'B' is for bugs

One of the biggest problems in medicine today is the rise of drug-resistant superbugs, which create infections that are essentially untreatable.

Some researchers are looking for new drugs -- but I think they're looking in the wrong place, since bacteria can learn to resist new meds just as easily as they learned to resist the old ones.

What they can't beat is a fully charged human immune system. And now, new research shows a simple way to give your immune system just the boost it needs to beat even the most powerful drug-resistant bacteria.

It's not a drug. It's not expensive. And it's perfectly safe.

It's vitamin B3, also known as niacin.

In a series of lab tests using both human and mice blood, large doses of vitamin B3 stimulated immune cells so that they were better able to fight off Staphylococcus bacteria -- including the deadly drug-resistant MRSA bacteria responsible for close to 20,000 deaths a year in the United States alone.

The B3 caused a dramatic increase in the number of infection-fighting white blood cells, and made them more effective at their job.

Not just a little more effective, mind you, but 1,000 times better at killing staph bacteria, according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Now that's how you fight bacteria.

Of course, that's an experiment in a lab dish -- not out in the real world, so we still need to see more research on this before we can call vitamin B3 the next big MRSA cure. And it remains to be seen if it can work on its own, or in conjunction with antibiotics and other drugs.

In the meantime, try other natural infection fighters. Your doctor can help you find the one that's right for you, but colloidal silver is one of the best natural antibiotics around -- and it's highly effective against staph bacteria, including MRSA.