This 1,000-year-old herb-based secret slaughters superbugs

Most mainstream docs dismiss herbal remedies comparing them to antique "magic" potions found in dusty old books. Well it looks like it's time to break out those dusty old books -- because a stunning new study reveals the great wisdom stored in those powerful ancient herb-based solutions.

Scientists recently discovered a cure for one of today's deadliest infections hidden inside a 1,000-year-old text called "Bald's Leechbook."

The treatment was for the common stye, or a skin infection that appears in or around the eyelid and is caused by the staphylococcus bacteria.

But what really caught the researchers' eye is that this is the same "staph" found in staph infections -- including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, the superbug infection that kills thousands of Americans every year.

Most of today's drugs are powerless against MRSA. But this simple ancient herb-based remedy has the power to do what they can't.

The recipe calls for brewing garlic, leeks, wine and bile from the stomach of a cow in a brass vessel and letting it sit for nine days. The researchers made one tweak to the formula, using glass jars with brass plates inside rather than brass vessels.

When it was ready, they tested it against the skin cells of mice that had been infected with MRSA.

And the ancient potion wiped out 90 percent of the bacteria.

That's the same success rate as Vancomycin, one of the few antibiotics left that can treat this infection.

The "potion" also did something no drug can: It wiped out MRSA biofilm, or the layer of bacteria that can form on surfaces and become difficult to clean off. Biofilms are a major reason superbug infections spread so rapidly in hospitals and care facilities, but this ancient remedy was able to destroy it.

Of course most of us can't whip up a batch of this stuff ourselves, but it's just one more powerful piece of evidence proving the true value of natural medicines.

There are countless natural remedies that have the potential to prevent tens of thousands of infections and save thousands of lives -- but only if the mainstream gets over its bias against these time-tested cures.

This isn't the only ancient remedy acing a modern test. On Sunday, I'm going to have the latest on a cutting-edge study that finds the best cure for depression could very well be something that's been used for hundreds of years.

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