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9 Ways to Protect Yourself From Superbug Bacteria

probioticsbottleThe CDC is flooding airwaves and media outlets with this message: superbugs are once again becoming a threat, this time in hospital environments.

Hospital employees and medical workers are being urged by the CDC to take precautions to prevent spreading these bacteria to others in the hospital environment as well as those on the outside.

This bacteria is being referred to by CDC officials as a “nightmare” bacteria that will kill half of all those who are infected.

In the recent past, bacteria such as Clostridium difficile which affects the intestinal tract,  Tuberculosis, and the Staph infection MRSA have been reported as causing serious illness and death.  To date all of these have developed into bacterial strains which are now antibiotic-resistant.

In this case, however, the bacteria seen in these environments apparently are isolated to one specific group of bacteria.  Officials are focused on superbugs originating from a group including Klebsiella pneumoniae, a superbug which was fatal for 7 people in the state of MD, and bacteria made resistant from a gene known as NDM-1 (named for New Dehli).

 

Five of 70 kinds in this bacteria family are now resistant to antibiotics known as carapenems – a potent antibiotic that is one of the last stands available against superbug bacteria.

Good grief, this sounds pretty serious!  Time to pull out the big guns. Maybe you’re thinking about running to the store and buying all the antibacterial soaps and disinfectants you can to protect yourself and your family.

But, wait.

Before you become hysterical and spend your life savings on Lysol and antibacterial products, there are some things you should know about bacteria…

Resistant bacteria are occurring due to the following:

  • Overuse of antibacterial substances in the hospital environment to “eliminate” bacteria
  • Over use of antibiotics for illness in humans
  • Over use of antibiotics in farming environments on animals and birds

When these substances are over-used, the result is that ALL bacteria are wiped out. But eliminating the good bacteria in our bodies and in our environment has dire consequences. If we don’t have the friendly bacteria that normally occur in our intestinal tracts, and that take up residence in our entire bodies…and which also occur in our farming environments where our food is grown, we become vulnerable to disease and illness.

These bacteria are found often found dwelling in the intestinal tract and can be considered harmless, but are known to develop into urinary tract infections or pneumonia. Those with weakened immune systems are vulnerable to illness, and can easily die if the bacteria is contracted.

In modern day, many people have weakened immune systems due to poor dietary habits that include a lot of processed foods, stressful lifestyles, environmental toxins, and the overuse of powerful antibiotic drugs.

How antibiotics can be harmful

Sometimes we need antibiotics when an illness is serious and all other methods have been exhausted. The trouble is, over the last number of decades, antibiotics have been the first line of defense in treating illness. And because so much good bacteria is destroyed in our bodies due to the emphasis in our culture on killing bacteria – the problem is that even one round of antibiotics can decimate good or beneficial flora in the digestive tract which support the immune system and overall health.

Sometimes the resistance can go on for years in the gut, and cause long-term health effects. Once friendly bacteria are diminished, it becomes easy for opportunistic bacteria to set up house. Most people have had multiple rounds of antibiotics in their lifetime, some dozens. In 2010, a study published in the Journal Microbiology examined long-term effects of antibiotic exposure in human beings, and the results were not favorable. The study determined that even short-term use of antibiotic therapy could have negative long-term effects on beneficial gut bacteria.

So how could it be the case that the very medical establishments which are supposed to protect us from harmful bacteria and sickness have actually been responsible for creating this problem in the first place?

Although there are some great things about our modern medical system – and thank God for that for when you really need it – unfortunately, our it is a system that  is built on the premise of treating symptoms. The actual root cause of a problem is often not identified or remedied because of this focus.

So what can you possibly do to keep from contracting one of these horrible bacteria?

 

How to avoid superbug bacteria

1. Avoid antibiotics as much as possible.

Use natural remedies instead of toxic drugs and over-the-counter medications.

2. Avoid processed foods, sugar, and anything refined.

Packaged and commercial foods contribute to disease and the growth of harmful bacteria in the body, which leads to chronic health issues or death.

3. Avoid using anti-bacterial soaps, washes, hand sanitizers, and any related products.

These contribute greatly to bacterial resistant strains which can make you sick or cause death.

4.  Wash hands when appropriate (but do not overwash as this can remove good bacteria and oils that keep your skin healthy), and use soap and water.

5. Use therapeutic grade probiotic supplements regularly.

Because there are so many chemicals, toxins, and now superbug bacteria in our environment, taking a high-quality therapeutic grade probiotic is something every man, woman, and child should be doing to prevent disease.  See the link above for recommended brands.

6. Eat fermented and cultured foods.

In addition to taking a high-quality, therapeutic grade probiotic, fermented and cultured foods are absolutely vital to supporting the immune and digestive systems. By preparing these at home, you ensure a better proliferation of bacteria and higher numbers since you can culture your foods longer than those bought in the store (which are normally cultured for only 4-8 hours). And with bacteria, the more diverse and higher numbers you can get, the better. Prepare these with safe, organic ingredients sourced from healthy farms (vegetables and dairy foods, etc).

7. Avoid processed foods and refined sugar.

These contribute to a weakened immune system and compromised digestive tract, and a negative effect on overall health.

8. Include plenty of real, whole and traditional foods in your diet.

Grassfed meats, pasture raised poultry and eggs, raw dairy foods including milk, butter, cream, sour cream, yogurt, kefir, olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, seafood from safe sources, organic fruits and vegetables, sprouted nuts and legumes, and use sprouted grain foods sparingly. Avoid anything that has been grown or raised with GMOs (genetically-modified organisms), pesticides/herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, and isn’t produced naturally.

Grains can be inflammatory for various reasons and can contribute to yeast overgrowth, digestive issues, and long-term auto-immune disease. Even sprouted/soaked and fermented grains may not be a good idea. Read more about why grains can be harmful to health: The Truth About Wheat and Grains – Are they Good for Your Health?

Use superfoods to support your immune system:

  • Fermented cod liver oil
  • Liver and other organ meats from safe, pastured sources
  • Egg yolks from pastured hens
  • Grassfed meats and poultry
  • Bone broths made from the bones of animals and birds on pasture – all full of Omega 3s, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K2
  • Healthy fats like lard, tallow, schmaltz (chicken) from healthy, pastured sources, olive oil, coconut oil and sustainable-produced palm oil (check with manufacturer)
  • Cultured and fermented foods and beverages such a raw dairy foods including milk, butter, and cream and also fermented dairy foods like yogurt and kefir from healthy cows on pasture and organic cultured vegetables, condiments, sauces, and dressings
  • Safe-sourced seafood and fish roe (eggs) which contain fat-soluble vitamins A&D, Omega 3s, selenium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, and other important minerals
  • Seaweed and kelp (rich in iodine)
  • Citrus fruits and for vitamin C

9. If you are stricken by a superbug bacteria and cannot recover despite all your best efforts, there is a procedure that can be done with implanted matter from a donor into the colon where the infection normally originates.

Read more about this procedure here from The Healthy Home Economist.

According to Professor Thomas Borody with the Center for Digestive Diseases in Sydney, AU, “a single infusion of a healthy donor’s fecal material into the infected colon resulted in a cure rate of no less than 97%.” Over 1500 of these have been performed with success.

More information:
All probiotics are NOT created equal!

The importance of dietary fats

The truth about raw milk, Part I and Part II

Is cheap food really cheap? The hidden costs of industrial food

 

Alternative Medicine Guest Posts Healthy Living

Doctored or Determined? Your Health, Your Choice!

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We all know someone in our lives who has had to go through treatment for cancer or some other degenerative disease.

Maybe you have personally had this experience. It’s heart wrenching to say the least, to watch someone close to you go through this situation…especially if you feel hopeless and helpless.

Wouldn’t it be great to know that if you or someone you loved was diagnosed with cancer it didn’t have to be a death sentence? That it was within your control?

For years I bought into fear and scare tactics that conventional medicine gives to patients about cancer. I always believed it was beyond my control, and that if I someday was told I had cancer, I wouldn’t have a choice and no real way of affecting it.

I spent years worrying about getting breast cancer because I had my own scare with this situation.

After a health crisis that began in 2005, learning what causes degenerative disease and how the way we live and what we eat really does have an impact on our bodies, I no longer live in fear and have a lot more faith in my own ability to keep myself well.  I’ve been healthier than ever before in my life at age 43.

Changes you make aren’t going to solve your problems overnight. There’s no magic wand to wave. But if you are persistent, it *will* make an impact.

My friend Dr. Marcia Schaefer, DC provides an incredible testimony that cancer can be dealt with naturally and that we can heal from it without toxic chemotherapy and radiation. Read her story, a living testimonial of a young mother who received a diagnosis and took her health into her own hands, using Gerson Therapy. She’s now here to tell the story, and also has been blessed and given a second chance to be alive to take care of her wonderful family – including her loving husband and son.
 

Her book Cancer Isn’t A Death Sentence is available in the Extreme Health Library Sale bundle, happening now through Thursday, March 7th at midnight EST.

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Here’s Marcia’s story, featured in the Gerson Institute Healing News (from her web site, Spring Creek Chiropractic):
 

Cancer IS Curable

2010 was my year. I had absolutely everything going for me, and felt the top of the world was just within my reach. The year started off with a bang, marrying my best friend on February 19th. I was overjoyed! Next came graduation from Palmer College of Chiropractic. I was a Doctor, something I never thought I would do. I chose that profession because it was the one thing that made sense to me. Heal from above down, inside out. Healing comes from within. The power that made the body is the same power that will heal the body. It all made sense to me. I also know nutrition has the ability to do the same, little did I know how true that would come to be!
 
To add to our already amazing year, we found out we were expecting! On August 25th, our first child, Keegan, joined us. My heart could have literally burst, I was so happy. When I went to the hospital in labor, the nurse was concerned, not because I was 17 days post “due” but because of the size of my thyroid gland. I had noticed it a big large since 2005, but thought nothing of it.
 
Come to think of it, my professor in Physical Diagnosis actually asked me to get it checked out. I had no insurance, so I did nothing about it. I noticed it from time to time, but just let it go. When I got pregnant, my thyroid seemed to take off. It was very large, but I didn’t take notice, because all my labs were completely normal, and I had no symptoms.
 
At my son’s 6 week well baby visit, the midwives wanted to run more tests on me. We did, and they all came back normal. They suggested going to an endocrinologist. I finally made the appointment December 3rd when I could no longer extend my head without swallowing issues. Yes, in hindsight I know that was too late, and I wish I had taken action earlier, but I was a bit busy with a new baby and new life! The endocrinologist got me in very quickly when I explained my situation.
 
They ran tests and did a needle biopsy. As they prepped the slides in the room, I joked with my husband about it, knowing it would be nothing. My son, 3 months old at the time, seemed intrigued by the whole thing. After 4 needle samples, they all left the room and said they would be back with primary test results.
 
The endocrinologist’s face told the story before he said anything. Papillary thyroid cancer. I looked at my husband and son, and just shook my head. “There are support groups, and this is a successfully treated cancer” the endocrinologist said. At that point, I lost it. I was so frustrated – how could my perfect year be ending this way!? I had SO much on my plate, so much to live for – why was this the test I was chosen for?
 
In that same instant, I decided I would kick this cancer out of next year. Had it not been for my mother healing breast cancer and melanoma naturally, and my education in Chiropractic College and Nutrition, I don’t know what I had done. “Papillary Thyroid Cancer, surgery in January” I texted to my mom and sister as I left the hospital.
 
I went into surgery on January 3rd, 2011 determined this was the year this cancer would be found, but leave as quickly as it was found. In surgery, they did a total thyroidectomy and took 30 lymph nodes out of the left side of my neck, and 26 tested positive for cancer. My thyroid was the size of my surgeon’s fist! We were now dealing with metastatic thyroid cancer. We made a follow up appointment for a CT scan in March.
I decided to get a skin checkup, since I had been on yearly skin checks. The dermatologist said she dreaded making the phone call to me on an early morning in February to tell me I tested positive for malignant melanoma. I had surgery for that as well, and was busily researching my options. I already knew the benefits of diet, and had started juicing, but didn’t know how I would get to Mexico.
 
In March, I had a CT of my neck and chest. They found another enlarged lymph node and a mass in my right lung. Surgery happened again, and they took 41 lymph nodes out of the right side of my neck. It was a relief to me in a way, as the scar on my neck is now even! I worked to find humor in my situation, but the truth was, surgery was a lot more painful the second time around, and I was sick of being labeled as “sick”. Of the 41 lymph nodes taken, 4 were positive.
 
Thanks to some of the most giving, selfless people in the entire world, I was able to take the trip to the Gerson Clinic, and my husband, Shawn, and I left on April 19th, 2011. Words can’t describe my experience at the clinic. We were warmly welcomed when we got there, the other people regaining health were open and willing to share their diagnosis and what they had been doing up to this time. The knowledge and peace I received as a patient at the clinic will stay with me my entire life.
 
I fell into a routine. Tuesday and Friday I get 25 pounds of carrots, I cut them and put them in gallon ziplock bags, so they are ready to grab and juice. I prepare vegetables for the green juice and prepare the soup vegetables. I have the Norwalk Juicer and a Citrus Juicer, a distiller, and my NuWave PIC, which I now can’t live without! As the number of enemas I had to do decreased, I found I was able to do more things as well.
 
My blood work has been coming out normal and my chest xrays showed that my lungs are clear. I get regular skin checks and my skin is clear of melanoma. My endocrinologist said that I am cancer free, less than a year after my original diagnosis.
 
Treating cancer is a choice. We all have choices every single day of our life. Every person down in Mexico, and in San Diego gets to see the bright side of that choice. Cancer is absolutely incurable – in the medical world. Never once will poison heal, and I am a living testament of that.
 
2011 is my year. I have defeated cancer, I have opened my practice, and I am living proof a positive attitude, supportive, loving friends and family, and lots of carrot juice can make all the difference in your world. Cancer is ABSOLUTELY curable, and I will not stop my crusade to help others with this fantastic therapy – I will pay it forward to anyone who will listen!
 

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