"Diphtheria (Greek... "pair of leather scrolls"), is an upper respiratory tract illness characterized by sore throat, low fever, and an adherent membrane (a pseudomembrane) on the tonsils, pharynx, and/or nasal cavity. A milder form of diphtheria can be restricted to the skin. It is caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, an aerobic Gram-positive bacterium.
Diphtheria causes the progressive deterioration of myelin sheaths in the central and peripheral nervous system leading to degenerating motor control and loss of sensation. Diphtheria is a contagious disease spread by direct physical contact or breathing the aerosolized secretions of infected individuals. Once quite common, diphtheria has largely been eradicated in developed nations through widespread vaccination. In the United States for instance, there were 52 reported cases of diphtheria between 1980 and 2000; since 2000 there have only been five cases as the DPT (Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus) vaccine is given to all school children. Boosters of the vaccine are recommended for adults since the benefits of the vaccine decrease with age without constant re-exposure; they are particularly recommended for those traveling to areas where the disease has not been eradicated." (Wikipedia)
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[YEA] 09/30/2007: CH from PD, USA: "American Indian Remedy: Great Grand Dad, Indian medicine man, used to go among people with diphtheria but never got sick, grand dad ask him why he never got sick, he said because he would put powdered sulfur in his shoes, put socks on his feet and continue to do this until he could taste the sulfur in his mouth., approximately three days. Once he could taste the sulfur in his mouth, he knew it was safe to go amongst the sick, each day when he left the sick he would take his clothes off except for his socks and burn them and bathe everything except his feet he left the sulfured socks on and kept the sulfur in his shoes on his feet to stay protected from getting the disease."
EC: Read more about Diphtheria: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diphtheria