The Kitchen Physician VII – Citricidal: Cure & Disinfectant

Citricidal is the active ingredient in NUTRIBIOTIC grapefruit seed extract. It is referred to by several different names, such as Citricidal, Nutribiotic, Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), and by the name of a similar product named Agrisept. It is a liquid concentrate that can be purchased at health food stores, and it has been used for bird-related purposes for several years by aviculturists. In the years since its discovery, grapefruit seed extract has been tested and validated by the FDA, USDA, the Pasteur Institute in France, and numerous physicians.

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:

  • One of the uses for which I like Nutribiotic most is cleaning up babies after syringe feedings. It gets their feathers and down squeaky clean and kills the bacteria caused by formula that might soil their feathers during feeding. I add a few drops to a bowl of warm water to wet the cleaning cloth.
  • Citricidal may be used for cleaning brooders, incubators, and for sterilizing pipettes, spoons, and syringes.
  • If you put 3 or 4 drops of GSE per gallon of reservoir water into the water reservoir of your incubator or your humidifier, the slimy algae will not grow. This will work wherever standing water is present.
  • For the drinking water of parrots, place one drop of Nutribiotic Citricidal in the water dish to prevent the growth of pathogens and to remove existing parasites. There have been claims that Citricidal cured several parrots of stubborn cases of Giardia, but there is no documentation for those claims.
  • GSE makes an excellent decontaminant for wood surfaces such as perches. Apply GSE full strength, just a few drops o the cleaned wood while still wet. Let stand for half an hour. As an alternative method, you can also mix a strong solution, a tablespoon in sixteen ounces of clean water, and spray or dip perches, leaving on for 1/2 hour. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
  • GSE is such a broad-spectrum solution, it is becoming the first-line of defense for many farmers and veterinarians. Our four-legged friends can benefit greatly from use of GSE. It is an excellent remedy for skin diseases and external injuries. It stimulates the immune systems of animals and aids in the absorption of nutrients by eliminating undesirable micro-organisms in the gut. It is compatible with most antibiotics. GSE does not produce the negative side effects associated with antibiotic use. Intestinal flora remains in balance with the use of GSE.
  • For external use, like skin fungi or bacterial diseases of the skin: Mix 30 to 40 drops of liquid extract of Nutribiotic Citricidal in a quart of water, and spray on the infected area. If advisable, mix into a shampoo solution and leave on the skin or fur for a few minutes, then rinse well. This same dilution can be used as a general antiseptic for cages or any other contact areas.
  • For internal use, the rule of thumb for gastrointestinal disorders, including bacterial, fungal, parasitic, or viral, is to use one drop of liquid concentrate per 10 pounds (5kg) of live weight.
  • Make your own organic Kitchen & Bath Spray by adding one or two drops per ounce of distilled water. Rinse vegetables and fruits well, or for a more thorough treatment, soak them for fifteen minutes and rinse thoroughly.
  • Hospitals add GSE to their carpet shampoo machines. It is reported that ten to fifteen drops per gallon in the reservoir is effective in killing staph, strep, aspergillus, salmonella and many other pathogenic organisms that are present in hospital carpets.
  • Numerous clinics and medical practitioners consider the availability of grapefruit seed extract to be a major therapeutic breakthrough for patients with chronic parasitic and yeast infections. One doctor reports treatment failures in only two cases out of 297!
  • Gargling with GSE and water will handle the most resistant Strep germs. The necessary dilution of GSE against Streptococcus faecalis is only 1:80,000 in vitro. In vivo, doctors are recommending gargling with two or three drops in five ounces of water. This gives an effective and potent dilution ratio of about 300-500 ppm.
  • Grapefruit seed extract (Citricidal) can be used to clean fungus and mildew off swimming pools and birdbaths. It is user-friendly, and environmentally safe.
  • Citricidal can be used in the garden to control aphids, snails, fungus, mildew, and algae. Use in hot-tubs or Jacuzzis (one to two ounces per hundred gallons) or less if you are also treating with ozone. When you compare the cost of Citricidal to pool chemicals, both monetarily and in medical costs that can result from the exposure to chemical vapors, it compares favorably to other forms of disinfection.
  • Drinking Water can be made safe by ten drops for each gallon of clear water. Agitate or mix vigorously and let it rest for a few minutes. It may be used as a prophylactic agent for those who travel abroad.

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.

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