How to Control MRSA With Diet |

How to Control MRSA
With Diet

By Elizabeth Kahn,
eHow Contributor

An MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
infection is caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria and is often called a
“staph” infection. MRSA is a strain of staph that’s resistant to many
antibiotics. Most MRSA infections occur in health care facilities like
hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers. People with weak or compromised
immune systems are at most risk for this infection. The best way to fight any
infection is to strengthen the body so that it can heal itself. One of the best
ways to strengthen the body’s own defense system is through diet.

Difficulty: Moderate



  1. Consume one smoothie every day. To make a
    smoothie, include a combination of the following: Fruits, vegetables, fruit or
    vegetable juice, soy milk, yogurt, honey to sweeten if necessary, and ice.
    Include the directed amount of amino acid, vitamin and mineral powder. Blend
    all ingredients in a blender or juicer. Only apples or apple juice should be
    added to a vegetable juice or smoothie. Smoothies can be pre-made and frozen
    for easy access and busy schedules.
  2. Eat organic food that contains no pesticides or
    chemical additives.
  3. Eat plenty of a variety of fresh whole fruits
    and vegetables and fruit and vegetable juices daily.
  4. Eat only whole-grain breads and other whole
  5. Eat only lean sources of protein such as
    chicken, lamb, tofu, yogurt and cottage cheese.
  6. Use only canola, olive, flaxseed or soybean oils
    and spreads.
  7. Avoid saturated and trans fats. Most saturated
    fats and trans fats are found in animal products and foods fried in unhealthy
    oils. Avoid toxic substances like alcohol, processed and refined foods,
    chemical additives and pesticides.

Tips & Warnings

Relax. Try taking a relaxing and detoxifying bath every day.
Many products are on the market for this and you can try 1 cup Epsom salt, 2
cups baking soda and 10 drops lavender oil.

Get plenty of fresh air, sunshine and exercise as these all
reduce stress and build immunity. Studies have shown that people with high
levels of stress have lower levels of antibodies that help fight off infection
(see Reference 3).

Believe you can get better and you will. Science has shown
that positive thinking can help fight disease.

If you are under the care of a doctor, check with your
doctor before performing this diet.


Healthiest Foods

Nutrition and ADHD: Alternatives to Focalin and Other ADD/ADHD Drugs

By Dietitian, Wellness Educator and eHow Contributor, Elizabeth Kahn

Focalin or dexmethylphenidate, is a psychostimulant drug commonly prescribed for A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder) and A.D.H.D. (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).  Focalin is a milder version of Ritalin (methylphenidate). As an alternative to such stimulants, there are many successful natural remedies that include nutrient and allergy testing and diet therapy (2: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Balch 2004).

Primary Treatment

  • Currently the primary course of treatment for sufferers of ADD and ADHD is stimulant treatment. The other more commonly prescribed drugs for these disorders are Adderal and Ritalin.

Nutrition and ADD

  • Nutritional imbalances can cause ADD symptoms. For example, symptoms of hypoglycemia often resemble ADD symptoms. Blood sugar irregularities can mimic ADD symptoms and can be caused by a diet high in refined, processed foods. Food allergies, vitamin, mineral, amino acid and other nutrient imbalances and food additives can cause ADD symptoms.

Nutrition Research

  • There are many nutritional implications in ADD. More and more people are looking for alternative treatments and are turning to nutritional remedies.  In “The ADD Answer,” Dr. Frank Lawlis shows that according to many studies, nutritional remedies such as diet modification and food allergy testing were successful in 70 percent of cases.


  • Stimulants are being prescribed to many children, including preschoolers.  These medications are often chopped up and inhaled through the nose and can act as gateway drugs for these children.






Remedy Using Desiccated Liver Powder |

By Elizabeth Kahn, eHow contributor

Desiccated liver powder is concentrated, dried liver, usually that of a cow. Liver is a nutrient-dense supplement that can help boost energy, libido, muscle growth, brain power and general health. Liver is a rich source of nutrients such as vitamin A, arachidonic acid, DHA and B vitamins.  Liver contains an unknown “anti-fatigue factor.” Supplements given to rats greatly boosted their swimming endurance. It may be because liver is rich in carnitine, lipoic acid and other energy-related nutrients whose food sources have not been sufficiently researched.

Desiccated Liver

  • Now Foods sells a desiccated liver supplement with minimal additives. Dr. Ron’s sells a grass-fed version of this supplement.

Grass-Fed Liver

  • It is a good idea to use organic, grass-fed liver. For a source of local, fresh, grass-fed liver you can contact your local Weston A. Price Foundation chapter. North Star Bison has great tasting, fresh liver.

To Treat

  • Desiccated liver supplements can be used to treat anemia, low energy, liver disorders, and to build healthy red blood cells and relieve stress.

Vitamin A Concerns

  • Liver is high in vitamin A and consuming an amount of vitamin A over 100,000 international units daily over a long period of time can cause problems such as abdominal and liver problems, hair loss and pregnancy related problems including birth defects.  Watch your overall vitamin A intake while taking this product. Consult your doctor before taking this or any supplement.




Food and Diet for ADD | Elizabeth Kahn |

  • ADD, or attention deficit disorder, is a name given to a set  of symptoms with an unknown cause that relate to the nervous system. It is  estimated that 3 to 5 percent of children have this disorder. Most commonly  prescribed for these disorders are amphetamines. These drugs stimulate parts of  the brain that are inactive in many sufferers of this disorder. Food and diet  have been helpful in reversing symptoms in 50 to 70 percent of ADD sufferers,  according to “The ADD Answer” by Dr. Frank Lawlis.

Dietary Causes:

  • There are many foods that have been found to cause ADD.  These  include chocolate, dairy products, white flour or gluten, a low-protein diet and others. In one study 74 percent of ADD  sufferers responded abnormally to an insulin test, which means many may have a  problem with sugar. Food allergies often also play a role in ADD, and the culprit foods can be  discovered by doing an elimination diet. Many patients who have been diagnosed  with ADD have allergies to food additives such as dyes, preservatives and  salicylates in food and others.

ADD Diet:

  • An organic diet rich in vegetables, some fruits, whole grains  and legumes can be helpful in determining if dietary factors are causing these  symptoms. Follow the proportions of the food guide pyramid. Avoid dairy  products, white flour, sugar, carbonated beverages and foods that contain a high  amount of phosphates, juices high in sugar, processed foods and foods that  contain salicylates such as almonds, berries, cucumbers, peaches and  tomatoes.

Foods to Avoid:

  • Commonly suspect and foods to avoid include ketchup, fat,  apple cider vinegar, chocolate, corn, ham, chili sauce, mustard, pork, colored  cheeses, refined sugar, simple carbohydrates, butter, candy, luncheon meat, salami, meatloaf, milk,  sausage, soy sauce, milk, salt, tea and wheat. Also avoid antacid tablets, cough  drops, throat lozenges and commercial toothpaste (use only natural  toothpaste).


  • A nutritionist can help identify what dietary factors, if any,  might be causing these symptoms. Additionally, both lead and copper have been  implicated in ADD, and these can be identified by performing a hair analysis.  Once the food culprits are identified and the diet and body are put back into balance, many of  these foods can be reintroduced successfully.

References & Resources:

  • “Prescription for Nutritional Healing;” Phyllis A.  Balch; 2006
  • “Ritalin Nation;” Dr. Richard DeGrandpre; 1999
  • “The ADD Answer” Dr. Frank Lawlis; 2004
  • My USDA Food  Pyramid

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