny antennas, living in a cabin in your brain or colon, chewing your guts out. But nobody really knows who he is, or that he sometimes takes more than the shotgun seat.

There are more than a thousand types of species like Edgar’s, but science has named only a few of them. Thirty percent live in our digestive systems while the other seventy percent live all over our body, including blood, organs, skin, eyes, brain and sinus.

Once colonized, they will eat the same foods you eat or they will eat you. And we’re not talking about a small army. They’re the majority, if you include other microbial lifeforms. Ninety percent of our cellular count (100 trillion) belongs to other than human DNA. Besides food and lodging, their real modus operandi remains a blur to us. The inescapable fact is that they are part of us, and we are part of them. The miracle is that all roughly 10,000 species that constitute our biome, imagine themselves as one.

Unless one of them rears its head in a coup d’etat attempt, like Edgar did.

I named Edgar after he first introduced himself in Haiti more than five years ago. This is where I usually lose customers. I didn’t name a parasite thinking it’s a pet. It’s not a pet, I get that. When I say “Edgar did this” or “Edgar did that,” I’m not taking a critter for a walk through a park. I don’t listen to 106.7 FM through my teeth, either. I named him as a science project, full stop. Like an amateur astronomer, except the telescope is pointed inside.

Actually, the process is a bit more complex. There is a higher-level observer, that has nothing to do with the ego (i.e. the one who imagines to be “one”). Then there is the subject of study, in this case Edgar. Then there is the influence Edgar has on the ego. And there is also an influence that the altered ego has on the observer, a complex equation that requires constant calibration and disciplinary awareness.

If you can drop the idea of being a victim to a hostile organism, you can study the critters from the comfort of a cafeteria, airport transit lounge, Uber backseat, or a friendly white-padded cell. They influence our lives on multiple physiological and psychological levels that very few people are aware of. To become an adept observer requires an elementary understanding of astronomy, xenomorphism, and psychology, with a tinge of Captain Kirk’s boldness.

Unfortunately, because of the McCarthyism type paranoia that people have against parasites, they are not a popular topic, unless you happen to be in a cafe that’s frequented by the world’s dozen parasitologists. For one, folks don’t want to know about theories that delegate free will to bugs. 

Scientists who look for new drugs, unless they’re behavioral, don’t pay attention to this stuff either, since it’s not patentable. Then there is the problem of methodology. How do you measure the psychological influence of parasites on someone? You’d have to quantify emotional states, for one. Not doable. We tick as individually as fruit flies fuck, both metabolically and psychologically. That leaves self-study as the only viable method to explore the unknown. 

When you shift the perspective from an enemy to a co-inhabitant, parasites can become a source of vital information about your well-being. Edgar is way above the unity delusions of the host. He has more important things to do. Science doesn’t know what the hell those things are, so it creates taxonomies instead, splitting the lot into Latin. 

From only a few microns to a 12-foot hydra, we all carry a spectrum of parasites, without understanding any of them. They only hit the radar when doctors identify them as the culprit to a range of maladies which, according to e.g. Doctor Oz, happens to 90 percent of people during their lifetime.

The World According To Edgar

In Edgar’s world, the one beyond science, parasites are considered the top of the food chain. Humans are considered processing factories, vehicles for whatever the riddle of their purpose (my best guess is interstellar travel). Compared to their level of intelligence and commitment, we’re the worms.

Parasites belong to a high-ranking social order of mind-over-matter royalty, that command armies of bacteria. They’ve been manufacturing social orders for billennia. High Priestesses top the domain. Occasionally dictators rise, crushed by saints, in a recurring cycle. Some species pull towards a safe mean, others remind you to push the unknown. There is a polarity of forces at work that humans would call opposites, but it’s the interaction that makes us tick. It’s their lovemaking and chemistry that makes us think. It’s what spins life’s yin-yang. Except when the energy balance is lost, and some critters decide to go for conquest.

The causality between our microbial balance and mental health is a direct line, as well. The food we eat feeds the bugs. So do toxins. The bugs’s chemicals feed our mind. It’s as simple as Hippocrates’ “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  

Our alien communities manufacture all our brain chemicals, including serotonin, 90 percent of which is made in our digestive tract. If we mess up that community, we screw with our heads. High carbohydrate diet, low in protein, and high in alkaline make parasitic infections worse. Sugar has opened the market for prescription-based speed and meth for a century now, because of the detrimental effect it has on our metabolism, and thereby our minds. 

The degeneration started 20,000 years earlier, with the introduction of agriculture, carbohydrate based diets and increasingly nutrient-free crops (skeletons before 20.000 BC are free of disease markers, are an average six inches taller, and have 200-300 gram more brain matter). We fenced in the animals and plants, and we fenced in ourselves. Now both our biome and IQ is paying for it. 

Our biological gut and external world order share the same fate because of a shared perception. If we perceived all species of bacteria as co-inhabitants of our microbiome, we’d focus on nutrition that maintains a metabolic balance, rather than trying to nuke them with antibiotics and antiseptics. The same applies for people and peace: wars are only fought between races and tribes who don’t perceive each other as part of Earth’s macro-biome. 

The balanced gut of an isolated native tribe member, with a high diversity of species, is the perfect blueprint for a harmonious, diversified civilization. When one microbial species wants to rule another, the chemicals cause fear and anxiety, that feed straight into world order. When we counter bug attacks with WMDs like antibiotics, we help a more vicious species evolve. MRSA, the flesh eating superbug, was born exactly the same way ISIS was: by carpet bombing civilizations repeatedly.

The critters were never our enemy. It was us declaring the war against them. 

From War To Rapprochement

Usually, whatever weapons you throw at parasites, from modern to alternative concoctions, helps to evolve them. They learn from our tricks. I can wipe out Edgar’s armies and turn him into a hermit philosopher in 10 minutes flat (with a couple of drops of ultra-condensed 4,000PPM chelated silver). But if the attack is not accompanied by lifestyle changes, systematic detoxes, and nutrition that is optimized for my individual metabolism, Socrates can still whisper. The typical Cedars Sinai antibiotics are the parasite’s favorite. They love modern medicine, they surf when the immune system crows. They also form biofilms, impenetrable bunkers for their accommodation that are nearly impossible to destroy. Antibiotics, while blasting away the first squadron, only empower the next.

You can’t destroy parasites conclusively in an American type recurring fantasy about terrorists. You can only negotiate peace, otherwise known as health. 

Another misconception about parasites is that they play a zero-sum game, i.e. eat parts of you without consideration. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Edgar I know is a high priest who works for a living. He wears a white toga and exercises every morning with a fusion of kung-fu and yoga. Rest of the time he uses behavioral guidance to make sure I’m not primarily engaged in wrecking up my immune system. 

Edgar’s character is a matter of personal fictionalization, with a purpose. 

Ever since I shifted my perspective from “enemy” to “co-inhabitant”, Edgar has nudged me along with a carrot and a whip. The carrot is well-being, the whip is physical and mental torment. If I eat carbs with a compromised immune system, I reel. If I fly transatlantic, miss a few nights of sleep, and have an argument, he makes me gag in the middle of a sentence. The causality boils down to any activity that represents a cumulative net loss of energy. Bugs and parasites can only go high when our immune system goes low.

No single “remedy” can fix a disruptive bug, because the real cause is the cumulative damage of modern lifestyle, stress, nutrition-scarce foods, lack of exercise, high carbs and high toxin intake. The sustainable answer to pathological parasites is to rid ourselves of an energy-deficient lifestyle. 

The easiest way to achieve this is to work in collaboration with the critter, even to credit him with all the hard work that you’re doing. 

Ergo, it was Edgar who “gently” nudged me to drop carbs, sugar and alcohol. He changed the water I drank. He urged me to kill antibiotics with the help of natural antimicrobials. He added the minerals and supplements I was lacking, by introducing me to metabolomic blood tests. It was Edgar who taught me to sense and learn the individual foods that upped my energy, and vice versa. He made me disappear into the mountains and swim in the ocean, and to take my shoes off on a dirt path,  and my shirt off on a sunny day. To be more connected, to fauna and flora alike. 

All these are energy factors. 

The path to energy balance is as individual as your individual biome. Hence, your best guide is the one who best understands your individual weaknesses. 

Study your Edgar. Shift the perspective from an enemy to a guide, and he may turn into a veritable health nut. 

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” 

― Abraham Lincoln

I discovered superbugs in 1997. I came out of a documentary shoot from a jungle in Malaysia, carrying a fever that got a bit stickier every day. After 10 days, I checked into an emergency room.

I suspected monkey meat. I had recently read Hot Zone, a book on the Ebola virus in which the index patient has contact with a simian. I had tasted medium-rare monkey with a nearly extinct tribe known as the Senoi Temiar. In addition to fever, I also detected a fresh and mysterious lump, the size of an organic free-farm egg, under my armpit.

I was called in to see a doctor after a blood test. She didn’t raise her eyes to greet me. Her index finger told me to “hold a sec.”  She read through a report, picked up a telephone, and pressed a short dial.

“We have a code nine three… ” she said, and placed the phone back into the cradle.

Prescription Killers

The good news was that I was lucky to have come to the hospital to get checked, because judging by my blood values, I would have lived about three days without treatment.

The bad news was that the bug that was hijacking my bloodstream had no identity. I had to be treated with antibiotics immediately, but she wasn’t sure which one, yet.

I was relieved. At least it wasn’t Ebola. It was “just a bug, right?”

Before she had a chance to respond, two big dudes in white overalls pushed through the door. I’d seen them earlier in the hallway wrestling one patient into what seemed to be a straitjacket. I wondered if they were part time bikers. One of them told me to lie down on a stretcher.

My brain swerved to Paranoia Drive. While they pushed me through an underground hallway, chatting about their weekend plans, and ignoring my queries about our final destination, I gained my first real appreciation for microbial lifeforms.

We’re divided down to the particle. A sum total of 100 trillion micro-organisms fool us with singularity. Hundreds of thousands of microbial species exchange and trade nutrients, chemicals, information, and energy to keep the mother ship ticking. It’s a balance you don’t want to disrupt — although due to the standard toxic load that comes with modern living, it’s probably too late.

I was on antibiotics in the jungle and then quit, two or three pills early. My resistance was already down from lack of sleep and travel. From a microbial perspective, I’d carpet-bombed a civilization, and left the fittest Spartans to evolve.

The survivors had to fight off a Rommel barrage of intravenous antibiotics in the hospital. I lost 24 pounds in three days. My tongue and throat blew up with boils- from an allergic reaction to the antibiotics. My mother didn’t recognize me. I read Breakfast Of Champions in record time.

A doctor walked in and discovered a despondent blow fish. He took a brief look at me, whispered to the nurse, and left. She leaned over and said that there was one more experimental drug on the way.

“This is the one,” she said and tapped my shoulder.

I shared the ward with an 89-year-old, classic era cinematographer. Kaarle also had an infection. He’d been under the dripper for two days. He joked that we had about the same life span left. He also explained how to use three hours to frame a perfect shot. The camera had to be bolted to the floor. He even mentioned the size of the steel bolts. That was on a Sunday; on Tuesday he was dead.

Two days after Kaarle’s departure, I was still under the dripper, with the new experimental antibiotic going frontal against the “300” – the last frontier of super Spartans. As the temperature in my brain increased, a liquid blue metal flooded my dreams. I flowed through a red haze, leaving a wake of dead, frosty blood cells behind. I was the liquid version of Mr. Freeze, personifying the poison in my veins.

I woke up to a pain in my wrist where the needle had been inserted. It felt like an icicle about to crack. They’d been pumping this stuff into me, err, for how long? I was delirious. I sensed someone was in the room and mumbled that she was “a bad witch.” Whoever was in the room responded very calmly and said that the dropper was warm.

A moment later, she disconnected the needle.

A day later, she gave me blueberry yogurt.

Shortly after, I recovered.

I walked out of the hospital as if nothing ever happened. And nothing ever would.

Persistent Parasites

I repeated the mistake a decade later. This time I opened the gateway to a gang of parasites from an underground Voodoo cavern in Haiti. To shoot the ritual – a first for a white man – I stood in feces, blood, and entrails, a bacteriological Shangri-La. And I was taking Zipro as a countermeasure. Big mistake.

By the time I was back in the U.S., I started losing weight again, quick. Ten pounds in a week. Cedars Sinai concluded that two of the three parasites were unidentifiable. A natural doctor identified two more unidentifiable visitors.  Cedars prescribed more antibiotics. The natural doctor meanwhile told me to give up sugar, do a herbal parasite cleanse, and under no circumstance touch antibiotics.

If you’re newbie to parasites, you’ll most likely end up going with antibiotics. Since I’d already made that mistake twice, I went for the herbs. Pumpkin seeds, wormwood, propolistrace minerals, garlic, cloves, neem, thyme, marshmallow root, cinchona, and what looked like Chinese crackers. I dropped two-thirds of my menu and bar items. I went all the way to a neighboring galaxy, with an Amazonian medicine, thinking it would disenfranchise me from the critters.

What I was really doing, however, was closing the door on them temporarily. If you fail your body (with bad nutrition, for example) or your mind (with stress, for example), you create an opening for them. Sometimes, if your immune system is on the edge, all it takes is a full moon to turn the handle.

Parasites play on a higher level than bacteria do, judging from their ability to mess with our biosphere. They have influence over not just our biological, but also our mental domain. They’re present in most humans, although only a minority of us are aware of them.

The load factor on our immune system increases with the presence of parasites. Their trigger systems are delicate. They can tip over a weak resistance and then take over. You will certainly sense them, but never in exactly the same way. It’s like dealing with conniving shape-shifters, who have the ability to mess with both your gut and your neurotransmitters (read: behavior).

It gets weirder. The timing with the full moon is no joke. Parasitic symptoms often begin two or three days before the lunar disc is complete. The manifestation is individual. In pronounced cases you may experience fever, hallucinations, and/or intermittent vomiting. Whatever the symptoms, they are  usually exacerbated between sunset and sunrise. Some full moons you may feel nothing, which is even more insidious (they’re probably regrouping).

Other symptoms may include:

  •    constipation
  •    diarrhea
  •    gas and bloating
  •    irritable bowel syndrome
  •    joint and muscle aches
  •    anemia
  •    cravings, especially sugar
  •    allergies
  •    skin conditions
  •    tumors
  •    nervousness
  •    sleep disorders
  •    hyperactivity, anxiety
  •    teeth grinding
  •    chronic fatigue
  •    fuzzy thinking
  •    headaches
  •    runny nose
  •    blisters on lower lip inside mouth
  •    loss of appetite
  •    bad taste in the mouth
  •    acne
  •    food allergies
  •    dark areas under eyes
  •    yeast/candida infection

Parasitic influence on our body and mind should be the subject of serious scientific study, but it’s not. Humans play host to hundreds of identified species that can infect the brain, the digestive system, the lungs, liver, muscles and joints, the throat, blood, skin, and the eyes. We don’t know anything about the majority, the unidentified ones, except that they range from microscopic to several feet long like the tapeworm. We also know almost nothing about their modus operandi.

We do know, however, that they are difficult to kill.

Naturalized Warfare

About a year later I took a vacation in Ibiza and broke all the rules. Only the folks who’ve visited Ibiza know how many ways there are to mess up your biology. Once I returned, my gut went haywire. It was a hard relapse, complete with hallucinations and vomiting. I saw slithery creatures in my bed transform into human-shaped larvae. The creatures would fade in and out of periphery as long as the full moon hung over the horizon. I experienced mood shifts that caused me to burn several relationships. My energy levels went down to 10 percent.

It was my third warning not to contend with smart bugs.

Parasites are our most resistant intruders. Once you’re prone to them, managing them becomes part of your lifestyle. They will mess you up, unless you clean up. Then they will try to mess you up anyway. Figuring out a lifestyle and a nutrient regimen that successfully contains parasites can take years. Unless you get lucky.

I got lucky, by accident. A jellyfish sting led me to try our natural, silver-based lotion. It took out a painful swelling in a matter of minutes, which got me curious about what else it could do.

Over the next year, colloidal silver helped me wipe out a throat infection, a flu, a hand that I burned in a stove, two food poisonings, and an infected thumbnail.

Despite its potency, there is very little information you can get about colloidal silver through mainstream channels. Only natural doctors and regular users attest to its healing power. Dr. Rima Laibow, director of the Natural Solutions Foundation, lists over 638 exotic and common bugs, including common flu and the not-so-common flesh-eating MRSA superbugs that silver wipes out in lab conditions.

Users often claim that “they never get sick” when they drink colloidal silver. It may sound like a holistic myth, but it is exactly what happens. When it comes to bug control no modern medicine or natural herb can compete with the power of pure colloidal silver. No Middle Age spells are necessary. Although commonly relegated to quack status by modern medicine, silver works with a powerful, natural principle. It disables the base, *(substrate), from which bacteria propagate, thereby inhibiting pathogenic microbes from warring up. And unlike antibiotics, it doesn’t mess up your immune system.

Parasites reproduce by laying eggs that carry an oxygen-metabolizing enzyme. The eggs cannot hatch when there is a sufficient amount of silver in the surrounding area.

My next parasite relapse occurred even though I was on a clean diet and life regimen. All it took was a sufficient amount of stress and lack of sleep. As soon as I felt the symptoms, I took 8 ounces of Silver Healer colloidal per day for the first three days, then continued with 4 ounces per day for about a week. Doing this cut down my recuperation time from an average of 2-3 weeks to four days. Overall, cyclical recurrence was cut down from every 3-6 months to minimum every two years.

Silver is not a miracle panacea, however. It tips the balance in your favor if you take care of yourself with healthy nutrition, hydration,sunshine, and rest. For nutrition, the most important thing is to avoid sugar in all its forms, dairy products, processed foods and alcohol. For exercise, high intensity, short workouts tend to blast the alien visitors better than slow marathon runs. One can kill bugs with silver, but when it comes to parasites, a lifestyle change is usually a necessary companion.

The only challenge with colloidal silver is that it flushes out of your system with urine and sweat. It’s only reactive for as long as it attaches to the infected cell walls. To experience a full healing effect, you have to be a regular user, and in case of acute infections, drink a considerable amount.

The only superior alternative to colloidal silver is chelated silver oxide, a pated formulation that will be known as Silver Surfer Serum. Silver Surfer is the power of chelated silver oxide compressed into 4000ppm (parts per million) serum. With zero-toxicity, there is no risk of overdose if you need a stronger formulation to zap bugs. Eight drops of Silver Surfer yield 8oz of 100ppm chelated silver. It’s enough to disable a full moon parasitic D-Day. Or wipe out a stomach bug or food poisoning.

Chelation solves the issue of bioavailability, which is inherent in colloidal silver, by attaching a silver molecule to protein molecules. The organic coupling helps the silver molecules tie into the infected areas, instead of flushing out too quickly. Chelation increases bioavailability from a few seconds to an hour or more, increasing the healing potential by a factor of 100-200.

Silver has been a powerful healer for people in the know (traditionally, royals and the wealthy elite) for millennia. Today, it deserves wide-scale adoption as an actual, functional defense against the threat of antimicrobial resistance.

In April 2016, an entirely new generation of Spartans was identified in a 49-year old Pennsylvania woman. Modern doctors warn that the first pan-resistant superbug heralds the end of antibiotics and the beginning of a global antibiotic resistant epidemic.

The doomsday projections are based on the belief that antibiotics are our last line of defense against smart bugs, when in fact the opposite is true. We raised a generation of microbial jihadists by waging an unnatural war against them.

It’s time to wage peace. One drop is enough to start the détente.

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Published in HoneyColony, NationOfChange, Disinfo

The 20th century medical revolution messed up in at least one regard. Instead of wiping out disease, it created a new generation of antibiotic resistant bacteria that cannot be treated. Some doctors talk about the return to the Middle Ages while others barely acknowledge the threat. The real problem stems from how we perceived bacteria from the onset.

To be human is to be bug. We’re built out of 100 trillion tiny creatures, 90 trillion of them are bacterial, while the rest are human cells.

A thousand species of bacteria live in our gut, aiding with digestion, warding off pathogens, maintaining the immune system, synthesizing vitamins, decomposing fecal matter, creating enzymes, harnessing energy from carbohydrates, absorbing fatty acids, and producing hormones. Thousands more perform vital functions on our skin, in our lungs, mouth, hair, organs, blood, and genitalia.

Useful little critters.  It’s a shame we declared war on them soon after their discovery.

Confusing The Enemy

“All the water . . . seemed to be alive,” observed Dutch scientist Anton Van Leeuwenhoek when he first pointed a microscope on a sample of human plaque in 1683. At first the little critters didn’t seem to represent a threat – they were just everywhere.

Leeuwenhoek’s successor called microbes “worms” and proposed they could transfer disease. “Worms” metamorphosed into “germs”, as the hunt for pathogenic bacteria accelerated.

By the late 1800s, scientists had isolated Black Death, cholera, chlamydia, and a handful of other notorious infectious diseases; and bugs were in for a century of prejudice.

During the early antimicrobial revolution, the chemical industry introduced disinfectants for our home, antiseptics for our skin, and pesticides for our agriculture. Meanwhile, the medical industry introduced us to synthetic drugs.Prevent disease

The first early 20th century vaccines saved hundreds of millions of lives and brought small pox, diphtheria, tetanus, yellow fever, whooping cough, polio, and measles under control. Vaccines were able to stimulate the body’s immune system against disease, not cure it.

 

“If we could intervene in the antagonism between bacteria, it would offer perhaps the greatest hopes for therapeutics,” Louis Pasteur wrote in 1876, expressing the idea of antibiosis (latin for “against life”): the promise for the next generation weaponry against bugs.

“Antibiosis” means the ability to harness one microbe’s defenses against another. It was a big leap from Pasteur’s previous idea of pasteurization, which uses heat to zap bacteria (to conserve consumables). Yet once Pasteur and Robert Koch demonstrated that an airborne bug could inhibit anthrax, scientists began to pursue antagonistic, targetable microbes with a vengeance.

When Alexander Fleming accidentally left his petri dish of staphylococci (common respiratory and skin bacterium in humans) exposed to a penicillin mold in 1928, he witnessed a halo of dead staph bacteria—a signal to the future of antibiotics.

Penicillin works by preventing enzymes in bacteria from forming new cell walls. Back then, the spectrum of opportunity was limitless. Tuberculosis, step, staph, typhoid, ulcers, abscesses, food poisonings, surgeries…

Mass production of penicillin began just in time for WWII, where it quickly gained lifesaver reputation by dramatically reducing casualties from wounds and amputations. US pharmaceutical giants Merck, Squibb, Pfizer, and Abbot grew production from 21 billion units in 1943 to 6.8 trillion units in 1945.

 

Meanwhile, Bayer stumbled on a synthesized dye that was able to cure strep in mice, which they patented without further ado as Prontosil in 1932. The active compound was later identified as sulfanilamide, a 1906 dye industry chemical with an expired patent. This began a “sulfa craze,” with hundreds of manufacturers producing tens of thousands of tons of sulfa as the new miracle panacea. Even American first-aid kits instructed soldiers to sprinkle sulfa on “any open wound.”

Hundreds of antibiotics followed suit over the next half a century, targeting an increasingly common variety of ailments. Bronchitis. Pneumonia. Diarrhea. Sore throat.Penicillin

 

False Promises

The medical revolution saved millions of lives – but triggered a microbial blowback.

By developing smart weapons against pathogens we accelerated their evolution over and beyond any other bacterial species. We are responsible for activating a rare breed of hostiles. Bacteria can mutate thousands of times a day to lock in a resistant gene. Only a few of them have to survive and replicate to make their species resistant to a drug – a drug that took about a decade for our best minds to develop

The first drug-resistant bacteria surfaced in the early 1950s. Fleming himself had warned about drug resistance in his 1945 Nobel lecture.

“The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant. Here is a hypothetical illustration. Mr. X. has a sore throat. He buys some penicillin and gives himself, not enough to kill the streptococci but enough to educate them to resist penicillin. He then infects his wife. Mrs. X gets pneumonia and is treated with penicillin. As the stretococci are now resistant to penicillin the treatment fails. Mrs. X dies.”img1

George Orwell is a case in point. While finishing his book 1984, Orwell developed an early antibiotic-resistant mutation of M. Tuberculosis in response to repeated prescriptions of Streptomycin. Soon after, he died from lung hemorrhage.

Superbugs didn’t receive much publicity until end of the century, when rampant hospital infections began to be routine. By then, millions of metric tons of antibiotics were routinely fed to both humans and livestock every year. Drug resistance didn’t deter the health care industry from issuing prescriptions at an ever faster rate.

In 2010, doctors prescribed 258 million courses of antibiotics for a population of 309 million people. The biggest visible impact has been in the number of superbug infections, 80 percent of which take place in a health care setting.

The CDC records up to 1.7 million hospital infections per year, out of which at least 20 percent evolve into superbugs. One of the nastiest of these superbugs is the MRSAMethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureuscan cause widespread infection in vital organs, toxic shock syndrome, before finishing you off with flesh-eating pneumonia.

Two billion people carry staph naturally on their skin, nose or respiratory tract. It can only cause an infection if it enters a wound and the patient has a weak immune system. But because of its wide propagation, its hostile form spreads fast.

Out of 500,000 staph infections in U.S. today, 100,000 today evolve into MRSA, of which at least 20,000 become fatal. The figure is growing fast, one reason being the recommended protocol: more antibiotics.

MRSA today also resides in our livestock – for an obvious reason. Over 63,000 tons of antibiotics (more than the weight of theTitanic) were used in animal husbandry in 2010 alone, or over 80 percent of total consumption. As a result, a 2011 study reported that up to 24 percent of the meat and poultry sold in U.S. grocery stores contained MRSA strains.

Food borne superbugs such as Salmonella and Escheria Coli have also jumped from livestock to humans. The drug-resistant strains of E. coli, for example, which causes urinary tract infections in women, can be traced back to antibiotics in chicken.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia have also developed resistance. Tuberculosis has evolved into a multi-resistant strain.

The pace of proliferation isn’t slowing down. China, Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa are looking at a 100 percent increase in antibiotic consumption by 2030. Antibiotics can be found in 75 percent of liquid soaps, in Band-Aids, cleaners, and topical OTC ointments like Neosporin (also linked to MRSA).

Distribution is also heavily subsidized. 17,000 doctors received $250 million in sales commissions in 2010 from seven pharmaceutical companies alone. A 2013 survey found that doctors prescribe antibiotics to 2/3rds of patients who have symptoms of viral infections like sore throat or bronchitis (with antibiotics that don’t cure viral infections).

By 2050, 10 million people per year could die from antimicrobial resistance, according to KPMG and RAND Europe.

Somewhere along the line, industry profit hijacked the Hippocratic Oath – and rigged the game.

It takes a decade to develop a new antibiotic, and five seconds for a staph bacterium to mutate.

Back To Year Zero

”We may look back at the antibiotic era as just a passing phase in the history of medicine, an era when a great natural resource was squandered, and the bugs proved smarter than the scientists” – Cannon G. 1995 

Today’s microbiologists acknowledge the human body as a microbiome – a bacterial cloud living inside another – in which the diversity of species is a sign of health. You can’t just attack one part of the dome without expecting a counterstrike. A Hunter-Gatherer tribe in the Amazon, for example, has a particularly rich microbiome and a natural resistance to disease, without the use of antibiotics. Progressive doctors are shifting focus to bacterial versatility (e.g. fecal transplants) in treating disease.
We should be working with good bacteria not against it. But the meds from the “Us Vs. Bugs” era can still be found in our medicine cabinet, diet, and personal care products.

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We continue to attack our own microbiome and the planet’s (an area the size of Panama is wiped out by deforestation every year) at the same time, with uncanny timing. As if the two were tied together.

The drug-resistant backlash is forcing us to look for natural alternatives that were crossed out of medicinal books in the last century. A Science Digest article about silver as a germ fighter, for example, was largely ignored in 1978. Today silver is getting its fame back in modern lab conditions (yes, it even kills superbugs), as are countless other natural antibiotics (see table below).

To the Hunter-Gatherer these medicines come naturally. They know the secret.

About bugs and beings.

Science Digest March 1978 

(Silver, the Mightiest Germ Fighter)

Silver kills over 650 disease-causing organisms, and resistant strains fail to develop. Silver is the best all-round germ fighter we have, and it is absolutely non-toxic! 

Doctors report that, taken internally, it works against syphilis, cholera, malaria, diabetes, and severe burns.

HONEYCOLONY TABLE ON ALTERNATIVE, NATURAL ANTIBIOTICS.

 ITEM  LATIN NAME  INFO  PROS  CONS
American Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis A perennial herb in the buttercup family native to southeastern Canada and the eastern United States. Often used as a multi-purpose remedy. Treat resistant infections of the GI tract, urinary tract and skin. Also active against most food poisoning bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella. Has the ability to soothe the linings of the mucous membranes of the digestive, respiratory, genitourinary tracts while effectively clearing bacterial invasion. Rarely, side effects can include diarrhea, nausea and skin irritation. It’s anitbactrial action can destroy good as well as harmful bacteria if used over a long period of time. Not reccomended for use in children.
Juniper Juniperus spp. Coniferous plants widely distributed throughout the Northern hemisphere, from the arctic south to tropical Africa and to the mountains in central America. Treat resistant infections of the GI tract, urinary tract and skin. Not to be used on a long term basis and to be used sparingly on skin. Not reccommended to use on large, open sking wounds. Increases the need to urinate when taken internally.
Usnea Usnea spp. Pale, greyish/green fructose lichen that grow anchored to trees or shrubs all over the world. Treat resistant infections of the GI tract, urinary tract and skin. Inhibitor of gram-positive bacteria including tuberculosis, streptococcus, and pneumococcus. It functions as an antibiotic by blocking oxidative phosphorylation, an essential part of bacterial metabolism. Has not been fully evaluated but could contain toxicity if used in high dosages. Reccommended as a topical application as opposed to internal.
Honey Apis mellifera Substance produced by bees from the nectar of plants.Considered one of the oldest known wound dressings. Healing properties mentioned in the Bible, the Koran and the Torah. Treat resistant infections of the GI tract, urinary tract and skin. Also active against most food poisoning bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella. Has the ability to soothe the linings of the mucous membranes of the digestive, respiratory, genitourinary tracts while effectively clearing bacterial invasion. Some studies have shown that topical honey works better than systemic/ oral antibiotics in treating infected wounds. Best if organic and raw. Not suitable for use in infants and children. Overuse can cause gastric upset and abdominal discomfort.
Licorice Root Glycyrrhiza glabra and G. uralensis A legume native to southern Europe,India and parts of Asia. Traditionally usedin Ayurveda as a medicine for rejuvenation. Increases the activity of other herbs. Boosts inactive resistant bacteria mechanisms, increases the presence of antibacterial agents in the body and enhances immune function Many licorice products in the US do not actually contain any licorice. The actual root interacts with many prescription medication. Not safe when consumed in high doses for more than 4 weeks. Not for use for those with high blood pressure. Interacts with estrogen in the body and may cause absence of menstruation.
Ginger Root Zingiber officinale The root of a flowering plant native to China and India. Increases the activity of other herbs. Boosts inactive resistant bacteria mechanisms, increases the presence of antibacterial agents in the body and enhances immune function May cause irritation when applied to the skin. Not for regular use by diabetics because it may lower blood sugar.
Black Pepper Piper nigrum and P. longum Made from the fruit of the piper nigrum plant which is dried and ground up. Increases the activity of other herbs. Boosts inactive resistant bacteria mechanisms, increases the presence of antibacterial agents in the body and enhances immune function May decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications.
Oregon Grape Berberis aquifolium The root of a plant native to western North America. Contains a substance known as berberine, which can stop bacteria from adhering to the walls of the intestine and urinary tract. Berberine can stop bacteria dead in it’s tracts. Not proven safe for children or pregnant mothers. Berberine in the root can cause brain damage in newborns.
King of Bitters Andographis paniculata Leaves and root of a plant widely cultivated in Southern and Southeastern Asia. Used in traditional Siddha and Ayurvedic medicine. Disrupts the quorum-sensing system of bacteria. This system helps bacteria to attach to eachother and thrive as a community. Andographis basically helps break up the bacterial ‘party’. Beneficial to treat symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and sinus problems. Numerous studies report its ability to reduce upper respiratory symptoms infection such as fatigue, sore throat, cough and headache. It’s potent antibacterial properties provide protectiona gainst most pathogens. Is widely known as an abortifacient, not for use by pregnant women.
Manuka Honey Specifically produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the manuka bush. Used in hospital protocols for wound care. Most honey has antibacterial activity but manuka honey has a compound called methylglyoxal which is especially potent. Studies have confirmed it’s activity against a wide range of medically important bacteria including MRSA Best if medical-grade or has a high AMF/UMF rating.
Garlic Allium Sativum A bulbous plant native to central Asia. Used as both food and medicine in many cultures for thousands of years. Effective against antibiotic resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Studies have also showed garlic extract reduced the viability of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in mice and lowered inflammation associated with the infection. Russian soldiers used it as an antibiotic in WWII after running out of penicillin. Contains Allicin, a powerful compoung which can fight superbugs such as VRE and MRSA that have shown resistance to traditional anitbiotics. Garlic’s broad antimicrobial spectrum incorporates antifungal, antiparasitic, antiprotozoan, and antiviral attributes in one food source Known for causing bad breath and pungent sweat. Care must be taken when applying topically, as garlic has been known to cause burns.
Weeping Forsythia Forsythia Suspensia The fruit of a flowering plant native to Asia. One of the 50 fundamental herbs used in TCM. Oral extracts from dried forsythia fruit have proven effective in killing antibiotic-resistant Streptococcus suis, both alone and when combined with amoxicillin. Quite often referred to as a broad specturm antibiotic compound, could possibly have systemic affects. May cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Not known if safe for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
Coconut Oil The oil of the fruit from the coconut palm tree. Coconut fat contains high amounts of lauric acid, a medium-chain triglyceride. In the body, lauric acid turns into monolaurin, a monoglyceride with antibacterial properties also found in human breast milk. Nature’s antibiotics. Has the ability to kill harmful bacteria such as H.pylori. Research shows it’s also effective at fighting C.difficile, a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and one of the leading causes of diarrhea in hospitals worldwide. Considered safe for children and pregnant/breastfeeding mothers. None known.
Oregano Oil Origanum Vulgare Oil made from the leaf of the plant. HIgh in antioxidant activity, contains antimicrobial properties that support your immune and respiratory systems. When used aromatically, can decrease airborne pathogensand boost immunity. Studies have shown that a combination of monolaurin and oil of oregano is effective against staph infections in mice, even more so than vancomycin, a type of antibiotic. An in vitro study showed that oregano oil makes conventional antibiotics more effective against E.coli, lowering the the effective dose and and subsequent side effects. Even some poultry farms have found success in using oregano to reduce the use of antibiotics in animals. May cause mild stomach upset. May lower blood sugar levels, people with diabetes should use with caution. Not for use with anyone taking lithium-based medications.
Vitamin D Can be found in small amounts in some foods but the highest concentration is obtained through exposure to sunlight. Often made in the laboratory as medicine. Short term, megadoses of Vitamin D has antibiotic potential due to it’s expression of the gene involved in producing endogenous antimicrobial peptides, our body’s own antibiotic. Extremely high doses can cause excessively high calcium levels in the blood. Can also increase the amount of aluminium the body absorbs.
Olive Leaf Extract Olea Europaea Extracts from the leaf of the olive tree. Helps defend against a wide variety of viruses and bacteria. Has the ability to cut off the amino acid supply to viruses, which helps keep them from spreading. ONe study has found that exposing E.Coli to a 6% olive leaf extract completely destroyed it. May cause temporary worsening of symptoms before it becomes effective. May cause dizziness in people who have low blood pressure. Must start with low doses to gauge effect.
Pau D’Arco Tabebuia impetiginosa The bark of a tree that grows primarily in the rainforests of Central and South America. Rich in lapachol and beta-lapachone, two compounds with anti-viral and antibacterial properties. Shown to have effect where drug-resistant infections reside. Possibly unsafe at high doses. Commercial teas containing Pau D’arco may not have effective dosages to treat symptoms. Not for use by people with bleeding disorders or pre/post-surgery.
Colloidal Silver Mineral-based colloid consisting of silver particles suspended in liquid. One of the most effective agents in the battle against antibiotic-resistant super pathogens. Low doses of silver can make antiobiotics up to 1000 times more effective and may even allow an antibiotic to combat an otherwise antibiotic-resistant bacteria. If solution is not optimized for small particle size or unpure silver salts are used in the process of making colloidal silver, a rare condition called Arghyria may cause blue coloring of the skin.
Chelated Silver Oxide The silver is chelated with amino acids – the building blocks of proteins – making it more bioactive and bioavailable unlike any other silver compound. Chelated Silver oxide ointment has successfully treated jellyfish and scorpio stings, sore throats, urinary tract infections, cold sores, even a food poisoning, aside from common topical infections. Compared to colloidal silver, chelated silver oxide binds up to 2.5 hours on the skin – in comparison with 10 minutes for normal silver compounds. This is all time spent on reducing and eliminating bacteria, which makes it a much more powerful bug killer – without causing resistance or issues with immune system. Scarce availability.
Echinacea Echinacea Angustifollia A perennial herb often used in conjunction with goldenseal to bolster the immune system. A great general remedy for helping the body rid itself of microbial infections. May be used for infection and inflammation anywhere in the body. Is often effective against both bacterial and viral attacks. When taken by mouth it can cause nausea, sore throat, and numbness and tingling in the mouth. Not effective alongside immunosuppressive medication.
Myrrh Commiphora myrrha An aromatic natural gum (resin) harvested from a number of small, thorny tree species native to Yemen, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Touted for it’s antiseptic, antibiotic and antiviral properties.Most commonly reccommended for bacterial oral infections,bronchitis and sore throats May cause skin rash if applied directly to the skin. Large doses are considered unsafe. Can also increase a fever.
Thyme Thymus Vulgaris The flowers, leaves and oil of a popular herb,sometimes used in combination with other herbs. Expectorant and antibacterial properties. Fequently used in preparations to support and protect the respiratory system. Considered safe for children and pregnant/breastfeeding mothers. Can upset the digestive system. Can act like estrogen in the body and should be used cautiously by those who may be sensitive to this.
Bovine Colostrum Milky fluid that comes from the breasts of cows the first few days after giving birth,before true milk appears. Rich in immunoglobulins which strengthen your immune system and help fight off harmful bacteria and viruses such as E.Coli, Cryptosporidium parvum, Shigella flexneri, Salmonella Staphylococcus and rotavirus. Was the main source of immunoglobulins used to fight off disease before the development of antibiotics. Also proven helpful against herpes viruses and HIV and difficult to treat bacterial and fungal infections like Mycobacterium fortuitum and Mycobacterium tuberculosis , cryptosporidosis in AIDS patients and candida. Rare reports of problems with HIV positive people. Not to be taken by anyone who is allergic to cow’s milk or milk products.

 

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“They Are Already Here,” the flier read.

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