Garlic a natural antibiotic?

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   Posted 7/29/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Many chronies use flagyl and cipro as a way to overcome flares. Has anyone ever tried garlic?
"It can effectively kill bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, yeasts, and molds, including many that cause serious disease in humans."
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   Posted 7/29/2008 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
The only natural antibiotic that I have heard of used for Crohn's is oil of oregano. It has a burning taste and feel to it, so it has to be used with caution and possibly diluted with olive oil, but it has reported successes where no other natural antibiotic has worked.

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   Posted 7/30/2008 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
honey is also a natural antibiotic... on wounds etc... for thousands of years

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   Posted 7/30/2008 5:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently used oil of oregano for an ear infection. I was amazed at its ability to stop my ear infection in its tracks. Tastes nasty, though. skull

I guess the cool thing about taking garlic or oregano oil regularly is that they offer other benefits--like being anti-virals, anti-fungals, etc.

Jeni Patel recommends and explains correct usage of oil of oregano on her website for folks with IBD. Maybe she discusses garlic as well...?
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   Posted 7/30/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Bee propolis, royal jelly and bee pollen are also natural antibiotic, antifungal and antibacterial (as with honey), same with extra virgine olive oil and it even has a natural pain killer effect.

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   Posted 7/30/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for all the info guys...i knew honey was a natural antibiotic but I had no idea about the rest

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   Posted 7/30/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
There are some interesting studies on garlic as an antibiotic I have used it for minor infections and it seems to help.

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   Posted 8/3/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I take Turmeric extract in capsules 2x/day. Its a well-known natural antibiotic.

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   Posted 8/3/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
pxsk - turmeric also is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can kill fungi, parasites, bacteria and even viruses somewhat. The anti-inflammatory properties is what I was more familiar with, but it seems to be a first-class antibiotic too.,3923,4046%7CTurmeric,00.html

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   Posted 8/3/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   
The best form of usage for any of the above products is in it's natural state if possible. Except for oil of oregano...which I know nothing about. If you can include any/all of the above mention products in your daily diet you are sure to reap a lot of benefit from them. Just remember to add only one thing at a time to your diet so that you can narrow down anything that causes you grief! Such as, I can tolerate EV Olive Oil but can't do Fish Oil. ):
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