Thursday, September 30, 2010

MRSA Recommendations -- Again

Because it continues to spread among people we know, here, again, are my recommendations for coping with MRSA.

MRSA is one of the boil-causing staph bacteria turned into a highly-contagious, extremely-drug-resistant super bug capable of turning into a subcutaneous ("beneath-the-skin") infection in which it dissolves the flesh. The variety I had -- called the "Camden County Jail strain" by one epidemiologist -- has a 16% death rate.

Health care professionals and writers are fond of repeating the tired old shibboleth, "Everybody carries MRSA somewhere on their body." But who cares!!! I wish they would stop saying that!!!

The question is, Do you have an infectious and communicable MRSA presence anywhere on your body?

You should assume that you have an infectious and communicable presence of MRSA on your body if you or a member of the family living with you have boils, if you or a member of the family living with you have cellulitis, if you or a member of the family living with you have been diagnosed with MRSA, or if you or a member of the family living with you have to engage in special measures to keep from reinfecting yourself with MRSA and to keep from spreading it to others.

If you are a MRSA carrier -- meaning you carry an infectious and communicable presence on your body -- you are carrying it in one or all of the following ways.

Assume all.

(1) In your boil or boils.

(2) In your subcutaneously-infected flesh.

(3) In a colonized area inside your body.

(4) As an invisible sheath on your skin.

(5) In your anus and in your defecation (your poop).

(6) In your nostrils.

Everybody in our society wants to pop pills to solve their problems. "Doctor, give me some pills to make my MRSA go away." But MRSA is different. Even if you stop the current infection, there is a good chance that you will carry it for years, and that you will repeatedly reinfect yourself and others, unless you do something about your infectious and communicable MRSA presence.

MRSA is so hard to beat, and it is so communicable, that I believe that ultimately every human being will get it. It is really depressing, and it is very, very, very dangerous.

So, learn about it.

How did I get MRSA? My wife brought it home. Someone carrying it in his bowels went to the bathroom where she worked, did not wash his hands thoroughly enough afterwards, shook my wife's hand, and she scratched an itch, injecting herself.

When she developed boils, we did not know that this meant that she was carrying a wildly communicable presence on her skin. Every time she sat on the toilet seat at home, she left an invisible sheath of MRSA bacteria behind on the toilet seat. Our sons, sitting on the toilet seat after her, all got it.

For some reason -- probably because of natural resistance -- I got it last of all.

It began as a giant boil "orbited" by a set of smaller "mini-boils" on the right cheek of my butt. They were extremely painful until they popped. When they popped they were extremely bloody -- MRSA is a "flesh-dissolving" bacterium. Antibiotics did not work well.

Later, in subsequent reinfections, I got the disease on my fingers, twice on my scrotum, once in one of my testicles, on my arms, thighs, knees, neck and scalp.

In one of my scrotum infections, it "turned cellulitic," and began to infect my entrails, and probably came within a day-or-so of killing me, except that the variety I carried was subject to the antibiotic Vancomycin. Not all are.

The following are the measures we developed for dealing with MRSA in our house. They work. Learn them, and use them.

(1) GETTING RID OF THE INFECTIOUS AND COMMUNICABLE PRESENCE ON YOUR SKIN AND IN YOUR NOSTRILS. In effect, we are talking about a numbers game, here. If you have an infectious and communicable MRSA presence on your skin, then showering once a day is not enough.

Showering twice a day may not be enough.

To get rid of MRSA, take a soapy shower three times a day -- early in the morning, in the evening after work, and at night just before bed.

The logic is this. When you shower, the shower washes off about 90% of the bacteria on your body. NOT "all" of the bacteria "from 90% of your body," but rather "90% of the bacteria from all parts of your body." In other words, all parts of your body still have 10% of the infectious and communicable MRSA presence. In one day -- maybe even in less than one day -- the MRSA can fully repopulate your skin with an infectious and communicable MRSA presence.

As you increase the number of showers per day, you decrease the post-shower percentage to such a low point that it takes longer than one day to regenerate an infectious and communicable MRSA presence.

The effect of that is that every time you take one of your multiple daily showers, the infectious and communicable MRSA presence becomes smaller and smaller until it vanishes.

You don't need some kind of "magical soap" to shower with. Some think that pHisohex prescribed by a doctor is necessary. It's not. Anti-bacterial soap isn't necessary. But, soap is. Ordinary, cheap Ivory Soap is fine.

When you shower, use one of those shower heads on a hose, so that you can very thoroughly clean out "the dark places" -- you anal and crotch areas.

Also, use the power setting on the shower head to fire lukewarm water up your nostrils. Do this with every shower. It will hurt, but you will get used to it. It will help to wipe-out the MRSA presence in your nose.

(2) GETTING RID OF THE MRSA BACTERIA IN YOUR FLESH -- INFECTIONS AND COLONIES. One of the infectious disease specialists we consulted explained that MRSA has one great goal -- it wants to eat the iron in your hemoglobin in your blood.

So, it occurred to me that I might be able to upset the MRSA's eating habits by oxygenating my blood.

So, I began to walk one hour every morning and one hour every night, day-in and day-out, day after day.

I walked at a forced-march rate -- 4 mph -- so that I was breathing heavily and so really oxygenating my blood.

It worked!

Within 24 hours, my giant MRSA boil began to vanish.

Within I week, they were gone completely.

Doing this every day for a year seemed to finally kill the colony in my testicular region. I could finally have unprotected sex with my wife without reinfecting her.

Suppose the infected person is a baby, or disabled. How can they walk at 4 mph twice a day? They can't. So, I suggested hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen to one doctor for his infant patient.

THE MRSA PRESENCE IN MY BOWELS. The infectious and communicable MRSA presence in my bowels was the biggest problem. Proving that it was still there is easy. If I skipped taking showers on a weekend, pretty soon I started getting this very sweet-smelling scent inside my underpants -- the MRSA odor. Clearly, MRSA from my anal aperture were repopulating the skin oil and sweat in my personal region.

But then I remembered something I had heard in the hospital -- MRSA and other bacteria don't like a high (alkaline) pH. They want a low (acetic) pH environment.

So, on a particular Friday, I got up at 6:00 a.m., and once every half-hour, on the half hour, I took one Tum, and washed it down with Metamucil in water (to keep things loose -- just Tums might have turned my bowels into hopelessly constipating "concrete.") By midnight, I had taken 37 Tums in one day!

I got very, very, very sick. I was in agonizing pain all night.

But, I believe that poisoning myself in this way eliminated the MRSA bacteria in my bowels -- I'm not getting the sweet smell in my undies anymore.

OTHER MEASURES: THE TOILET. If you have that infectious and communicable MRSA presence, you are dangerous to your family. You could literally kill them. This is not an insignificant thing.

And MRSA is most easily communicated via the toilet seat. The infectious and communicable MRSA presence on your skin, and breaking wind into the toilet, leave a terrible infectious and communicable MRSA presence behind of the toilet seat. If someone else sits on it after the infected person's use, they are going to get MRSA, guaranteed.

So, adopt a rule in the house that if even one person has the infectious and communicable MRSA presence, EVERYBODY in the house has to clean the TOP AND BOTTOM of the toilet seat with any NON-AMMONIA cleaner BEFORE AND AFTER each toilet use.

By such a rule, everybody is protected by two toilet cleanings between each use, and the potty seat stops becoming MRSA infection generator #1.

OTHER MEASURES: THE WASH. The infected person should be given the job of washing and drying all of his own clothes and sheets and blankets in the washer and dryer. This is because his clothing becomes heavily infested with MRSA bacteria and bacterial spores. Just lifting them up and putting them down fills the ambient air with clouds of MRSA bacteria and spores. Let him or her breathe his or her own bacteria and spores. If anyone has at least some immunity, it will be that person, so he or she is the best candidate for doing the wash.

OTHER MEASURES: SEX. In effect, MRSA is a venereal disease. Sex will communicate an infectious and communicable MRSA presence.

Condoms won't help. The main problem is the MRSA on the skin and in the sexual sweat AROUND the penis and vagina, and condoms don't address that.

If you don't want to give someone else MRSA via sex, get rid of the infectious and communicable MRSA presence, or don't have sex. Simple. You're stuck.


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  2. I'd always like to try the counter-intuitive in this area as well.
    Not only try to eliminate the MRSA variety, but, make it compete as well.

    i.e. Good that you ivory soap yourself to death, BUT, after that, use another specially treated bar of soap that contains standard staph bacteria (if not some weakened man modified/man made variety) so that, when you do indeed wipe out the 90% population on your skin, in your nose, you are pre-seeding the baren 90% with something less harmful, but uses up the same resources . . .

    Same for the insides. do something to wipe out the colonly. we know we'll never wipe things out totally. So take actions to wipe out as much as possible, then take something, a pill to as quickly as possible populate your insides with the weaker strain. Do this over and over (same as what you said, but just that additional act of pre-populating with as much weakened staph as possible)
    Right now this goes on in your body. You are not 100% MRSA variety (I think). So, you wipe out 90% MRSA, 90% the other staph and other competitive bacteria. So now they ALL have lots of vacancy to fill, lots of free area to grow.

    So, what happens when you take the care to fill that vacancy with 'friendlies' already

    Just a thought, from someone without a shred of medical training.

    fight dirt with dirt

  3. Hi, Don.

    Thank you for your comment. When MRSA entered our home, it was incredibly devastating. The medical profession still isn't tuned-in to it properly. When I showed our family doctor the monster bioil ion my scrotum which went all of the way down to the testicle, he refused to even prescribe. He said, "Pete, calm down! It's a boil! It'll pop, and you'll be okay!" One week later, I returned. My testicle had grown to the size of a baseball! He said, "Pete, no kidding. I thought that testicular pH wouldn't tolerate this! Would you consider castration?" I went wild.

    That is when I discovered the miracle of oxygenation.

    There's a couple of hints I forgot.

    The triple shower thing with ordinary soap and a shower head on a hose works. You can take that to the bank.

    But, some people have skin which is way too sensitive for that.

    Two suggestions: The bleach bath -- as many as you can fit into a week. Take one-third cup of bleach and pour it into a lukewarm bath for yourself, and sit in the water, rinsing yourself, for 30 minutes.

    The tanning salon. None of us have tried this yet. Two minutes naked in a tanning salon machine every day (with goggles!) MIGHT be as effective as an extra shower-or-two every day.

    But, tanning salons were recently shown to quadruple the risk of skin cancer.

    A quadrupled risk of skin cancer versus death by MRSA is a hard choice.

    If I had an infectious and communicable MRSA presence on or in my body, I personally would risk cancer, if my skin is too sensitive for multiple showers.

  4. Hi, Tom.

    You may be correct about the need for a benign staph presence in place of MRSA. MRSA isn't magic. It's just "clever." It exudes chemical instructions to other bacteria restricting colony growth, but as far as I know other bacteria -- benign bacteria -- can do the same to MRSA. (Which is how people can carry a NON-infectious NON-communicable MRSA presence on their body.)

  5. One more thing: There's a certain amount of evidence "out there" that MRSA eats AMMONIA, of all things. I.e., not only does it tolerate a higher pH than other bacteria, it EATS it! My suspicion is that it evolved living around people's crotches, so that it evolved to tolerate the ammoniates in urine.

    This is SO true that once, when we were using what we thought was a bleach-base toilet seat cleaner, but what was actually an AMMONIA-based cleaner, it caused a toilet-seat-shaped RING of MRSA boils on my buttocks and the back of my thighs!

    One of the epidemiologists we consulted told me that I was insane for saying that -- but he secretly ran a culture of the MRSA strain in our family, and tinctured one petri dish with ammonia and the other with urine. The MRSA did well in both.