Tetanus is a serious but rare infection caused by bacteria. It usually occurs when a flesh wound becomes contaminated. If it is not treated, tetanus may lead to complications, which can be fatal. Although there is much controversy regarding the safety of immunization and certain vaccines which are given in childhood, the consensus of alternative licensed health practitioners is that the tetanus vaccination should be given – but as a single shot, rather than combined with other vaccines – as the disease can cause severe brain damage and be lethal in young people.
In England tetanus deaths are now extremely rare thanks to improvements in vaccinations.
Nowadays, most tetanus cases occur in people who:
- were never vaccinated against the infection
- did not complete the entire vaccination schedule (three initial injections followed by two booster doses that are given 10 years apart)
- inject illegal drugs such as heroin
The time it takes for symptoms of tetanus to develop after infection with the Clostridium tetani bacteria (the incubation period) is usually 4 to 21 days. The average incubation period is about 10 days.
The first symptom of tetanus is usually stiffness in the jaw muscles, also known as lockjaw. It can make it difficult to open the mouth. Muscle spasms and stiffness then spread from the jaw into the neck and limbs over 24 to 72 hours.
Muscle spasms in the neck can make swallowing difficult (dysphagia). In the most serious cases, severe breathing difficulties could develop. This may lead to suffocation.
Other symptoms that are associated with a tetanus infection include:
- high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or above
- rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
- high blood pressure (hypertension)
If tetanus is not treated, it can cause serious complications that can lead to death, for example because of heart failure.
Tetanus is caused by the Clostridium tetani bacterium. Clostridium tetani spores can live for a long time outside the body and are widespread in the environment. They are commonly found in the manure of animals such as horses and cows, and in contaminated soil.
After they enter the body, the tetanus bacteria quickly multiply and release tetanospasmin. This is a type of poison known as a neurotoxin. If tetanospasmin enters the bloodstream, it can spread around the body, causing the symptoms of tetanus to develop.
Neurotoxins block the nerve signals that are sent from the brain to the spinal cord and then on to the muscles. This causes the muscle spasms and muscle stiffness associated with tetanus.
One of the most common ways that tetanus bacteria can enter the body is through a cut or a puncture wound, such as the type of wound you would get after stepping on a nail. Even minor puncture wounds, such as piercing your skin with the thorn of a rose, could allow the bacteria to enter your body.
Tetanus bacteria thrive and breed in places where there is little or no oxygen. This is why the infection often occurs in deep cuts and wounds. To help prevent a tetanus infection developing, always ensure that cuts and wounds are thoroughly cleaned.
As well as entering the body through cuts and wounds, the tetanus bacteria can also enter through:
- lacerations – tears or splits in the skin caused by blunt trauma such as a blow to the skin, or a sharp object such as a knife or broken glass
- abrasions – wounds that are caused by friction damage, such as the type of wound you would get after falling off a bike and scraping your knee
- animal bites
- body piercings and tattoos (if un-sterilised equipment is used)
- eye injuries
Some groups of people, such as travellers and people who inject drugs, may be at an increased risk of developing tetanus.
If you are travelling abroad, make sure your vaccinations are up to dateDepending on where you are travelling, you may need additional doses of certain vaccinations.
Read more about travel vaccinations.
If you are travelling to a remote area where medical services may not be easily accessible, and you had your last tetanus vaccine more than 10 years ago, you need to have a booster dose (even if you have already had the full five doses). This is done as a precaution, in case you get a wound that is vulnerable to a tetanus infection and you cannot get suitable medical care.
People who inject illegal drugs such as heroin or methamphetamine have an increased risk of developing tetanus. Drug dealers often mix these types of drugs with a chemical called quinine. Quinine can be contaminated by the tetanus bacteria.
For example, in England during 2003 and 2004, an outbreak of 20 cases of tetanus was linked to a contaminated batch of heroin.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Fight tetanus naturally with proper wound care: healthandhomestead.danieljkoren.com/2010/11/how-i-fought-tetanus-naturally/
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Combination tetanus vaccination linked to seizures in babies: www.naturalnews.com/035072_Dtap_vaccine_seizures_babies.html
Further Information (links and books)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
wendy maddocks email@example.com – skin care
judith hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.