PREVENTING AND HANDLING INFECTIONS NATURALLY

by Lawrence Wilson, MD

© October 2010, The Center For Development

 

                  This is a large and very important topic.  Most infections need not frighten you, provided you understand them, and how to prevent and handle them.  This article is divided into the following sections:

 

Š           First aid for fevers.

Š           Principles of handling infections.

Š           Preventing Infections

Š           Handling acute infections.

Š           Handling chronic infections.

Š           A separate article on this website discusses Lyme Disease.

 

FIRST AID FOR FEVERS

 

                  Fever is one of the most acute signs of an infection.  Most doctors suggest using Tylenol or Aspirin to lower a fever.  This is not a wise idea, in my view, because 1) it just suppresses the problem, rather than help resolve it, and 2) the drugs are toxic to some degree.  Here are much better alternatives:

 

Š           Sponge off the person with cool or even ice water.

Š           Alcohol can be mixed with the water for an even more powerful cooling effect.

Š           If this is not sufficient, place the person in a warm bath and slowly add cold water to the bath.  This will lower almost any fever.

Š           An enema with either pure water or water with a little boiled coffee is excellent to lower most fevers.  The fever may go back up after a few hours.  Just repeat the procedures.

Š           Be sure the patient drinks plenty of pure water, not fruit juice or other beverages. 

 

PRINCIPLES FOR HANDLING INFECTIONS –

 

ALL INFECTIONS ARE POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING AND SHOULD NEVER BE IGNORED

 

This is a principle that must never be overlooked.  It applies to even a simple cold, flu or diarrhea.  So never ignore an infection.  It could be far more costly to take care of later if it becomes complicated.   

For this reason, there will always be a place for antibiotic and other anti-infection pharmaceutical drugs.  However, most have terrible side effects that go unrecognized because they don’t cause immediate symptoms.  So if we can avoid them safely and effectively, this is the best course of action.

 

ACUTE AND CHRONIC INFECTIONS

 

                  This is a second principle regarding infection.  They are of two general classifications.

 

Acute infections are characterized by an active involvement of the entire immune response to invading microorganisms.  The body is deeply affected with symptoms such as heat or fever, a most powerful infection-fighting mechanism. 

                  Other acute infection symptoms are pain, redness, inflammation, pus formation (dead bacteria or other germs), swelling and more.  One may have almost any symptom, however, from a headache to an upset stomach or a rash.

                 

Chronic infections are those that the body is unable to fight actively.  The infection rarely kills, but the body is also unable to remove it completely.  Most everyone has some of these. 

Symptoms are often negligible, if there are any at all.  Typical ones are post-nasal drip related to a chronic sinus condition or a little dizziness or slight hearing impairment related to a chronic ear infection.  Others are hoarseness related to a chronic bronchial or other respiratory infection, itchy areas of the body, or a sensitive tooth.

                  Another common one are symptoms of gas or a little bloating or stomach discomfort at times.  This may be all that one is aware of when the intestinal tract is infected with improper bacteria or a parasite infestation such as E.coli, entamoeba histolytica or candida albicans.

                  However, in many cases, one is unaware of the presence of a chronic infection.  Blood and other types of tests also often show no evidence of infection.  The reason is that the body has often encapsulated or otherwise isolated the infection so that it does not cause direct symptoms.

Chronic infections often require a different approach than acute ones. Here I will only say that one must strengthen the entire body to prevent and successfully handle infections.  Piecemeal efforts are sometimes helpful, but should never be one’s only or main approach.

 

EFFECTS AT A DISTANCE

 

A third principle about infections is that symptoms and deep, lasting damage from infections need not come directly from the site of the infection.  All microorganisms secrete toxins that travel throughout the body. 

This is often the most dangerous part of an infection.  Without our knowledge, they can travel to the brain or the heart and cause death far more quickly than one might  imagine.  This is why all infections are to be dealt with aggressively and completely.

Both acute and often chronic infections secrete extremely toxic so-called endotoxins and exotoxins into the bloodstream.  These can cause all manner of disturbances at subtle levels of the body.

A common source of chronic infection, for example, in which endotoxins play an important role  are chronically infected root canals and dental cavitations.  These are pockets of bacteria that are so toxic that when such a tooth has been extracted and placed under the skin of a laboratory rabbit or mouse, the animal dies.

Many biologically-oriented dentists will not fill root canals and prefer instead to extract the tooth for this reason.  I don’t always agree with this, but often if the tooth is very damaged, this is the best course of action.

 

ACT QUICKLY AND AGGRESSIVELY WITH ALL ACUTE INFECTIONS

 

Start Immediately.  It is best to work aggressively and immediately with your acute infections, no matter how trivial they seem.  This applies especially if there is fever, pain or swelling.

All infections can become complicated quickly with potentially life-threatening consequences.  So do not delay and begin the methods below as soon as you feel an infection has begun.  There is no need to wait until you see a practitioner or have some kind of test, as the doctors sometimes want you to do.  The natural methods below are safe if used correctly and can be applied immediately for the best results.  Complications of infections can be a problem and should be avoidable if one starts early to kill the infection.

 

Use More Than One Natural Method And Remedy.  At times, one natural product or method may be sufficient.  However, this is never the best approach if you choose natural methods.  Use a combination of rest, diet, nutrients, and hydrotherapy, for example.

 

Use Enough Of Natural Remedies.  Be sure to use a lot of the natural remedy.  Most are very safe and taking a little more is better than not taking enough.  An aggressive approach is by far the best.  However, there is no need to overdo or use more than the recommended amounts.  For example, do not use more than 5 grams of vitamin C daily, and less for young children.  I know some use much higher doses, but this is rarely needed or helpful, particularly if a person is in a four lows pattern.  In this case, avoid all extra vitamin C.

 

Follow Through For At Least Five Days Or More.  Another mistake is to stop your infection-fighting program too soon.  This is like stopping antibiotics too soon, something most people are aware of.  So be sure to continue at least five days.  Also, after symptoms are completely gone continue for an extra day or two to be sure a relapse does not occur.

 

                  If You Are Not Succeeding On Your Own, Seek Help Immediately.  This is also part of an aggressive approach.  Do not delay if you feel an infection is out of your control.  For example, appendicitis is rare, but it occurs once in a while and often requires surgery.  Delay can mean complications and rarely death.  So keep watch on all infections and do not hesitate to seek help if you believe you need it. 

On the other hand, do not worry excessively if correction is proceeding slowly and takes a week or two, or even longer, at times.  This is particularly true if one is following a nutritional balancing program.  In this case, old infections can flare up that are very chronic and often deep-seated and nasty.  It is not uncommon that one might take from a week to a month to resolve completely.  Just keep resting a lot more, drink plenty of the correct water, as explained below, and use your remedies and natural methods if you feel you are slowly getting well.

 

THE IMMUNE RESPONSE

                 

The so-called “immune system” is not really a body system.  The response of the body to infective organisms is better termed the immune response.  It is extremely complex, involving the skin, intestines, nasal mucosa, blood, lymph and many other organs and tissues.  Unless all of these are in good working order, infections tend to gain a foothold far too easily.

Now let us discuss specific measures everyone can take to avoid infections and to remove both acute and chronic infections.  Some are obvious, but few people actually do them.

 

PREVENTING INFECTIONS

 

                  Nutritional balancing. The best preventive measure I know of is to follow a nutritional balancing program for at least a year or two to renourish the body, reduce internal stress, remove two dozen toxic metals and toxic chemicals and balance vital mineral ratios. 

                  Many people are walking around with a very unbalanced body chemistry and are thus very prone to serious infections, even if they feel well and are unaware of their imbalances.  These will often be revealed on a hair mineral analysis, however, and can be corrected before one succumbs to a serious infection.

                  Hair analysis indicators for infections.  These include a sodium/potassium ratio less than 2.5, a very slow or very fast oxidation rate, three highs/four highs pattern, hidden or over copper toxicity, hidden or overt iron toxicity, or a phosphorus level less than about 11 mg%.

 

A healthful lifestyle greatly assists to maintain a strong immune response.  The body is the physical temple and it is to be honored.  Care for it and never abuse it for any reason.  This means:

 

1. Obtain plenty of rest and sleep, at least nine or more hours daily.  Also, go to bed early.  The hours before midnight are worth at least four times the benefit of sleeping after midnight.  Be in bed by 9 PM if at all possible.

 

2. Reduce stress as much as possible.  Stress of most kinds weakens the body a lot.  Many of the following are ways to reduce stress on your body.  However, other types of stress such as family problems, financial difficulties and others will weaken the immune response as well.

 

3. Eat very carefully.  Eating habits are also very important. Your daily diet is always a basic preventive measure.  Have regular, sit-down and preferably home-cooked meals of whole, natural foods, organically grown if possible. 

Eat protein at least twice a day, as protein is most important for the detoxification pathways in the liver, and helps in rebuilding the immune system.  Eat several cooked vegetables with at least two meals a day.  These provide minerals, vitamins and other substances needed for a healthy body. 

Raw Foods.  Raw food must be washed very thoroughly.  Never eat raw food in restaurants for maximum protection against a wide variety of infections.  Other foods to watch or better avoid in restaurants include all salad dressings, all sauces and seafood or shellfish, especially if lightly cooked.  We do not recommend any shellfish due to toxic metals. 

Sushi tastes good, but is not a good food to eat anywhere, but particularly in a restaurant.  Making it at home would be best with ingredients you trust.  Otherwise avoid it today due to many infections in uncooked or poorly cooked seafood and shellfish, and due to mercury and other metal toxicity.

 

4. Do some regular light exercise each day, if possible, and at least four or five times weekly.  However, do not overdo anything, even pleasurable exercise, in particular running or jogging, as these actually deplete many people. 

 

5. Breathe deeply as often as you can.  Oxygenating the body well is a key to avoiding and eliminating all infections in the body. 

 

6. Live and work in a simple way in as healthy an environment as possible, preferably away from large cities.  This is impossible for most people reading this, but do your best to avoid air and water pollution, fluoridated water, chlorinated pools and hot tubs and all the other contaminants found in modern society.

 

7. Positive attitudes and emotions tend to greatly enhance our infection-fighting abilities.  This is well-known in some medical circles.  Laughter can be better than drugs, for example.  Peace and quiet are far better than a noisy or negative environment.

 

8. Reduce your exposure to all harmful micro-organisms.  Excessive exposure to bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing organisms will overwhelm anyone’s immune system. 

                  Air travel, hotels, malls, theatres, shops, stadiums and anywhere else the public is found in large numbers are sources of infection.  Avoid public bathrooms or wash carefully after using them.

If possible, avoid crowded places, especially indoor where air circulation is poor.  Unfortunately, air travel is probably the worst of these.  Buses, subways, trains and other public places are also commonly sources of respiratory and other types of infections.

Any closed buildings such as offices, motels, hospitals and all others may be dangerous to your health if you don’t know who has been there before you and how well ventilated and cleaned they are.

Restaurants and bars are a huge source of food and contact infection.  Although laws exist to protect the customer, one does not ever really know where the food came from, how cleanly it was prepared or even how well the dishes were washed. 

While this may sound paranoid, it can save your life.  Be careful around restaurants and bars, especially.  Order only cooked food to be most careful and avoid shellfish, seafood and most fish.  All of these are often today contaminated.

Pools and hot tubs should generally be totally avoided. They are an extremely common source of many infections.  Do not believe for a moment that the bromine, chlorine or even ozone will kill every microorganisms.  Many organisms are resistant to chlorine, especially the newer, genetically-altered strains of bacteria and viruses.  Pools and hot tubs are particularly bad because the warm or hot water supports the growth of microbes.

Promiscuous sexual activity is quite insane unless you wish to contract many difficult-to-heal infections.  Do not trust dates and sexual partners when they say “I am totally healthy”.  This is often a lie.  Even if it is the truth, the person usually does not really know if they have been exposed to sexually transmitted disease, which are rampant today in the young, especially, because of loose sexual habits.  A recent study found that one of  every four teens in some groups are already infected with a sexually transmitted disease.  Old moral standards regarding sex make a lot of sense in terms of preventing disease transmission.

           

9. Practice Excellent Personal Hygiene. Always wash your hands with soap after using the toilet, especially a public toilet.  It is best to wash hands several times a day, especially before meals or after leaving any public place such as a train, bus, airplane or movie theatre.  This is an easy habit to develop that pays great dividends.

                  Other personal habits are to change your underclothes frequently, keep your house and office clean and do not let dirty clothes mix with clean ones, as many people do today.

                

10. Tap water is usually not an important source of infection if you are in the United States.  However, in many other nations, the drinking water is not clean or safe.  Beware of this if you travel outside the country.

However, tap water has many toxins in it so I do not recommend it.  Distilled or quality spring water are the only recommended water for drinking.  Avoid reverse osmosis water, “purified water”, “drinking water” made by reverse osmosis, alkaline water and others.  Alkaline water can be dangerous and is discussed in other articles on this site.  Reveres osmosis sadly does not hydrate the body well.  Also, drink plenty of water, about 3-4 quarts daily for adults and somewhat less for younger children.

 

11. Treat chronic infections you know about in your body.  By this I mean that if you know you have infections, such as infected teeth, take care of the problem.  Do not just disregard it because you don’t want to pay for dentistry.  Look around for a less costly dentist or bargain with your dentist if needed.

                  Many people have untreated infections that can be handled naturally, too.  The sections below cover how to use natural methods to deal with acute and then chronic infections.  We will also discuss the differences between acute and chronic and how they affect your health.

 

Other Preventive Procedures. 

 

Sunshine.  Besides those mentioned above, some sun exposure for yourself and for clothing and other objects that may become infected is excellent.  The sun radiates in the ultraviolet range which has a definite germ-killing effect.  Thus, leaving blankets, rugs and other objects in the sun at times is wonderful.

Sunbathing also helps with infections to a degree, probably because it kills some surface germs and vitamin D production increases.  Vitamin D is definitely involved in some germ-fighting efforts. 

Sauna therapy.  Heating the body daily is an excellent way to avoid and remove infections.  The simplest and safest way to do this is with a sauna.  Spending 20 minutes in a sauna daily is an excellent preventive method.  You can also often “sweat out a cold” using sauna therapy as well.

                  Colon Cleansing.  Another excellent preventive is to avoid constipation and to use colon hydrotherapy.  This not only removes toxic substances regularly from the intestines, but can actually help reduce infections in the liver and other organs as well.  On this site are information about saunas and colon cleansing or enema therapies.

                  Natural Therapies.  Foot reflexology, chiropractic and all other balancing natural healing methods can also reduce your stress and thus help to prevent and reduce the severity of infections of many types.  Just be sure your practitioners’ offices are clean and neat and that you are not exposed to too many sick people in these offices or the effort may backfire.

 

                  What about vaccines?  These are among the worst medical practices used today.  I know some may disagree.  Please read the article entitled Vaccination on this website.  Vaccines are a large part of the cause of a worldwide epidemic of autism, for example.  This is known by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who has published the data but it is not shared with the American people for various reasons.  Vaccination is a personal decision, but I suggest avoiding them all, at this time.

 

 HANDLING ACUTE INFECTIONS

 

1. Rest. At the first sign of an infection, rest in bed as much as possible.  If at all possible, do not go to work.  Children should be at home in pajamas, not playing outside.  My father used to climb into bed with a cup of tea and just stay there until his cold or flu passed.  He was rarely sick for long.

This is common sense when one realizes how serious infections can become.  Even polio and other severe illnesses can be avoided or minimized if one rests at the first sign of a cold, flu or other infection.

 

2.  Diet.  Eat lightly of simple, nourishing foods or fast on water or diluted juices.  I do not recommend living on undiluted fruit and juices, however.  These are far too expansive or yin.

Chicken soup, for example, is superb for many people when ill.  Lightly cooked vegetables are fine, too.  Rice that is well-cooked is also good in most cases.

If fever is elevated, drink extra water.   Fasting on just water for a day or two is fine, but not for more than about 2-3 days as a general rule.

 

3. Exercise or activity  Do not exercise when ill or even move about any more than necessary.  Movement, and especially exercise, just uses up energy required for healing and will slow your recovery.

 

                  4. Natural Remedies.  Certain supplements are wonderful to help fight infections.  Here are several that may be used together:

a) Colloidal silver.  This is an excellent broad-spectrum anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.  It has been known to help many other infections such as candida, parasites and other problems. 

I much prefer store-bought products over home-made ones for quality control reasons.  The general dosage is about  2-3 tablespoons per day for an adult for up to a week if it is a low potency product (15-50 parts per million of silver). One should take a lot less, about 1-3 teaspoons or less, if it is a higher potency product of over 50 parts per million of silver.

b) Bee propolis, up to 50 drops three times a day for adults for up to 3 weeks, is also excellent. 

c) High-dose vitamin A, up to 150,000 iu per day for adults for up to two weeks, is another excellent remedy for some infections.

d) Vitamin C, only two to four grams twice or up to three times a day for up to 7 days will help some infections.  Never use vitamin C if a person is in a four lows pattern or if one is in a fast oxidizer pattern.  If you take too much you will get diarrhea, and you will lower copper, so limit high-dose vitamin C.  It is also extremely yin in Chinese medical terminology, and this is harmful for most people and for fighting some infections.

e) Colostrum.  This is the bluish first milk from a woman or an animal.  It is sold in powder or capsule form.  Follow directions on the bottle.  It is quite harmless, however, if you take too much unless one is sensitive to dairy products.

f) Herbs.  Herbs have been used for centuries to help fight infections.  The only problem with herbs is that one does not know their potency and some can be a little toxic.  So be careful with herbs.  The ones most recommended for most people are echinacea, golden seal and astragalus.  Do not take herbs continuously.  Use them like medicines, which they are.  I do not recommend herbs first as they are not as consistent in quality as are the others above.  However, they can be life-saving and are not costly at all in most instances.

 

                  5. Mineral Supplements.  If you wish to take more than the above remedies, copper kills many bacteria, fungi and viruses.  Many people have a copper imbalance, impairing their ability to fight infections.  Taking about 3 mg twice times a day of copper during an infection is often helpful.                 

Zinc is required for the immune system and is very low in many diets.  Vegetarian diets are low in zinc, and zinc is removed from refined foods of all kinds.  Adults may take about 25 mg of zinc twice daily with copper for infections.  Avoid taking iron or iron-containing products during infections as iron favors the growth of bacteria and viruses.  We recommend avoiding most other vitamins or herbs during  acute infections.

 

                  6. Glandulars.  Lymph, thymus and spleen glandular concentrates are very helpful to recover from and even prevent some infections, especially in children.  When taken orally, they migrate to their target organ and can enhance the organ or gland's activity.  They contain nucleoproteins and other substances the immune system requires.

                  Avoid other glandulars such as adrenal and thyroid products when attempting to prevent or recover from infections as these stimulate the sympathetic nervous system which impairs the immune response to some degree.

 

                  7. The Infrared Electric Light Sauna.  If you have access to an infrared light sauna, use it three or four times daily for 10-15 minutes each session.  The sauna:

 

Š           Raises the body temperature a few degrees, which often stimulates the immune response.

Š           Stimulates circulation, oxygenation and hydration to a degree.

Š           Inhibits the sympathetic nervous system, which powerfully enhances the immune response and is very relaxing for many people.

Š           Disables or even kills some bacteria, viruses and fungi that are heat-sensitive.  Others are less affected by the sauna’s heat.

Š           Decongest the internal organs by improving circulation.

Š           Near infrared rays can also help heal wounds and damaged tissues.

Š           Spot treatment. With a near infrared light sauna, one can direct the heat and infrared to a part of the body for a greater effect.  For example, a very excellent remedy for a sinus infection is to aim the lamps at the forehead and sinus area for only 5 minutes per hour, or at an ear, the throat or other part of the body that is ill.  If you aim the light at your head area, only do so for 5 minutes or so per hour.

Š           A general infection treatment. A general treatment that works on most infections is to aim a single reddish 250-watt ‘heat lamp’  or the sauna’s lamps (same thing) at the thymus gland, located in the upper chest in the middle, under the breast bone.  Here one can safely shine the light on this area for 15 minutes at a time or even more, possibly.  Doing this several times daily will often speed healing of many infections.

 

Do not overdo sauna sessions.  Do not stay in a sauna session longer than about 20 minutes at a time when you have an infection, as this may just exhaust you.  However, several short saunas can be done each day, especially if you feel it is helping.  Always drink plenty of extra distilled or spring water when using any sauna or sweating by any method or you may become dehydrated.

Cautions with children. Older children may use saunas or hot baths with great benefit.  Do not place children under age 4 or 5 in a sauna.  Children must be accompanied by an adult when using a sauna and watched carefully for signs of overheating such as turning red and not sweating.  Young children do not sweat as easily and can dehydrate much faster than adults.

Traditional saunas may also be used, but they are hotter and may be more debilitating if one stays in too long.

 

8. Other methods to induce sweating.  If one does not have a sauna, one can still induce sweating with other methods.  Turn up the heat in the house, sit in a tub of very hot water, drink hot tea and wrap the body in lots of blankets.  An electric blanket can be used to induce sweating as well, though we generally do not like the electromagnetic effects of electric blankets.

Inducing a fever, either with a sauna or other methods, will often shorten the time it takes to overcome an acute infection.  Be sure to drink extra water if you are sweating, as you will lose fluids.

 

9. Colon Cleansing - Enemas or Colonics.  Enemas and colonic irrigation greatly assist elimination through the liver and colon.  This, in turn, will help unload toxins that are burdening the immune response.

These procedures have many other positive, though subtle effects.  They can inhibit the sympathetic nervous system, which assists the immune response and they help decongest the liver, which produces many infection-fighting chemicals.  Up to four or even five coffee enemas per day may be used to lower a fever, for example, and help overcome any severe infection.

The value of colon cleansing during infections is an old and well-known therapy that has been forgotten in this age of “wonder drugs”.  These simple physical methods are quite safe when done properly.

 

10. Deep Breathing.  Deep breathing can be surprisingly important to help fight infections.  It is another ancient therapy that was well-known, for example, to the ancient yogis of India and China.  Deep breathing, which can be done anywhere, even in bed, also acts like a massage for the internal organs.  

For example, practice deep breathing while lying in bed before getting up, for at least half an hour daily.  A simple way to do it is to count as high as you can as you inhale, hold for a few counts and then exhale to a number of counts as well.  Try to increase the number of counts as you begin to breathe more deeply.  Also, avoid tight clothes that restrict your inhalation. 

Oxygen is lethal to most pathogenic micro-organisms.  Most people do not breathe deeply, depriving the body of adequate oxygen.  Oxygen starvation is more common in urban areas, where the oxygen level in the streets can be 20% lower than in rural areas due to gas-burning auto engines that breathe oxygen from the air.  Other oxygen therapies involve using ozone or a bath with about 2/3 of a cup of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide added to it.

 

                  11. Good office procedures for infections.  The following are usually not necessary.  However, they are better than antibiotics and less toxic as well in many cases.  If an infection is very severe and is not responding to the home methods listed above, or if one has easy access to the following, they are also very good and non-toxic:

 

Š           The best is ultraviolet blood irradiation.  A small quantity of blood is removed, placed in front of an ultraviolet lamp, and then replaced in the body.  This has an amazing effect in some cases.

Š           Intravenous doses of hydrogen peroxide, ozone, vitamin C or even hydrochloric acid. Intravenous treatments must be done by someone trained in their use.  Also, never substitute them for the basic lifestyle aspects of healing infections, which many doctors overlook.

 

12. Prescription and OTC Drugs.  If you are willing to use the above methods immediately upon feeling the onset of any illness, prescription and over-the-counter drugs will rarely if ever be needed.  I cannot think of an episode in at least 15 years with any of our clients in which antibiotics or antiviral medication ware required if one was willing to do the natural therapies.  This is how good they are.

Antibiotics have many subtle side effects in all cases.  They include the familiar penicillin, which is one of the older and better ones, generally.  They also include all tetracyclines, erythromycins, cephalosporins, chloramphenicol, clindamycin, cyclosporine, fluoroquinolones (Cipro) (one of the most toxic), lincomysin, linezolid, loracarbef, neomycin, rifamycins, vancomysin, metronidazole, nitrofurantoin, sulfonamides and others.  They  tend to be costly, they tend to create drug-resistant strains of bacteria, and perhaps, most important, they are not effective against most viruses, some bacteria and most all fungal infections, which are all very common.  Read more about antibiotic problems in the article on this site entitled Beyond Antibiotics. The natural methods, by contrast, are much more ‘wide-spectrum’ at lower cost and with few if any side effects.  Once in a while, an antibiotic may be helpful, but again, I have not needed to recommend them ever in years.

Anti-viral drugs include Oseltamivir (Tamiflu), Zanamivir (Relenza), Acyclovir (Avirax), Famciclovir (Famvir), Ganciclovir (Cytovene), Valacyclovir (Valtrex), Amantdine (Symadine and Symmetrel), Rimantadine (Flumadine) and a few others.  They also have significant side effects are rarely, if ever, needed if the natural methods above are used.

Anti-parasitic drugs include metronidazole, Atabrin and others.  These are also very rarely needed if the natural methods above are used.   For more on parasites, see the article on this website entitled Parasites.

 

If you choose a drug therapy, you may usually combine some of the natural approaches described above with antibiotics or other drugs.  It will only help, and cannot hurt that I am aware of.  In other words, the natural methods will enhance any drug therapy.

 

Lowering Fevers With Aspirin or Tylenol.  This practice was probably concocted by a drug representative.   Most often, it just slows the healing of infections.  These drugs, used for a period of even a few days, can accumulate in the kidneys, liver, stomach and other organs.  They can cause liver and kidney damage if continued long enough.

Fever is a good sign.  It should not be suppressed unless the fever rises over 103-104° F or if a person is prone to seizures.  For a very high fever, natural methods such as cool water enemas, cooling baths and/or sponge baths with water or, more powerfully, alcohol, will lower most fevers rapidly and safely with no side effects.

 

Supervision.  If possible, when dealing with an infection, try to e in touch with a knowledgeable practitioner.  Always consult someone knowledgeable in the following situations:

1) If you are unsure how to use a natural remedy or even a drug.

2) If you are not making progress after four or five days of fighting an infection.

3) If the infection or problem is getting worse, not better, even after one or two days.  There may be complications you are unaware of.  There is no shame to going to an emergency room if you are in trouble.  Modern diagnostic methods can be helpful and life-saving in these instances.

 

HANDLING CHRONIC INFECTIONS

 

Chronic infections must be brought to an acute state to be resolved in most cases.  This can take months or even a number of years, because one may need to work through layers of toxins and other micro-organisms until the body’s energy level is brought up high enough to restart an active fight against an old, chronic infection.

This is what occurs during nutritional balancing programs, where the goal is to slowly enhance the body’s energy level to the point where it can and automatically will bring up chronic infections for healing.  For more information about nutritional balancing programs, see the article entitled The Healing Lifestyle and others on this website.

If one wishes to begin this process at home at a very reasonable cost, read the article entitled Levels of Healing.

 

WHY IT CAN TAKE SEVERAL YEARS TO REMOVE CHRONIC INFECTIONS WITH A NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAM

 

Based on years of experience, I estimate that the average person has at least a dozen or more chronic infections.  Common sites are the eyes, ears, sinuses, teeth, intestines, joints, bronchial tubes, lungs, liver and elsewhere.  Eliminating these infections often takes some years on a nutritional balancing program.  This is not because the program is lacking.  It is because:

 

Š           The infections are very old, many dating back to childhood.

Š           They thrive on weakened tissue and toxic matter in the body. Most people have plenty of this by the time they undertake a nutritional balancing program.

Š           They are often very deep-seated and chronic, meaning that they are well-entrenched, often in areas of the body with impaired circulation or tissues that are unhealthy such as the bronchial tubes and even the ear canals in many people.

Š           Often they have been encapsulated or walled off by the body to some degree. This reduces blood circulation, oxygenation and hydration to the area, making healing much harder and slower.  It also means that nutritional remedies, colloidal silver or any other medication has difficulty reaching the infected area.   

Š           The entire process of isolating the infection must be reversed and this takes a few years of building up the body and removing enough toxic matter that the infection becomes weakened sufficiently for the body to undertake to remove it completely.

Š           Many bacterial ones were treated with antibiotics that killed off most of the infection, so the person felt better.  However, the germs that remain are stronger and resistant to antibiotics, perhaps, which means they are not susceptible to medical treatment.

Š           Meanwhile, past use of antibiotics has caused toxicity in the body that is subtle, but very real.  The drugs must often be removed from the body with coffee enemas, sauna therapy and a properly designed nutritional balancing program, and this also takes time.  Strange as it may sound, removing the drug residues is often helpful to strengthen the immune response to the point where the body can go after the remaining infection.

Š           Sauna therapy that 1) enhances the circulation, 2) heats the tissues are few degrees, and 3) heals the tissues with near infrared energy, is often also necessary to activate the body’s immune response enough to cause healing to begin.

 

Most of these infections are bacterial infections, but some are viruses and a good number are parasitic in nature as well.  They may be very low-grade with few symptoms.  For example, on may only experience post-nasal drip, or slight aches and pains, or other vague complaints from time to time.  For this reason, most people have no idea these infections are present.  Yet they can in some way cause the Na/K ratio to remain low for years, in some cases.

 

OVERLOOKED INFECTIONS

 

Medical professionals often overtreat certain infections with antibiotics.  Other infections they do not view with the seriousness they should.  These include, for example, hospital infections, which kill almost as many patients as the diseases for which people are being treated.

The Sexual Area.  The most important area where infection is overlooked may be in the sexual area.  Women, I particular, are often given the pill, the patch or the IUD with very little warning that these methods do absolutely nothing to control the spread of venereal infections.

Intestinal Infections.  These often are overlooked as well.  Today, more than ever before, amoebic and other parasitic infections are quite common.  This is a primary reason I give everyone GB-3, a powerful digestive aid and liver detoxifier.  It slowly begins to clean up a toxic intestine and kill hundreds of pathogenic bacteria, parasites and other infectious organisms in this area of the body.

Hidden dental infections.  These are also very common.  See the article entitled Biological Dentistry for more on this subject.

Infection From Air Travel and Other Contact.  Another area that is overlooked by doctors is the danger of air travel and other crowded places with poor ventilation.

Vaccines Spread Infection.  Doctors are also woefully unaware of how many infections are caused by vaccines.  Almost all vaccines are somewhat contaminated by other organisms.  Not infrequently, a person gets the disease one is being vaccinated against.  This can remain in a weakened body and cause all manner of problems from ADHD or autism to a slow and horrible death.

 

CONCLUSION

 

                  Infections have been with humanity since time began.  They are a part of nature’s order of eliminating weak plants, animals and humans.  The most important thing to know is that there is much anyone can do to prevent and treat all infections naturally.  Vaccination is not a wise way to do this, however.  Knowing the basic methods and remedies is a wise idea for everyone.

 

 

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