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  1. Garlic 100 times more effective than drugs at killing food-borne bacteria

    Take two cloves of garlic and call me in the morning

    You know what garlic does to vampires, but that's nothing compared to what it can do to bacteria.

    Garlic is one of nature's most powerful antibiotics -- so powerful it can cure MRSA and staph infections. And now, researchers say it can even wipe out the most common cause of food poisoning 100 times better than two powerful antibiotics.

    That's a claim as bold as the unmistakably pungent taste of garlic -- but it's backed by a new study in which a garlic-derived compound, diallyl sulfide, was put to the test against campylobacter bacteria.

    That's a fecal bug that often finds a way into food -- try not to think about it! --where it can cause days of misery in the form of diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps, fever and more.

    It's one of the bacteria often blamed for Montezuma's Revenge. And in extreme scenarios, it can even trigger Guillain-Barre syndrome, a nervous-system disorder that could lead to paralysis.

    But garlic wiped it out -- and wiped it out even when the bacteria was using the main trick that helps it beat antibiotics.

    Campylobacter likes to camp out behind biofilm. That's essentially a layer of slime -- but to antibiotics such as erythromycin and ciprofloxacin, it may as well be a brick wall.

    When campylobacter is behind biofilm, it's 1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics than in its free form.

    To the diallyl sulfide, however, that biofilm has all the strength of tissue paper, according to the study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

    If that's not enough of a reason to start adding garlic to all your dishes, the same researchers found in earlier experiments that garlic can wipe out other disease-causing bugs often found in food -- including Listeria and E. coli O157:H7.

    Garlic is also a powerful antifungal agent, and I've given my patients garlic extract -- allium sativum -- for athlete's foot as well as the candidiasis responsible for both thrush and yeast infections, just to name two.

    It can also help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol, fight inflammation, thin the blood, fight the flu, and lower blood pressure.

    All that, and it tastes great too.

  2. Oregano can kill prostate cancer cells

    Oregano can do so much more than add a little zing to pizza. It's a powerful antioxidant that packs antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties into every little green flake.

    It's even shown promise in the battle against cancer -- and the latest research shows it could be an especially potent weapon in the war against prostate cancer.

    The secret is a compound called carvacrol, which appears to flip the "off" switch on cancer cells. Shut them off, and they die. And when they die, you live.

    Not bad for an herb you can grow on your windowsill.

    In a series of tests at a Long Island University lab, researchers tried different concentrations of carvacrol against prostate cancer cells over different periods of time -- 24 hours, 48 hours, and 96 hours.

    Cancer cells died in just about every timeframe -- but that last window, 96 hours, killed close to 100 percent of the cancer calls.

    The study is continuing right now, as I write this, and I'll definitely be keeping an eye on it for you and letting you know what progress the researchers make.

    But that's not the only way oregano can help you. That's not even the only way it can support your prostate, because I've had tremendous success using this safe herbal remedy to treat prostatitis.

    Remember those antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties I mentioned earlier? Prostatitis can actually be caused by a fungus, a bacteria, or a virus -- which makes oregano a one-stop shop for curing the condition.

    Just one thing to bear in mind here: The best way to get your oregano isn't from a daily slice of pizza. In fact, that's probably the worst possible way you could get this stuff.

    I recommend oregano oil extract, 500 mg four times a day for acute prostatitis or twice a day for chronic problems.

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