Clostridium difficile

  1. [Warning] These foods can give you the WORST infection of your life

    [Warning] These foods can give you the WORST infection of your life

    If people knew what all the funny words listed on ingredients panels really meant, they’d NEVER touch processed food.

    Polydimethylsiloxane, used in chicken nuggets, is a silicon polymer also used in silly putty and breast implants.

    EWW!

    That’s why I have a simple rule: If I don’t recognize the word immediately, I’m not putting it in my body.

    Today, I’ve got the inside scoop on another ingredient you don’t want anywhere near your body.

    It’s a sweetener and stabilizer that’s quietly been slipped into processed foods, baked goods, and ice cream in recent years.

    And it could slowly… quietly… and secretly be setting you up for a battle with a deadly infection.

    It’s called trehalose, which the FDA listed as “generally recognized as safe” back in 2000.

    Since that very same year, the number of infections with a deadly germ called Clostridium difficile has jumped dramatically. Within a decade, infections more than tripled.

    Normally, you could just chalk that up to a freak coincidence.

    But not in this case.

    A new study in Nature looks at why a common and very dangerous strain called ribotype 027 is so different from all the others… and why it’s been on the rampage, specifically since the year 2000.

    It just LOVES trehalose.

    Like most germs, the ribotype 027 strain of C. diff won’t necessarily make you sick the moment you’re exposed. Your natural defenses can overwhelm it, shut it down, and wipe it out (or at least keep it under control)… and you’ll never even know it’s there.

    You only get sick if your body can’t handle it, like if you’ve got a weaker immune system or have taken an antibiotic that’s wiped out the good bacteria needed to keep C. diff under control.

    Or, as in this case, if the bacteria has found a fuel supply: trehalose.

    The study in Nature finds that this dangerous strain of C. diff can use trehalose to grow, thrive, spread, and overwhelm your immune system.

    That leads to infection — specifically, diarrhea so severe that it can be deadly, especially in older patients who might already have other health problems.

    And you could quietly be building your own colony of this germ — right now! — and unwittingly feeding it just what it needs to slowly take over.

    Call it one more reason to WATCH what you eat and KNOW what you’re eating.

    Stick to foods with simple natural ingredients you know and recognize.

    Better yet, make your food yourself. You’ll not only know exactly what you’re eating, you’ll also enjoy better, healthier, and more delicious meals without silicon, sand, or bug bits.

  2. Your doctor could be spreading C. diff

    Healthcare workers have dirty hands

    You'd think that doctors and nurses, of all people, would know the importance of keeping their hands clean -- especially when they're at work.

    You'd think that... but sadly, you'd be wrong.

    Healthcare workers are as dirty as everyone else, maybe even dirtier -- and new research shows that many of them are walking around with some of the nastiest germs of all on their hands.

    It's Clostridium difficile, of C. diff, a bacteria that causes diarrhea so severe you could die from it -- and as it becomes resistant to antibiotics, it's getting extremely difficult to defeat.

    It's been spreading like wildfire in hospitals and other care facilities, and the new study out of Europe shows why: many doctors are nurses are actually passing it around with every touch.

    Overall, 25 percent of hospital workers have C. diff spores on their hands -- including 42 percent of nursing assistants, 23 percent of physicians and 19 percent of nurses.

    It's inexcusable. But on the other hand, it's hardly surprising. As I said, other studies have also shown that doctors are nurses are often walking around with dirty hands -- and many not only don't wash between patients, but they also don't wash after using the bathroom.

    Hospitals are putting up more "wash your hands" signs, and some are even testing devices that buzz and beep to remind healthcare workers that it's time to suds up.

    Personally, I don't think any adult should have to be reminded to wash his or her hands, especially doctors and nurses -- and especially doctors and nurses about to put those same hands onto their patients in a critical care setting.

    And that means if you want to protect yourself, you have to take matters into your own hands.

    If you're in a healthcare facility -- from your doctor's office to the hospital -- and you don't see the doctor or nurse wash his or her hands before approaching you, ask.

    Don't be shy about this. Your health -- and maybe even your life -- is on your line.

    And if you've been in a hospital or care facility or any other place where you may have been exposed to C. diff, I recommend increasing your probiotics so your stomach has what it needs to fight back.

    The best probiotic for C. diff is a strain of yeast called Saccharomyces boulardii.

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  3. Probiotics with antibiotics can slash infection risk

    Taking a probiotic with an antibiotic can slash the risk of infection with C. diff, a superbug responsible for debilitating and even deadly diarrhea.
  4. 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.
  5. How toilets spread disease

    British researchers recently conducted a series of tests on toilet seats -- and before you dismiss this as a bit of wacky and unnecessary research, check out what they learned: Toilets can spread potentially deadly bacteria when the lid is up.
  6. Dirty docs spread disease

    It's the last place you'd expect to face infection risk -- but it turns out it's the one place you need to be on your guard the most. It's your doctor's office.
  7. Gross new weapon to wipe out bacteria

    Researchers have found a stinky new way to battle a drug-resistant bacteria that can live inside your poop--and that's to add someone else's uninfected poop to the mix.
  8. Seniors warned over deadly infections

    A deadly new infection is ripping its way through the senior circuit... and in many cases, it's resistant to drugs.

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