Bacteria are single celled microorganisms that reproduce by dividing. Commonly treated by antibiotics (which don’t work against viral infections, by the way), they constantly mutate into new forms that are not responsive to antibiotics, called MRSD. It is more important now than ever to keep our bodies in infection fighting condition. Bacteria enter a body to break down cells when they are dying, taking advantage of a weak and dying system. Make your body more “alive,” more alkaline, and strengthen its immune system as a general strategy to fight against infection.
Many people confuse bacteria with viruses. Bacteria are living organisms that reproduce in your body. Viruses are not living organisms and they do their damage by entering the cells of the body and changing them. They can even change DNA. We have many different kinds of bacteria in our body, including some that are good for us because they balance out other forms of bacteria by cleaning or otherwise helping the body’s processes.
What Causes Bacterial Infection?
The simple answer to this question is that a weak immune system, combined with exposure to bacteria, creates an environment for infection to take hold. It’s possible to be exposed to bacteria without becoming infected, depending on your body’s immune response and the type of bacteria. But don’t tempt fate; be sure to keep your hands and environment clean and free of germs. Here are some specific problems that encourage bacteria growth:
- A diet high in sugars lowers the immune system and allows the proliferation of infection.
- An overly acid condition of the body is a home for bacteria.
- An alkali stomach, however, with too few digestive enzymes allows the bacteria to take over. Eating cooked foods uses up your own digestive enzymes. You have only so many.
- The immune system is at a disadvantage if you are deficient in nutrients, have high stress, or don’t sleep regularly, making you more prone to catching infections.
- Women are vulnerable to vaginal and urinary bacterial infections, because of diet and exposure to germs from sexual contact, bathing, and even soiled clothing.
- Improper hygiene—washing your hands reduces the rate of bacterial and viral infections by up to 50%, and gastrointestinal infections by 80%.
Treatments for Bacterial Infection
Bacterial infection is often localized. If it appears on the skin, it can easily be treated topically with antibacterial and antifungal extracts, including:
- Oregano oil
- Garlic oil
- Tea tree oil
Internal infections, such as yeast bacteria, can be treated with the following supplements:
- Probiotic cultures
- Oregano oil
- Garlic oil
- Pau d’arco tea
- Devil’s claw
Use large amounts of vitamin C and zinc, though be careful with zinc if you have symptoms of adrenal exhaustion. Grapefruit seed extract can be applied or ingested. The liquid form tastes very bitter, which is helpful for liver health, but for those who can’t stomach it, it is also available in pills.
Bovine colostrum may be effective against infections that are otherwise difficult for the immune system to defeat. Available in supplement form, colostrum is rich in IgG type immune globulins, which are effective against Cryptosporidium (a genus of protozoa that can cause life threatening diarrhea in AIDS patients), some strains of E. coli, Shigella flexneri, Clostridium difficile, and rotavirus, which is the most common cause of severe diarrhea in young children.
Colloidal silver can effectively fight infections deemed undefeatable, and it is amazingly effective against about 65 infectious agents, including E. coli and Candida (which causes yeast infections). It can even quickly clear up potentially deadly AIDS related pneumonia caused by streptococcal, staphylococcal, klebsiella, and fungal infections. Use the non chemical type, in glass containers, with golden colored silver, and make sure you purchase from a reputable source. It should not be used for extended periods.
Avoid sugar in any form, as it immediately shuts down the immune system and attracts bacteria.
Overuse of antibiotics has produced many drug resistant bacterial strains of “super bugs,” and they also kill the beneficial bacteria in the gut, leading to digestive problems and systemic yeast overgrowth. The only time to take a commercial antibiotic is when you absolutely must, and if you do, take anti fungal supplements such as caprylic acid. Use goldenseal as a natural antibiotic, but treat it in the same way, staying on a schedule and continuing until it is gone. Then, give it a break. Echinacea should also only be used sporadically, as it stresses the immune system if used over a long time period.