Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
What Is E. Coli?
Several different types of bacteria exist in the body to maintain the effective function and health of the body. E. coli or Escherichia coli line in the intestines of healthy individuals. Typical strains of E. coli are harmless and cause few symptoms but slight diarrhea; however, more intense strains, including E. coli O157:H7 can cause more severe health concerns including abdominal cramping, bloody diarrhea and intense vomiting.
Generally, symptoms associated with E. coli infection occur three to four days following exposure to the bacteria; however, an individual may become ill as soon as one day or as late as a week afterward. Typical symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain and tenderness, nausea and vomiting. Depending on the severity of the infection, diarrhea may range in intensity from mild and water to more sever and even bloody in extreme cases.
Intestinal illness is one of the many diseases caused by bacteria, yet only a few strains of E. coli actually cause illness. One of the most commonly contracted forms is O157:H7, which produces a powerful toxin that attacks the lining of the small intestine. Contamination is often caused by contaminated food including ground beef, unpasteurized milk, fresh produce and restaurant meals. Likewise, contaminated water and personal contact with an infected individual are other pathways of infection.
Natural E. Coli Cures
Generally, illness caused by E. coli must simply “run its course.” However, many natural treatments can alleviate symptoms and shorten the course of illness. Apple cider vinegar, turmeric and blackstrap molasses help boost the immune system and eradicate toxins. Likewise, garlic and ginger support overall immune health. Cranberry juice, pink bismuth, grapefruit seed extract, colloidal silver and DMSO also work to eliminate toxins and support nutrition. Cleansing the system using a mixture of thyme oil and oregano oil also shortens the lifespan of illness. Read below for more recommendations from Earth Clinic contributors.
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[BETTER BUT NOT URED] 4 days ago I cut my finger pretty deeply while chopping some beef. I was in a rush so instead of disinfecting it the propper way, I just super-glued it shut and went on my way. The next morning I woke up with abdominal cramps, slight nausea, slight fever, fatigue and feeling generally bad. My bowel movement was quite dark. I assume it was E. Coli, though i never went to see a doctor. I've felt ill the past 4 days but have noticed two things:
ACV relieves most of my ill feelings like fatigue and nausea.
Tumeric, though it has not prevented a lot of cramping, has kept my bowel movements fairly regular (though still very dark)
blackstrap molasses didnt do much.. hydrogen peroxide made me throw up but i may not have waited long enough after eating. its the 4th day of this and i am beginning to feel better. Ill stick to ACV and Tumeric.
I've been eating only carbs (meat and dairy apparently can make e. coli worse) with lots of garlic and ginger since they apparently help your immune system but cant really tell if that has had much effect..
[YEA] Several years ago I had persistent stomach pains with no known cause or prior illness which I suspected was e. coli. I did not see a doctor as from past experiences I tried to keep my dr. visits way down and just use natural remedies when possible. Here is an inexpensive e. coli treatment you can try that I fortunately found in an article by a cranberry juice company and was very effective in relieving my symptoms: On an empty stomach drink 8 oz of pure (no additives) cranberry juice followed immediately by 2 tablespoons of pink bismuth. Do this 3 times a day for 1 week. In theory, the cranberry juice dislodges the e. coli from the stomach and the pink bismuth carries it out to the bladder for expulsion.
EC: Pink Bismuth = Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate
[YEA] I finally figured out the simplest, natural and most powerful way to get rid of my long standing E. Coli sinus infection. I purchased garlic liquid extract and I put a few drops in my Neti Pot with distilled water a few drops of natural apple cider vinegar and a pinch of baking soda and then I rinsed my sinuses with this mixture 4-5 times daily this wash really worked wonders and I also put this in a nasal spray bottle to use when I'm out. I think the key is to be consistent. Also drank ACV 3 times a day.