The first time I saw the letters “MRSA“, I thought to myself, “What the heck is that?”, and “What does MRSA stand for?” As I continued to review medical and homeopathic websites, I came to understand what it was. MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Big title, but what does it mean? And more importantly, what is the cause of MRSA, and why do you need to know?
What is MRSA? – Well, MRSA is a staph infection caused by a bacterium that can affect any part of our bodies. The scary thing about MRSA is that it’s tough to treat because it is resistant to most antibiotics that are commonly used. That’s why it is also termed the “super bug”.
MRSA Symptoms – The symptoms of MRSA depend on where it’s located. Mild forms may be on the skin, causing boils or sores, but MRSA can also land in the urinary tract, in the bloodstream and even in and around surgical scars and wounds. No wonder it can be live threatening. MRSA symptoms include redness, tenderness, fever, pain, pus or swelling of the infection site.
Is MRSA Contagious, and what is the cause of MRSA? Believe it or not, we all carry various bacteria on our bodies. The problem is when it enters the body, usually through a cut or opening on our skin. Once there, it can cause an infection. Many people have the MRSA staph but don’t even know it because it doesn’t harm them where it’s located. MRSA is transmitted by contact, either touching an infected area or touching a person who has the staph infection.
Where Is MRSA Particularly Rampant? The place where you would expect to be treated. The hospital. In hospitals, where surgical procedures are performed and where sick people are, the staph infection is more likely to spread. So, if you must be hospitalized, exercise caution because MRSA can be a hospital-acquired infection.
MRSA Treatment – Years ago, the treatment plan was antibiotics, but now stronger and stronger strands of MRSA have evolved, rendering many antibiotics useless. Antibiotics that are still effective against MRSA are vancomycin (although this is starting to be less effective), mupirocin and teicoplanin. So, a MRSA treatment is not always easy.
Okay, let’s forgot the doom and gloom and discuss something that is truly remarkable about how to treat MRSA, even when all else fails. Are you ready? HONEY. Yes, you read that right – Honey is very effective against MRSA. Here’s the scoop about the benefits of honey.
How Does Honey Work To Treat MRSA? There is overwhelming evident, both in studies and reports, that manuka honey is very effective in treating MRSA. Most bacteria need moisture in order to live. One of honey’s amazing abilities is to extract moisture from microbes, causing them to dehydrate. Also, while antibiotics kill bacteria, honey “freezes” bacteria and prevents them from spreading. And, when a bacteria is killed, such as by antibiotics, they are more likely to form a resistance. This is not the case with honey.
Also, many antibiotics kill the good, the bad, and the ugly. If taken orally, they kill the flora in the intestinal tract, and this throws the whole body out of whack. The beneficial microbes are needed the most when we are sick and trying to fight off infection, but antibiotics kill them. But, not with honey. The beneficial bacteria are less affected by honey than they are by antibiotics. I used to wonder why I always found myself with a bladder infection every time I used antibiotics. Then I had to take more medicine to get rid of the bladder infection. A vicious cycle. Now I am allergic to most antibiotics 🙁 With honey, there are no side effects (unless, of course, if you are allergic to it).
Here is a list of some of the infectious diseases and wounds that have successfully been treated with honey:
Tooth decay and periodontal gum disease, sore throat, pneumonia, infected animal bites, ear infections, meningitis, respiratory infections, urinary tract infection, MRSA, boils, impetigo, cuts, diabetic ulcers, burns, large septic wounds, varicose ulcers, surgical wounds, bed sores, sickle cell ulcers
What’s Wrong With Antibiotics? I’m sure you’ll agree with me that antibiotics have been a blessing, but it also has been overprescribed for years. If you had a sniffle or cold, the doctor gave antibiotics. When this happened, germs were overexposed, and they lost their resistance to that particular antibiotic. Most human infections are now resistant to at least one class of antibiotic. Pretty frightening stuff, wouldn’t you say?
Why Aren’t More People Aware of The Amazing Qualities Of Honey? Think about this. Honey is available everywhere, you don’t need a prescription, and it is very inexpensive in comparison to other forms of antibiotics. Let’s face it, medicine and drugs are very big business, and there is a lot of money to be made. But, honey is slowly making its way on the medical front. Medicinal honey products are being produced by companies in a few countries today. Medi-honey sells sterilized honey, and Comvita also sells honey for medicinal use (www.comvita.com). There are a number of South American countries that sell honey eye drops, and I just read that there is a honey cold and flu medicine sold under the Vicks brand (www.vicks.com). So, the future is very promising.
Another thing to point out is that we are constantly discovering the benefits of honey. This humble ingredient, whose history spans for thousands of years, still holds untold and undiscovered qualities that are helpful to mankind. Who knows, perhaps the facts about honey that we haven’t yet discovered may just be that which holds the key to improved health and benefits to us all.
Have you used honey medicinally? Leave a comment. Thanks!