The benefits of blocking transmission of MRSA organisms by enhanced use of gown, gloves, etc. was recently borne out by the CDC report of less resistance in the S. aureus that remained. This is in accord with Paul Ewald's concept that bacteria adapt to changes in their context; if that context contains antibiotics they will adapt toward resistance, if not, and they can't get around as easily they will adapt toward symbiosis.\n\nA different way to do the same thing is discussed in our book, THE BOIDS AND THE BEES. Using the ideas of Nathan Sharon, interfering with bacterial adherence applies the same pressure to adapt toward symbiosis as does blocking their transmission. Sharon uses mannose to block the adherence of the urinary pathogen E. coli. Dietary mannose fills the Type 1 lectins on these bacteria and they are subsequently replace by non-infection causing strains. Cranberry juice likely works in this way. Xylitol has been found similarly to block the adherence of nasal pathogens and spraying it into the nose regularly reduces respiratory pathogens.\n\nUnfortunately neither mannose nor xylitol are easy to classify and market as drugs so this understanding is hampered by the rule of the market: no drug, no money; no money, no research; no research, no claims; and no one knows.