Tuberculosis (TB) is a potentially serious infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs. Bacteria that cause tuberculosis are spread from one person to another through tiny droplets released into the air via coughs and sneezes.
Tuberculosis infections began increasing in 1985 partly because of the emergence of HIV which weakens the immune system so it can't fight the TB germs.
Many strains of tuberculosis resist the drugs most used to treat the disease. People with active tuberculosis must take several types of medications for many months to eradicate the infection and prevent development of antibiotic resistance.
Symptoms & Organs Affected
Although the body may harbor bacteria that cause tuberculosis the immune system usually can prevent sickness. For this reason, doctors make a distinction between:
Latent TB: TB infection is present but the bacteria remain in the body in an inactive state and cause no symptoms. Latent TB also called inactive TB or TB infection isn't contagious. However, it can turn into active TB. An estimated one-third of the world's population has latent TB.
Active TB: This condition causes sickness and can spread to others. It can occur in the first few weeks after infection with the TB bacteria, or it might occur years later.
Active TB symptoms: Cough; Unintentional weight loss; Fatigue; Fever; Night sweats; Chills; Loss of appetite
What organs are affected? Tuberculosis usually attacks the lungs. Signs and symptoms of TB of the lungs include: Coughing that lasts three or more weeks; Coughing up blood or sputum; Chest pain, or pain with breathing or coughing. Tuberculosis can also affect other parts of your body, including your kidneys, spine or brain. When TB occurs outside your lungs, signs and symptoms vary according to the organs affected.
Cause: Tuberculosis is caused by bacteria that spread from person to person through microscopic droplets released into the air. Although tuberculosis is contagious, it's not easy to catch. You're much more likely to get tuberculosis from someone you live with or work with than from a stranger.
HIV and TB: Since the 1980s, the number of cases of tuberculosis has increased dramatically because of the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Tuberculosis and HIV have a deadly relationship — each forces the progress of the other. Infection with HIV suppresses the immune system, making it difficult for the body to control TB bacteria.
Drug-resistant TB: Another reason tuberculosis remains a major killer is the increase in drug-resistant strains of the bacterium. Since the first antibiotics were used to fight tuberculosis 60 years ago some TB germs have developed the ability to survive, and that ability gets passed on to their descendants.
Drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis emerge when an antibiotic fails to kill all of the bacteria it targets. The surviving bacteria become resistant to that particular drug and frequently other antibiotics as well.
Prevention: If tested positive for latent TB infection the doctor may advise taking medications to reduce the risk of developing active tuberculosis. The only type of tuberculosis that is contagious is the active variety, when it affects the lungs. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseasesconditions/tuberculosis/basics/definition/con-20021761
Garlic is a very powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti pathogen substance. It is the heavy artillery when it comes to destroying any type of infection. When any dangerous infection is present, garlic is the first herb on the list. For any infection, anywhere in the body, garlic can and should be taken internally. http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/anti-inflammatory-herbs.html
Garlic + Vinegar Combined Effects
According to traditional Chinese medicine expert Tom Fung combining equal parts garlic and vinegar is good for health maintenance and medical use. … He also notes a host of other ailments and conditions that garlic and vinegar can help with, including hepatitis, tuberculosis and intestinal parasites. http://thehealthalert.blogspot.com/2012/06/pam-greer-went-to-china-town.html Fung recommends using garlic and vinegar for the preparation of foods and salad dressing and warns that cooking the mixture can remove some health benefits.
The MayoClinic.com website supports garlic efficacy as a healthy supplement they do not endorse vinegar's health benefits other than its possible appetite suppression ability. However, vinegar can be high in vitamins and known blood pressure reducing minerals such as potassium and magnesium. http://www.livestrong.com/article/299170-garlic-vinegar-diet/