superbugs

  1. Superbugs running rampant in U.S. hospitals

    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.

    I’ve collected some of the best natural therapies for everything from the common cold to rare fungal illnesses, and you’ll find them in my best-selling book, Prescription for Natural Cures.

    I don’t like to toot my own horn, but you won’t find a more complete guide for taking care of your own health anywhere else, and now it’s even better. I’ve just completed a cover-to-cover revision to include the latest research.

    Look for the all-new Third Edition of Prescription for Natural Cures in bookstores everywhere and online from Amazon.com.

  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. Hundreds of germs found on paper money

    More than 3,000 types of bacteria -- including some responsible for disease -- have been found on U.S. dollar bills. Learn the down and dirty gut turning details.
  4. Your cutting board is filthy with germs

    Kitchen cutting boards could be loaded with disease-causing germs, including drug-resistant superbugs.
  5. Dodge hospital-acquired infections

    Hospital-acquired infections kill close to 75,000 Americans every year -- but you can make sure you're not among them.
  6. Your doctor could be spreading C. diff

    A quarter of all doctors and other healthcare workers in hospitals have dangerous disease-causing poop germs on their hands, according to a new study.
  7. FDA rules for antibiotics are really no rules at all

    The FDA's plan to crack down on antibiotic use on factory farms will do nothing to stop the overuse of the drugs, leading to the creation of more superbugs.
  8. Docs give unnecessary antibiotics for bronchitis

    Too many doctors are still giving antibiotics even for conditions where they know the drugs don't work.
  9. Superbugs are all around you

    The CDC claims hospitals are the main source of superbug exposure -- but new research proves you can pick them up almost anywhere.
  10. Superbug infection sickens 2 million Americans

    More than 2 million Americans are sickened by drug-resistant bacteria every year, according to a new warning from the CDC. But you can beat these superbugs without drugs.
  11. Meat industry loads products with drug-resistant germs

    New data shows that up to 87 percent of U.S. meat samples contain bacteria -- and up to half contain drug-resistant strains.
  12. CDC warns of CRE infection

    A new superbug called CRE is tearing through hospitals. It can resist even powerful last-resort antibiotics, and it kills half of all who become infected.
  13. Probiotics work as well as drugs at warding off UTIs

    Probiotics work almost as well as antibiotics for preventing urinary tract infections and come with none of the risks, according to the latest research.
  14. Antibiotic azithromycin can triple the risk of heart death

    The antibiotic azithromycin can triple the risk of heart death, a new study shows, making it more important than ever to try natural treatments first.
  15. Urgent new superbug warning

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    It's the war of the superbugs, microscopic monsters that don't need guns or bombs to kill people by the thousands. And now, the World Health Organization is warning that these drug-resistant bacteria are spreading faster than anyone ever imagined.
  16. Deadly new superbug on the rise

    E. coli is a tough bug to battle in the best of times--but now, there's a frightening new strain of this potentially deadly bacteria moving through America.
  17. New bacteria on the rise

    The superbugs are here--and their microscopic army is growing at an alarming pace.
  18. Fighting the superbugs

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

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