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Garlic, Bile, And A Cure For MRSA

Posted 3/31/2015 7:59 pm by
Somewhere in this collection is the cure for MRSA.

Somewhere in this collection is the cure for MRSA.

Garlic is good for you.  There’s lots of proof for that, and as such, garlic is the go-to ingredient in folk medicine throughout Europe.  However, as it turns out, garlic might be potent enough to kill one of the most dangerous infections in the world.  If you get MRSA, also known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, you’re in serious trouble.  It’s the infection that sends people to the hospital, if not kills them.  There are some drugs that fight off the infection, but they’re facing an up-hill battle.  As it turns out, a medieval solution of cow bile, garlic, onions, and wine is more effective at killing MRSA than every modern antibiotic.

At the University of Nottingham, Anglo-Saxon literature expert Dr. Christina Lee went to her compatriots at the university’s Centre for Biomolecular Sciences with a recipe she discovered in a 10th century Old English manuscript called Bald’s Leechbook.  Combining cow bile, onions, garlic, and wine, age in a copper kettle, and apparently, that’s enough to kill MRSA according to researchers at Texas Tech and around the world who tested the salve and found it super effective.  The ingredients themselves all have purifying properties, but combining them all is what did the trick.

“It certainly works as well as, if not better than, what we are using in clinics.  The gold standard is vancomycin and it worked as well as if not better than vancomycin,” said Kendra Rumbaugh, one of the researchers who tested the salve.  “Usually we don’t find very much that works that well, certainly not against MRSA.”   She added, “People are looking in wonderful new places or, I guess in this case, old places.”

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