Natural Antidotes to Biological Toxins
October 23, 2001

We are indebted to Dr. Marsha Smith, N.D. for originating this message and Judy Amos for sending it on to us so we can share it with you.  As you know, the people of this Nation is deeply concerned about the very real risk of chemical and biological warfare agents being inflicted upon them. If we wait until we are actually exposed it may be too late.

We strongly believe that the best protection against such agents is exercising good common sense to limit exposure and maintaining a strong  immune system. Although we firmly believe that we have the best products available anyplace, with the science to support that statement, to support and strengthen our immune systems, we also believe there are other substances that we can use for significant benefit.  The following list of substances, with information as to where you may obtain them may be of interest.

The Garlic Information Center in Britain indicates that deadly ANTHRAX is most susceptible to GARLIC.  Garlic is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that even blocks toxin production  by germs. [Journal Nutrition, March 2001]   In one test garlic was found to be a more potent antibiotic than penicillin, ampicillin, doxycycline, streptomycin and cephalexin, some of the very same antibiotic drugs used in the treatment of anthrax.  Garlic was found to be effective against nine strains of E. coli, Staph and other bugs. [Fitoterapia, Volume 5, 1984] Freshly cut cloves of garlic or garlic powder may be beneficial.

The antibiotic activity of one milligram of allicin, the active ingredient in garlic, equals 15 units of penicillin. [Koch and Lawson, Garlic: The Science and Therapeutic Application, 2nd edition, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore 1996]   Garlic capsules that certify their allicin content are preferred and may provide 5-10 milligrams of allicin,  which is equivalent to 75-150 units of penicillin.

The anthrax bacterium's toxicity emanates from its ability to kill macrophage cells which are part of the immune system.Studies have shown that SULFUR-BEARING ANTIOXIDANTS (alpha lipoic acid,N-acetyl cysteine, taurine) and VITAMIN C, which elevate levels of glutathione, a natural antioxidant within the body, counters the toxicity produced by anthrax. [Molecular Medicine, November 1994;  Immunopharmacology, January 2000; Applied Environmental Microbiology, May 1979]   The above sulfur compounds can be obtained from health food stores and  taken in doses ranging from 100-500 mg.

Vitamin C should be the buffered alkaline form (mineral ascorbates) rather than the acidic form (ascorbic acid) and should be combined with bioflavonoids which prolong vitamin C's action in the blood circulation.

The powdered form of vitamin C is recommended to achieve optimal dosing.  A tablespoon of vitamin C powder (about 10,000 mgs) can be added to juice. Good products are Twinlab's  Super Ascorbate C powder and Alacer's powdered vitamin C.

MELATONIN, a sleep-inducing hormone available at most health food stores, has been shown to help prevent lethal toxins from anthrax exposure. [Cell Biology Toxicology, Volume 16, 2000] It could be taken at bedtime in doses ranging from 5-20 mg. Melatonin boosts glutathione levels during sleep.

Of additional interest, one of the methods by which MUSTARD GAS works is its ability to bring about cell death by depleting cell levels of glutathione .    Medicine Journal, April 9, 2001]   So GLUTATHIONE is also an antidote for mustard gas poisoning.

Virtually all bacteria, viruses and fungi depend upon IRON as a growth factor. [Iron & Your Health, T.F. Emery, CRC Press, 1991]   Iron-chelating (removing) drugs and antibiotics (Adriamycin, Vancomycin, others) are effective against pathogens. The plague (Yersinia pestis), botulism, SMALLPOX AND ANTRAX could all be potentially treated with non-prescription METAL-BINDING CHELATORS. For example, iron removal retards the growth of the plague. [Medical Hypotheses, January 1980]  The biological activity of the botulinum toxin depends upon iron, and metal chelators may be beneficial.   Infection Immunology, October 1989, Toxicon, July, 1997].

Phytic acid (IP6), derived as an extract from RICE BRAN, is the most potent natural iron chelator and has strong antibiotic and antioxidant action. [Free Radical Biology Medicine, Volume 8, 1990; Journal Biological Chemistry, August 25, 1987]

IP6 has been found to have similar iron-chelating properties as desferrioxamine, a drug commonly used to kill germs, tumor cells or to remove undesirable minerals from the body. [Biochemistry Journal, September 15, 1993] IP6 rice bran extract (2000-4000 mg) should be taken in between meals with filtered or bottled water only (no juice).

The antibacterial, antiseptic action of plant oils has been described in recent medical literature and may be helpful in fighting biological toxins. [Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, 2000]  A potent natural antibiotic, more powerful than many prescription antibiotics, is oil of OREGANO.

One study showed that oregano completely inhibited the growth of 25 germs such as Staphylococcus aureas, Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [Journal Food Protection,  July 2001]
Oregano has been shown to be effective in eradicating intestinal parasites in humans. [Phytotherapy Research, May 2000]

WILD OREGANO, which is quite different than the variety on most kitchen spice racks, has over 50 antibacterial compounds. Just one part wild oregano oil in 4000 dilution sterilizes contaminated water. [London Times, May 8, 2001]
Oregano powder from whole leaf oregano is available as OregamaxTM capsules  (North American Herb & Spice Co.). A spectacular development in natural antibiotic therapy is the manufacture of oregano powder from 100% pure oregano oil, producing one of the most potent antibiotics known. It has recently become available under the trade name OregacinTM (North American Herb & Spice Co.). It costs about $1 per pill, but this is a far cry from the $16 per pill for Vancomycin, known as most potent
prescription antibiotic.

Nature also provides nerve gas antitoxins. Nerve gas interrupts the normal transmission of nerve impulses by altering levels of acetycholinesterase, the enzyme that degrades the nerve transmitter acetycholine. HUPERZINE A, a derivative of CHINESE CLUB MOSS, has been suggested as a pre-treatment against nerve gases. [Annals Pharmacology France, January 2000]

The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research conducted studies which revealed that huperzine A protects against nerve gas poisoning in a superior manner to hysostigmine, a long-standing anti-nerve toxin drug. [Defense Technical Information Center Review, Volume 2, December 1996]

Huperzine A is available as a food supplement at most health food stores. Suggested dosage is 150 mcg per day.  Pretreatment is advised prior to nerve gas exposure.
SUMMARY.  The threat of biological warfare is real and concern over
preparedness of the civilian population and medical professionals is growing. There is virtually no practical way that vaccines, antibiotics or other treatment can be delivered to a frightened populace in a timely manner during a crisis.  The current strategy of having an unprotected citizenry go to physicians' offices or hospitals to receive prophylactic care or treatment is unfeasible. The public must be armed  with preventive or therapeutic agents in their cars, homes and the workplace. Natural antibiotics and antitoxins are well documented in the medical literature, but overlooked by health authorities. These antidotes are readily available for the public to acquire and place in an emergency biological response kit.

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