1. Probiotics ease antibiotic-related C. diff infections

    Protect yourself from the WORST antibiotic side effect

    There are times when an antibiotic can save your life... and times when it can ruin it.

    Too often, it can do BOTH at the same time!

    Even when the drug does its job and wipes out an infection, it can leave behind a SECOND infection with a nasty little diarrhea-causing germ called C. diff.

    Now, the latest research reveals a safe and natural way to ease the misery... shorten that secondary illness... and protect your rear end from one of the worst antibiotic side effects of all.

    It's NOT another drug. Just a simple blend of probiotic bacteria can cut the duration of the diarrhea by a full day, when taken with an antibiotic.

    That may not sound like much, but one less day on the toilet is one less day on the toilet.

    More importantly, since many people who suffer these infections are in hospitals, a shorter infection could mean going home sooner.

    As a result, that seemingly small difference of one day is being hailed by the mainstream as a game changer -- a way to make life a little easier for the nearly half a million Americans who suffer these infections from antibiotics every year.

    And given that C. diff actually KILLS some 15,000 patients -- mostly older folks -- every year, this safe and natural treatment could even save lives.

    But believe it or not, this new study doesn't tell the full story -- because the REAL benefit could be much bigger!

    The probiotic blend given to the patients in the study was pretty good. It contained four helpful strains of infection-fighting bacteria.

    But it didn't contain the most important one of all when it comes to C. diff -- and that's a probiotic yeast called Sacharomyces boulardii.

    The other flaw is that the folks in the study were already sick when they were given either the probiotic supplements or a placebo to take with their antibiotic.

    That's just plain too late.

    If you're ever put on an antibiotic yourself, don't wait until you have diarrhea to take action. Get started immediately.

    The day you're put on an antibiotic, start taking a probiotic supplement. Look for one with S. boulardii and continue to take it for at least a month after your antibiotic prescription ends.

    Getting the right blend at the right time won't just cut the duration of your illness by a day.

    It can stop you from getting C. diff in the first place... and leave you with a shorter and milder illness if you do get sick

  2. The deadly 'new' superbug -- and how to avoid it

    Going to the hospital is supposed to be the beginning of your recovery -- but for millions of us, it's the beginning of a nightmare.

    Close to 2 million Americans get infections in hospitals that they didn't have when they walked in, and close to 100,000 die of them.

    These people are literally killed by dirty rooms and careless care -- and new numbers from the CDC show that one bug in particular is responsible for a shocking percentage of those illnesses and deaths.

    Clostridium difficile, or C-diff for short, caused 336,600 illnesses in 2009 alone, more than double the 139,000 people infected by the bacteria in 2000. And the number of deaths from the bug has skyrocketed, from 2,700 in 2000 to more than 14,000 in 2009.

    People don't get C-diff at home. They don't pick it up in airports. And, no, they don't get it from dirty gas station bathrooms either. Nope. According to the CDC, 94 percent of all C-diff cases are connected to hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities.

    The bug is spread by contact with poop, which shows you the importance of washing your hands. And once it's on someone's hands, the spores can transfer onto walls, counters, doors, bedframes, and more -- and live on those surfaces for months at a time, resisting nearly every cleaner except for bleach.

    Inside the body, it's even stronger -- resistant to most drugs and even thriving after you take an antibiotic, since those meds will wipe out the friendly gut bacteria that can keep invaders like C-diff in check.

    Obviously, that means the best way to avoid C-diff completely is to avoid both hospitals and antibiotics.

    But that's not possible for everyone. Life happens. We get sick. We get hospitalized. And sometimes, even those of us who manage to avoid meds most of the time end up taking an antibiotic.

    And that's why you shouldn't wait to arm yourself -- take action now to protect your gut from everyday bacterial invaders, and you'll also make it better able to withstand the assault of an antibiotic.

    Dr. Mark Stengler, a leading naturopath, says that anyone taking an antibiotic needs a probiotic -- and not just any old off-the-shelf supplement (and certainly not the worthless little "probiotic" yogurts).

    Instead, take a probiotic that's actually been tested in human studies -- and even more importantly, keep taking it for at least a month after your antibiotic prescription has ended.

    Dr. Stengler added that the best probiotic for fighting C-diff is Sacharomyces boulardii -- so if you're spending any time in a care facility, be sure that one's at the top of your list.

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