MRSA

  1. MRSA germs hiding in hospital privacy curtains

    In the hospital? These 4 words could save your life

    There’s ONE request every patient in a hospital needs to make the moment they’re conscious enough to ask for it.

    It can SAVE your life, and PROTECT anyone and everyone who comes to visit.

    It could help save your doctors and nurses, too!

    You just need to say four magic words… and I’ll tell you what they are in a moment.

    But first… I’m sure you know that lots of people who are hospitalized end up sicker than when they first arrived.

    I’m not just talking about the ugly medical mistakes you hear about on the news, like surgical instruments left inside patients’ bodies.

    Infections are another – and far more dangerous – form of medical mistake, with superbug germs such as MRSA now running rampant.

    Every year, more than 72,000 Americans suffer from MRSA infections, while more than 9,000 people DIE of them.

    Lots of those people acquired their MRSA infections in health care settings.

    But you can dramatically cut your risk when you learn these four secret words.

    And they’re going to sound a little silly at first.

    Ready for them?

    Here they are: “Please change the curtains.”

    Many hospitals are getting better about cleaning up, replacing linens and boosting sanitation, especially since some are now losing reimbursements over their infection rates.

    But while the bed linens are changed between patients, the privacy curtains around the bed often are not. And a new study finds they’ve quietly become a top source of nasty germs, especially MRSA.

    The study out of Canada finds that 90 percent have some level of MRSA on them!

    Researchers replaced eight curtains with fresh ones, then tracked them to see how long it took for them to get buggy. Within two weeks, seven of them had MRSA. By the third week, the eighth had it, too.

    Docs and nurses come in and touch those curtains… and then they touch you? Nope. You don’t want that. So don’t waste your time asking when they were last changed.

    Just tell the staff to change it (or have a family member ask).

    It’s a simple request that’s easy enough to accommodate.

    Sure, the hospital staff might roll their eyes over it, but you’re the one sick in that bed – and it’s your life on the line.

    Make them do it.

  2. Superbugs in your home

    Superbugs in your home

    Not long ago, just about the only way to land a potentially deadly infection with MRSA was to visit a hospital or some other care facility.

    Oodles of bacteria, overuse of antibiotics and -- let's face it -- not exactly the best sanitary conditions combined to turn hospitals into the perfect breeding ground for superbugs.

    But now, the bug has left the building -- MRSA is on the loose, and it may even be lingering in your home right now.

    New research finds that U.S. homes are now "major reservoirs" of USA300, the leading MRSA strain behind community-acquired infections. In many cases, the germs are brought in by someone already sick such as an infected person living there, or someone just back from the hospital.

    That means, of course, that if someone in your home is diagnosed with MRSA, it's time to break out the bleach and start scrubbing.

    But if you haven't been around someone suffering from an infection or haven't been to the hospital, don't let your guard down.

    People can carry MRSA without getting sick from it. In fact, you or someone in your home could have it right now without even realizing it.

    Like many bacteria, MRSA is a first-degree opportunist, biding its time until it has a chance to strike -- such as when your immune system is compromised with another illness, or if you take an antibiotic that wipes out the good bacteria that would normally help keep MRSA in check.

    That's why it's not a bad idea to give your home a good scrubbing on a regular basis even if everyone is healthy. Along with reducing the risk of MRSA, you could also scrub away other bacteria as well as potential allergens.

    Don't stop there, either.

    There are two other steps you need to take today.

    First, think twice before taking antibiotics. There are times when the drugs are necessary, but just as often they're not -- which is why it's important to work with a holistic medical doctor willing to try natural remedies first.

    And second, arm your gut with the good bacteria that can help fight MRSA and other superbugs. That means eating more healthy natural yogurts (not the sugar "fruit on the bottom" junk in your supermarket), and taking a quality probiotic supplement every day.

    I recommend one with multiple strains of human-tested bacteria, and something with billions of colony-forming units (or CFUs).

  3. Garlic 100 times more effective than drugs at killing food-borne bacteria

    Garlic is already a known natural antibiotic -- and a new study shows its more effective at drugs at beating a germ responsible for food poisoning.
  4. How to clean your dirty dentures

    "Biofilm" is a word you don't hear everyday. But if you wear dentures, it's something you're exposed to every time you pop them in.
  5. Fighting the superbugs

    Superbugs may be present in the places we live, work, eat and play.

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