The (Unfortunately) Secret Weapon Against Drug-Resistant Superbugs

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Filed Under: Immune Health
Last Reviewed 06/30/2015

The (Unfortunately) Secret Weapon Against Drug-Resistant Superbugs

How grapefruit seed extract can help combat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections

The problem of antibiotic resistance stems from the misuse (abuse) of antibiotics . 

Antibiotics don’t kill all the targeted bacteria right away. Instead, some survive a bit longer, perhaps for a few hours or a few days. And when patients who are given antibiotics don’t take the drug properly—in particular, stopping the drug when they begin to feel better, instead of finishing the entire prescribed course—the more resistant bacteria that survived the initial exposure are the ones left to reproduce. Repeating the process in hundreds or thousands of patients produces a new, mutated strain of bacteria that’s completely resistant to the given drug.

After decades of antibiotic overuse, we are now seeing selectively bred strains of bacteria that are totally resistant to all of our present antibiotics. If you become infected with one of these bacteria strains, there’s not much that modern medicine can do to help.

You would think that we would learn from our past mistakes, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Antibiotic use continues at an unprecedented pace. Antibiotics are still being given routinely at the first sign of a flu or cold, even though research has shown most of these illnesses to be of viral origin, and antibiotics to be virtually useless against viruses. Further, the US remains one of the last major countries that still allows the addition of antibiotics to animal feeds, simply for the purpose of maximizing weight gain.

If that isn’t bad enough, hand and body soaps are now being reformulated to change their function. Historically, they have protected us by washing bacteria away without necessarily killing them. Now, the goal is to kill bacteria with antibacterial compounds.

Superbugs: They Eat Antibiotics for Breakfast

The number of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections in this country is three times higher than previously thought. The more common form of the bacteria S. aureus is something most of us are exposed to on a very regular basis. It’s one your immune system is capable of handling. The antibiotic-resistant form, however, can be deadly if it gains entry through a break in the skin. 

Two other antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are just as virulent as MRSA are Acinetobacter baumannii and Enterococcus faecium.

A. baumannii, a "flesh-eating" bug is spreading quickly, primarily within military hospitals, and has a mortality rate that ranges between 10 and 60 percent. E. faecium is associated with urinary tract infections, meningitis, inflammation of the heart, and blood poisoning. 

The most effective control for potentially bad bacteria is good bacteria. Taking a high-quality probiotic product, or eating fermented foods regularly, is an important step in preventing infections.

Grapefruit Seed Extract: A Natural Bacteria-Fighter

The current mindset in medicine today is to develop new, more powerful medications rather than emphasize the more prudent use of the drugs we already have. The odds are overwhelming that more dangerous, drug-resistant strains of microbes will continue to emerge. And just how serious the situation will ultimately get is anybody’s guess.

Fortunately, there are some precautions you can take, and grapefruit seed extract is just one of the tools you’ll find to be helpful. Grapefruit seed extract is a totally natural, effective antimicrobial product. 

The grapefruit seed extract I have used and recommend is trademarked under the name “Citricidal.” It’s sold in health food stores under the brand name NutriBiotic Liquid Concentrate, and contains just two ingredients: Citricidal-brand grapefruit seed extract and deionized water. 

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