You could say that we’re at the 11th hour when it comes to the superbug crisis.
The overuse of important lifesaving antibiotics has created killer microbes that can survive even the most powerful drugs in our arsenal.
If things keep heading toward this doomsday scenario, it could turn common medical procedures deadly. And all that doctors will be able to do is stand by helplessly.
But sometimes the answers to our biggest problems can be right under our noses… and by the looks of the latest findings, under our feet, too!
Digging for drugs
If you want a good scare, don’t bother searching Netflix for a horror movie – simply check out the CDC’s webpages on “antimicrobial resistance.”
You’ll find lists of the top drug-resistant threats in the U.S., including Clostridium difficile, or C. diff – also referred to as “deadly diarrhea.” That bug causes over 250,000 infections every year, and 14,000 of those patients don’t survive the ordeal.
The CDC lists that one as “urgent.”
Another deadly microbe on the list is carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE.
CRE bacteria have now become resistant to nearly every available antibiotic. And half of all hospital patients who come down with a CRE infection will die.
It’s no wonder that scientists are starting to look at what first might appear to be an unlikely place to find new miracle drugs – the soil right under our feet!
It turns out that dirt isn’t just “dirty”… it contains a “reservoir of antibiotics” that we’ve only just begun to unearth.
Microbiologist Dr. Sean Brady has already made a remarkable discovery that could eventually save an untold number of lives.
Dr. Brady and his team have uncovered a brand-new antibiotic class extracted from “unknown microorganisms” living in the soil. And this dirt “drug” has already proven its ability to kill some deadly superbugs, such as MRSA!
It appears that the potential for finding antibiotics from dirt is practically unlimited. As Dr. Brady explains it, thousands of varieties of bacteria that live in the soil produce unique molecules that have the ability to become lifesaving antibiotics.
While this is extremely exciting research, these meds, unfortunately, won’t be landing in your pharmacy anytime soon.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other equally unlikely places to find potent pathogen-killing agents.
You can start by looking right in your kitchen!
It turns out that the herb garlic does a lot more than just send vampires packing! In fact, allicin, the microbe-killing compound found in fresh garlic, is effective against a wide-variety of germs, including drug-resistant E. coli.
While fresh garlic is a kitchen staple for cooking up your favorite pasta or stir-fry dish, it can also be eaten raw to help fight colds and sinus infections. For an effective remedy, combine some chopped garlic with other powerful natural antibiotics.
Another herbal superhero is oregano. It contains the compound carvacrol, a tiny bit of which can not only zap MRSA, but has been found to be more effective than 18 different drugs!
And one of the oldest traditional medicines known to man is, believe it or not, raw honey.
Now, you might think that using honey for infections and as a wound dressing is simply an old wives’ tale. But honey has been scientifically studied up and down and all around… and confirmed to have “broad-spectrum antibacterial activity.”
One kind in particular, called manuka honey, is especially powerful. This type of honey comes exclusively from the nectar of manuka trees that are native to Australia and New Zealand, so it will cost a bit more. But considering that it can vanquish superbugs when antibiotics can’t, I’d say that it’s well worth the price!
Whatever kind of honey you buy, make sure it’s raw — meaning unheated, unpasteurized, and unprocessed. Typical supermarket honeys are not only stripped of their amazing health properties, but they can also be fakes… mixed with HFCS or sugar syrup!
It’s obvious that Mother Nature’s pharmacy is stocked and ready to provide us with most everything required to stay healthy. We just need to rediscover the bounty that’s been at our disposal all along.
“A potentially powerful new antibiotic is discovered in dirt” Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post, February 13, 2018, washingtonpost.com