infection

  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. Avoid brain damage by boosting the immune system

    Infection boosts dementia risk

    As you get older, there's no such thing as an ordinary infection -- because any common bug has the power to ruin your life... or even end it.

    And even when the immune system manages to beat that infection, it could leave behind invisible and lasting damage -- damage that can hurt you later in ways you might never realize are related to the illness.

    For example, infection is a major risk factor for dementia.

    The more serious your infection, the higher your risk -- and if you're hospitalized for an infection such as pneumonia, your risk of cognitive decline and dementia in the years that follow could actually double, according to the latest research.

    To make matters worse for the immune system, cognitive decline itself can in turn boost your risk of infection by 11 percent, according to the study in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

    At that point, it doesn't matter which came first -- the chicken or the egg... or in this case, the infection or the decline. All that really matters is that each condition is increasing the risk of the other -- setting the stage for a vicious cycle of infection and decline, decline and infection.

    Next thing you know, the relaxing golden years you've always dreamed of have turned into a nightmare of never-ending disease and dementia.

    But you don't have to let this happen to yourself or your loved ones.

    The best way to beat infections such as pneumonia is to make sure you don't get them in the first place. And the best way to make sure you don't get them in the first place is to give the immune system the power it needs to crush the germs that cause disease.

    Last winter, I spilled the secrets to turbo-charging the immune system in my Health Revelations newsletter. I was writing specifically about flu, but these same immune-boosting nutrients can give your body the power it needs to beat everything from the common cold to deadly pneumonia.

    If you're a subscriber, use the password in your current issue to login and read it online.

    Not a subscriber? It's not too late! Sign up today and you'll get your own password, as well as all my future issues delivered right to your mailbox.

  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. New arthritis rheumatoid med comes with huge risks

    A new drug for rheumatoid arthritis offers minimal relief and the potential for huge risks. Try natural pain relief instead.
  5. Sinus infection? Don't touch that antibiotic!

    Show up at your doctor's office with a sinus infection, and odds are good you'll walk out with a 10-day (or longer) prescription for the antibiotic amoxicillin.
  6. The world's tiniest doctors

    Here's one from the "try not to think about it" file: The latest natural cure for diabetic wounds that won't heal is... ready for it? Maggot spit.
  7. Spine drug linked to cancer risk

    It's like a nightmare, except you never get to wake up: A drug used during a common back procedure has been linked to cancer -- including one of the deadliest forms of the disease on the planet.
  8. A not-so-fond farewell to the PSA test

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has urged docs and patients to put the kibosh on the PSA test -- because after some 2 million prostate surgeries and procedures based on that screening, the disease's death rate has remained unchanged.
  9. When 'risk free' means 'big risk'

    Imagine going in for a "risk-free" spinal surgery for back pain... and waking up to find you're sterile as a result. If that's not bad enough, that same "risk-free" procedure -- backed by at least 13 major studies -- could also leave you battling a dangerous infection and even cause the loss of the very bone you're trying to protect.

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