An Effective and Natural Solution to MRSA
By Tom Brimeyer at www.optimalselfhealing.com
Bacteria are everywhere. It is estimated that there are about 1 million different species of
bacteria per 1 gram of soil.  Scientists at the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute
have identified 205 common species alone when sampling a mere 20 sites on the skin of the
human body.  What most do not realize is that 70% of bacteria are either harmless or
beneficial; many of which we rely on for human survival.  What remains is the 30% that are
considered harmful, such as MRSA, which are everywhere too.  Many of us come into contact
with these harmful bacteria on a daily basis but are never affected.  In this article, we will
explore why certain people are at a greater risk for MRSA, your best defense against MRSA,
getting to the root of your MRSA infection, and how to effectively treat it.

Who is at Risk of MRSA?
MRSA typically affects those with compromised immune systems. This is why MRSA is most
widespread in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care centers where there is a large
population of sick and immune compromised people. If you have MRSA, then you can bet that
your immune system is not up to par which will also make you susceptible to many more
illnesses and disease.

Your Best Defense Against MRSA
Plain and simple, your best defense again MRSA is to restore the proper function of your
immune system. While there are many supplements available that are capable of giving your
immune system a boost, it is more important to determine the root cause of why your immune
system is compromised to begin with. Once you get to the root of the problem and remove the
blocking factors, immune health can be restored naturally.

Getting to the Root of Your MRSA Infection
A compromised immune system can be directly linked to a dysfunction in any or all of the 3
main body systems; Digestive System, Hormonal System, and Detoxification System.

Digestive System:
You probably don’t realize that 80% of your immune system is in your gut. This is why it is
imperative to restore and maintain the integrity of your gut in order to maintain a healthy
immune system. Your gut is responsible for properly digesting and feeding your body with all
the required nutrients that your body needs to be healthy. Unfortunately, the typical Standard
American Diet (SAD) consists of highly processed, high carbohydrate foods that contain little to
no nutrients and actually feed any harmful bacteria, parasites, and fungus in your gut. As your
gut health begins to deteriorate, you will soon develop leaky gut syndrome and begin to react
to many of the common foods you eat, creating food allergies and inflammation. There are
many associated symptoms including fatigue, headaches, excessive gas and bloating,
constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. This will also force the remaining 20% of your
immune system to fatigue from working overtime, leaving your immune system compromised
and leaving you more susceptible to the common bacterial infections you come into contact
with everyday, including MRSA.

Hormonal System:
If you are like most people, you are under high levels of stress. Unfortunately, your body is not
designed or equipped to handle this chronic stress properly. You probably never allow your
body to fully rest and recover from the stress you endure. This eventually leads to a condition
known as adrenal exhaustion which is typically associated with lack of energy, energy highs
and lows, lack of vitality, and a compromised immune system. This condition occurs when the
body overproduces, or worse, cannot produce enough of the stress hormone, cortisol. When
cortisol levels become unbalanced, it directly affects the production and effectiveness of the
immune system in both the blood and in the gut leaving you more susceptible to infection on
both the outside (skin) and inside (gut).

Detoxification System:
You probably don’t know that your skin is actually an important organ of your body whose main
purpose is to aid the body in detoxifying against harmful chemicals from our environment as
well as those generated as waste by-products from natural bodily functions. When your body
becomes overly toxic to the point that the skin cannot remove the toxic chemicals fast enough,
the liver becomes backed up and can no longer properly break down the toxins. This build up
of toxins results in the immune system having to work continuously to find a way of dealing
with these free toxins in your body. There are many associated symptoms including weight
gain due to water retention, fatigue, skin problems, irritability, and mental fogginess. If your
immune system has to continuously deal with toxins in your body, it has less time to deal with
outside invaders. This process will eventually fatigue your immune system leaving you more
susceptible to infections like MRSA.

Treating MRSA the Right Way
There are many natural supplements out there, such as Allimed, which can be effective in your
fight against MRSA. But, if you want to get rid of MRSA for good, you have to get to the root of the
problem and fix it. If you are trying to treat MRSA topically only, then you are neglecting half the
battle. You still have to treat MRSA from the inside and get your immune system back in shape.

Healing the Digestive System:

  • Begin with a 90-Day Food Elimination Diet: Eliminate all sources of gluten (found in
    wheat, barley and rye), soy, dairy, flour, sugar, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, table salt,
    and refined/processed foods.

  • Focus on a Whole Food Diet: We evolved eating foods in their whole and natural form
    so it is best for our health to consume them that way.

  • Eat Organic Food: Organic foods contain more nutrients than their conventional
    counterparts which your body needs for optimal function.

  • Listen to Your Body: If you have any adverse reactions after eating a certain food, your
    body is most likely telling you that the food is not good for you and you should remove it
    from your diet.

  • Supplement with Cod Liver Oil:  A high quality Cod Liver Oil will provide essential
    vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and will help reduce inflammation within the digestive
    tract.

Advanced Digestive System Help:
If you follow these guidelines but are still having issues, or if you are struggling with the Food
Elimination Diet, there is laboratory testing that can be quite useful. Find a Functional Medicine
Practitioner who has experience running the following tests.

  • GI Pathogen Test: This will help find any underlying internal infections that could be
    compromising your immune system and your ability to recover.

  • Food Intolerance Test: This blood test will provide you with a list of a wide array of
    common foods that your body and immune system react to negatively.

Healing the Hormonal System:

  • Get Adequate Sleep: It is critical to sleep during the hours of 10pm-6am because it is
    during this time that your body repairs itself both physically and psychologically from the
    stress you endured during the day.

  • Reduce/Manage Your Major Sources of Stress: Identify what your major sources of
    stress are (work, financial, relationships, etc) and determine a plan to reduce or better
    manage them. There is no point in living in an expensive house or driving an expensive
    car if the stress due to the financial burden is ruining your health.

  • Promote Rest and Recovery: Set aside time every day to rest and recover from daily
    stress. Take up meditation, read a book, or take a relaxing bath. Take time to treat
    yourself every day.

  • Avoid Over-Exercising: Instead of draining your body with excessive amounts of cardio
    exercise, take up a new form of exercise that promotes growth and recovery like weight
    lifting, yoga, tai chi, or qi gong.

  • Stop Your Stinkin’ Thinkin’: Your thoughts affect your emotions. Your emotions affect
    your hormones. And your hormones affect your health. Try seeing the positive in things
    instead of focusing on the negative.

Advanced Hormonal System Help:
If you follow these guidelines but are still having issues, or if you are struggling with the Sleep,
there is laboratory testing that can be quite useful. Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner who
has experience running the following tests.

  • Adrenal Hormone Test: This saliva test will provide you with an exact picture of your
    stress hormone levels and will show how exhausted your adrenals really are which
    have a direct affect on your energy levels and immune system. It is important to note
    that once the adrenals reach a certain level of exhaustion, the use of supplements is
    imperative to the recovery process.

  • Female/Male Hormone Test: This saliva tests will provide you with an exact picture of
    your sex hormones which can have a direct effect on your mood, energy, and sleep.

Healing the Detoxification System:

  • Drink High Quality Water: Specifically, drink ½ your body weight in ounces a day of high
    quality filtered water. If water flows right through you, add a pinch of natural sea salt for
    added minerals.

  • Avoid Common Toxic Substances: Get a toxic home and office checklist and avoid
    exposure to common toxic and harmful chemicals like many household cleaners.

  • Eat Organic Foods: Organic foods are not treated with the toxic synthetic chemicals,
    fungicides, or pesticides that conventionally grown foods are.

  • Eat Sulfur Rich Foods: Foods such as garlic, broccoli, and green leafy vegetables are
    high in sulfur which helps aid the body in natural detoxification.

  • Take Epsom Salt Baths: Epsom salts also contain sulfur which helps aid the body in
    natural detoxification.

Advanced Detoxification System Help:
If you follow these guidelines but are still having issues, there is laboratory testing that can be
quite useful. Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner who has experience running the following
tests.

  • Organic Acids Test: This test will help identify any oxidative stress and metabolic blocks
    within detoxification system that are compromising your immune system.

  • Hair Mineral Analysis Test: This test will help identify any toxic elements or heavy
    metals within the body that could be impairing your detoxification system. This test also
    looks for mineral deficiencies and toxicities within the body.

Understanding the Link between MRSA and Your Health
It is important to remember that symptoms, such as MRSA, are mere signals from your body
reminding you that your health has been compromised. If you truly want to get rid of the
symptom, then you must address the underlying cause that is compromising your health.
Disease and infection cannot survive nor thrive in a healthy body. This is why it is best to treat
the person who has the disease, and not the disease that has the person.

Tom Brimeyer is co-founder of Optimal Self Healing (www.optimalselfhealing.com), a holistic
health and functional medicine based business located in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.  
They focus on helping people get to the root of their health problems instead of merely treating
the symptoms.  Optimal Self Healing designs individual health plans based on scientific
laboratory testing to provide natural solutions for hormone imbalances, fatigue, weight issues,
and digestive problems.  For more information or to schedule a free consultation, call (727)
551-0672 or email them at info@optimalselfhealing.com.  To find a Functional Medicine
Practitioner near you, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/findfmphysician/index.asp.