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New research indicates that the ancient spice turmeric may help to mitigate the growing threat of antibiotic resistant infections that the CDC recently estimated will take 23,000 U.S. lives each year.
A new study published in the journal Molecule indicates that the ancient Indian spice turmeric may help to countermand the growing threat of bacteria that have become completely resistant to conventional antibiotics and about which health organizations like the CDC have created great public alarm by calling them 'nightmare bacteria' against which they admit being completely impotent.
In two previous articles titled, "CDC's 'Bacteria of Nightmares': A Monstrosity Created by Outdated Theory and Practice," and, "CDC's 'Nightmare Bacteria' Reveals Need for Natural Medicine,"I describe how the rapid rise of antibiotic resistant 'super-germs' is a natural consequence of the now outdated germ-centric disease model (alongside the equally hoary antibiotic-centric treatment model) which not only overlooked the role of the inner terrain (e.g. microbiome, immunity, nutritional status) in determining susceptibility to infection but actively compromised and/or worsened it by relying exclusively on toxic chemical therapies which have neither the safety profile nor effectiveness of natural agents.
In the new study titled, "Curcumin Reverse Methicillin Resistance in Staphylococcus aureus," researchers looked at the promising role the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin plays in reversing the resistance of infectious bacteria to conventional antibiotics.
The Remarkable Infection-Fighting Properties of This Golden Spice
According to the study,
"Curcumin, a natural polyphenolic flavonoid extracted from the rhizome of Curcuma longa L. [turmeric], was shown to possess superior potency to resensitize methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to antibiotics."
MRSA is one of the many bacteria the CDC has recently termed 'nightmare bacteria,' insofar as the conventional armory of drugs is completely impotent to suppress. After decades of overuse, conventional antibiotics have increasingly been found ineffective at combating infectious disease; worse, the drugs actually feed the subpopulations of bacteria resistant to them by destroying the commensal bacteria that help to keep the pathogenic strains from growing out of bounds opportunistically; the net result is they come back even stronger when exposed to these patented chemical agents.
The germ theory itself is presently under reconsideration as we come to learn that our bodies are wholly dependent on bacteria for proper functioning. The microbiome –the total set of commensal bacteria our body requires for health – contains over 10 times more cells (approximately 100 trillion), and contributes up to 99% more genetic material to our holobiont (the total set of organisms that make us up) than our own entire genome. Given this fact, we can no longer look at bacteria simply as 'the enemy,' and must consider the unintended, adverse effects of antibiotics on the microbes that perform a wide range of indispensable health-promoting functions, e.g. producing vitamins, degrading food, detoxifying xenobiotics and heavy metals, etc, and many of which co-evolved with us for millions of years.