Breathing Life Into Antibiotics

A new study reveals that there is a natural alternative to antibiotics.

People in the past have been using raw honey for infection treatment. Fresh honey is easily available in developing countries. Nevertheless, this source is depleting in advanced countries. On top of that, there is a report that says that an increasing number of people in the Western countries are developing antibiotic resistance.

What makes raw honey so potent in healing? Researchers over at the Lund University in Sweden discovered a variety of antimicrobial compounds produced by 13 specific lactic acid bacteria found in raw honey.  They wondered  how it would fare on infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa and ancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE)?  The lab results proved that it was quite helpful.

Horses are the only ones that have been tested outside of the lab. The horses’ wounds recovered upon application of the lactic acid bacteria. One highly probably explanation on why it works so effectively is because there’s a huge variety of active substances involved.

Usually antibiotics work well on a narrow spectrum of bacteria as it contains mostly one active compound. Now imagine how much more microorganisms can be targeted by 13 lactic acid bacteria. For millions of year it has safeguarded the bee colonies and their honey from bad microorganisms.

However, if you use store-bought honey, the result may not be the same. It does not contain the same 13 lactic acid bacteria.

Is Candida Affecting Your Health

In the past, you probably have chronic fatigue syndrome, sinusitis, fibromyalgia or spastic colon. Is it possible that the Candida albicans in your body multiply too fast? Treating yeast infections can have profound health benefits provided your doctors realize its detrimental effects on your body.

It is difficult to distinguish abnormal yeast growth from normal Candida growth in your body specifically even with medical tests. But, you could have yeast infections if you have any of the following medical conditions. These include Interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, eczema, autism, celiac, sinusitis, ilcerative colitis, leaky gut syndrome, IBS, irregular painful sores in the mouth, Crohn’s disease and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Candida albicans is a form of yeast that is found in your intestines and mouth. When the fungus grow rapidly, it can lead to various health issues.

Carving carbs has been related to the yeast. Carbs feed the yeast. Yeast infections develop for many reasons such as processed foods, hormonal imbalance, stress, sugar and antibiotic use.

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There are up to 1000 different types of mircobes that exist in your gut, which makes up most of your immune system. Processed foods are not friendly to microbes as they do not contribute to the flora balance in the gut. When the microbial balance in the gut is upset, so is your immune system.

Since Candida Albican feeds on sugar, you can eliminate all foods that contain sugar from your diet. You also have to stop taking fruits and vegetables with high sugar content.

By doing this, you will have less to worry about the Candida. You may crave for sugary foods as the Candida starts to starve and die. Don’t give in throughout the process.

Your body responds to starchy vegetables the same way it does to sugars. So make sure you stay away from pastas and potatoes before you are certain that the Candida is eliminated from your body. For this to work, you have to abstain these culprit foods for at least 3 months.

When the time is up, you can try sugary foods to see if you have any illnesses. If discomfort is noted, I suggest that you stick with anti yeast diet for a while longer. It just takes some time and effort to get Candida growth under control as the fungus can be more tolerant to the diet particularly if it has not been stimulated for some time.

Tuna Is Not Safe For Pregnant Women

As a pregnant woman, you want the best for your baby including nutrition. One of recommended foods to eat during pregnancy is fish. However, Consumer Reports advise that pregnant women should avoid canned tuna.

Canned tuna is the highest consumed seafood among Americans. Fish provides protein and nutrients with low content of saturated fat. This looks perfect for pregnant mothers. The nutrients in the fish can help the fetus to grow healthily before labor. They also benefit babies who are breastfed.

The guidelines in the Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency proposed that expecting and nursing mothers should consume between 8 and 12 ounces (about two to three servings) of low-mercury seafood each week.

Though light canned tuna belongs to “lower in mercury” class, yet pregnant women should not eat that fish at all, warned Consumer Reports.

Most seafoods are contaminated with traces of mercury. If you consume high levels of mercury, your brain and nervous systems can deteriorate.

But the FDA and the EPA don’t think that eliminating fish altogether should not be based on mercury’s danger. Their reasoning is that pregnant women may not get important nutrients that the fish can provide if they rely solely on omega-3 supplements.

If you don’t want to take the risk, you can always choose other seafood like tilapia, shrimp, and salmon that contain very low levels of mercury. You still enjoy the nutritional benefits as tuna!

Laser Reduce Acne Scars With Longer Results

Previously, treating acne scars with lasers causes thermal damage, encouraging the production of collagen. These therapies often need anesthesia and can result in collateral damage, which the skin requires a longer time to heal.

In one small study conducted by the Laser & Skin Surgery Center in New York, 20 adults with acne scars were treated with a combination of picosecond 755-nm alexandrite laser and specialized diffractive lens array. They attended six sessions with a space of 4 to 6 weeks apart.

The picosecond 755-nm alexandrite laser was used as it had shown its effectiveness in removing tattoos and fading dark spots with minimal side effects.

The researchers discovered that after one month, the acne scar reduced by 24%. Three months later, it was improved by 27%.

This study shows that a combination of a diffractive lens array and a picosecond 755-nm laser can fade acne scars, which induce dermal changes beyond skin remodeling alone.

However, this study is limited as it excludes certain parameters. For example, the subjects

  • are not hypersensitivity to light.
  • do not have localized or systemic infection.
  • have not done any laser therapy in the past 3 months.
  • are free of skin cancer, keloidal scarring, immunosuppression, or immune deficiency disorder.
  • do not use isotretinoin in the past year.
  • are not pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to have babies.

Topical Acne Products May Cause Severe Allergic Reactions

Not every one can tolerate benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid when treating acne.

According to the recent FDA’s warning, you should stop using over-the-counter acne treatment products immediately if you experience

  • feeling faint
  • breathing difficulties
  • throat tightness
  • swelling of the eyes, lips, face or tongue.
  • hives
  • itching

Then follow up with a doctor’s visit as these extreme allergic reactions require urgent medical attention.

Over The Counter Acne Treatment Products

These serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions are rare among OTC acne products which include cleansing pads, solutions, lotions, face washes, toners, face scrubs and  gels. So you may not find them on the existing list of reactions such as dryness, redness, itching, burning, slight swelling, and peeling.

However, it is better to know them. If you happen to experience any of these extreme side effects, you will know what to do.

So what are the chances of seeing the reactions?

Based on the FDA’s data, 131 consumers of age between 11 and 78 years old reported about allergic and hypersensitivity-related reactions when using topical acne products. This data is collected from 1969 to early 2013.  42% of the reactions took place within minutes to 24 hours of using the product.

Yet, the FDA cannot rule out if these severe hypersensitivity reactions have anything to do with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid or both.

If you are using any over-the-counter product for acne treatment, apply a patch test for 3 days. If you don’t have any reaction, you can use it according to the instruction on the label.