Sherry A. Phillips

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This Natural Antibiotic Could Save Your Life

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Interesting headline, right?

I was reading my February issue of Prevention magazine and this was one of their headlines. Intrigued, I thumbed through the pages until I reached the article. I was amazed at what I found out.

The article started out talking about a 51 year old woman named Laura Roberts. Here’s how they introduced her problem:

Roberts had 3 months to live – not because she had terminal cancer or some exotic virus, but because she had developed a sinus infection that antibiotics could not cure.

Basically, she had bad allergies, which turned into a sinus infection that then turned deadly because of 3 different strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. She sought help from numerous doctors and specialists, only to be told they had exhausted all options and there was nothing more they could do for her.

They told her to go home, get her affairs in order and prepare to die.

From the Prevention article:

More than 2 million Americans each year get sick from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which find their victims both in the hospital and in the everyday world. At least 23,000 die annually from those infections. A report released last spring the World Health Organization suggests that those numbers are about to get much higher. The WHO warns of an approaching “postantibiotic era,” a time when common infections (strep throat) and minor injuries (a scraped knee) can kill.

If that doesn’t send shivers down your spine, I don’t know what will.

Back to Laura and her diagnosis. She was not ready to give up and decided to fight this thing. She started doing some investigating and found a place called the Phage Therapy Center in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her American doctors thought it was a long shot, but as Laura said, “I didn’t know if it could help me, but if I was going to die, I was going to die fighting.”

So, what is Phage Therapy?

It uses Bacteriophages (aka “phages”). These phages are “bacteria eaters”. They are naturally occurring viruses that infect bacteria, but not humans. These phages are found in water, soil and even your own digestive tract. They dwell wherever bacteria are found because they rely on them to reproduce.

Again, from Prevention’s article:

They drill through a bacterium’s surface, hijack its DNA and then replicate themselves within it until the cell bursts. Cocktails of phage viruses can kill a bacterial infection in the human body with remarkable accuracy, taking out only the infiltrators and leaving important populations of “good” bacteria intact – unlike the blunt tool of antibiotics, which tend to wipe out a wide swath of good bugs and bad.

Sounds great, right? Wouldn’t you love to have that kind of effectiveness available? Unfortunately, I doubt it will happen in my lifetime.

The article states, the FDA’s control and stringency for regulation hampers any possibility that will happen, though there are organizations and physicians fighting for looser rules.

Why are US doctors and pharmaceutical companies in standby mode and phages still unused while more people die every year? There’s no single, satisfying answer, but as a phage-savvy scientist and here’s what you’ll hear: Phages are expensive to test because they “don’t adhere to the Western “one size fits all” treatment paradigm. Rather, they are custom remedies made from naturally occurring viruses, applied in ways specific to the particular strains of bacteria each patient is suffering from. It’ll take leaps of time and technology to turn them into prescription drugs.

Laura made the trip to Georgia (the one in Europe, not here in the US). In her words, she arrived as a patient barely able to walk with the use of a cane, carrying an IV bag and a a little hope. Three weeks later, she left as a tourist, completely healed and ready for a long healthy life ahead of her.

She is now 61 years old and MRSA-free.

You can find out more about the Phage Therapy Center HERE.

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I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am a mom who looks for natural ways to support her family’s health through nutrition, exercise and alternative, holistic methods. Any statements made on my blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else.

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2 Replies

  1. Phage therapy is also being developed in the US. For many years and even vaccines.

    1. That’s fantastic news!

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