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Hacettepe University showed that propo- lis killed both MRSA and VRE bacteria. Other studies by Italy’s University of Milan have shown propolis’ effectiveness in combating upper respiratory infections and Candida albicans fungal infections. Propolis is also available in pill form. Pelargonium sidoides is a favored


option for Cates to abbreviate both the du- ration and severity of cold and flu, includ- ing any lingering cough or sore throat. This South African medicinal is also known as African geranium. Usually used in tincture form, it’s also useful against a large range of microbial infections. One study from the Russian Institute of Pulmonology reported that nearly 70 percent of participating adults with bron- chitis received relief within four days— more than double those that became well taking a placebo. Olive leaf extract was first men- tioned in the Bible and recent research confirms its effectiveness against a wide variety of microbial infections. A U.S. De- partment of Agriculture study published in the Journal of Food Science confirms that olive leaf extract is effective in fight- ing food-borne pathogens like salmonella and E. coli, labeling it a broad-spectrum antimicrobial. New York University School of Medicine research published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications showed that olive leaf extract reversed many HIV-related changes in the immune system. Retired medical journalist Dr. Mor-


ton Walker, author of Nature’s Antibiotic: Olive Leaf Extract, wrote that olive leaf extract “inhibits the growth of every virus, bacterium, fungus, yeast and protozoan it was tested against… and is effective against a minimum of 56 disease-causing organisms.”


In a worst-case scenario, “If antibi- otics are the only alternative to treat a lab- confirmed bacterial infection, it’s vital to replace the beneficial intestinal bacteria inevitably wiped out by the drug,” con- cludes Cates. “Sometimes a few servings of a good natural yogurt (without sugar or fruit) will suffice. If not, look for a high- quality probiotic to restore the digestive system’s natural bacterial colony.”


Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and book publisher (KathleenBarnes.com).


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