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Organic Ways To Avoid Infection With The MRSA SuperbugOrganic Ways To Avoid Infection With The MRSA Superbug

Lately in the news there has been a lot of talk about deaths and illness due to antibiotic resistant bacteria, namely methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It is estimated to kill more people annually than the AIDS virus1.

In the past, it was mainly a problem in the hospital environment where the immune system of sick or injured patients was easily overtaken by the superbug. Now MRSA is becoming more common in athletes, children and even apparently healthy adults. Blame has been targeted at the overuse of antibiotics in our society.

Staphylococcus aureus is actually an extremely common type of bacteria. It is found on the skin and in the nasal passages of a large percentage of healthy people. Normally, it does not cause a problem. However, if a person's immune system is weakened, the bacteria are more likely to cause an infection. In addition, if it happens to be the MRSA strain there are fewer antibiotics capable of treating it. Mainstream recommendations from doctors include:

  • Washing hands frequently or applying hand sanitizer
  • Keeping cuts and scrapes clean and covered with a bandage
  • Not sharing towels, razors, or other personal items

To attempt to avoid germs, many people slather on hand sanitizer (which is predominantly alcohol), killing both harmful and beneficial bacteria on their hands. The alcohol also dries out the skin, making it more likely to crack. When it cracks, it is more susceptible to invasion by harmful bacteria (especially since the beneficial bacteria have been compromised by the alcohol). It is an insult to the immune system.

Many commonly used hand soaps contain potentially harmful chemicals such as triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and triethanoloamine (not to mention synthetic fragrances and artificial colors). Why choose to put those chemicals on your hands when there are healthier alternatives?

Antibiotic ointments are not usually the healthiest solution to assisting wound healing since they commonly contain a petroleum base. Petrolatum is manufactured from crude oil and commonly contains cancer causing impurities such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). For this reason, petrolatum has been banned for cosmetic use in the European Union. In addition, petrolatum smothers the wound, potentially sealing in microorganisms and preventing adequate ventilation of the wound.

Here at Natural Pure Organics, we have a different overall opinion on how to avoid acquiring MRSA (or any infection for that matter). We believe that more focus should be spent on strengthening the immune system, than trying desperately to avoid "germs." Many people hear the word "bacteria" and think "harmful." What many people are not aware of is that beneficial bacteria live on your skin, including places like your eyelids, hands, feet, and underarms, as well as in your mouth, ear canals, and digestive tract! These beneficial bacteria actually help prevent you from becoming ill. When proper numbers of beneficial bacteria are present, they protect the body from becoming overpopulated with pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms.

To avoid cracks in your skin:

To assist quick healing of minor wounds:

  • Apply Purifying Blemish Gel to minor cuts and scrapes. This beneficial gel contains a healing blend of aloe vera, herbs and flowers with absolutely NO petroleum.

To strengthen your immune system:

1. Klevens R, Morrison M, Nadle J, et al. Invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureau infections in the United States. JAMA 2007 Oct 17;298(15):1763-1771.

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