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Natural Rescue Remedies for Anthrax

Garlic

According to the Garlic Information Center (UK), anthrax is most susceptible to garlic. 

Garlic is a natural antibiotic that stimulates the immune system and increases the effectiveness of white blood cells and T cells. It blocks toxin production by germs.(1) It also possesses broad-spectrum bacteriostatic and bacteriocidal properties. In other words, it either stops the growth of or kills bacteria. Remarkably, garlic also exerts similar activity against viruses, fungi, and parasites. Garlic, undoubtedly, is a key to achieving optimal immunity and protecting against infections.

More than 1,800 scientific studies detail garlic's chemical complexity and multifaceted roles in preventing or treating disease. At least two hundred compounds have been identified in garlic cloves, including more than seventy sulfur compounds; vitamins A, B1, and C; the minerals calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, and zinc; vitamin-like flavonoids; and the eight essential amino acids and nine nonessential ones. Many of these micronutrients contribute to immunity, although the amounts in a single garlic clove would be minute.

Before vaccines were developed against polio, garlic was used successfully as a prophylactic. 

Garlic has remarkable antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and numerous scientific studies have shown it to have a broader range of bactericidal powers than penicillin. One milligram of its major active compound, allicin, has the equivalent antibacterial power of 15 standard units of penicillin. (2) It is also effective against many fungal infections, including Candida, which is responsible for most cases of vaginitis. 

Garlic was found to be a more potent antibiotic than penicillin, ampicillin, doxycycline, streptomycin and cephalexin, some of the antibiotic drugs used in the treatment of anthrax.

In 1941, researchers reported that very dilute allicin solutions (one part in 125,000) inhibited the growth of fourteen of fifteen species of bacteria, including strains of staph, strep, and Shigella, as well as Vibrio cholerae, which causes cholera. A slightly stronger allicin concentration was effective against all fifteen species. (3)

Researchers at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, related that garlic completely cured rabbits of Shigella infections (which cause severe diarrhea) in three days, compared with untreated rabbits that died in two days. Garlic was found to demonstrate antibacterial activity against other Shigella species and against a toxin-producing strain of E. coli. (4)

Drs. Farbman and Barnett of the Boston University School of Medicine, prepared liquid extracts of fresh garlic and incubated it with fourteen strains of bacteria, including E. coli, Haemophilus influenzae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus Group A, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. The "garlic juice" was found to inhibit the growth of all fourteen strains. The garlic juice even worked against antibiotic-resistant S. aureus, currently the most dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacterium in hospitals. (5)

In 1946, researchers at the Indian Institute of Science reported that a garlic extract prevented the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. (6) This was reconfirmed 47 years later. In 1993, doctors at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, described an experiment in which an extract of fresh garlic inhibited the growth of twenty strains of Mycobacterium avium, a closely related microorganism and a common cause of lung disease in AIDS patients. (7)

Unlike conventional antibiotics, garlic can kill some viruses. Researchers have determined that several active constituents of garlic are capable of killing the herpes simplex, parainfluenza, and rhinovirus (8)

Benjamin Lau, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of microbiology of Loma Linda School of Medicine and one of the leading garlic researchers in the world, conducted experiments to test the activity of several new antibiotics on bacteria and fungi. He prepared a diluted garlic extract, introduced a small quantity into several cultures and let them incubate overnight. The next day he was astounded to find that the diluted garlic extract did indeed stop the growth of those cultures-more effectively, in fact, than some of the potent antibiotics his team was testing at that time. (11)

Garlic for treatment of Infectious Diseases

Garlic has a long documented proven history of effectiveness against infectious diseases. The clinical literature shows that garlic is suited for even the very worst types of infections.

During World War I British medics wrapped gangrenous wounds in garlic- soaked bandages and saved many an infected limb from amputation.

Leprosy, or Hansen's disease, is very difficult to treat. It is induced by an organism very similar to the one that causes tuberculosis. Clinical reports from India described how garlic was successfully used to combat it when all other forms of conventional therapy had failed. (9)

Virologists working out of the University of Michigan reported that a fluid extract combination of elephant garlic and St. Johnswort reduced the incidence of poliomyelitis in mice to under 64 percent. (10)

There are several reported cases of successful treatment of tuberculosis with garlic. Edward Delaha and Vincent F. Garagusi of Georgetown University Hospital added a European manufactured garlic extract to 30 strains of mycobacteria growing in test tubes. A month later, the garlic had done critical damage to all 30 strains. Garagusi said that they were both astounded at what happened. (11)

A traditional Chinese cure for tuberculosis involves placing a thick compress of chopped raw garlic on the patient's back, covering it with a clean damp cloth, then using a laundry iron to heat the compress and force the garlic fumes through the skin into the chest cavity, where they kill the bacteria responsible for the ailment.

Albert Schweitzer used garlic to treat cases of typhus and cholera.

Garlic poultice applied on the soles of the feet is effective in treating whooping cough. (12)

Garlic and Cancer

Garlic is a potent antibiotic and inhibitor of many germs. It also has powerful anticancer properties.

In 1957, researchers at Western Reserve University had used raw garlic enzyme (alliinase) to prevent the growth of sarcoma in Swiss mice by inactivating certain chemical components of these tumor cells called sulfhydryl compounds. (13)

A remarkable study on garlic in China involved eleven patients suffering from cryptococcal meningitis, which is usually fatal. All eleven patients were successfully treated and recovered after several weeks of garlic therapy. (14) Doctors concluded that garlic is the best therapy for reduction of the transient chills, low-grade fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and pain accompanying this disease. (15)

Recent independent studies in Japan and Romania have also shown garlic to be effective in protecting living organisms from the influenza virus. (14)

Benjamin Lau, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of microbiology of Loma Linda School of Medicine, found that Japanese aged garlic extract significantly enhanced the fighting ability of a macrophage cell line. Macrophages are an important part of the body's immune defenses.(16).

Other research by scientists from around the world shows that garlic is one of the best weapons in the arsenal of natural drugs against cancer. Japanese researchers from Kyoto reported that Japanese Aged Garlic Extract suppressed the first stage of tumor promotion in a two-stage mouse skin cancer. (17) Scientists from the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society published a review of garlic's wonderful anti-cancer properties (18)

Other research has shown that garlic is effective in the prevention and treatment of cancers of the breast, stomach, colon, bladder, and skin.

How To Take:

You can use freshly cut cloves of garlic or garlic powder. If you prefer garlic capsules buy products that has standardized allicin content that provide 5-10 milligrams of allicin. (equivalent to 75-150 units of penicillin.) for anthrax management.

Caution:

Excessive use of garlic is said to be harmful to the eyes, cause dizziness, and scatter energy. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, garlic is said to cause ascending fire energy.

See Also: Herbal Medicine Infocenter in Holisticonline.com

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References

1 Journal Nutrition, March 2001

2 Koch and Lawson, Garlic: The Science and Therapeutic Application, 2nd edition, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore 1996

3 Fitoterapia, Volume 5, 1984

4 Chowdhury, A. K., et al., 'Efficacy of Aqueous Extract of Garlic and Allicin in Experimental Shigellosis in Rabbits," Indian journal of Medical Research, January 1991;93:33-36.

5. Farbman, K. S., et al., "Antibacterial Activity of Garlic and Onions: A Historical Perspective," Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, July 1993;12:613-614.

6. Rao, R. R., et al., 'Inhibition of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by Garlic Extract,' Nature, April 6, 1946;157:441.

7. Hirao, Y., et al., "Activation of Immunoresponder Cells by the Protein Fraction from Aged Garlic Extract," Phytotherapy Research, 1987;1:161-164.

8. Spray, W., 'The Importance of Taking Garlic,' Nursing Times, February 16, 1978;295.

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11. John Heinerman, Ph. D., The Healing Benefits of Garlic, Wings Books.

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