August 1998 Magazine
The active ingredients of grapefruit seed extract are non-toxic and are synthesized from the seed and pulp of certified organically grown grapefruit. The process converts the grapefruit bioflavonoids (polyphenolics) into an extremely potent compound that is being used to kill strep, staph, salmonella, E. Coli, candida, herpes, influenza, parasites, fungi, and more. It has been proven in laboratory tests to be 10 to 100 times more effective than chlorine, colloidal silver, and iodine.
The United States Department of Agriculture tested GSE and found it effective against four animal viruses: Foot and Mouth Disease, African Swine fever, Swine Vesicular Disease, and Avian influenza.
When the FDA tested grapefruit seed extract in 1990 with 200 patients who had internal parasitic infections, they found that it gave "more symptomatic relief than any other treatment. Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil found the substance to be 100% effective in skin disinfection when used as a pre-surgical preparation compared to a 72% effectiveness rate for alcohol.
Since I do not like the smell of clorox and many of the other disinfectants that commonly are used by aviculturists, nor the idea that my birds may be consuming the chemical residues on the produce that I wash in them, I use this product for many cleaning and disinfecting purposes. There is research to back up the claims of Citricidal's efficacy as a natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-protozoan, anti-viral and antiseptic disinfectant.
My first use of it was to prevent molds from forming on sprouts by using it in the rinse water of the seeds to be sprouted. It is sold for that purpose with some sprouting kits. I now use Citricidal to sterilize my hands before handling babies, to disinfect surfaces in the nursery, to disinfect syringes and other utensils used in the feeding of babies, and in the rinse water for laundering cloths that I use as bedding for newly-hatched chicks. Citricidal also is becoming the disinfectant and sanitizing agent of choice for many hospitals and clinics throughout the U. S. In the laundry, it rids linen of fungi and bacteria. Ten to fifteen drops of GSE added to the final rinse water disinfects a large load of laundry.
Here are some additional uses for Nutribiotic Citricidal:
A very small amount of Nutribiotic Citricidal will keep a covered bottle of clean distilled water safe for a very long time. It can be stated that NutriBiotic products like deodorant or dental gel, that have as little as .5% GSE per volume, have an indefinite shelf life. It is an extremely stable product.
To demonstrate the safety of Citricidal, an Acute Oral Toxicity Study was performed (see Northview Pacific Labs Report No. X5E015G, dated 7/6/95). Results showed that Citricidal is non-toxic by oral ingestion with an LD50 of over 5000 mg/kg of live body weight. This is the equivalent of a two hundred pound person drinking close to one pound of pure Citricidal daily for two weeks.
Nutribiotic Citricidal liquid is available in tablets, capsules, powdered concentrate, spray, and ointment. There also is an insect repellent made of it.
Although this information may sound a bit like an infomercial, my only interest in Nutribiotic Citricidal is to share with readers its usefulness to aviculturists in keeping our birds, and sometimes ourselves, healthy. Any time that we can replace toxic and non-environmentally friendly products with one that is beneficial to our birds and non-toxic to the environment, I feel that it is worth sharing.
More information on Citricidal can be found at NutriTeam.
Winged Wisdom Note: Carolyn Swicegood is the owner of the LAND OF VOS, a small breeding establishment specializing in the Vosmaeri sub-species of Eclectus parrots. She has been "hooked on Vozzies" for ten years. Carolyn has also written a number of articles for a variety of magazines.
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