1. Pneumonia damage can linger for years

    This autumn infection could KILL you

    Don't look now, but autumn is barely a month away.

    You know what to expect: cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, and lots of pumpkin spice.

    But there's one more "sign of the season" you also need to watch out for that's far more important than any of those others.

    Once autumn arrives, all the nasty respiratory illnesses that come with cooler weather won't be far behind -- and that includes pneumonia.

    And if you think this infection is just a bad cold or "like the flu," I've got news for you: It's not only far more dangerous, but it could also kill you even after you THINK you've recovered!

    New research reveals the true toll of pneumonia, showing how it can leave behind the kind of damage that could come back to haunt you years later -- and that includes damage in and around your heart.

    The study looked at two common and deadly infections -- pneumonia and sepsis -- and found that being hospitalized for either condition will increase your risk of heart disease, death from heart disease, and stroke.

    It's a risk that can last for years, but the biggest "danger zone" is early on.

    Within one year of that hospitalization, the odds of being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease jumps by nearly six and a half times.

    Within two years, the risk isn't quite as high, but it's still far too high for comfort: You have two and a half times the risk of cardiovascular disease.

    After three years, the risk is still more than double -- and it remains that high or close to it right through to the five-year mark.

    The numbers are so ugly that pneumonia hospitalization is a bigger risk factor for heart problems than obesity, high blood pressure, or poor physical activity.

    And while the study was on men, there would no doubt be similar numbers in women.

    You might think there's not much you can do about this beyond cross your fingers and hope for the best.

    After all, you can't really control if you get pneumonia, right?

    Well, it turns out you can -- but, like those TV offers used to say, only if you act now.

    If you wait until after you're sick, you'll have waited too long, so start by turbo-charging your immune system with infection-fighting nutrients today. Give your body the immune-boosters proven to guard against flu and pneumonia, starting with one of the most basic of all: vitamin E.

    A study last year found this powerful immune-booster can cut the risk of pneumonia in older men by 69 percent. Some of the best sources are autumn favorites: sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

  2. Pneumonia antibiotics are failing

    The deadliest pneumonia season yet is coming

    It's one of the most alarming reports I've seen in a long time -- and, given what's going on in the world right now, that's saying something.

    Yet it's getting ZERO attention in the mainstream media!

    Common antibiotics are failing when it comes to pneumonia -- already one of the nation's deadliest infections, with 50,000 Americans killed every year.

    Most of them are older and need help fast, because this infection can advance in a hurry.

    One week, you're in perfect health. The next, you're at death's door with pneumonia.

    Sometimes, you only get one shot at treating this infection, especially in older patients who might already be in poorer health -- so, it had better work.

    Yet the new study finds that in nearly one out of four cases, the first, best chance to treat the infection is FAILING.

    The antibiotics doctors commonly turn to first DON'T WORK.

    Now, there are really two main ways to get pneumonia.

    Some folks pick it up in the hospital and care homes. They're already sick, so they're already tougher to treat -- and unfortunately, they're also more likely to die.

    What makes this study so urgent is that it didn't look at these weakened patients.

    It looked at folks just like you.

    The researchers studied the data on more than a quarter of a million Americans who picked up pneumonia out in the community.

    Maybe they got it from a handrail on an escalator. Maybe someone sneezed near them in a store. Maybe a relative coming for a visit brought some bacteria along with their apple pie.

    However they got it, they need to get rid of it.

    Yet more than 22 percent couldn't shake the infection, even with the help of meds.

    No doubt at least some of those cases were viral pneumonia, which wouldn't respond to antibiotics in any case.

    But only a third of pneumonia cases are viral to begin with.

    Most of the rest are bacterial -- and if the strains out there in public are starting to resist antibiotics, you can bet this illness is going to become a bigger problem than ever.

    And it could start soon.

    Pneumonia season kicks into gear toward the end of the summer, or a little more than two months from now -- and the risk remains high through autumn and into the winter.

    The best way to fight this infection is to avoid it, so practice good hygiene when you're out and about.

    And when you're at home, arm your immune system with infection-fighting nutrients, such as vitamin E.

    A study last year found that this nutrient can slash the risk of pneumonia infection by 69 percent in otherwise healthy older folks.

    Throw in some vitamins C and D, and you could avoid the cold, flu, and more.

  3. Pneumonia linked to water bacteria

    Pneumonia could be caused by bacteria in the water supply – including germs that could be pouring out of your own faucet.
  4. Avoid brain damage by boosting the immune system

    Infections such as pneumonia can do lasting damage to the brain, increasing your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
  5. Brush away pneumonia risk

    Here's the easiest way yet to avoid pneumonia: brush your teeth.
  6. What your Ob-Gyn doesn't want you to know

    You might think medical guidelines are based on years of clinical evidence and gold-standard research. After all, doctors use them every single day to make life-or-death decisions. In reality, they're based on the whims and fancies of the medical elite... and that's especially true when it comes to women's health.
  7. Zinc beats colds

    A simple mineral could help you beat the cold and get you back on your feet -- and back on the job -- quicker than ever. A new study finds that zinc -- the main ingredient in many natural cold lozenges -- is so good at beating back the sniffles that it's practically a cure.
  8. Pneumonia guidelines boost death risk

    A new study finds that intensive-care patients fighting drug-resistant strains of the condition are more likely to die when their doctors follow established guidelines.

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