Garlic…God’s Antibiotic


Garlic is one of nature’s most potent medicines. It has been used for thousands of years in many different cultures for various ailments and it is extremely effective. One writer, commenting on Garlic, says, “If garlic had been created in the laboratory instead of by nature, it would probably be a high-priced prescription drug. Garlic has been used medicinally for at least 3,000 years, but until recently its benefits were considered little more than folklore. Medical studies have shown that garlic can lower cholesterol prevent dangerous blood clots, protect … endothelial lining of the arterial system against oxidation, reduce blood pressure, prevent cancer, and protect against bacterial and fungal infections.

Garlic is so effective in preventing abnormal arterial blood clotting (thrombrosis) that some surgeons advise their patients to avoid garlic one week prior to surgery because garlic can cause excessive bleeding during surgery.Just what makes garlic so good? Known scientifically as Allium sativum, garlic contains more than 100 biologically useful chemicals, including substances with names such as alliin, alliinase, allicin, sallylcysteine, diallyl sulfide and allyl- methyl trisulfide.”[1]



In this article; however, we are going to look primarily at the antibiotic properties of garlic. Garlic is in fact a natural “broad spectrum” antibiotic. It kills a wide variety of bacteria, including both what are called “gram positive” and “gram negative” bacteria. These two different classes of bacteria have different kinds of cell walls. Many man-made antibiotics are broad spectrum, but some, like penicillin for instance, will only kill bacteria from one or the other of the two classes of bacteria.

Dr. Tariq Abdullah M.D., a prominent garlic researcher from the Akbar Clinic and Research Center in Panama City, Florida, wrote an article which appeared in the August 1987 issue of Prevention in which he stated: “Garlic has the broadest spectrum of any antimicrobial substance that we know of –it’s antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiprotozoan and antiviral.”[2]

In fact modern Researchers have found that raw garlic extracts in rats were more effective than the common antibiotic tetracycline. Paul Bergner, a faculty member at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies in Bolder, Colorado and editor of both Medical Herbalism and Clinical Nutrition Update explains some of the ways that garlic works as an antibiotic:


  • 1) Oral raw garlic kills infectious bacteria in the intestines directly.


  • 2) Crushed garlic in water as a douche, or garlic clove inserted in the vagina, kills infectious organisms in the vaginal tract.


  • 3) Garlic nose drops directly kill the viruses that cause cold or flu.


  • 4) Garlic’s sulfur compounds, absorbed through food, inhalation, or poultices, and then excreted through the lungs, are antibiotic to bacteria and viruses in the lungs and bronchial tract.


  • 5) Garlic juice or oil applied to athlete’s foot, staph infection, or other skin infection directly kills bacteria there.[3]



Garlic is so potent that it was found in one trial that concentrations of 1.5 milligrams of garlic per milliliter of extract would begin killing cells. Just one –tenth of this dose was toxic to the influenza virus, and just one-hundredth of that dose killed the herpes simplex virus. The component, allicin, found in garlic will kill bacteria at concentrations as low as one part allicin in 125,000 parts water. This is the equivalent of one drop of allicin in about seventeen gallons of water.


As astounding as this may seem, it should be remembered that the Creator does not think like man. Modern medicine will tend to want to isolate such a powerful component and use it as a magic bullet in the treatment of disease. However, “Allicin was once thought to be garlic’s principal active ingredient but researchers now know that allicin is rapidly oxidized into more than 100 biologically active compounds. While allicin may still serve as a general marker of garlic’s potency, research increasingly points to S-allylcysteine and other compounds as the most therapeutically active ingredients in garlic.”[4]



“One way garlic enhances the immune system is by promoting phagocytosis, the ability of white blood cells to fight infections. Another is by stimulating other immune cells, such as macrophages and T-cells to fight bacterial and viral infections and to scavenge for cancer cells. One report described how garlic enhanced the body’s natural killer cell activity against the AIDS virus.” [Deutsche Zeitschrift fuer Onkologie, April 1989;21 pp.52-3][5]



One major problem with conventional or synthetic antibiotics is that they can promote the development of resistant strains of bacteria. When the conventional antibiotic is used it initially kills most of the bacteria that is attacked, but with repeated exposure to the antibiotic the few bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotic begin to multiply.

A common lesion caused by HSV-1 on the external lips (these herpetic ulcers are known as cold sores or fever blisters). Eventually, a recurrent infection becomes totally resistant to that antibiotic. This has created serious issues with regard to infectious diseases in the industrialized world. For example, resistant strains of tuberculosis have in recent years begun to emerge in some U.S. cities. Additionally, resistant strains of bacteria that cause recurrent ear infections have developed.


Paul Bergner in the, The Healing Power of Garlic writes, “Garlic does not seem to produce such resistant strains, and it may be effective against strains resistant to other antibiotics. European researchers in the late 1970s tested garlic juice against a group of ten different bacteria and yeasts. They found that garlic was effective against all of them, and they also found a ‘complete absence of development of resistance’…Garlic is effective against specific bacteria that are notorious for developing resistant strains, such as staphylococcus, mycobacterium, salmonella, and a species of proteus.[6]



Another weakness of conventional antibiotics is that they are ineffective against viral infections. Thus they do nothing against the common cold, or the flu. Conventional antibiotics are also powerless against more serious viral infections like aids, viral meningitis, viral pneumonia, and herpes. “ Garlic or its constituents will directly kill influenza, herpes, vaccinia (cowpox), vesicular stomatitis virus (responsible for cold sores) and human cytomegalovirus (a common source of secondary infection in aides)…In one… study, researchers first fed a garlic extract to mice. They then introduced the flu virus into the nasal passages of the animals. Those animals that had received the garlic were protected from the flu, while the untreated animals all got sick[7]



Medical Missionary Garlic



There are numerous ways to use garlic. Below I have included a few specific examples of its use as an antibiotic.

One note, in order to really harness the antibiotic effects of garlic most research suggests using it in a raw form. For garlic’s blood thinning or cholesterol lowering properties you can use it raw or in whatever commercial brand you find agreeable.

Garlic Nose Drops: These are good when colds or flus are spreading. Crush some garlic to obtain juice, or use a centrifugal juicer. Add ten parts water and mix well. Use this as nose drops to prevent colds and flu. This remedy is employed in rural China during epidemics of colds and flu.

Garlic Syrup: Chop or slice several bulbs of Garlic, and place them in a clean glass jar. Cover this with raw unheated honey. After about 24 hours the Garlic will mix with the honey. The resulting “syrup” can be taken by the teaspoon full every half hour to hour for coughs, sore throats, or congestion in the lungs.

Garlic Oil: Peel 1 pound of fresh garlic and blend it in 1 quart of pure virgin cold pressed olive oil. Leave this mixture for 3-5 days in a warm place or sunlight. Strain with a fine cloth. This garlic oil is very powerful and can be helpful in colds, pneumonia, yeast infections, sore throat, infections in general etc. This can be taken internally in the amount of one teaspoonful every 2-3 hours or 3-5 times per day.


For inflammation of the middle ear, or earache, or ear infection 4-5 drops of the oil can be placed into the ear canal, and plugged with cotton, several times daily.

The oil can also be rubbed well into an affected area 2-3 times daily for external use.

Such simple and inexpensive techniques have proven very helpful on many occasions.

Many of my fellow Medical Missionaries here in the U.S., and abroad have helped countless people by taking the following advice: “In every place the sick may be found, and those who go forth as workers for Christ should be true health reformers, prepared to give those who are sick the simple treatments that will relieve them, and then pray with them…The doing of this work will be followed by good results.”–Medical Ministry, p. 320, Ellen White, The Complete Published Ellen G. White Writings, C. D. Rom


I hope and pray that the information in this issue will be a great blessing to you. I leave you with the words of the wise man, King Solomon. “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels”. Proverbs 1:5


K.M. Henry, N.D.



Osteoporosis is the cause of 90 percent of all fractures in women after the age of 65. As women age, and the production of estrogen diminishes, the calcium, which needs estrogen to be metabolized, is not taken into the bone tissue through the process of demineralization.  Additionally, young women who do not menstruate because of stress, or not eating (anorexia) are more susceptible to osteoporosis because of diminished estrogen production.

Bones require a wide range of balanced minerals for bone strength and density.  Calcium needs to work as a team with proper ratios of other minerals, especially phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, boron, silicon and zinc, as well as vitamin C and D.  If these are not present in the diet in sufficient quantity and balance, then the calcium will not be assimilated properly.


  • Muscle cramps (especially in the legs at night)
  • Tiredness and nervousness
  • Bone pain (especially in the lower back
  • Premature gray hair
  • Heart problems and high blood pressure
  • Periodontal (teeth and gum) disease
  • Loss of height


Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid, which provides excess phosphorus.  This upsets the mineral balance in the body and prevents calcium and other important minerals from being assimilated by the body.

Caffeine consumption over a period of time may cause loss of bone mass, because it causes the body to eliminate excessive amounts of calcium through the urinary tract.

Chocolate stops the body from absorbing calcium and other vital minerals.

Salt especially in excessive amounts, can significantly increase urinary secretion of calcium.

Aluminum can be absorbed and accumulate in the bones.  This increases the chances for osteoporosis.

Boost Your Metabolism

Excessive animal protein consumption can promote loss of calcium from the bones.  The body takes calcium from the bones in order to counteract the acidic by-products of protein breakdown.  Then the calcium is excreted from the body through the urinary tract.

When the diet is high in sugar the urinary secretion of zinc, calcium and sodium are increased.  This causes severe mineral imbalances.  Also, when calcium is taken at the same time as sugar, the body will not absorb the calcium.



Weight bearing exercise enhances bone remodeling (breakdown and rebuilding of bone tissues).  It increases bone mass and density.  A weight-bearing exercise will put pressure on the bones by the body’s weight, or through the force of a muscle contracting against it.

Examples of weight-bearing exercises are – walking, hiking, climbing, jogging, running, bicycling, jumping rope, aerobics, and tennis.  This type of “stress” especially strengthens the bones.

Eat a diet rich in whole grains, especially buckwheat and brown rice.  These have high amounts of magnesium and silica.  Other foods rich in vital minerals include the grain millet, green leaf vegetables, almonds, soybeans, sesame seeds, lima beans, and red and white beans.

Avoiding destructive drink and food, while consuming a healthy diet rich in the necessary minerals, combined with regular exercise will help to maintain strong healthy bone mass and prevent osteoporosis. God has revealed his desire for our over all health when he says,   “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2

Donna G. Henry




[2]   The Healing Power of Garlic, pg. 100, Paul Bergner; Prima Publishing  © Paul Bergner 1996

[3] Ibid pg. 101-2



[6] Opp cite Bergner pg. 104-5

[7] ibid