Due to a perverse system of intense marketing, people who demand a pill for every occasion and an all too willing medical establishment chasing the almighty dollar and shoddy food production systems we have created an epidemic of superbugs.
These anti-biotic resistant superbugs are becoming a major health hazard especially in hospitals, where patients going in for routine operations not only contract additional illnesses but cannot make use of the antibiotics they need for a successful post-surgery outcome.
Because of the overuse of antibiotics in the production of meat, our food system is also contaminated with highly resistant E-Coli and Salmonella. Currently 3.9 times more antibiotics are used in animals than humans according to this Huffington Post article.
The CDC says “.. If antibiotics are used too often for things they can’t treat—like colds or other viral infections—they can stop working effectively against bacteria when you or your child really needs them.” CNBC reports that nearly $55 Billion in excess health care costs and lost wages from these superbugs. The New York Times cites a CDC and FDA program for “sizable increase in the amount of meat contaminated with antibiotic-resistant forms of bacteria, known as superbugs, like salmonella, E. coli and campylobacter “. And with yet another outbreak of bird flu in China, flu pandemics are another serous health hazard.
What Are Superbugs
Superbugs are a class of viruses and bacteria that are resistant to anti-biotic and anti-bacterial treatment. That means no amount of antibiotics or anti-bacterial treatments will kill these harmful viruses and bacteria.
Many of the superbugs originated in hospital where extreme use of antibiotics, antiseptics and antibacterial cleaning agents enabled these viruses and bacteria to evolve and develop a resistance to all attempts to kill them. No amount of sterilization or cleaning are able to get rid of these harmful bacteria.
A second major source of superbugs has developed within our food production system. Because of the heavy use of antibiotics in the production of meat to keep animals from falling sick as well as disinfecting meat during the processing stage, many bacteria have evolved to create deadly infections that spread rapidly.
The Leading Super Bugs
- MRSA – Discovered in 1961 it causes skin infections, especially skin eating disease, as well as respiratory infections and UTF.
- Pneumonia – (Streptococcus pneumonia) - A bacteria which is normally found in the upper respiratory tract that quickly turns pathogenic when your immune system becomes compromised.
- Pseudomonas Aeruginosa – A bacteria that can live on any object (even on hospital equipment) even after cleaning. When the bacteria strike, it infects the body and causes sepsis and inflammation. If it infects the lungs it can cause death
- Clostridium difficile - When antibiotic use has destroyed good gut bacteria bacteria, C. difficile moves in, overrunning the gut and causing bloating, diarrhea and pain. In severe cases it can result in life-threatening toxic megacolon.
- Gonnorrhea (Neisseria gonorrhoeae) - Causes a discharge of pus from the delicate areas of our bodies as well as inflammation and swelling. It can also cause conjunctivitis and inflammation of the urethra, prostate and testicles. While healthy individuals will not notice its presence, if they become ill or it passes to those who are already sick or with weakened immune systems, it can cause serious, life-threatening infections.
- Acinetobacter Baumannii – Sometimes referred to as the Iraqibacter, this bacteria has high levels of natural anti-biotic resistance causing life threatening infections with treatment costing thousands of dollars.
- Mycobacterium Tuberculosis - It can survive in the environment for weeks before infecting the respiratory system and causing lethal infections.
- Enterococcus (VRE) – cause a variety of illnesses, including meningitis, endocarditis and urinary tract infections.
- Salmonella - Salmonella is easily transmitted from animals to humans through the ingestion of foods contaminated with feces. Infection can cause severe diarrhea leading to dehydration and toxicosis.
- E. coli - Pathogenic variants of E. coli are commonly acquired by the contamination of food with feces. These pathogenic strains can cause serious urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis and meningitis in newborn babies.
- Candida – While not as deadly as some of the others, Candida infections are often acquired in hospitals and manifest themselves as Thrush, Acne, brain fog, cradle cap, diaper rash, eczema, fungal nail infections, heartburn, joint pain, migraines, psoriasis, respiratory problems, sinus congestion and ugly red patches on the skin.
What the Research Says About Cinnamon to Cure Super Bugs
An increasing body of evidence shows the efficacy of Cinnamon, especially Cinnamon Oil as being effective against antibiotic resistant superbugs. Here is a list of the best scientific evidence we could find to corroborate our findings.
- This study shows Cinnamon Oil as well as Thyme white, Lemon, Lemongrass effective against MRSA.
- A study of Cinnamon Bark Oil against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa concluded its potential as a food additive because it was so effective.
- This study of garlic and Cinnamon in aqueous stock preparation, found that Cinnamon was effective against Bacillus cereus, Euterococeus faecalis and E. Coli up to 120 degrees Celsius, making it suitable as a preservative for fried and deep fried food.
- An article in Pediatric magazine shows anecdotal evidence of the elimination of chronic Salmonella infection in infant that was cured with Ceylon Cinnamon. An ARS research article concludes “ …that trans-cinnamaldehyde (Cinnamon Bark Oil) is effective in killing Salmonella and Campylobacter in water, and could potentially be used to control these pathogens in chickens through the drinking water on farms. This study by the researchers at the University of Lleida found a concentration of 2 microl/ml from lemongrass, cinnamon, or geraniol was enough to inactivate Salmonella Enteritidis, E. coli, and L. innocua in apple and pear juices.
- This study discovered that Cinnamon Oil was one of three leading essential oils effective against Candida. Another study found that Cinnamon Oil was effective against three strains of Candida, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, and Candida krusei.
- Cinnamon Zeylanicum Bark Essential Oil (Ceylon Cinnamon Bark Oil) according this research paper, decreased the MIC of clindamycin for C. difficile 16-fold, from 4.0 to 0.25 microg/mL.
The evidence is fairly clear. Cinnamon, especially Ceylon Cinnamon presents a real, low cost and effective treatment option for superbugs. Think about a sensible plan of action of how you can incorporate Ceylon Cinnamon into your health plan without going overboard. Perhaps you should stock up on some real high quality Ceylon Cinnamon Tea infused with real Cinnamon Bark Oil. Incorporating a stick of Ceylon Cinnamon into a fabulous array of Asian curries could be a good preventive measure. Although the Cinnamon Oil in a stick of Cinnamon is small it may be a gentler more moderate way to ingest Cinnamon for overall health without building up too much Cinnamon toxicity. And keeping a bottle of Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil with high Eugenol content as a natural disinfectant around the house could be a prudent move.
But make sure it is Ceylon Cinnamon which has low Coumarin levels that won’t cause liver damage like Cassia Cinnamon. And next time you go into hospital for a routine surgical procedure pack a can of real Ceylon Cinnamon Tea, not the artificially flavored Cinnamon Tea. Oh yeah maybe a bottle of Cinnamon Oil to disinfect. Of course check with the doctor. But most likely he or she is going to pooh pooh the whole idea. If they are wrong you go to heaven faster.