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Staphylococcus Aureus / Methacillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
Staphylococcus, Transmission, and Precautions

Staphylococcus aureus (Staph)
Species of Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) bacteria are normally found on the skin and mucous membranes in 20% to 30% of the population. Some studies suggest more than 50%. Staph
is generally considered harmless to humans. However, the human immune system has no natural defense against staph, allowing the bacteria to spread throughout body and becoming a serious health threat.

Staph infection can spread faster and poses a higher threat in humans with low immune systems. The immune system may be lowered by alcohol, drug usage, vitamin
deficiency, stress, fatigue, illness, etc.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) can be very serious to the healthiest of humans. MRSA is very resistant to antibiotics and can be fatal. MRSA is the result of over prescribing and over usage of antibiotics. This has become a serious problem in our society, especially for the healthcare community.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates less than 2 percent of the population are carriers of MRSA at any given time. This may seem like a low number, but consider the number of people we are surrounded by everyday in schools, hospitals, movie theaters, sporting events, restaurants, grocery stores and in the work environment, that touch door handles, light switches, countertops, etc. you do. The fact is, all of us come into contact with many germs, including MRSA on a daily basis.

Studies show MRSA can live on inanimate objects (windows, door handles, light switches, countertops, etc.) up to several days.

Transmission of the bacteria can occur in many ways:
Physical contact with others (handshake, a hug, physical activities, sexual contact).
Contact with contaminated items in public (door handle, counter top, gas pump, packages at the store, etc.).
Contact with household items (bath towels, light switches, washcloths, clothing, sheets, faucet handles, etc.).
Most transmissions occur in congested environments; hospitals, locker rooms, schools, etc.

Washing hands with warm water and soap is the most effective way to reduce transmission.
Keep open wounds (minor scratches, cuts, abrasions, tattoos, etc.) covered.
Regularly wash bath towels, bed sheets, clothing
and other items used by yourself and others.
Regularly disinfect light switches, door handles, counter tops, and other frequently touched items.

Harsh Chemical Based Hand Wipes and Disinfectants
The truth is, all of us will come into contact with germs and bacteria that are potentially harmful to us. It is unrealistic to expect everyone to wash their hands and disinfect everything they touch throughout the day. There are many hand wipes and hand disinfectants on the market. Occasional use of chemical based products may be okay but they may also cause more harm than good. Many of these chemical based products kill good bacteria with the bad bacteria. They are only effective at the time of use, and begin losing that effectiveness immediately after being applied, thus allowing harmful bacteria to recolonize. Many of these products cause dryness and cracking of the skin, providing a open door that increase the likelihood of recolonized bacteria to enter our bodies. Our skin needs to maintain moisture and allow good bacteria to thrive for good health.

To help solve the spread of harmful bacteria, Mudscupper's Inc. believes: only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary, use quality all natural ingredients that promote moist healthy skin, use quality all natural ingredients that help prevent harmful bacteria and fungi from flourishing on the skin, and avoid chemical disinfectants that cause dry and cracked skin.
There are many products on the market that claim to be effective antibacterial against Staph and MRSA. The truth is: many of these ingredients do indeed have antibacterial properties and therefore classified as antibacterials. The problem is, their antibacterial properties are not powerful enough to destroy or deter colonization of Staph, MRSA and other very harmful bacteria. Mudscupper's uses a very specific species of East Cape Manuka oil because it is actually proven to effectively destroy these harmful bacteria. Not only has East Cape Manuka oil been proven as an extraordinary antibacterial in the fight against superbugs, it is antifungal, anti-inflammatory and has antimicrobial properties with microbe damage reversing benefits.

East Cape Manuka Oil
The active constituents of Manuka Oil are Trichetones, Flavesone, Leptospermone, Isoleptospermone. The highest levels of these are only found in plants
( Leptospermum Scoparium) in the East Cape region of New Zealand.

Research has shown East Cape Manuka Oil to be particularly effective against Staphylococcus Aureus, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), Streptococcus and Pathogenic Fungi. East Cape Manuka Oil has a high antibacterial and antifungal activity. Laboratory test have shown East Cape Manuka Oil activity to be over 30 times that of tea tree oil, and effective against many micro-organisms that affect the skin. Listed below are a few:

How does East Cape Manuka Oil kill MRSA?
East Cape Manuka Oil does not kill MRSA like chemicals do. Research shows the MRSA bacteria after being treated with manuka oil ended up lacking a specific protein for synthesizing fatty acids. These fatty acids are needed to build and maintain healthy cell walls for the bacteria to survive. As a result, the bacteria is crippled and unable to reproduce and dies.

East Cape Manuka Oil has been proven effective against Staph and MRSA. This is significant because it allows for reduction in over prescribing antibiotics. Mudscupper's believes nature is always the best combatant against threats to the health of humans. Nature should always be a first line of defense.

With the growing concerns by the CDC and the healthcare community about Methicillin-Resistant S
taphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and other superbugs, we encourage all individuals planning to participate or participating in health care, contact sports, body art, daycare, hospice and other activities where transmission occurs, become informed and use precautionary measures.