1. Hospital dangers and how to FIGHT them

    [MUST-READ] 3-step plan to SURVIVE your hospital stay

    How ironic...

    You go into a hospital to get BETTER.

    Instead, you get SICKER!

    Unsterilized surfaces, infections, and worst of all, botched care that could’ve been prevented...

    There are so many dangers lurking around every corner that can outright KILL you.

    And a stunning new report reveals one of these risks is not getting better.

    No, it’s getting a whole lot WORSE.

    That’s why I want to make sure you’re armed with a SURVIVAL GUIDE next time you have to seek treatment in a hospital.

    I’ll give you the three steps that’ll protect your health BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER your visit.

    First, let’s take a look at how bad this problem really is (you’ll be stunned)...

    The BIGGEST risk in the hospital

    Did you know that botched medical care is one of the BIGGEST risks you’ll face when you go to the hospital?

    That’s still the case, even though two decades ago, a groundbreaking report blew the lid off the industry by exposing the devasting toll of medical mistakes.

    Every year, up to 98,000 Americans DIE in hospitals because of those MISTAKES.

    It was SUPPOSED to be a big wakeup call...

    It was SUPPOSED to change medicine for the better...

    It was SUPPOSED to lead to major improvements in working conditions to prevent the burnout that often leads to mistakes...

    But a new report reveals that hasn’t happened at all

    A survey of nurses finds conditions have improved in just one out of every five hospitals!

    Most have stayed the same, and 7 percent have actually gotten worse.

    That means patients are facing as much risk as ever.

    But I’m going to show you a way to SLASH your risk…

    3-step plan for hospital survival

    BEFORE your stay: If you know you’re going in for a procedure… or if you know you’ve got the health risks that could lead to hospitalization… make sure your immune tank is topped off.

    That means proper levels of vitamins C and E, as well as the minerals zinc and selenium (don’t overdo it with the last two; just make sure you get the right levels).

    DURING your stay: This is the most dangerous part of the journey, especially since you may not be conscious. Talk to your loved ones TODAY… while you’re home and healthy… about the risks and make sure someone is there to keep watch when you can’t.

    What do you look for? EVERYTHING!

    Ask about EVERY drug and dose; wrong meds are exceedingly common. Watch for signs of drug reactions, delirium and infection – including stomach “bugs,” cellulitis and more – as you might be able to spot them faster than the harried nurses doing their two-minute checks.

    AFTER your stay: Once you’re back home, boost your immune nutrients again and add a probiotic, especially if you were given antibiotics.

    If you have a problem – especially signs of infection – don’t delay. Fast action is critical.

    The catch here is that many hospitals are penalized when patients return due to errors and infections, so some will practically beg you to stay home or see your own doctor.

    Don’t let them set the rules. If something feels like it’s not quite right, GET HELP even if it means a return trip to the hospital.

  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.

  3. The problem that's seven times worse than reported

    To err is human... but to make a potentially deadly mistake and consider it just another normal day on the job, you'd have to work in a hospital.
  4. 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.
  5. Dirty docs don't wash hands

    Doctors are so smart most of them must've skipped a grade -- and that grade was probably kindergarten. How else can you explain the fact that they still haven't figured out how to wash their hands?
  6. Wives save lives

    A new study finds that married men who suffer a heart attack are more likely to get to a hospital quicker than their bachelor counterparts -- and researchers believe it's because their wives are urging them to go at the first sign of trouble.
  7. Walk sooner, leave quicker

    Getting up and getting around is a sign of a recovering patient--and the latest research shows that seniors who get on their feet first, leave the hospital quickest.
  8. Wake-up call for surgeons

    Picture this: You're about to go under the knife for a non-emergency procedure, and just as you're given the anesthesia, the surgeon delivers a quick message: "Umm... I know this probably isn't the best time to mention this, but I was up all night doing emergency work and I am plum tuckered out."

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