The feds issue dire new warning over superbug infections
It could happen to you.
You go into the hospital for a common illness or routine surgery…and while you’re there, you get sicker than when you arrived. Worse yet, you end up in a fight for your life – with a deadly germ.
Folks just like you are facing a growing number of drug-resistant “superbug” infections right now – and it’s often as a result of hospitalization for something that was not life-threatening.
The CDC now says that 1 in 25 hospital patients suffer infections they didn’t have when they were brought in. And in 1 in 7 of those cases, the infections are caused by deadly superbug bacteria that can’t be treated with most drugs.
That adds up to some two million Americans suffering from superbug infections every year – and 23,000 die because of them, according to the CDC.
The agency said the most common infections in hospitals are UTIs, infections at surgical sites, bloodstream infections, and C. diff, an especially nasty bacterial infection that causes a form of diarrhea so severe…and incurable…it could actually kill you.
And it’s not just the feds sounding the alarm. Consumer Reports just handed out low marks to a third of U.S. hospital facilities for failing to slow the rate of C. diff infections, including 24 of the nation’s leading teaching hospitals like the world-famous Cleveland Clinic.
This is unacceptable. C. diff and other deadly hospital infections don’t simply strike out of the blue, and they’re not caused by bad luck.
In many cases, they’re caused by sheer stupidity and laziness…like doctors not washing their hands…or medical equipment that hasn’t been cleaned properly (or in some extreme cases, AT ALL).
These infections often have one thing in common: antibiotics.
Your stomach is armed with a natural defense mechanism against superbugs – that’s the “good” bacteria that live in your gut. But when you take that antibiotic they give you at the hospital, you kill off those friendly, disease-fighting germs – and that allows bad ones to seize control and make you sick.
There are some steps you can take right now to slash your risk of battling one of these infections.
1) Switch to organic meats.
The animals on conventional farms are often kept in such filthy conditions that they have to be pumped full of antibiotics to prevent illness. That’s led to the rise of superbug germs on factory farms…and those bacteria are now turning up on supermarket meat with alarming regularity.
If you eat these meats, you could give the bacteria a chance to enter your body and lay low until opportunity strikes… like when you take your own antibiotics, especially during a hospital stay.
2) Take a probiotic supplement daily.
The good bugs in your gut could use some help. A quality probiotic supplement can give them reinforcements so they’re better able to keep bad bacteria under control. Look for a formula that contains multiple strains of human-tested probiotic bacteria.
3) Avoid antibiotics – when you can.
In some cases, you might really need the drug. If that’s the case, double up on your probiotic during your treatment and in the weeks that follow. In many cases, however, antibiotics are unnecessary when there are natural ways to fight off common infections… if you know where to look.
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