**Stephanie's note: This excellent post on curing MRSA is just a little sneak peak into some of the posts that will be coming in October, when we dive into all sorts of natural and home remedies, as well as looking at prevention for colds, flus and even cavities!**
Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer
How I Contracted MRSA
Late last June, I had total knee replacement surgery. It ended up being a bit of a nightmare with many complications, the scariest of all being a MRSA infection in my incision.
For those of you who do not know about MRSA, it is a staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics. MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. Staph infections, in the past, were treated with Methicillin. Now, however, if a staph infection is resistant to that drug, which was my case, Methicillin is no longer effective in killing the bacteria. In fact, MRSA has outsmarted nearly every antibiotic there is.
For nearly four months I struggled with MRSA and then, as quickly as it came on, it was a thing of the past. Here is how it happened:
The infection began 3 weeks out of surgery. I was given Bactrim (sulfa antibiotic), which cleared the initial site, but the bacteria mutated and became resistant to Bactrim, causing a second outbreak. Shortly after the second site had been lanced, a third and fourth outbreak began, all in the incision.
My surgeon did not want to put me back on antibiotics, because the MRSA would mutate again and get stronger. I had tried many remedies that I had researched online, and also some complimentary treatments suggested by a naturopathic doctor.
These included tea tree, lavender and other essential oils, colloidal silver, mega doses of vitamin C, golden seal, coconut oil, etc. These kept the infection from becoming full-blown but would not kill it. Meanwhile, with all the clinic co-pays and money put out for complimentary treatments and prescriptions, we had spent a small fortune.
We were discouraged about all of this. I wondered where it all would eventually lead, having heard a number of horror stories about people who had died of MRSA after having searched for months, even years, for a cure.
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The Natural Cure That Worked For Me
But late one night, after the pastors of my church had visited and prayed for my healing, I went online again and typed in "what kills mrsa". It seems all the articles that came up heralded the wonder of a product called Manuka Honey from Australia and New Zealand. Some articles told about twenty years worth of studies that had been done with remarkable results which had been published in medical journals. Another article referred to the FDA here in the U.S. having approved a calcium alginate wound dressing (derived from sea algae) with Manuka Honey incorporated into it.
Seems this honey kills the protein in the bacterial cell wall, therefore killing the bacteria. Also, when it comes into contact with a draining wound, the honey produces hydrogen peroxide. The sugar in the honey also acts to draw out infection. It is supposed to work on any type of infection, not just MRSA.
So I plunked down some more money and within a few days had my liquid gold. I put the honey directly on my knee and covered it with a wound dressing. It changed dramatically within hours the first time I used it. It took only days before the MRSA was gone. My doctor cleared me of the infection at an appointment several weeks later.
Some Suggestions and Links
Since doctors can use anything that is FDA approved, it wouldn't be out of line to ask your doctor to check it out if need be. Here are some of the links I found:
Click here for a link to the article about the product that has been approved for medical use called "Medihoney". (This is the information you would want to give to your doctor if you contracted MRSA.)
Go here for a site that sells Medihoney.
Go here for another article about Manuka Honey.
Finally this link will take you to the site where I bought Manuka honey. This is what I used for the MRSA and also for several recent skin infections. Though I’ve tried Medihoney and the calcium alginate wound dressing, this simple inexpensive product works best for me.
Prayerfully, you will never have to be treated for MRSA (or any infection for that matter). But it is good to know that even MRSA can be cured easily and inexpensively.
Who Gets the Credit?
Behind this wonderful cure was God's providential hand. Not only did He bring my attention to this wonderful resource, He created it to begin with. And, things changed only after the pastors came over and prayed for me.
To Him be the glory!
Have you recovered from an antibiotic-resistant infection? What worked for you?