The Rise Of Superbugs And ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ And How You Can Stay Healthy

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“Nightmare bacteria” with unusual resistance to antibiotics of last resort were found more than 200 times in the United States last year in a first-of-its-kind hunt to see how much of a threat these rare cases have become. It’s also important to realize that there are steps that can be taken to help stem the evolution of these superbugs and remain healthy.

The pipes of hospitals carrying away the infections of the sick are bound to be quite disturbing places, however, scientists dared to snoop around in them anyway and found that they can fuel superbugs: antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control even announced that they found 200 types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria lurking around – and hospitals seem to be the perfect breeding grounds.

The genetic building blocks for antibiotic resistance intermingle freely in the pipes connected to the hospital rooms of those who are sick with viruses and bacterial infections, according to a study published in the journal mBio. That DNA can give superbugs the power to defeat modern medicines and threaten the lives of other patients.

In a new study, published by The American Society for Microbiologyscientists determined that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are bred in the plumbing of hospitals. The study, titled Genomic Analysis of Hospital Plumbing Reveals Diverse Reservoir of Bacterial Plasmids Conferring Carbapenem Resistance found that even when hospitals themselves are impeccably clean of infectious bacteria and viruses, the pipes that carry away those micro-organisms are not.

Last year, public health labs around the United States were asked to watch for and quickly respond to cases of advanced antibiotic resistance, especially to some last-resort antibiotics called carbapenems. Carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPOs) are a global concern because of the morbidity and mortality associated with these resistant Gram-negative bacteria.

“Pseudomonas aeruginosa” bacteria, one of the germs that can evolve to resist antibiotics.

In the first nine months of the year, more than 5,770 samples were tested for these “nightmare bacteria,” as the CDC so lovingly calls them, and about 25% were found to have genes that make them hard to treat and easy to share their resistance with other types of bacteria. Of these, 221 had unusual genes that conferred resistance. The cases were scattered throughout 27 states.

“Essentially, we found nightmare bacteria in your backyard,” said the CDC’s Anne Schuchat. “These verge on untreatable infections,” she added, where the only option may be supportive care such as intravenous fluids and machines to maintain life to give the patient a chance to recover. About 2 million Americans get infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and of those, 23,000 die, Schuchat said.

It is inevitable that each drug will lose its ability to kill disease-causing bacteria over time, says Marc Sprenger, the Director of the World Health Organization’s secretariat for antimicrobial resistance. This is because bacteria, through natural selection and genetic adaptation, become resistant to antibiotics. Essentially, bacteria, like most living things, evolve for survival.

The best way to prepare for any superbug (a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics) is to prevent the human body from contracting an infection and from rejecting antibiotic medications.

The one thing most can do is pretty simple: don’t take an antibiotic for a viral infection, such as the cold or the flu. Humans are speeding up the process of transforming all bacteria into drug-resistant superbugs by overusing antibiotics. Today, it is estimated that in half of all cases, antibiotics are prescribed for conditions caused by viruses, where they do no good. You can also do more to prevent infections in the first place by ensuring your hands, instruments, and environment are clean, Sprenger said.

If you are prescribed an antibiotic, don’t feel stressed about asking your doctor if the medication is necessary. Remember, often antibiotics are prescribed for viral infections, which leads to resistance. Also, make sure to completely finish the antibiotics and take them as directed if you have a confirmed bacterial infection. Not finishing the medication can lead to the evolution of drug-resistant bacteria.

Humans are also in the bad habit of overusing antibiotics in the agricultural sector. Misuse of antibiotics in livestock, aquaculture, and crops is a key factor contributing to antibiotic resistance and its spread into the environment, the food chain, and human beings. Clean and uncrowded living conditions for the animals can reduce the need to use antibiotics. Not only are clean conditions ideal for healthy livestock, those health benefits will transfer to humans upon consumption.

The overall theme is to maintain a clean environment for yourself and your animals, wash your hands often, only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary, and if antibiotics are necessary, finish the medication and take as directed by your doctor.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

When Should You Bug Out?

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There are many videos and articles out there that tell all about Bug Out Bags and what to do when you bug out, but have you thought about WHEN you should consider bugging out? Of course, we all have different opinions about these things. Jack from Black Scout Survival touches on a few things that you might not have thought of.

He tells about the acronym RED-OUT that he lives by and what it means. He touches on issues of hurricanes, riots, lack of resources and the fact that 20% of our population is on some sort of behavioral medication.

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BSS: What’s going on guys? Black Scout Survival and today we are going to be talking about when to bug out and a lot of people do a lot of videos on bug out bags and all kinds of bug out stuff. But how do you know when it is time to bug out. You know what I mean? If you leave to soon, you could be making a mistake because it could be quickly over or it could be something like Katrina where if you stay you might end up everything or dying. Or becoming in a worse situation.

So there are a few things you need to consider before you bug-out or to know when to bug out. I first heard this acronym on a podcast. I can’t remember who came up with it but it is a very good acronym. I was writing down and taking notes when I was listening to this podcast 2 or 3 years ago. The acronym is RED-OUT. Basically we will through the list starting with R.

R- Resources, or lack of: So let’s say you’re in a situation and you run out of food in your house. You know you’re sheltering in place and you run out of food. Obviously you need to go. Go find better resources or there could be a place that has better resources and so you need to bug out there. Or you run out of resources at your home. Either or. So resources. Obviously you need these things to live so you need to bug out if you run out or bug out if there is a better place that has more resources than what you have or what you need.

E – Environmental Threat: Obviously that is a no-brainer. If you got a CAT 5 hurricane coming at you house you need to leave and go somewhere else. Now when we are talking about bugging out we are not talking about catastrophic end of the world disaster. Although we could be talking about that but also just common sense stuff. Like Katrina, a lot of people tried to stay and weather the storm and though wound up dying or losing everything they had.

So environmental, getting away, you know if you’re in Asia or Japan and pneumonia is coming obviously you need to leave. So basically, common sense. Environmental, if you’re going to be in danger by staying there.

D – Destination: The next thing is Destination. Bugging out if you have a bug out destination, if you don’t then why would you bug out because you don’t have any place to go. Living out in the wilderness is probably not ideal for a lot of you because you couldn’t sustain yourself out there. So why would you do that?

You need to have a destination obviously or if you don’t, then don’t bug out. You’re at your destination.

O – Overwhelming Force: The next one is overwhelming force. This could be getting attacked by people. Residential homes are not built to be impenetrable. Most houses are, if you have a brick home, it’s pretty tough but it’s not impenetrable. You have doors and windows and all that kind of stuff. You could knock it. If you have vinyl siding like these new houses you can take an axe and be in it in about 20 seconds if you wanted to. Probably 2 minutes if you wanted to just by hacking away at the house. So

So, houses are not built for that so overwhelming force. If you are obviously outnumbered or outgunned you need to bug out. Don’t stay there and basically wait for your death.

U – Unprepared for the situation: The next one is unprepared for the situation. So let’s say this is the first video you’ve ever watched on black scout and you never prepared for anything and something happens tomorrow and you have nothing. No supplies or anything. Well then obviously you need to bug out. If it is a hurricane or something like that you need to go ahead and get out and get to another area where you’re safer. Just like the overwhelming force, your house can’t with stand a CAT 5 hurricane. You need to bug out to a safer place.

Obviously, that is also looking at maybe medical. If you lack medical supplies and you need medical supplies or medical treatment to get those. Or lack of resources. The other thing is that 20% of the population so you really have to be aware of that. That once the grid goes down, a lot of people are going to be off their meds and stuff like that and it is going to be dangerous with crazy people off their medication. That is another thing to be aware of.

T – Threat Growing: The next thing is threat growing and if violence is imminent obviously you want to get out to a safer place. You don’t want to stand around in a dangerous place waiting to get jumped by a bunch of people. You want to get out and get away to a safer location. So looking at like the LA Riots, not standing around a riot area go ahead and get out. Bug out. Get away from the situation.

Like I said again, the bug out where a lot of people think only doomsday prepper type stuff, I’m talking about getting out of a situation. Riot and chaos in the neighborhood you go ahead and leave. And like in the LA Riots, the Korean neighborhoods were getting attacked and the stores were getting robbed. They wound up having to defend themselves with firearms in that situation. They sheltered in place but they were getting overwhelmed even though they had firearms. The other guys did to.

We are over populated for the most part all over the world and most homes and residence that you look at like the suburbs. A lot of people live in apartments, a lot of people are moving to cities. Cities are growing larger because that is where the jobs are and it so getting to where you have a large group of people so if something bad happens what do you think is going to happen when you have a large group of people and everybody is going nuts? So that is something you have to be aware of as well.

Basically what we are getting to with the Red Out acronym and everything else is you have to look at the risk verses the reward. Is it going to be worth your time to, I mean, is it going to be safer to bug out and the reward going to be better? Is trying to get the reward going to risk your life. So you have to look at these things.

Anyhow guys, I hope you enjoyed this video and make sure and subscribe for our channel because we try to put out videos every week. As always, thanks for watching.

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9 Medicinal Herbs For Fighting Pain

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9 Medicinal Herbs For Fighting Pain I don’t know about you, but I’m no scientist. I can’t name any of the ingredients found in commonly used OTC drugs, and I certainly can’t make them. As a matter of fact, if and when possible, I prefer to take a more “natural” approach to treating my pain. …

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7 Things You Would Need If Your Home Lost Power Right Now

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7 Things You Would Need If Your Home Lost Power Right Now

India power cutFor most of us, power outages are a bothersome short lived event. But what happens when we experience outages that last several days or a week? Statistically speaking, there is more need to be prepared for power outages now than in years past. According to recent articles published in climatecentral.org and energyblogs.com, power outages have doubled (on average) every five years. It’s no surprise that 80 percent of all outages are caused by weather events such as storms, ice, hurricanes and tornadoes. With power outages on the rise, it’s time to talk about being prepared for those times when the power goes out. Before we continue through this article, I want you to do something that will help your perspective. Get a flashlight, pen and paper. Place the pen and paper on your dining room table along with your fully charged laptop or smart phone that you are reading this article on. Go shut off the main power breaker to your home. If you don’t know how to examine and identify breakers on your electrical box, you have one action item for your list already. With your home mostly dark and silent, let’s talk about 7 things you would want to have if your home lost power right now.  

Light

  • You will need to have flashlights available at the very least. If you have small children, you already know that they are fascinated by flashlights but haven’t quite grasped the concept of batteries not lasting forever. Keep a few emergency flashlights around that will not fall victim to a curious toddler. One flashlight per adult family member is a good idea. Most department and hardware stores will carry a large enough selection of flashlights to make your head spin. Get extra batteries while you are at it. An LED lantern is a nice addition to your kit. Candles and lanterns work as well. Be sure to consider key safety issues when using open flames for light, heat or cooking.

Water

  • For humans, several days without water creates a big problem. Consider keeping one gallon of water per person per day stashed for drinking and cooking. If you have three people living in your household and would like to be prepared for a five day power outage, you will need 15 gallons of water. Clean water in sealed containers can be purchased at your local department store. Larger containers for preserving water can be purchased online at preparedness outlets.

Warm blankets and clothes

  • Depending on the climate you live in, heat for your home may be a convenience or a critical necessity. If you have a fireplace, be sure you know how to safely use it if your electric heat becomes unavailable. Outdoor and camping stores carry various propane heaters. Be sure to get familiar with how to safely use your chosen heater in the event of a power interruption. Some heaters are not designed to be used in a confined area. Failure to observe basic safety guidelines (usually listed in the documentation that came with the heater) can result in personal injury or death due to fire or CO2 emissions. Aside from producing more heat, having extra blankets and warm clothing for such emergencies will go a long way. Additional blankets and heat retaining clothes can be purchased at a department store. If one member of the family enjoys making custom clothing or blankets tailored to your needs, materials can be purchased at a store like Joann’s Fabrics. They can also can be ordered online at supply sites like www.yourfleece.com. This provides you with the flexibility to make items that suit your specific needs perfectly. Each family member should have an extra blanket in addition to normal bedding. A warm sweater, hat and socks will make life in a colder home much more bearable. Adjust these suggestions to your climate.  

Emergency food and cooking equipment

  • Obtain a small camping stove and an ample food supply that will store well. Canned or dried foods work exceptionally well during power outages. Simply multiply how many meals you will need for your household each day times the number of days you would like to be prepared for. You may be surprised to find that many grocery stores are now carrying food that is specially packaged with long term storage and simple preparation in mind. A visit to your nearest army surplus store will undoubtedly turn up emergency food rations that can be purchased ready to store in the pantry. Online emergency food suppliers such as www.foodstorage.com offer the widest range of choices.

Personal medications

  • This is a key item that will change drastically from household to household. Consult your doctor for emergency supplies of medications such as insulin or other must have prescriptions that you can not live without. A little planning in this area will prevent personal medication needs from becoming a life threatening emergency. Over the counter medications and emergency supplies such as ibuprofen, aspirin and anti-diarrhea medication can keep small issues from becoming a major inconvenience.  

Prepare your freezer.

  • Your freezer may already be a great preparedness asset with just a few inexpensive additions. Besides the food that is already stored in your freezer, place water bottles in every unused space so that they will freeze and provide your goods with cold ice for days after a power outage. Besides helping the food in your freezer to keep longer, you are storing that much more clean water. In the event of a power outage, drape a spare sleeping bag over the freezer. The added insulation will keep food longer so long as family members avoid getting the sleeping bag caught in the door when closing the freezer.

Hand crank weather radio

  • Will you survive without a radio during a power outage? Of course you will. But these radios with a hand crank to charge them can really be a sanity saver. Weather reports and local news may keep you informed as to when the power may come back on. You may be surprised at how kids who once shunned such archaic forms of entertainment may suddenly grow to treasure the voices that come out of that little magical box. Hand crank radios do not require batteries. While these radios used to be a novelty item, they can now be obtained at most department stores as well as preparedness sites online.

After considering the basic items that you will need in the event of a power outage, your note pad should have some action items listed that need your attention. Before you get up and turn the main breaker back on to your house, list any other items that you feel are needed in the event of an extended power interruption. Don’t forget to add a few items that are purely for the morale of your family. A deck of playing cards, coffee grinds, wet wipes and munchies are not essential for survival but do contribute to your family being safe and sane when the power does come back on.

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Imodium’s Survival Applications: Why Carry It Everywhere

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Imodium’s Survival Applications: Why Carry It Everywhere Ever heard of Imodium? It’s an anti-diarrhea medication that we happen to think you should carry absolutely everywhere. In fact, it’s something that we do carry every single day – no matter where we are or where we go. Over the counter medications like this one, that are …

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