Boy, Measles has been all over the media lately, hasn't it? With roughly 80-200 cases annually in the U.S. it's a veritable epidemic, coming to steal your child in the night. We better find the 1% of the population that chooses to remain vaccine-free and flog them for spreading this horrifying (typically self-limiting, non-fatal) disease to all of us fully vaccinated people in the US. This is a national emergency! Be sure to post links on your Facebook wall blaming the insane, crazy anti-vaxxers who are trying to kill everyone.
Oh, I'm sorry. You must be talking about MRSA. Remember MRSA? You don't hear about it much, what with vaccines and measles being in the headlines lately. It's that antibiotic-resistant bacteria pushed into our world thanks in part to overuse of antibiotics. This nasty bug likes to hang out in hospitals and doctor offices where it goes on to infect 1 in 20 people.
Hold on, in case you didn't get that. Thousands of people, including children and babies, contract MRSA annually and thousands of them die.
But about 20 cases of non-fatal measles in Texas draws nationwide rage.
This mainstream article reports that almost 11,000 people die from Staph infections, roughly half of which are caused by MRSA.
This medical study reports that MRSA cases doubled between 2003 and 2008.
These doctors discuss the danger of MRSA and how it has evolved from a hospital-acquired infection to a community spread disease that your baby and child can contract at daycare, school and out in public.
Wait, what's that? Just by taking your child outside your home or to the doctor's office for a well baby visit, you can expose them to MRSA?
Why, following your vaccination logic, that means every single person should be on a preventative medication for MRSA. Everyone, no exemptions, no 1%, no choice or anti-vaxxers allowed.
But, antibiotics don't work against MRSA, that's the point, right? (The same way vaccines don't work against the vaccine viruses that have mutated and are now resistant.)
So, what could be used against MRSA? That would begin saving thousands of lives? What could we be focusing on instead of screaming about vaccines until purple or wringing our hands over the measly handful of measles cases in our country?
Thousands of people are dying from MRSA. Since just a handful of non-fatal measles cases in Texas or NY can cause a nationwide outcry, surely you will go apoplectic over the thousands of people dying from hospital and community acquired MRSA infections. You would do anything right? You would start posting studies on your Facebook walls encouraging everyone to start using this medication, a sort of vaccination so to speak.
If people used this medication, they would save LIVES. You would demand that insurance companies covered this medication and that mothers and fathers were educated on it and that doctors hand it out at well baby visits.
I say, following your pro-vaccine logic, you should make sure every single household has purchased essential oils and manuka honey and that everyone is using them regularly on infants and children. No exemptions. No choice. Clearly if you are not using essential oils and manuka honey, then you are uneducated and a danger to our society. Your dirty, un-oiled kid could be spreading MRSA to my children and others. And MRSA is deadly.
Start posting the links on your wall. Make sure to call non-oilers names such as fanatics and losers. I'm sure you oil up all your children without question. It's your duty, after all, to protect the herd from measles. Er, MRSA.
MRSA was eradicated from the ulcer and rapid healing was successfully achieved.
Honey is recognized to have antibacterial properties, and can also promote effective wound healing. A traditional therapy, therefore, appears to have enormous potential in solving new problems.
Manuka honey was effective in eradicating MRSA from 70% of chronic venous ulcers. The potential to prevent infection is increased when wounds are desloughed and MRSA is eliminated. This can be beneficial to prevent cross-infection.
Mupirocin was significantly more effective at clearing nasal carriage (78%) than tea tree cream (47%; P = 0.0001) but tea tree treatment was more effective than chlorhexidine or silver sulfadiazine at clearing superficial skin sites and skin lesions. The tea tree preparations were effective, safe and well tolerated and could be considered in regimens for eradication of MRSA carriage.
These results support previous studies on these oils and suggest an additional option to treat MRSA infections.
The citrus vapour reduced VRE and MRSA on stainless steel surfaces by 1.5-3log(10) after 24h exposure. Staphylococcal biofilms were reduced both during and after formation, whereas enterococcal biofilms were significantly reduced (P≤0.05) only after formation. Metabolic activitydecreased by up to 72% in strains tested. Two-dimensional digital microscopy showed reductions in biofilm coverage of the stainless steel disc by as much as 99.5%.
A combination of Citricidal and geranium oil showed the greatest-anti-bacterial effects against MRSA, whilst a combination of geranium and tea tree oil was most active against the methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (Oxford strain).
The development of the biofilm mode of growth of MRSA was observed in the saline-treated control group. In contrast, only focal biofilms were present on the tube surface in experimental group A and considerable reduction of biofilm with destruction of the MRSA cells was shown in experimental group B.
From these results, the antimicrobial effect of tea-tree oil against biofilm formation on tympanostomy tubes in vitro has been verified.
More on essential oils and pathogens:
Cinnamon oil, lemongrass oil, cedarwood oil, clove oil and eucalyptus oil exhibit antibacterial property against S. mutans.
The use of these essential oils against S. mutans can be a viable alternative to other antibacterial agents as these are an effective module used in the control of both bacteria and yeasts responsible for oral infections.
Glycopeptide-resistant Enterococcus (GRE) is an important healthcare-acquired infection (HCAI) which costs the healthcare service many millions of pounds worldwide. In this study, lemon (Citrus limon), sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) or bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oils (EO) and their vapours, alone and in combination, are tested for their antimicrobial activity against vancomycin-resistant and vancomycin-sensitive strains of E. faecium and E. faecalis. A blend of 1:1 (v/v) orange and bergamot EO was the most effective of the oils and/or blends tested with a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), at 25 degrees C and pH 5.5, of 0.25-0.5% (v/v) and a minimum inhibitory dose (MID) of 50 mg/L, at 50 degrees C at pH 7.5, when viable counts reduced by 5.5-10 log10 colony forming units (cfu)/mL, suggesting that this blend of citrus oils is effective under a range of conditions for inhibiting the growth and survival of E. faecalis, E. faecium and VRE.
Eugenol (4-allyl-1-hydroxy-2-methoxybenzene) was tested for antiviral activity against HSV-1 and HSV-2 viruses. In vitro, it was found that the replication of these viruses was inhibited in the presence of this compound. Inhibitory concentration 50% values for the anti-HSV effects of eugenol were 25.6 microg/mL and 16.2 microg/mL for HSV-1 and HSV-2 respectively, 250 microg/mL being the maximum dose at which cytotoxicity was tested. Eugenol was virucidal and showed no cytotoxicity at the concentrations tested. Eugenol-acyclovir combinations synergistically inhibited herpesvirus replication in vitro. Topical application of eugenol delayed the development of herpesvirus induced keratitis in the mouse model.
This study showed the beneficial effects of the essential oils of T. serpyllum and T. vulgaris grown in Ash-shoubak in inhibiting the growth of microbes and the implications this could have in pharmacy and food technology.
The oil showed pronounced antibacterial and antifungal activity than 1,8-Cineole and α-Pinene against all of the tested microbes. Furthermore, the survival rates and morphological changes of S. aureus after treatment with different concentrations of the essential oil were assessed by flow cytometry (FCM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM).
The oil exerted a marked inhibition against multidrug-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) Enterococcus faecalis.
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