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Non Pharmaceutical Infection Control

Published on August 31, 2011

Infectious control in the 21st century certainly is not going to be anything like that of the 20th century. The age of antibiotics is about over as great harm has been done to the world’s populations with them. We have come close to compromising our biological existence with the reckless overuse of antibiotics. Now we have antibiotic-resistant strains of pathogens encroaching on our biospheres and it is getting increasingly dangerous to set foot anywhere near a hospital. Many people, including children, who die in the hospital after surgery die not from the surgery itself but from infections that get out of control. Infections cause 68 percent of child deaths.

“In many ways, this is it,” said Professor Tim Walsh. “This is potentially the end. There are no antibiotics in the pipeline that have activity against NDM-1-producing enterobacteriaceae. We have a bleak window of maybe 10 years where we are going to have to use the antibiotics we have very wisely, but also grapple with the reality that we have nothing to treat these infections with.”

It may be some time before we really enter the predicted “post antibiotic era” in which common infections are frequently untreatable. – Dr. Marc Lipsitch – Harvard School of Public Health

“Are you ready for a world without antibiotics?” runs the headline in the British Guardian. “Antibiotics are the bedrock of modern medicine. But in the very near future, we’re going to have to learn to live without them once again. And it’s going to get nasty. The era of antibiotics is coming to a close. In just a couple of generations, what once appeared to be miracle medicines have been beaten into ineffectiveness by the bacteria they were designed to knock out. Once, scientists hailed the end of infectious diseases. Now, the post-antibiotic apocalypse is within sight.”

According to several studies, obstetricians and gynecologists write 2,645,000 antibiotic prescriptions every week. Internists prescribe 1,416,000 per week. This works out to 211,172,000 prescriptions annually in the United States, just for these two specialties. Pediatricians prescribe over $500 million worth of antibiotics annually just for one condition, ear infections. Yet topical povidone iodine (PVP-I) is as effective as topical ciprofloxacin, with a superior advantage of having no in vitro drug resistance and the added benefit of reduced cost of treatment.

Infectious News

A mutant strain of the bird flu is said to be spreading through Asia and at least eight people have died in Cambodia this year of bird flu. The new strain of the H5N1 virus is spreading in China and Vietnam and can apparently sidestep defenses of existing vaccines, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation said. WHO says globally there have been 331 human deaths from 565 confirmed bird flu cases since 2003 when it was first detected.

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Leading microbiologist, Professor Hugh Pennington (pictured) has warned that Tamiflu may now be useless

Leading microbiologist, Professor Hugh Pennington (pictured) has warned that Tamiflu may now be useless. The idea that Tamiflu was a cure-all was plainly wrong he insists.

August 19, 2011 – HANOI, Vietnam – Vietnam’s prime minister has put the country on alert as an outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease continues to surge, killing 81 children and sickening more than 32,000 people nationwide so far this year, officials said Friday. About 65 percent of the deaths have occurred in children younger than 3. – AJC

August 13, 2011ORLANDO – A Brevard County teen was hospitalized after an amoeba is believed to have infected her brain while she was swimming in a local river. – CBS News

Dallas: Often called carbuncles or sebaceous cysts, doctors are seeing a rise in skin infections during this heat wave—as if the weather itself isn’t making us miserable enough. – CBS News

Bahamas: The Bahamas has now broken its record for the number of dengue fever cases reported during the yearly seasonal outbreaks, with more than 1,500 confirmed cases, according to Minister of Health, Dr. Hubert Minnis. – The Nassau Guardian

August 7, 2011NEW DELHI – Six years after leprosy was declared officially eliminated in India, officials and doctors are warning that the disfiguring disease is spreading in poverty-stricken pockets of the country. –

August 3, 2011 – LONDON – Scientists have identified an emerging “superbug” strain of salmonella that is highly resistant to the antibiotic ciprofloxacin, or Cipro, often used for severe salmonella infections, and say they fear it may spread around the world. –Reuters

July 23, 2011DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Authorities in the Dominican Republic have announced that the death toll in the cholera epidemic that spread from Haiti has risen to 87. – Press TV

July 11, 2011JAPAN – Scientists have found a “superbug” strain of gonorrhea in Japan that is resistant to all recommended antibiotics and say it could transform a once easily treatable infection into a global public health threat. The new strain of the sexually transmitted disease—called H041—cannot be killed by any currently recommended treatments for gonorrhea, leaving doctors with no other option than to try medicines so far untested against the disease. – Reuters

June 30, 2011SMITHTOWN, N.Y. – A cluster of whooping cough is growing on Long Island, with dozens of people infected by the virus. – CBS

June 25, 2011HONG KONG – Hong Kong health authorities confirmed that a five-year-old boy had died from scarlet fever, the second death in the southern Chinese city as dozens of new cases were reported. The number of infections in the territory has soared above 500, according to health authorities, who said that more than 9,000 people had been infected in the Chinese mainland—doubling the average figure in recent years. Local scientists said the outbreak may be linked to a deadly new strain of the disease which could make it more contagious than before. It was discovered by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and appears to be resistant to antibiotics traditionally used to fight the illness. – Terra Daily

Natural Allopathic Infectious Protocol

My Natural Allopathic Protocol leads parents and doctors to utilize a three-pronged attack against all infections. Like moving in three different Panzer divisions to face the enemy head on—we employ iodine, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and magnesium chloride in a non-pharmaceutical frontal assault on infections.

I have been mostly using iodine in the house for the children whenever they come down with anything. Sometimes I go with some sodium bicarbonate as well but when it comes to fighting serious infections we need brute firepower when seeking to clear aggressive strains of pathogens from our systems as well as our children’s.

It was many years ago that I came across Dr. Raul Vergini and his work in Italy using magnesium chloride to fight infectious diseases. He wrote me the other day and reminded me that magnesium chloride is as important and powerful in the fighting of infectious disease as is iodine and sodium bicarbonate. He wrote saying, “Magnesium chloride has a unique healing power on acute viral and bacterial diseases. It cured polio and diphtheria and that was the main subject of my magnesium book. A few grams of magnesium chloride every few hours will clear nearly all acute illnesses, which can be beaten in a few hours. I have seen a lot of flu cases healed in 24-48 hours with 3 grams of magnesium chloride taken every 6-8 hours.”

Dr. Vergini also wrote, “In 1915, a French surgeon, Prof. Pierre Delbet, M.D., was looking for a solution to cleanse wounds, because he had found out that the traditional antiseptic solutions actually mortified tissues and facilitated the infection instead of preventing it. He tested several mineral solutions and discovered that a magnesium chloride solution was not only harmless for tissues, but it had also a great effect over leucocytic activity and phagocytosis; so it was perfect for external wounds treatment. Dr. Delbet performed a lot of in vitro and in vivo experiments with this solution and he became aware that it was good not only for external applications, but it was also a powerful immuno-stimulant if taken by injections or even by mouth. He called this effect ‘cytophilaxis’. In some in vivo experiments it was able to increase phagocytosis rate up to 300%.”

He continues, “From a practical standpoint, please remember that only Magnesium CHLORIDE—and no other magnesium salt—has this ‘cytophylactic’ activity; probably it’s a molecular and not a merely ionic matter. The solution to be used is a 2.5% Magnesium Chloride hexahydrate (MgCl2-6H2O) solution (i.e. 25 grams / 1 liter of water).”

Dosages are as follows:

  • Adults and children over 5 years old……………….. 125 cc
  • 4-year-old children………………………………………… 100 cc
  • 3-year-old children………………………………………….  80 cc
  • 1-2-year-old children………………………………………. 60 cc
  • Over 6-month-old children………………………………. 30 cc
  • Under 6-month-old children…………………………….. 15 cc

In acute diseases the dose is administered every 6 hours (every 3 hours the first two doses if the case is serious); then space every 8 hours and then 12 hours as improvement goes on. After recovery it’s better going on with a dose every 12 hours for some days.


Though it kills 90 percent of bacteria on the skin within 90 seconds, its use as an antibiotic has been tragically ignored. Iodine exhibits activity against bacteria, molds, yeasts, protozoa, and many viruses; indeed, of all antiseptic preparations suitable for direct use on humans and animals and upon tissues, only iodine is capable of killing all classes of pathogens: gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mycobacteria, yeasts, and protozoa. Most bacteria are killed within 15 to 30 seconds of contact.

Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time. – Dr. David Derry

Dr. Derry says that iodine is effective “for standard pathogens such as Staphylococcus, has the broadest range of action, fewest side effects and no development of bacterial resistance.” There is a world of difference between using an antibiotic—an anti-life substance—and an antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal substance like iodine, which is life-serving because it is a basic and most necessary nutritional substance.

Studies have shown that the chances of dying from hospital pneumonia or septicaemia (blood poisoning) are twice as high if the bacteria are drug-resistant, rising in the case of pneumonia from 20-30% to 40-60%.

Dr. David Derry wrote, “Iodine was the most effective agent for killing viruses, especially influenza viruses. Aerosol iodine was found to kill viruses in sprayed mists, and solutions of iodine were equally effective. In 1945, Burnet and Stone found that putting iodine on mice snouts prevented the mice from being infected with live influenza virus in mists. They suggested that impregnating masks with iodine would help stop viral spread. They also recommended that medical personnel have iodine-aerosol-treated rooms for examination and treatment of highly infected patients.

Arm & Hammer 1926

A half teaspoon full of Bicarbonate of Soda is in a glass of cold water, and repeated if necessary in one or two hours, will often ward off a cold in its early stages. In addition a hot Soda Bath is very beneficial. Use half pound to one pound of Bicarbonate of Soda in as hot a bath as can be borne. Remain immersed in the water for about fifteen minutes. It is important to go to bed at once after this bath in order to avoid exposure.

A bath taken in this way causes the Alkali to penetrate the system and is a material aid to the human system in throwing off the germs of Grippe. “In 1918 and 1919 while fighting the ‘Flu’ with the U.S. Public Health Service it was brought to my attention that rarely anyone who had been thoroughly alkalinized with bicarbonate of soda contracted the disease, and those who did contract it, if alkalinized early, would invariably have mild attacks. I have since that time treated all cases of ‘Cold,’ Influenza and La Gripe by first giving generous doses of Bicarbonate of Soda, and in many, many instances within 36 hours the symptoms would have entirely abated.”

During the first day take six doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals. During the second day take four doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals. During the third day take two doses of half teaspoonful of Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter half teaspoonful in glass of cool water each morning until cold is cured.

Cancer Bugs

In 2007 Scientific American said, “Researchers have for the first time shown that as many as 1.3 million cases of cancer a year may one day be successfully treated or even prevented by targeting and destroying the viruses that cause them. Scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City say the finding could pave the way for conquering human cancers that are linked to preexisting viral infections, among them liver cancer (caused by the hepatitis B and C viruses), cervical cancer (from human papillomavirus) and lymphomas caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. They key, they say, is to find and destroy the viruses before they turn cancerous.”

The same protocol for infections, when expanded with the introduction of cannabinoid medicine, is effective for cancer and the numerous infections that cause or accompany it.

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    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Go to:

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  • Christy

    I have been suffering from mild recurring BV, I am currently taking a bath in hot water and have dissolved several handfuls of magnesium chloride in it. I’m hoping it will help, what are your thought on magnesium
    Chloride for Bacterial Vaginosis?

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Christy,

      Using magnesium in a bath is a good thing to do. YOu might also benefit from using iodine and sodium bicarbonate to combat BV….either by taking orally, in baths or even using iodine in douches.

  • JaneRay

    If iodine is the best antibiotic, it must be okay to stuff some type of iodine in the ear with a cotton ball for an ear infection, i guessing Povidone or Lugols which are both diluted already – right? Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      Yes you can soak a cotton ball with Lugol’s or Nascent iodine….possibly others too, and put the cotton ball in your ear overnight. It might be uncomfortable at first but the stinging goes away quickly.

  • Becky

    About a monty ago I woke up with my left eye swollen closed and it hurt so bad I could barely take a breath. I went to the eye doctor and was given drops that did not work so I went back and he gave me different ones to use. Over the next three weeks improvement slowly came. At the end of my treatments he finally informed me I had a hy-popium which I understand to be an abscess in the eye. I never knew such a thing existed and I am quite upset I was not told sooner.

    I fear that everything is not totally cleared and infection has moved lower because two days ago I woke up with the left side of my face swollen along with the left side of my throat sore. The inside of my left cheek is also tender. I have been on a liquid fast for three days and am using every naural rememdy I can think of but I could sure use some advice. I do not want to go back and suffer the trial and error senerio along with the office visit and drug costs for the visits and drugs used before they actually began treating me for what I trully had. I have Lugols, plenty of magnesium chloride, Bod’s Red Mill baking soday, Bentonite Clay, diatomaceous earth, vit c, Braggs apple cidar vinagar, chlorella, spirulina, activated charcoal caps, various essential oils and herbal tinctures but I just don’t know for sure which to take and how much. Thanks for any advice you can offer. I am at my wits end.

  • Elaine

    Thankyou AGAIN, Dr. Mark!!

    No matter how bad the news gets, or how dim the future seems, you are the one continuing source of hope and reassurance that there IS a REAL doctor out there who cares enough to continue telling us what we CAN do.


    You have saved my sanity, AND my health!! more times than I can count. You really do go back to the fundamental basics of what the body needs for Nature to do what She needs to do.

    Did any of us ever think the world would turn out to be like this back when we were kids?? I sure didn’t. But thankyou again, Dr. Mark, you ALWAYS offer something for all of us.
    God Bless You…..The Good will come back to you.
    You are family to all of us.

  • OliveOyl

    In followup of the comments by Richard and Craig, I also believe it would be difficult for a nonphysician to employ INJECTED mag chloride at home.

    But it is so easy to employ these wonderful substances preventively at home.
    — daily transdermal mag chloride
    –bicarb in water taken orally to maintain a healthy pH as measured by pH test strips
    –daily oral or transdermal iodine supplementation

    Someone whose levels of magnesium, bicarb and iodine were kept topped up would be far less vulnerable to superbugs. An ounce of prevention.

  • Craig

    I would also add colloidal silver, but not just any. Silver100 is one of the best around. I agree with Richard’s comment it seems MgCl is injected (which most of us cant do), how does transdermal application compare? Many thanks and great job Dr Mark!

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff


      It was proven by studies done by Dr. Norm Shealy that transdermal magnesium chloride rapidly replenished the system.
      Please see the essays on our Magnesium for Life website for a better understanding of how magnesium chloride works and is used in our bodies. You will be amazed at the benefits self administration of transdermal magnesium therapy can bring. It is the next best thing to IV administration!!

  • Richard

    How is the magnesium chloride administered? It seems that it is injected rather than ingested.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Richard,

      Magnesium chloride is available in many different forms. There are oral tablets, magnesium chloride bath flakes and oil or lotions/gels, and magnesium for injection. Dr. Sircus and IMVA advocate using magnesium oil topically as it is more readily available to the cells and tissues this way . Orally it can cause diarrhea which is the single most limiting factor for its use . In Allopathic medicine it is most often used as an injectable rather than oral preparation. But the Ancient Minerals magnesium oil bypasses completely the digestive tract and thus does not cause diarrhea…..easier to get the system replenished this way.

  • Tomas

    I really appreciate your information. It has and is helping my body in many ways.
    What about colloidal silver, Grapefruit Seed Extract, and ozone as agents against pathogens?

  • One addition to their arsenal of medicine that people may want to consider is virgin coconut oil. Both topically and internally (up to 3 tbsp a day).

    Replace all other oils in your diet with virgin coconut oil and see the difference it makes to your health. Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in mother’s milk that supports healthy metabolism and is now being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties.

    Baby formulas often include pure virgin coconut oil as an ingredient because coconut is such a healthy super food.

  • Greg

    Dr. Sircus,

    I take Jisaw’s Magnesium w/SRT which includes Malic Acid(dimanesium malate). Should I switch brands to get the magnesium chloride? I have heard that Arm & Hammer Baking Soda has aluminum in it. Isn’t that defeating the purpose if we are soaking in a toxin? Also, is there an optimum iodine that can be taken internally? I take a topical detoxified iodine solution, 2-3 drops per day. I have thrush on my tongue, so I know my thyroid is way off.

    • Claudia – IMVA Staff

      Dear Greg.

      Jigsaw product is a good one but IMVA prefers use of transdermal magnesium oil….you should read the information on our magnesium site or get the book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy to learn more about this. The second edition of Transdermal Magnesium Therapy is now available.

      Arm and Hammer is 100% sodium bicarbonate and does NOT contain aluminum despite the rumors. We have received verification from the company on this. Baking Powder however (a different animal) may contain aluminum as one of its additives. Purchase ONLY 100% sodium bicarbonate NOT baking soda.

      IMVA recommends using nascent iodine for internal use, it is mild enough for children to ingest and highly effective in raising iodine levels. Please see our site on iodine :

      Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil and Nascent Iodine are both available through LL’s Magnetic Clay Co.

      Thrush on your tongue is a serious fungal (candida) indicator of unbalance in your body….you need to be checked by a doctor of your choice to determine the reason for this.

      You can also seek a consultation with Dr. Sircus by requesting an appointment through

  • David

    Great info! Keep it coming Dr Mark!