The End of Antibiotics and the
Rise of Iodine as an Effective Alternative
by Mark Sircus Ac., OMD
Eventually antibiotics are going to be seen as one of the worst things
to ever come out of pharmaceutical science because in the end, they
have made us only weaker in the face of ever increasingly strong super
bugs that are resistant to all the antibiotics doctors have at their
disposal. When we look at how deep the rabbit hole goes with
antibiotics, we will get sick in our souls. Antibiotics have fulfilled
their anti–biotic anti-life role leaving a long trail of death
and suffering in the wake of their use.
measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, pneumonia,
influenza, whooping cough, diphtheria and polio. All were in decline
for several decades before the introduction of antibiotics or vaccines
- Dr. Lawrence Wilson.
Antibiotics do not kill yeast. Many
women find after taking antibiotics, they get vaginal yeast infections
(because their normal bacterial balance has been lost). Antibiotics
bring on fungal and yeast infections thus will eventually be seen as a
major cause of cancer since more and more oncologists are seeing yeast
and fungal infections as an integral part of cancer and its cause. With
upwards of 40 percent of all cancers thought to be involved with and
caused by infections, the subject of antibiotics and the need for
something safer, more effective and life serving is imperative.
may be some time before we really enter the predicted "post antibiotic
era" in which common infections are frequently untreatable - Dr. Marc
Lipsitch et al. (Harvard School of Public Health).
Antibiotics kill all bacteria in the body, including the ones
antibiotic is a substance produced by certain bacteria or fungi that
kills other cells or interferes with their growth. In nature, these
substances help some microbes survive by limiting the multiplication of
other microbes that share the same environment. Antibiotics that attack
pathogenic (disease-causing) microbes without severely harming normal
body cells are useful as drugs but there does not seem to be any from
the pharmaceutical companies that do not do damage. Dr. Lisa
Landymore-Lin wrote all about this in her book Poisonous Prescriptions
asking, 'Do Antibiotics Cause Asthma and Diabetes?' We are now
beginning to question the role of antibiotics as a cause of cancer
since they do lead to pathogen overgrowth especially in the area of
yeast and fungi. Chris Woollams writes, "It is estimated that 70 per
cent of the British population have a yeast infection. The primary
cause of this is our love of antibiotics. Swollen glands? Take
antibiotics. Tonsillitis? Take antibiotics."
Two studies in the recent past have shown an association between the
use of antibiotics with higher incidence of breast cancer.
one study the increased risk was small, and the importance of the link
has been played down by UK breast-cancer experts, but the findings add
weight to recent studies that have found links between antibiotics and
other diseases. In the past few years, heavy antibiotic use has been
linked to the inflammatory bowel disorder, Crohn's disease, and to
children developing allergies such as Hay fever and asthma. And as we
shall see below, antibiotics play a hidden role in autism and other
The Journal of the American Medical
Association has reported a study on 10,000 women in which women who
took over 500 days of antibiotics in a 17 year period (dubbed 25 plus
doses) had twice the risk of breast cancer as those that took none at
all. Even women taking just one had a statistical risk increase to 1.5
The consequences of resistance in some bacteria can be
measured as increases in the term and magnitude of morbidity, higher
rates of mortality, and greater costs of hospitalization for patients
infected with resistant bacteria - Dr. Marc Lipsitch et al.
antibiotics are undiscriminating: in addition to "bad bacteria," they
also kill healthy bacteria which normally live in the intestines and
the vagina, and which are a necessary part of the indigenous flora to
keep the body healthy. When the "good" bacteria are killed with
antibiotics, then yeast, which is part of the normal flora of the body,
can begin to overgrow because the antibiotics have altered the body's
healthy terrain (internal ecological balance) allowing the yeast to
hyperproliferate and cause many far-reaching, toxic symptoms.
modern medicine so far continues to believe that antibiotics have
played an important role in staving off bacterial infections since
Alexander Fleming first discovered them in 1927. Many doctors are
finally beginning to see that the effectiveness of these so-called
miracle drugs has waned as some of the very bacteria they are meant to
control have been mutating into new forms that don't respond to
treatment. Many medical experts blame this phenomenon on both the
misuse and overuse of antibiotics in recent years in both human
medicine and in agriculture.
According to several studies,
obstetricians and gynecologists write 2,645,000 antibiotic
prescriptions every week. Internists prescribe 1,416,000 per week. This
works out to 211,172,000 prescriptions annually in the United States,
just for these two specialties. Pediatricians prescribe over $500
million worth of antibiotics annually just for one condition, ear
infections. Yet topical povidone iodine (PVP-I) is as effective as
topical ciprofloxacin, with a superior advantage of having no in vitro
drug resistance and the added benefit of reduced cost of treatment.
to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, taking properly prescribed medical drugs was listed as the
third leading cause of death in the U.S. Antibiotics were listed in
this category because antibiotics can be deadly.
17-year-old St Margaret's College student in New Zealand has exposed
multiple antibiotic-resistant bugs in fresh chicken sold in
supermarkets? Jane Millar's discovery of a range of resistant bacteria
in chickens that could compromise antibiotic treatment in humans is an
important finding that the bacteria have developed resistance to
antibiotics not used in the poultry industry but important for treating
serious infections in humans.
We can create resistance to
medically important antibiotics by using antibiotics that are
presumably safe in agriculture - Jane Millar.
Jane bought six
fresh chickens - free-range, barn-raised and organic – from a
supermarket. She took samples from each bird and grew bug colonies,
which she used to test different antibiotics. Apramycin is an
antibiotic used sparingly by the New Zealand poultry industry to treat
infections. The bacteria of two chickens tested resistant to apramycin.
They also proved resistant to another two antibiotics from the same
family - gentamicin and tobramycin - used for serious human infections.
Gentamicin is not used by the poultry industry; tobramycin is
restricted to human use only.
A recent risk assessment study
commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
estimated that about 8,000-10,000 persons in the U.S. each year acquire
fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter infections from chicken and
attempt to treat those infections with a fluoroquinolone.
day, new strains of bacteria, fungi, and other pathogenic
microorganisms are becoming resistant to the antibiotics that once
dispatched them with extreme prejudice.
"We know that
antimicrobial resistance will follow antimicrobial use as sure as night
follows day," said Dr. John A. Jernigan, deputy chief of prevention and
response from the Center of Disease Control. "It's just a biological
phenomenon." It turns out that the indiscriminate killing of harmless
microbes damages the body in complex ways we are only beginning to
understand. Powerful antibiotics introduced into the complex
environment in our intestines cause mayhem, much like a series of bombs
tossed into a market square. Antibiotic resistance is a widespread
problem, and one that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention calls "one of the world's most pressing public health
One of the deadliest germs is a staph bacteria
called M.R.S.A., short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus,
which lives harmlessly on the skin but causes havoc when it enters the
body. Patients who do survive M.R.S.A. often spend months in the
hospital and endure several operations to cut out infected tissue.
Hospitalizations associated with a drug-resistant form of a
Staphylococcus bacterium doubled over six years in the U.S. to nearly
280,000 cases in 2005. The death toll rose from 4,700 in 1999 to about
6,600 in 2005. It estimated that 94,000 Americans suffered invasive
MRSA infections in 2005 and that about 19,000 died.
One out of
every 20 patients contracts an infection during a hospital stay in the
US. Hospital infections kill an estimated 103,000 people in the United
States a year, as many as AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents
combined. The vast majority of lethal cases occur in hospitals and
nursing homes, where open wounds and punctures provide the
opportunistic staph a ready path to the bloodstream and organs. The
dangers of infection are worsening as many hospital infections can no
longer be cured with common antibiotics.
than half the time, doctors and other caregivers break the most
fundamental rule of hygiene by failing to clean their hands before
treating a patient.
there has been an alarming epidemic caused by community-associated
(CA)-MRSA strains, which can cause severe infections that can result in
necrotizing fasciitis or even death in otherwise healthy adults outside
of healthcare settings," is the word coming from the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) research team, headed by Dr.
Necrotizing fasciitis is the so-called
flesh-eating disease that can destroy healthy tissue and even kill
patients. The team found that some strains on MRSA secrete a compound
called phenol-soluble modulin or PSM. It attracts immune system cells
called neutrophils, the researchers found, and then blows them up in a
process called lysis. Neutrophils are key immune cells involved in
clearing bacterial infections, so destroying them would allow the
bacteria to thrive almost unmolested.
"In the United States, CA-MRSA
is now the cause of the majority of infections that result in trips to
the emergency room. It is unclear what makes CA-MRSA strains more
successful in causing human disease compared with their
hospital-associated counterparts," they add.
When the peaceful
activities of a normal microbial population are disrupted, malevolent
bacteria may take full advantage of the opportunity to strike. The
intestinal infection C. difficile colitis, now rampaging through
hospitals around the world, is one of the worst such complication of
Clostridium difficile was first recognized as a
hospital microbe in 1978. By 1996, it had increased to 31 cases per
100,000 people discharged from U.S. hospitals. In 2003, the most recent
year for complete statistics, prevalence had risen to 61 per 100,000.
C. diff is part of the natural flora, or bacteria, in the colon. "We're
seeing all of the warning signs that this is the next MRSA," said
former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, founder of the Committee to
Reduce Infection Deaths, a Manhattan-based nonprofit. "It spreads like
wildfire in hospitals."
Clostridium difficile is a
spore-forming toxin-producing bacterium that is overtaking peoples'
large intestines from which it mounts an attack on the bloodstream.
Like MRSA, Clostridium difficile has become multi-drug-resistant.
Although once a bacterium that mostly affected elderly, hospitalized
patients, a bolder strain is crippling the robust. In emergency efforts
to save some patients' lives surgeons remove the entire large intestine
to prevent overwhelming infection.
One case had been treated by
a dermatologist for an ingrown hair on his back and prescribed an
antibiotic. He took only a few pills, but quickly became ill. Based on
what his doctors told him, the short course of antibiotics proved
sufficient to destroy virtually all the natural bacteria in his
intestine - except C. diff, which was freed to ravage his colon.
stethoscopes, blood-pressure monitors and other equipment are
contaminated with live bacteria. Yet doctors and nurses almost never
clean the stethoscope before listening to a patient's chest.
strikes precisely those hospitals which are more 'high-tech', and
handle more serious illnesses. Applying more disinfectant is not the
answer; some strains of germs have actually been found thriving in
bottles of hospital disinfectant! The more antibacterial chemical
'weapons' are being used, the more bacteria are becoming resistant to
them," writes Dr. Carl Wieland.
Health-care officials are
increasingly concerned about emerging new forms of drug-resistant
Tuberculosis (TB). According to the WHO, outbreaks of drug-resistant
tuberculosis are showing up all over the world and threaten to touch
off a worldwide epidemic of virtually incurable tuberculosis. An
October 1997 survey by the WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and
Lung Disease estimates that 50 million people are infected with a
strain of TB that is drug-resistant. Many of those are said to carry
multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis, incurable by two or more of the
New DNA technology has found hundreds of
previously unrecognized species in the traditional stomping grounds of
the mouth and intestine, and traces of bacteria even in tissues
previously thought to be sterile.
Lessons from Autism
scientists at Arizona State University tell us that antibiotic use is
known to almost completely inhibit excretion of mercury in rats due to
alteration of gut flora. Thus, higher use of oral antibiotics in the
children with autism may have reduced their ability to excrete mercury.
Higher usage of oral antibiotics in infancy may also partially explain
the high incidence of chronic gastrointestinal problems in individuals
Many physicians are unaware of lasting adverse
effects caused by routinely prescribed medications such as antibiotics.
Antibiotic therapy for minor colds and runny noses is a common
practice. People routinely receive multiple courses of broad-spectrum
antibiotics throughout life or are injected with long-acting
corticosteroid medicine for joint or muscle pain. Once established,
sub-clinical colonization with yeast in the body may persist
unrecognized for many years. Antibiotics, such as tetracycline, can
greatly increase yeast in the colon after only a few days.
extensive use of antibiotics will make the condition of Candida much
worse because it reduces heavy metal excretion, which is a food source
for the yeast like organism and also killing the beneficial bacteria at
the same time.
Normally, candida albicans lives peacefully in
our intestines and elsewhere, in harmony with other flora that keep the
yeast in check. Take an antibiotic and all this changes. By suppressing
the normal flora, candida takes over and problems begin. In its mild
form, the result is diarrhea or a yeast infection. Dr. Elmer Cranton
says that, "Yeast overgrowth is partly iatrogenic (caused by the
medical profession) and can be caused by antibiotics and cortisone
medications. A diet high in sugar also promotes overgrowth of yeast. A
highly refined diet common in industrialized nations not only promotes
growth of yeast, but is also deficient in many of the essential
vitamins and minerals needed by the immune system. Chemical colorings,
flavorings, preservatives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, etc., add more
stress on the immune system."
with autism had significantly (2.1-fold) higher levels of mercury in
their baby teeth but similar levels of lead and similar levels of zinc.
Children with autism also had significantly higher usage of oral
antibiotics during their first 12 to 36 months of life. Reporting in
the July 11, 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical
Association, researchers say the use of antibiotics as prevention
boosts risks for drug resistance while doing nothing to shield kids
from future urinary tract infections (UTIs). Giving antibiotics to
prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in small children not only
will not help but will hurt these children. Prior use of antibiotics to
prevent infection did boost the likelihood of developing a
drug-resistant infection by nearly 7.5 times. Indeed, 61 percent of
recurrent urinary tract infections were caused by a pathogen with
antibiotic resistance, the researchers pointed out.
In a 2005
study, the antibiotic Augmentin TM has been implicated in the formation
of autism. The study strongly suggests the possibility of ammonia
poisoning as a result of young children taking Augmentin. Augmentin has
been given to children since the late 1980's for bacterial infections.
physicians seem to be unaware that birth control pills comprised of the
hormones estrogen and progesterone can also make the body more
susceptible to fungal infections. If antibiotics are prescribed, it
acts as a double whammy to ensuring a fungal infection will take hold
by diminishing the protective bacteria in the intestines. Many pregnant
women seek medical treatment for minor problems and are
indiscriminately given antibiotics and this begins a long decline into
problems that are complicated at each turn by OBGYN doctors at birth
and by pediatricians who just love to poison children with the toxic
chemicals found in vaccines. In many places in the world they still
give mercury shots at birth.
Microforms poison us with their waste products.
The waste products are acetylaldehyde, uric acid, alloxin, alcohols,
lactic acid, etc.
may be to blame for hundreds of children developing autism after having
the controversial MMR jab. More than two-thirds of youngsters with the
condition received four or more antibiotics in their first year, a
British survey has revealed. It is thought the drugs weakened their
immune systems, leaving them unable to withstand the impact of the
triple jab. Allopathic medicine has been stubborn and slow to look at
its abusive use of antibiotics. It's the same with vaccines, the holy
grail of medicine. But with last-line-of-defence antibiotics failing on
increasingly drug-resistant superbugs and young children's systems
being destroyed by them you would think they would wake up and find
Antibiotics are mostly derived from fungi and are therefore classified
as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins Are Poisons.
Iodine - a Pillar Against Infections
offers a serious and potent replacement for much of the antibiotics
that are literally destroying people's lives and can be used safely
with children. Parents, who chose not to dose their kids with dangerous
vaccines will be glad to know that iodine can be very effective against
a host of viral infections that medical officials insist threaten
Though it kills 90 percent of bacteria on the skin
within 90 seconds, its use as an antibiotic has been ignored. Iodine
exhibits activity against bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa, and many
viruses; indeed, of all antiseptic preparations suitable for direct use
on humans and animals and upon tissues, only iodine is capable of
killing all classes of pathogens: gram-positive and gram-negative
bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and protozoa. Most
bacteria are killed within 15 to 30 seconds of contact.
Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all
time - Dr. David Derry
Derry says that iodine is effective "for standard pathogens such as
Staphylococcus, but also iodine has the broadest range of action,
fewest side effects and no development of bacterial resistance." There
is a world of difference between using an antibiotic – anti-life
substance – and an antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal substance
like iodine, which is life serving because it is a basic and most
necessary nutritional substance.
Iodine kills single celled
organisms by combining with the amino acids tyrosine or histidine when
they are exposed to the extra-cellular environment. All single cells
showing tyrosine on their outer cell membranes are killed instantly by
a simple chemical reaction with iodine that denatures proteins. Nature
and evolution have given us an important mechanism to control
pathogenic life forms and we should use it and trust it to protect us
in ways that antibiotics can't.
"My husband Ron had a small
infection at the base of the nail. This very quickly turned nasty and
our doctor agreed it looked like gout. Three weeks later Ron heard back
from his Doctor who was in a mad panic saying Ron had septicemia. On
seeing the surgeon that same day the surgeon wanted to go in and cut
the finger open end for end and look at the finger and that she would
probably have to take it off anyway. Finally the Nascent Iodine we
ordered arrived (my husband was refusing to take antibiotics) He
started on quite a hefty dose of 15 drops while continuing to apply
magnesium chloride transdermally."
"Two days after starting the
iodine there was feeling starting to regenerate and pain again in the
finger and Ron thought it looked less discolored. Then the following
day the swelling had started to go down and the normal healthy pinkness
was returning at the base of the finger. Over a period of days it has
progressively improved with no other treatment than the iodine and
magnesium chloride. We also then made a poultice with a mixture of
comfrey, honey and garlic for a few days, then the Nascent Iodine
dripped into a goldenseal ointment."
Magnesium chloride is the
only form of magnesium known to have anti-infectious properties. When
it comes to fighting infections, iodine and magnesium chloride are a
dynamic duo that should not be overlooked by allopathic or naturopathic
physicians or by anyone else. I talked a few months ago to a missionary
in Africa who was using iodine (in the atomic or detoxified form) to
successfully treat malaria. My own children have recently had bad
coughs and it is iodine, not dangerous over-the-counter cough medicines
I reach for.
The feeling of security for a parent comes from
administering substances like iodine (Nascent and other forms) and
magnesium chloride (natural forms) to their children. Yes in dire
emergency we would still use an antibiotic when fever is high and all
else has failed but until that kind of critical point, iodine, backed
up by magnesium chloride, sodium bicarbonate and even clay, is our main
line of defense against a full range of pathogens.
what is an appropriate use of an antibiotic is a judgment call in which
cultural, social, psychological, and economic factors play at least as
great a role as clinical and epidemiological considerations - Dr. Marc
Lipsitch et al.
The way to combat antibiotic resistance is not
bigger, better, stronger antibiotics but, rather, no antibiotics at
all. Instead, other molecular weapons are available with the ability to
disable bad germs without bothering good ones. Iodine is the ideal
broad spectrum antibiotic that is not an antibiotic - it is not against
life. Not against human life that is but you can hear the little
pathogens screaming as high enough levels of iodine fan out through the
system. Meaning all the viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds that are
threatening us are threatened with instant death when iodine is used
orally to fight infection. It's hard to make a mistake with iodine but
with pharmaceutical antibiotics we are playing at the crap table hoping
our choice of which one to use works against the pathogen that is
actually threatening a person.
Infection depresses levels of vitamins B6 and C.
"The right dose of Vitamin C will stop every infection in its tracks
without needing to use antibiotics" - Dr. Gary Gordon.
reason to avoid antibiotics, except in the most dire emergencies, is
that they interfere with the absorption of many vitamins and minerals,
leading to their deficiencies. Deficiencies in these nutrients can set
the stage for increased susceptibility to more infections.
Following is a list of the Drug/Substance and the Nutrients which are
depleted by that substance:
* Antibiotics - (Nutrients Depleted) Vitamin A, B-12, C, E, K, Biotin,
Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium
* Chelators - Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc
* Anticonvulsants - Vitamin B-2, B-12, C, F, K, Folic Acid, Calcium,
* Antidiabetics (Oral) - Vitamin B-2, B-12, C, D, Folic Acid
* Antihistamines - Vitamin C
* Aspirin - Calcium, Folic Acid, Iron, Potassium, C, B Complex
I was finally discharged from hospital, I still had a strain of
supergerm colonizing my body. Nothing had been able to get rid of it,
after months in hospital. However, I was told that all I had to do on
going home was to 'get outdoors a lot, occasionally even roll in the
dirt, and wait.' In less than two weeks of this advice, the supergerms
were gone. Why? The reason is that supergerms are actually defective in
other ways, as explained. Therefore, when they are forced to compete
with the ordinary bacteria which normally thrive on our skin, they do
not have a chance. They thrive in hospital because all the antibiotics
and antiseptics being used there keep wiping out the ordinary bacteria
which would normally out compete, wipe out and otherwise keep in check
these 'superwimps,'" wrote Dr. Carl Wieland
enough Dr. Weston Price, who studied the diets and health of many
primitive societies during the early 20th century, found that many
primitive people would eat food that has been dipped in water dissolved
with clay – in order to prevent upset stomachs from food
poisoning. Two types of clay are today commonly sold for consumption as
health supplements – bentonite and montmorillonite. These have
been variously called "living clay", "healing clay" or just "edible
clays". Clay is highly absorptive. It readily absorbs toxins, heavy
metals, bacteria, virus and fungi. But because clay itself is not
absorbed by the body, whatever it absorbs is passed out in the stools.
you know that a nutritional deficiency can cause a virus to mutate to a
more virulent form? That is the news from the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) who are reporting that a human virus, normally
harmless in laboratory mice, mutated into a heart-damaging pathogen
when the animals were raised on a diet devoid of the essential element
selenium. And, once mutated, the virus continued to damage hearts -
even in mice that got ample selenium in their feed.
importance of this is not limited to nutritionally-deprived
populations, say researchers with the University of North Carolina and
Agricultural Research Service of the government, who collaborated on
the studies. In theory, one selenium-deficient person or animal could
produce a new family of virus mutants that could cross species and
spread worldwide, causing disease even in well nourished people.
USDA is now officially on record that nutritional deficiencies cause
viral mutations and they expect to find the same results with
vitamin-E-deficient mice because both selenium and vitamin E are
nutrients that serve as antioxidants in the body. This means that the
government is recognizing that free radicals and oxidative stress
affects the world of pathogens creating super bugs out of regular
critters. They are even going as far as saying that this may help
explain the many new strains of influenza virus arising in China, which
has widespread selenium-deficient areas.
The implications are
enormous for a form of medicine that understands absolutely nothing
about nutrition and the science of low level toxicity. Part of our
infection fighting arsenal needs to include selenium and ALA (Alpha
Lipoic Acid) and this is critical not only for maintaining glutathione
levels but also for the neutralization of mercury. Mercury provides the
ideal environment for viruses, bacteria, fungi and yeast infections.
Though most are in total denial of it, we are as a race being overrun
by mercury pollution that is everywhere in the air, water, food,
vaccines, dental amalgam and even beauty products.
person is bitten by a snake, spider or scorpion it helps the doctors to
know which poison they are treating. One cannot say anything about
health or disease anymore without dealing with mercury and its rising
tide. You cannot treat infectious diseases in effective ways without
dealing with the soil of the infection, with the mercury and other
chemical toxicities that are driving the pathogens. A doctor needs to
know his poisons but most of them find their minds obscured by the
denial of the fact that most of the pharmaceuticals they use are
mitochondrial poisons. Modern medicine is lost when it comes to dealing
with mercury and in fact endorses its use in vaccines and dental
Garlic is one food that has powerful anti-bacterial
and anti-fungal properties and some scientific studies have found it to
be at least as effective as the popular anti-fungal drug, Nystatin, in
destroying candida albicans.
We have to change our perceptions
about infections and infectious processes. We need to shift away from
the competing paradigms of pathogen vs. terrain. We need to deal
simultaneously with pathogen, terrain and poison. Certainly we need to
deal with nutrition and the use of concentrated nutritional substances
that help us deal safely and effectively with infections.
more could be said about natural remedies and other substances like
colloidal silver, which is known to have antibacterial properties. I
would choose iodine first because the body needs it anyway where it
does not need colloidal silver. When we use concentrated nutritional
substances as antibiotics we are doing a lot more than confronting
hostile pathogens. We are supporting total body physiology as well as
elimination of heavy metals and other toxic poisons.
500,000 people are dying yearly in America due to infectious disease.
It now ranks number 3 behind heart disease and cancer in claiming
About the author
Mark A. Sircus Ac., OMD, is
director of the International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA). Dr.
Sircus was trained in acupuncture and oriental medicine at the
Institute of Traditional Medicine in Sante Fe, N.M., and in the School
of Traditional Medicine of New England in Boston. He served at the
Central Public Hospital of Pochutla, in México, and was awarded
the title of doctor of oriental medicine for his work. He was one of
the first nationally certified acupuncturists in the United States. Dr.
Sircus's IMVA is dedicated to unifying the various disciplines in
medicine with the goal of creating a new dawn in healthcare.
is particularly concerned about the effect vaccinations have on
vulnerable infants and is identifying the common thread of many toxic
agents that are dramatically threatening present and future generations
of children. His book The Terror of Pediatric Medicine is a free e-book
one can read. Dr. Sircus is a most prolific and courageous writer and
one can read through hundreds of pages on his various web sites.
has most recently released his Survival Medicine for the 21st Century
compendium (2,200 page ebook) and is racing to finish his Winning the
War Against Cancer book. Dr. Sircus is a pioneer in the area of natural
detoxification and chelation of toxic chemicals and heavy metals. He is
also a champion of the medicinal value of minerals and is fathering in
a new medical approach that uses sea water and different concentrates
taken from it for health and healing. Transdermal Magnesium Therapy,
his first published work, offers a stunning breakthrough in medicine,
an entirely new way to supplement magnesium that naturally increases
DHEA levels, brings cellular magnesium levels up quickly, relieves
pain, brings down blood pressure and pushes cell physiology in a
positive direction. Magnesium chloride delivered transdermally brings a
quick release from a broad range of conditions.
Note from Roy:
Wright's Takoma clinic is the best source for iodine I know of. Each
drop of this liquid product supplies 19 mg of iodine - far more than
Iodine for Health
by Donald W. Miller, Jr., MD
is growing evidence that Americans would have better health and a lower
incidence of cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast if they
consumed more iodine. A decrease in iodine intake coupled with an
increased consumption of competing halogens, fluoride and bromide, has
created an epidemic of iodine deficiency in America.
the U.S. consume an average 240 micrograms (µg) of iodine a day.
In contrast, people in Japan consume more than 12 milligrams (mg) of
iodine a day (12,000 µg), a 50-fold greater amount. They eat
seaweed, which include brown algae (kelp), red algae (nori sheets, with
sushi), and green algae (chlorella). Compared to terrestrial plants,
which contain only trace amounts of iodine (0.001 mg/gm), these marine
plants have high concentrations of this nutrient (0.5–8.0 mg/gm).
When studied in 1964, Japanese seaweed consumption was found to be 4.5
grams (gm) a day and that eaten had a measured iodine concentration of
3.1 mg/gm of seaweed (= 13.8 mg of iodine). According to public health
officials, mainland Japanese now consume 14.5 gm of seaweed a day (= 45
mg of iodine, if its iodine content, not measured, remains unchanged).
Researchers have determined that residents on the coast of Hokkaido eat
a quantity of seaweed sufficient to provide a daily iodine intake of
200 mg a day. Saltwater fish and shellfish contain iodine, but one
would have to eat 15–25 pounds of fish to get 12 mg of iodine.
comparisons between the two countries are disturbing. The incidence of
breast cancer in the U.S. is the highest in the world, and in Japan,
until recently, the lowest. Japanese women who emigrate from Japan or
adopt a Western style diet have a higher rate of breast cancer compared
with those that consume seaweed. Life expectancy in the U.S. is 77.85
years, 48th in 226 countries surveyed. It is 81.25 years in Japan, the
highest of all industrialized countries and only slightly behind the
five leaders – Andorra, Macau, San Marino, Singapore, and Hong
Kong. The infant mortality rate in Japan is the lowest in the world,
3.5 deaths under age one per 1,000 live births, half the infant
mortality rate in the United States.
Today 1 in 7 American
women (almost 15 percent) will develop breast cancer during their
lifetime. Thirty years ago, when iodine consumption was twice as high
as it is now (480 µg a day) 1 in 20 women developed breast
cancer. Iodine was used as a dough conditioner in making bread, and
each slice of bread contained 0.14 mg of iodine. In 1980, bread makers
started using bromide as a conditioner instead, which competes with
iodine for absorption into the thyroid gland and other tissues in the
body. Iodine was also more widely used in the dairy industry 30 years
ago than it is now.
Now iodized table salt is the chief source
of iodine in a Western diet. But 45 percent of American households buy
salt without iodine, which grocery stores also sell. And over the last
three decades people who do use iodized table salt have decreased their
consumption of it by 65 percent. Furthermore, the much higher
concentrations of chloride in salt (NaCl) inhibits absorption of its
sister halogen iodine (the intestines absorb only 10 percent of the
iodine present in iodized table salt). As a result, 15 percent of the
U.S. adult female population suffers from moderate to severe iodine
deficiency, which health authorities define as a urinary iodine
concentration less than 50 µg /L. Women with goiters (a visible,
noncancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland) owing to iodine
deficiency have been found to have a three times greater incidence of
breast cancer. A high intake of iodine is associated with a low
incidence breast cancer, and a low intake with a high incidence of
Animal studies show that iodine prevents breast
cancer, arguing for a causal association in these epidemiological
findings. The carcinogens nitrosmethylurea and DMBA cause breast cancer
in more than 70 percent of female rats. Those given iodine, especially
in its molecular form as I2, have a statistically significant decrease
in incidence of cancer. Other evidence adding biologic plausibility to
the hypothesis that iodine prevents breast cancer includes the finding
that the ductal cells in the breast, the ones most likely to become
cancerous, are equipped with an iodine pump (the sodium iodine
symporter, the same one that the thyroid gland has) to soak up this
Similar findings apply to fibrocystic disease of the
breast. The incidence of fibrocystic breast disease in American women
was 3 percent in the 1920s. Today, 90 percent of women have this
disorder, manifested by epithelial hyperplasia, apocrine gland
metaplasia, fluid-filled cysts, and fibrosis. Six million American
women with fibrocystic disease have moderate to severe breast pain and
tenderness that lasts more than 6 days during the menstrual cycle.
animal studies, female rats fed an iodine-free diet develop fibrocystic
changes in their breasts, and iodine in its elemental form (I2) cures
Russian researchers first showed, in 1966, that iodine
effectively relieves signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease.
Vishniakova and Murav’eva treated 167 women suffering from
fibrocystic disease with 50 mg KI during the intermenstrual period and
obtained a beneficial healing effect in 71 percent (it is reference 49
Then Ghent and coworkers, in a study published in the
Canadian Journal of Surgery in 1993, likewise found that iodine
relieves signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease in 70 percent
of their patients. This report is a composite of three clinical
studies, two case series done in Canada in 696 women treated with
various types of iodine, and one in Seattle. The Seattle study, done at
the Virginia Mason Clinic, is a randomized, double-blind,
placebo-controlled trial of 56 women designed to compare 3–5 mg
of elemental iodine (I2) to a placebo (an aqueous mixture of brown
vegetable dye with quinine). Investigators followed the women for six
months and tracked subjective and objective changes in their
A statistical analysis of the Seattle
study (enlarged to include 92 women) was done, which shows that iodine
has a highly statistically significant beneficial effect on fibrocystic
disease (P < 0.001). Iodine reduced breast tenderness, nodularity,
fibrosis, turgidity, and number of macroscysts, the five parameters in
a total breast examination score that a physician blinded to what
treatment the woman was taking, iodine or placebo, measured. This
36-page report, now available online, was submitted to the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995 seeking its approval to carry out a
larger randomized controlled clinical trial on iodine for treating
fibrocystic breast disease. It declined to approve the study, telling
its lead investigator, Dr. Donald Low, "iodine is a natural substance,
not a drug." But the FDA has now decided to approve a similar trial
sponsored by Symbollon Pharmaceuticals. This company is enrolling 175
women in a phase III trial, registered on clinicaltrials.gov. (Any
women with fibrocystic disease reading this who might be interested in
participating in this study should call its sponsor, Jack Kessler,
Ph.D., at 508-620-7676, Ext. 201.)
Most physicians and surgeons
view iodine from a narrow perspective. It is an antiseptic that
disinfects drinking water and prevents surgical wound infections, and
the thyroid gland needs it to make thyroid hormones – and
that’s it. (When painted on the skin prior to surgery, tincture
of iodine kills 90 percent of bacteria present within 90 seconds.) The
thyroid gland needs iodine to synthesize thyroxine (T4) and
triiodothyronine (T3), hormones that regulate metabolism and steer
growth and development. T4 contains four iodine atoms combined with 27
other atoms of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen, but owing to its
large size accounts for 65 percent of the molecule’s weight. (T3
has three iodine atoms.) The thyroid needs only a trace amount of
iodine, 70 µg a day, to produce the requisite amount of T4 and
T3. For that reason thyroidologists say that iodine is best taken just
in microgram amounts. They consider consuming more than 1 to 2 mg of
iodine a day to be excessive and potentially harmful.
opinion on iodine is now the purview of thyroidologists. Mainstream
physicians and surgeons accept their thyroid-only view of iodine and
either ignore or discount studies that show iodine in larger amounts
provides extrathyroidal benefits, particularly for women’s
breasts. Thus a leading textbook on breast disease, Bland and
Copeland’s The Breast: Comprehensive Management of Benign and
Malignant Disorders(2003), fails to mention iodine anywhere in its
Iodine has an important and little understood
history. This relatively scarce element has played a pivotal role in
the formation of our planet’s atmosphere and in the evolution of
life. For more than two billion years there was no oxygen in the
atmosphere until a new kind of bacteria, cyanobacteria (blue-green
algae), began producing oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis.
Cyanobacteria also developed an affinity for iodine. The most likely
reason is that these organisms used iodine as an antioxidant to protect
themselves against the free radicals that oxygen breeds (superoxide
anion, hydrogen peroxide, and hydroxyl radical). Studying kelp,
researchers have shown how iodine does this and have found that kelp
will absorb increased amounts of iodine when placed under oxidative
stress. Other researchers have shown that iodine increases the
antioxidant status of human serum similar to that of vitamin C.
also induces apoptosis, programmed cell death. This process is
essential to growth and development (fingers form in the fetus by
apoptosis of the tissue between them) and for destroying cells that
represent a threat to the integrity of the organism, like cancer cells
and cells infected with viruses. Human lung cancer cells with genes
spliced into them that enhance iodine uptake and utilization undergo
apoptosis and shrink when given iodine, both when grown in vitro
outside the body and implanted in mice. Its anti-cancer function may
well prove to be iodine’s most important extrathyroidal benefit.
has other extrathyroidal functions that require more study. It removes
toxic chemicals – fluoride, bromide, lead, aluminum, mercury
– and biological toxins, suppresses auto-immunity, strengthens
the T-cell adaptive immune system, and protects against abnormal growth
of bacteria in the stomach.
In addition to the thyroid and
mammary glands, other tissues possess an iodine pump (the sodium/iodine
symporter). Stomach mucosa, the salivary glands, and lactating mammary
glands can concentrate iodine almost to the same degree as the thyroid
gland (40-fold greater than its concentration in blood). Other tissues
that have this pump include the ovaries; thymus gland, seat of the
adaptive immune system; skin; choroid plexus in the brain, which makes
cerebrospinal fluid; and joints, arteries and bone.
medical establishment is wary of iodine (as they are of most naturally
occurring, nonpatentable, nonpharmaceutical agents). Thyroidologists
cite the Wolff-Chaikoff effect and warn that TSH (thyroid stimulating
hormone) blood levels can rise with an iodine intake of a milligram or
more. The Wolff-Chaikoff effect, a temporary inhibition of thyroid
hormone synthesis that supposedly occurs with increased iodine intake,
is of no clinical significance. And an elevated TSH, when it occurs, is
"subclinical." This means that no signs or symptoms of hypothyroidism
accompany its rise. Some people taking milligram doses of iodine,
usually more than 50 mg a day, develop mild swelling of the thyroid
gland without symptoms. The vast majority of people, 98 to 99 percent,
can take iodine in doses ranging from 10 to 200 mg a day without any
clinically adverse affects on thyroid function. The prevalence of
thyroid diseases in the 127 million people in Japan who consume high
amounts of iodine is not much different than that in the U.S.
agrees that a lack of iodine in the diet causes a spectrum of disorders
that includes, in increasing order of severity, goiter and
hypothyroidism, mental retardation, and cretinism (severe mental
retardation accompanied by physical deformities). Health authorities in
the U.S. and Europe have agreed upon a Reference Daily Intake (RDI),
formerly called the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), for iodine
designed to prevent these disorders, which the World Health
Organization (WHO) estimates afflicts 30 percent of the world’s
population. The RDI for iodine, first proposed in 1980, is
100–150 µg/day. Organizations advocating this amount
include the American Medical Association, National Institutes of
Health’s National Research Council, Institute of Medicine, United
Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, WHO Expert Committee, and
the European Union International Programme on Chemical Safety. These
health authorities consider an RDI of 100–150 µg/day of
iodine sufficient to meet the requirements of nearly all (97–98%)
This consensus on iodine intake flies in
the face of evidence justifying a higher amount. This evidence includes
animal studies, in vitro studies on human cancer cell lines, clinical
trials of iodine for fibrocystic breast disease, and epidemiological
data. An intake of 150 µg/day of iodine will prevent goiters and
the other recognized iodine deficiency disorders, but not breast
disease. Prevention of breast disease requires higher doses of iodine.
Indeed, a reasonable hypothesis is that, like goiters and cretinism,
fibrocystic disease of the breast and breast cancer are iodine
deficiency disorders (also uterine fibroids).
Guérard writes about new truths applies especially to iodine:
"When you seek a new path to truth, you must expect to find it blocked
by expert opinion." The reigning truth on iodine is that the thyroid
gland is the only organ in the body that requires this micronutrient,
and a daily intake considerably more than what the thyroid gland needs
is potentially harmful. The new truth is that the rest of the body also
needs iodine, in milligram, not microgram amounts. Tell that to a
thyroidologist and her response will call to mind this admonition on
These are the four most common formulations of
inorganic (nonradioactive) iodine, as iodide (I-), and with or without
molecular iodine (I2): Potassium iodide (KI) tablets, in doses ranging
from 0.23 to 130 mg; super saturated potassium iodide (SSKI),
19–50 mg of iodide per drop; Lugol’s solution, 6.3 mg of
molecular iodine/iodide per drop; and Iodoral, each tablet containing
12.5 mg iodine/iodide. Both Lugol’s solution and Ioderal are
one-third molecular iodine (5%) and two-thirds potassium iodide (10%).
Studies done to date indicate that the best iodine supplement is one
that includes molecular iodine (I2), which breast tissue prefers.
was used for a wide variety of ailments after its discovery in 1811 up
until the mid-1900s, when thyroidologists warned that "excess" amounts
of iodine might adversely affect thyroid function. It is effective in
gram amounts for treating various dermatologic conditions, chronic lung
disease, fungal infestations, tertiary syphilis, and even
arteriosclerosis. The Nobel laureate Dr. Albert Szent Györgi
(1893–1986), the physician who discovered vitamin C, writes:
"When I was a medical student, iodine in the form of KI was the
universal medicine. Nobody knew what it did, but it did something and
did something good. We students used to sum up the situation in this
If ye don’t know where, what, and why
Prescribe ye then K and I"
The standard dose of potassium iodide given was 1 gram, which contains
770 mg of iodine.
KI and other iodine salts (like sodium iodide), the venerated 11th
edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, published in 1911, states,
"Their pharmacological action is as obscure as their effects in certain
diseased conditions are consistently brilliant. Our ignorance of their
mode of action is cloaked by the term deobstruent, which implies that
they possess the power of driving out impurities from the blood and
tissues. Most notably is this the case with the poisonous products of
syphilis. In its tertiary stage – and also earlier – this
disease yields in the most rapid and unmistakable fashion to iodides,
so much so that the administration of these salts is at present the
best means of determining whether, for instance, a cranial tumor be
syphilitic or not."
This 19th and early 20th century medicine
continues to be used in gram amounts in the 21st century by
dermatologists. They treat inflammatory dermatoses, like nodular
vasculitis and pyoderma gangrenosum (shown here), with SSKI, beginning
with an iodine dose of 900 mg a day, followed by weekly increases up to
6 grams a day as tolerated. Fungal eruptions, like sporotrichosis, are
treated initially in gram amounts with great success. These lesions can
disappear within two weeks after treatment with iodine.
many years physicians used potassium iodide in doses starting at 1.5 to
3 gm and up to more than 10 grams a day, on and off, to treat bronchial
asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with good results and
surprisingly few side effects.
There is a case report in the
medical literature of a 54-year-old man who, thinking it was iced tea,
drank a "home preparation" of SSKI in water that his aunt kept in the
refrigerator for her rheumatism. Over a short period of time he
consumed 600 ml of this solution, which contained 15 gm of iodide, an
amount 100,000 times more than the RDI. He developed swelling of the
face, neck, and mouth, had transient cardiac arrhythmias and made an
Dr. Guy Abraham, a former professor of
obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA, mounted what he calls "The Iodine
Project" in 1997 after he read the Ghent paper on iodine for
fibrocystic disease. He had his company, Optimox Corp., make Iodoral,
the tablet form of Lugol’s solution, and he engaged two family
practice physicians, Dr. Jorge Flechas (in 2000) in North Carolina and
Dr. David Brownstein (in 2003) in Michigan to carry out clinical
studies with it.
The project’s hypothesis is that
maintaining whole body sufficiency of iodine requires 12.5 mg a day, an
amount similar to what the Japanese consume. The conventional view is
that the body contains 25–50 mg of iodine, of which 70–80
percent resides in the thyroid gland. Dr. Abraham concluded that whole
body sufficiency exists when a person excretes 90 percent of the iodine
ingested. He devised an iodine-loading test where one takes 50 mg and
measures the amount excreted in the urine over the next 24 hours. He
found that the vast majority of people retain a substantial amount of
the 50 mg dose. Many require 50 mg a day for several months before they
will excrete 90 percent of it. His studies indicate that, given a
sufficient amount, the body will retain much more iodine than
originally thought, 1,500 mg, with only 3 percent of that amount held
in the thyroid gland.
More than 4,000 patients in this project
take iodine in daily doses ranging from 12.5 to 50 mg, and in those
with diabetes, up to 100 mg a day. These investigators have found that
iodine does indeed reverse fibrocystic disease; their diabetic patients
require less insulin; hypothyroid patients, less thyroid medication;
symptoms of fibromyalgia resolve, and patients with migraine headaches
stop having them. To paraphrase Dr. Szent-Györgi, these
investigators aren’t sure how iodine does it, but it does
Thyroid function remains unchanged in 99
percent of patients. Untoward effects of iodine, allergies, swelling of
the salivary glands and thyroid, and iodism, occur rarely, in less than
1 percent. Iodine removes the toxic halogens fluoride and bromide from
the body. Iodism, an unpleasant brassy taste, runny nose, and acne-like
skin lesions, is caused by the bromide that iodine extracts from the
tissues. Symptoms subside on a lesser dose of iodine.
physicians point out, consuming iodine in milligram doses should, of
course, be coupled with a complete nutritional program that includes
adequate amounts of selenium, magnesium, and Omega-3 fatty acids. Done
this way, an iodine intake 100 times the reference daily intake is "the
simplest, safest, most effective and least expensive way to help solve
the health care crisis crippling our nation," as the leader of The
Iodine Project, Dr. Abraham, puts it.
People who take iodine in
these amounts report that they have a greater sense of well-being,
increased energy, and a lifting of brain fog. They feel warmer in cold
environments, need somewhat less sleep, improved skin complexion, and
have more regular bowel movements. These purported health benefits need
to be studied more thoroughly, as do those with regard to fibrocystic
breast disease and cancer.
Meanwhile, perhaps we should emulate
the Japanese and substantially increase our iodine intake, if not with
seaweed, then with two drops of Lugol’s Solution (or one Iodoral
tablet) a day.
Miller DW. Iodine in Health and Civil Defense. Presented at the 24th
Annual Meeting of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness in Portland,
Oregon, August 6, 2006. The text for this talk, with 68 references, can
be found here, and the PowerPoint slides I used for it, here.
Abraham GE. The safe and effective implementation of
orthoiodosupplementation in medical practice. The Original Internist
2004;11:17–36. Available online here. This is a good introduction
to The Iodine Project. His other research studies are online here.
Flechas, JD. Orthoiodosupplementation in a primary care practice.The
Original Internist 2005;12(2):89–96. Available online here.
Brownstein D. Clinical experience with inorganic, non-radioactive
iodine/iodide. The Original Internist 2005;12(3):105–108.
Available online here.
* Derry D. Breast cancer and iodine: How to
prevent and how to survive breast cancer. Victoria, B.C.: Trafford
Publishing; 2002. The book is a bit disorganized, has references at the
end of each chapter not cited in the text, and no index; but it is an
* Brownstein D. Iodine: why you need it why
you can’t live without it. West Bloomfield, Michigan: Medical
Alternatives Press; 2004. Well-written and referenced, with case
* Low DE, Ghent WR, Hill LD. Diatomic iodine treatment
for fibrocystic disease: special report of efficacy and safety results.
[Submitted to the FDA] 1995:1–38. Available online here. This
study makes a strong case for iodine as the preferred treatment for
Donald Miller is a cardiac surgeon and
Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is
a member of Doctors for Disaster Preparedness and writes articles on a
variety of subjects for LewRockwell.com. His web site is
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Oil of Oregano Rivals Modern Antibiotic Drugs
By: Bill Sardi
January 18, 2008
pressed from oregano leaves that contain the active ingredient
carvacrol may be an effective treatment against sometimes
drug-resistant bacterial infection. Georgetown University researchers
have found that oil of oregano appears to reduce infection "as
effectively as traditional antibiotics."
Oil of oregano at
relatively low doses was found to be efficacious against Staphylococcus
bacteria and was comparable in its germ-killing properties to
antibiotic drugs such as streptomycin, pencillin and vancomycin.
[Science Daily 10/11/2001] The findings were presented by Harry G.
Preuss, MD, professor of physicology and biophysics, Georgetown
University, at the American College of Nutrition's annual meeting in
Orlando, Florida. The oregano oil was obtained from North American Herb
and Spice Company, a Waukeegan, Illinois company that sponsored the
study and markets their non-prescription products in retail stores
under the trade names Oregamax and Oregacyn.
Earlier this year
researchers at the Department of Food Science at the University of
Tennessee reported that, among various plant oils, oil of oregano
exhibited the greatest antibacterial action against common pathogenic
germs such as Staph, E. coli and Listeria. [Journal Food Protection,
Volume 64, July 2001] Last year British researchers reported oregano
oil had antibacterial activity against 25 different bacteria. [Journal
Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, February 2000] A clinical study in
Italy has shown that oil of oregano can be used to treat intestinal
parasites. [Phytotherapy Research, Volume 14, May 2000]
body of positive evidence for oregano oil as a major antibiotic is
growing. Among 52 plant oils tested, oregano was considered to have
"pharmacologic" action against common bugs such as Candida albicans
(yeast), E. coli, Salmonella enterica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
[Journal Applied Microbiology, volume 86, June 1999] Pseudomonas is a
type of germ that is getting more difficult to treat as it has
developed strains that are resistant against antibiotic drugs.
recent interest are reports showing that carvacrol from oil of oregano
kills spores, such as Bacillus cereus and Bacillus anthracis (anthrax).
[Archives Microbiology, Volume 174, October 2000; Quarterly Review
Biology, Volume 73, March 1998] Bacillus cereus is considered to be
from the same species as Bacillus anthracis (anthrax). [Applied
Environmental Microbiology, Volume 66, June 2000] In tests of
antibiotics and antiseptics, Bacillus cereus is often used in studies
in lieu of the anthrax strain. [University of Michigan News &
Information Service, Sept. 23, 1998]
Oil of oregano is not to
be confused with common oregano in the kitchen spice cupboard, which is
usually marjoram (Origanum majorana or O. vulgare) rather than true
oregano (Origanum vulgare).
The growing problem of antibiotic
resistance has health authorities concerned. Already various germs are
showing resistance to vancomycin, particularly to intestinal bacteria
(Enterococcal species) among hospitalized patients. [Southern Medical
Journal, Volume 94, August 2001] Vancomycin is considered to be the
most potent antibiotic available and is withheld from use as a drug of
last resort. Vancomycin costs about $16 per pill versus about $1 for
the purest-strength oregano oil. Drug resistance does not develop
against naturally-occuring antibiotics such as garlic and oil of
Bill Sardi [send him mail] is a health journalist at
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