Volume 12, Issue 45 |  
Ancient cure for eye infections
also cures the MRSA superbug
What if I told you there's an ancient folk remedy for the deadly MRSA superbug? You might think I'm crazy. But a team of researchers recently discovered this cure — and it works!

Anglo-Saxon expert Dr. Christina Lee works at the School of English at Nottingham University in Great Britain. But how is it that this history professor ends up doing medical research? Well, it turns out that there is a leather bound Old English 10th century manuscript in the British Library called "Bald's Leechbook." The Leechbook is widely thought of as one of the earliest known medical textbooks. It contains Anglo-Saxon medical advice and recipes for medicines, salves, and other treatments. One day, when perusing through the old book, Dr. Lee came upon a thousand-year-old medieval remedy for eye infections.

The recipe calls for garlic, onion, leek, wine, and oxgall. Now you are probably okay with the first ingredients, but what in the world is oxgall? Stand by. It's the bile from a cow's stomach. How you get that I am not sure. I am sure you have to have a pretty cooperative cow. But however you get it, oxgall is an essential part of the remedy. The manuscript also describes a very specific method of making the remedy. It includes a brass vessel to brew it in, a strainer to purify it, and the instruction to let the mixture set for nine days before use. So what did Dr. Lee do with this concoction?

Well, the first thing she did was to make it. But she didn't stop there. She worked with some microbiologists to see if it could kill the deadly superbug MRSA (multi-drug resistant staph aureus). As you probably know, MRSA is resistant to most antibiotics, and is the cause of many deaths and amputations. Here's what they did.

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They infected a group of mice with MRSA and then treated the infected wounds with the remedy. The remedy worked unbelievably well. Amazingly, only about one bacterial cell in a thousand survived in the wounds! Here's what Dr. Freya Harrison, who led the work in the laboratory, had to say about the results. "We thought that Bald's eye salve might show a small amount of antibiotic activity, because each of the ingredients has been shown by other researchers to have some effect on bacteria in the lab. But we were absolutely blown away by just how effective the combination of ingredients was." Co-scientist Dr. Steve Diggle added: "When we found that it [the remedy] could actually disrupt and kill cells in MRSA biofilms, I was genuinely amazed." The scientists presented their findings at the Annual Conference of the Society for General Microbiology in Birmingham. Now this is a pretty interesting story, but you don't have to find a complicit cow to kill MRSA.

There is another very old remedy that works even better on MRSA. Many doctors all around the world have been using it for decades. I have personally saved the legs of two patients who were scheduled for amputations for MRSA infections using this remedy. The remedy was first discovered in 1785 by Dutch physicist Martinus Van Marum. It's called ozone. Ozone can cure MRSA infections and other difficult infections both alone and in combination with antibiotics. It can be used either as a direct application of the ozone gas, or by using ozonated water or oils.

So if you or a loved one has been told that you have a MRSA infection that won't respond to antibiotics, you don't need to go out and find a cow willing to share his oxgall. Just find a doctor trained in the use of ozone for these infections. You can find one at the American Academy of Ozonotherapy website: www.aaot.us.

Yours for better health,

"Anglo-Saxon cow bile and garlic potion kills MRSA." By Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 1:12PM BST 30 Mar 2015 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

Bialoszewski D, Pietruczuk-Padzik A, Kalicinska A, et al. Activity of ozonated water and ozone against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms. Med Sci Monit. 2011 Nov;17(11):BR339-344.

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