Friday, April 02, 2010

MRSA -- you don't want this


Around Chandler AZ here, people tend to pick up the antibiotic-resistant staph called MRSA for short. This stubborn thing used to run through nursing homes or come from infected IVs or catheters, now it’s out in the community.

It is probably on your skin right now—will enough of it organize to cause you a problem? Who knows.

My otherwise healthy 28-year-old got a little pimple on her leg. Now it’s saucer-sized and filled with crumpled up gauze packing. They had to cut it open with a scalpel.

Antibiotics are great things. My grandfather would probably not died at 60 of pneumonia if they had had them. But they are not a cure all.

The bugs could be winning. MRSA can lead to organ shutdown, even death if it races all through the body.

Someone told me medical-grade honey called Manuka is effective. I am looking at studies.

So far, clindamycin has failed. We are back to an oldie—tetracycline. Others they may try: daptomycin, doxycycline, linezolid, monocycline, bactrim, and vancomycin. A new one called telavancin (Vibativ) has also come to my attention. Am checking into it.

Prevent, prevent, people. Don’t share athletic equipment, towels, or razors with people. Wash hands often. Avoid whirlpools and hot tubs.

You know what else bugs me—all these people you read about saying oh, they are a vegetarian, they exercise constantly, they are fit, they are this and that, so they don’t want to pay for someone else’s bad “lifestyle choices.”

Germs and bacteria are still among us—and this could happen to anyone! My daughter’s bad lifestyle choice was walking around being alive.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Star, very sorry to hear about your daughter. Here are some thoughts which, quite certainly, the MSM folks won't come up with. (MSM apparently means "mainstream medicine" -- I've been seeing this on line recently.)

(1)
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100330210942.htm

Essential Oils to Fight Superbugs
ScienceDaily (Apr. 4, 2010) —

Essential oils could be a cheap and effective alternative to antibiotics and potentially used to combat drug-resistant hospital superbugs, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh

(2) Next snippet is about strep, not staph. Nonetheless, one must wonder if the same concept applies? (Protect strep germs?)

Also from ScienceDaily.

Sick of Strep Throat
With New Antibiotics,Pediatricians Fight Proxy War on Bugs

October 1, 2006 — Strep throat has become harder to fight using penicillin or amoxicillin, but that's not because the Streptococci have developed a resistance to those drugs. Instead, more than 50 percent of children have bacteria in their throats that protect strep germs.

(3) Much more technical, and mine own thought through and through:

Pyruvate carboxylase is a very important enzyme for staph, as for humans. One of its essential co-factors is biotin. (Biotin is a vitamin.)

Avidin binds tightly to biotin -- "avidly," that's where the name came from.

Raw egg whites contain avidin. In the days when it was possible to eat egg whites without fear of food poisoning, people were warned not to eat (or drink) a lot of raw eggs. Because the avidin would bind to biotin in their gut, and create a deficiency.

I can't help but wonder about this scenario:

Paint (safe) egg white onto skin which has developed MRSA.

The avidin binds to any available biotin.

It seems like that would put a complete stop to the pyruvate carboxylase of the MRSA.

This may seem simple-minded, but recently I was the house of someone whose dog would no longer eat the scrambled-but-raw eggs provided. (They have their own chickens; these are entirely safe eggs.)

We talked about it for a while, and came to the conclusion that the avidin could be the problem.

The next two days, the dog was provided with egg yolks only. Which the dog ate with gusto. Animals frequently know when food is OK for them to eat.

If it were my daughter, I would try to get the egg-white experiment implemented.

Star Lawrence said...

Check out this site--
http://tahilla.typepad.com/mrsawatch/

Star Lawrence said...

Another one...
http://drugresistantstaph.blogspot.com/

Star Lawrence said...

Hmmmm..interesting. I have asked around and have been told thymol, which I believe is derived from oregano, is a good disinfectant for surfaces and there is a product Allibiotics based on it to increase immunity. The egg white thing is interesting--I also heard about medical grade honey--Manuka--but I am not trying or recommending slopping these things on for awhile. Her mess hurts less, but is still hard--tetracycline is in play now. We are limited financially like many other people right now--she had to get on Medicaid and the ER is seeing her. The packing is out...we shall see. One person who has helped me is Meryn McKenna, who wrote a book called Superbug (Amazon--I ordered one). She mentioned Hibiclens to clean skin...I have not tried it...As I said, we can't just buy everything right now...Thanks for your thoughts. In a larger sense, this is a lesson for us, readers--do research, think, try to plan.

Star Lawrence said...

It's been a couple of days--the tetracycline seems to be cutting it...so far, anyway.

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Star Lawrence said...

We got the Hibiclens...I see google put an ad for your stuff on my site...I am leaving your comment. Can't have too much good info! My daughter finished the tetracycline and there is still a lump in there...she is headed back to the doc.

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