Looking for anti-bacterial treatment

This Week in the HSI Forum

An HSI member named Sue poses a question in the Forum this week that sounds a little like a riddle: “I’m looking for a good anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal that I can take every day and WILL NOT kill the good bacteria in my stomach. What am I looking for?”

Sue titled her thread, appropriately, “Looking for a good anti-bacterial, viral, and fungus,” and her opening question has brought more than 20 responses so far, beginning with this one from a member named Deana who asks, “Have you tried olive leaf extract? I’ve always heard wonderful things about it. My chiropractor swears by it.”

We’ll get back to olive leaf extract in a moment. Meanwhile, a member named Weldon offers this interesting statistic: “80 to 85% of all communicable disease is transmitted by your hands. If you seem to be catching an abnormal amount of upper respiratory infections, etc., I would advise you try a good hand sanitizer, preferably one that does not contain alcohol.”

A member named Lyn suggests an assortment of botanicals, including tea tree oil (used topically), green tea (both internally and topically for minor infections) apple cider vinegar, garlic, and nasturtium leaves. She also offers this recipe for olive leaf tea: “Just chop a little and boil for a few minutes in a cup of water – doesn’t taste fantastic, but if you have a sore throat coming on, chances are it will disappear immediately.”

Vitamin C is suggested by a member named Jerry, and Leppert agrees, saying “I’ll vote for the vitamin C at ‘bowel tolerance’ and if you need something else try grapefruit seed extract (GSE).”

GSE and olive leaf extract were both featured in the e-Alert “Be Afraid, be Very Afraid” (10/17/02) in which HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D., discussed natural alternatives to pharmaceutical antibiotics. Dr. Spreen describes GSE as a “natural antibiotic made from an extract of grapefruit seed, developed from the observation that something in grapefruit (though not in other citrus fruits) keeps bacteria at bay for extended periods of time.”

Dr. Spreen notes that olive leaf extract has long been known for its antimicrobial properties, and has been officially tested as an antimicrobial agent, with sufficient power to achieve a published status in peer-review journals. And he adds, “Olive leaf is even well known as an antioxidant. I strongly recommend keeping some on hand.”

This thread has more good viral/bacterial/fungal-fighting suggestions from other members, and perfectly complements last Wednesday’s e-Alert “Debugging Kit,” which addresses several proven methods for strengthening your immune system.

Other topics on the HSI Forum this week include: bells palsy, osteoarthritis, insulin resistance, female hair loss, herniated disc, and a thread titled “Mega-doses of vitamin C” that provides a useful companion piece to the discussion about anti-viral agents. To join in with these and other conversations about natural health care alternatives, log on to our web site at www.hsionline.com.

One topic notably missing from the forum this week is the biggest story of the weekend: Priest Holmes vs. Jamal Lewis and his former teammates. Even the NFL knows this one is big. They actually changed the time of the game to get it on TV in more markets.

Just two weeks ago, Jamal set the all-time single game rushing record. But Priest Holmes has been a leading rusher every year since he left the Ravens. Then again, he’s never had to face Ray Lewis wearing an opposing Jersey. So, the game is onand, sorry, Priest, but you’re not in Kansas anymore.