Posted 01 March 2006 - 12:31 PM
Hey Yewtaw gal, sorry to read you were struck by the p. colitis. Scary stuff. But really glad you've got it under control...with that diet, exactly how skinny are you now??
My first year after giardia/flagyl, I became a walking skeleton...If you are a bit on the thin side rt now, I'm proof its only temporary. I'm still a thin person, just not bad enough for peeps to start rumors of anorexia!! But hey, you've got jicama, be glad for simple pleasures... T--------------------------------Hanna, re: natural antibiotics, I thought I'd go into the details of grapefruit seed extract(GSE), since it's the thread's (original) topic.
It has helped me with food sensitivites probably due to not only its antibacterial action, but also anti-inflammatory...Acc to Dr Leo Galland, its safe to take long-term for chronic infections (like what can occur with intestinal inflammation & hyperpermeability)...More direct answers to your Qs~"GSE has been shown to be effective in treating hundreds of different organisms including: Shigella, Staphylococcus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Giardia lamblia, Diplococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Mycobacterium species, Campylobacter, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus, Salmonella, Klebsiella, Proteus, Cholera, Chlamydia trachomatis, Trichomonas vaginalis, Legionella pneumoniae, Helicobacter pylori, Herpes simplex 1, Influenza A2, and measles virus. GSE has been shown to kill both gram-negative and gram-positive strains of bacteria.......In much the same way that synthetic antibiotics can kill off the naturally occurring flora which exists in one's body, so might GSE. Consequently, if this herb is to be used long-term in the treatment of a chronic infection, supplemental acidophilus may need to be taken. However, while one study found that GSE significantly inhibited E. coli, another normal inhabitant of the GI tract, it left the important and beneficial Bifidobacteria unchanged, and only slightly reduced the Lactobacilli species.
>>Some sites claim the mechanism of action ag pathogens, but not the beneficial bacteria, is due to its ability to normalize the pH level of the intestinal tract--not too acidic, not too alkaline. The pathogens don't thrive w/ proper pH, whereas the probiotics do...but I can't find any research to support this theory..."..."With the aid of scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), the mechanism of GSE's antibacterial activity was revealed. It was evident that GSE disrupts the bacterial membrane and liberates the cytoplasmic contents within 15 minutes after contact even at more dilute concentrations."http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.f...l=pubmed_docsum
---------------------------------------The mechanism of Berberine is really interesting, though, so it deserves honorable mention here...Berberine "appears to work by staining microbes to be targets for macrophages (large immune cells that 'eat' pathogens) and by preventing microbes from attaching to cells."http://www.ei-resource.org/anti-bacterial.asp
The ABOVE link has exc info on several other natural antibacterials.Tal