The past decade was often thought by many to be the age of super bugs. Resistant strains of viruses were rapidly developing and many health experts wondered if a single super bug would define the crisis of the modern world. Then, the age of terorrism stepped in, and other stories gained the headlines. The tide now turns back with reports that MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is claiming more fatalities than the AIDS virus. Several dozen school closings are in effect nationwide as health officials oversee a sterilization campaign.
Ft. Detrick, MD: click picture for slide show
MRSA Infection Numbers Follow US Troop Depolyments to Iraq
Now that many US soldiers are entrapped in a revolving door of deployments to Iraq, widespread infestations are common as communities back home come in close contact with soldiers infested with the bug. Large numbers of MRSA infections were first reported during the First Iraq War (aka Gulf War I, Operation Desert Storm), when soldiers returning from Desert Storm fell ill from exposure to chemical and biological weapons agents released into the Iraqi atmosphere after the US army exploded a weapons depot in Kamisiyah, Iraq at 2:05 P.M. on March 4, 1991. The weapons depot contained armaments supplied to Saddam Hussien by the US and its European allies for use during the war against the Iraqi Kurds and Iranians during the Iran-Iraq War. US and European troops exposed to the infested air were thereafter plagued with illnesses collectively known to the public as the Gulf War Veteran Syndrome. It was so called due to the kaleidescope of symptoms and diseases that prevented doctors from diagnosing a single cause of the sickness. MRSA is one of the cornucopia of illnesses that plague Gulf War veterans. (Kamisiyah, AGWVA)
MRSA as a biological weapon
Weaponized Staphylococcus aureus. credit: Ontario Mail
Before being shipped to Iraq, MRSA was first developed by the US Army in Fort Detrick, Maryland as a weaponized (genetically engineered) version of the common staph bacterium for use on the battlefield to incapacitate enemy troops. MRSA usually enters the body through a hair shaft, then paralyses muscle tissues by spreading through the nervous systerm. It then settles in the parts of the body where the nerve shafts converge. This way, it rapidly incapacitates movement in the all the main vital organs such as the heart and lungs, as wells as settling in leg and arm joints, preventing limb movement. Finally, MRSA releases large amounts of highly toxic chemicals, resulting in TSS or Toxic Shock Syndrome, dealing a final death blow.
Normal course of treatment often leads to death
Azardirachtin Molecule: The antifeedant
The way MRSA is currently diagnosed often leads to more severe symptoms. Doctors usually discover that a patient has MRSA only after trying every conventional antibiotic, including the most powerful, Methicilin. When the Methicilin proves ineffective, they then diagnose it as MRSA. But once that point in treatment has been reached, much of the good bacteria in the patient’s body has been destroyed, making him/her more vulnerable than before. Often, this is too late, since the mutating MRSA has been ‘taught’ to be more virulent at the same time the immune system has been weakened greatly.
MRSA finds its match
MRSA's resistance to antibiotics lies in the bacteria’s feeding habits and protective outer casing. MRSA bacteria feed off sugars present in the body, then coat themselves with those sugars, sufficiently camouflaging themselves against vaccines or white blood cells.
Recently, a substance called Azadirachtin was recognized as powerful enough to stop MRSA from spreading. Azadirachtin attacks the feeding mechanisim of MRSA, paralyzing the baceria itself and, through penetration of Azadirachtin into the surrounding skin and muscle tissues after topical application (on infected skin), prevents MRSA spread and finally kills it. Azadirachtin is found in effective quanities in for internal consumption in powder form or in specially processed neem oil with at least 25% Azadirachtin content. Avoidance of refined sugars or even sweet fruits is highly recommended during an outbreak of MRSA. Substances that compete with MRSA to digest the body’s sugars and detoxifiers are also known to bring relief.