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Date: 05/16/2008    Written by: Jon Barron

Simultaneous Infection with MRSA and the Flu

Infection, MRSA, Flu

Just in case you're a junky for disturbing news, here's something to ponder. You probably already know that it's been a bad year for the flu, with the current version of the vaccine offering minimal protection. You've probably also heard that antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise. Well, now there's a new concern. The medical community is worried about an alarming increase in the number of people simultaneously infected with both the flu and the antibiotic-resistant infection known as MRSA. For the very young, the very old, and those in weakened condition, having a combination of both conditions spells catastrophe.

Also known as "the deadly superbug," MRSA stands for "methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus" -- a highly infectious bacterial condition that doesn't respond to known antibiotic treatments. MRSA most likely developed in response to antibiotic overuse, mutating to its current hardy form. It typically starts as a skin infection, but it can spread to the lungs, causing pneumonia and other deadly diseases. Apparently, MRSA and the flu have a cooperative relationship: MRSA makes the system more vulnerable to the flu and the flu makes the system more vulnerable to MRSA-induced pneumonia.

The CDC has noted a sharp increase in the number of cases of reported deaths from simultaneous infection within the past few years, particularly among children. In 2004-2005, only one pediatric death from co-infection was reported, compared to 24 deaths this year. Although these are small numbers, they do represent a 2400-percent increase in just a few years, marking a trend some medical experts find alarming. They worry about the possibility that we could have an epidemic of more viruses such as bird flu and SARS at the same time that the incidence of MRSA continues to rise at an accelerated rate. (In fact, the 2001-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated that as many as 2 million people in the US alone may be infected with methicillin-resistant staph infections, and some experts say that MRSA is already at epidemic levels.)

"This is what happened in the influenza pandemic in 1957, which was co-incident with a pandemic of multi-drug resistant staphylococcal infections," say Dr. Jerome Klein of the Boston University School of Medicine. "Not only were the elderly and immuno-compromised prone to the combination, but otherwise healthy individuals were felled with substantial morbidity and mortality."

The problem is, apparently, that once you have a compromised immune system, whether through bacterial or viral infection, you're vulnerable to attack by other diseases of all sorts. Given recent research that indicates a virus might cause prostate and other cancers, there's yet another reason that you need to keep your immune system in top shape and to prevent all sorts of infection or viruses from finding safe harbor in your body.

The solution touted by the majority of medical minds is to make sure all of us -- including our infants -- get flu vaccines. Avoid the flu, they say, and you'll not only have protection from the flu, but also, from co-infection. But given the evidence about vaccine side effects (and ineffectiveness), which I've discussed at length before, I'd recommend a different approach -- one based on destroying as many invading pathogens (bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc.) as possible, and optimizing your immune system to clean up the rest.

For details about how you can boost your immunity and fight pathogens, check out my newsletter from October 2004. And remember, as I point out in the earlier posts, your immune system is intimately tied to your entire Baseline of Health. For example, you can take all the immune boosters in the world, but if your system runs rampant with Circulating Immune Complexes, your immune system will be substantially compromised. Or if your colon is packed with old fecal matter, your immune system will be undermined by self-toxicity. If you drink chlorinated water and eat antibiotic-laced meat and dairy, the bacteria in your intestinal tract will be in a state of dysbiosis and you will be missing as much as 40% of your immune function. In the end, for optimal immune function, you must optimize your entire Baseline of Health.

:hc

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    Submitted by emily matthews on
    June 2, 2008 - 2:56am

    I never will get a flu vaccine unless I am paid 1 million dollars! I work in ER and have had many pt's come in w-flu, etc. All of us who refused vaccines did NOT get sick even though these pt's coughed and hacked right in our faces...our co-workers who got the vaccine, got sick.

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    Submitted by Tony Isaacs on
    May 20, 2008 - 3:10am

    Your recommendations for boosting immunity are excellent - in fact, I incorporated many of them in my own article about beating and avoiding the flu:
    http://www.tbyil.com/flu.htm
    Not the first time I have borrowed recommedations from someone I have considered a mentor for years now.
    Perhaps the most powerful immune boosters on the planet is one you have been following and I have been researching and writing about for the past few years - oleander (with the toxins removed of course). In 1986-87 studies, an extract of nerium oleander was found to have six times the immune stimulating activity of the most powerful immune stimulators known man.
    No doubt, it's immune boosting ability has a great deal to do with the fact that an oleander based herbal supplement, Sutherlandia OPC had been over 90% effective against a wide range of cancers and was recently found to be 100% effective in reversing HIV/AIDS in a clinical trial.
    http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/62340
    That supplement and your own Blood Tonic are two key elements in my recommended anti-cancer protocol:
    http://www.tbyil.com/anticancer.htm
    BTW, if someone does contract MRSA, high quality true colloidal silver is very effective.
    Live long, live healthy, live happy!

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