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

Understanding and Treating the Plague

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Understanding & Treating the Plague There are some very real concerns about what is happening on the coast of Africa. It would seem that even the WHO is concerned about the plague and how it is spreading into the African continent. There are some serious issues in this day an age when it comes to …

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The deadly diseases being released as ice thaws. Surviving The Next Pandemic!

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The deadly diseases being released as ice thaws. Surviving the next pandemic.

Scientists have raised the issue of new old diseases being released by the global warming melting the ice. They say it is quite possible that these diseases have been lying dormant since before the coming of man. This means that we will have no immunity to these diseases, & we will have no medicines to combat these diseases. Once released & started they could sweep the globe annihilating humanity completely except perhaps in isolated cases.

In this day & age an infected person could get on a plane & be in another country before they even know they are carrying a disease!
So there is a hell of a biggy to add to our lists!

Get Ready Now For a Miserable Cold & Flu Season With a Flu Survival Plan

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I never get sick. I have a killer immune system. Usually, the common cold and the annual flu pass me by but this last year I wasn’t so fortunate. With no flu survival plan in place, The flu hit me hard and I was knocked off my feet for more than 2 weeks. At one point, my fever was high enough that I was delirious, giving my husband crazy instructions for plugging in a heating pad, as my whole body was wracked with violent shivering.

What was funny is that I knew what I was saying made no sense, I knew I was delirious, and I still kept talking crazy talk. Thank God my husband has a good sense of humor!

Symptoms of the flu

I knew I had a case of the flu when my symptoms became very extreme, very quickly, although for some people, symptoms of the cold can be confused with those of the flu.

It’s easy to confuse symptoms of the common cold with the flu, but in general, flu symptoms are simply worse. The flu comes with a fever, severe body aches, a deep cough, violent chills, severe fatigue — truly miserable symptoms. A cold isn’t a whole lot of fun, either, but those symptoms will be milder — runny nose, sore throat, plenty of sneezing, body aches, and mild fatigue. Once symptoms cross the line from feeling “under the weather”, to “just kill me now”, you probably have the flu.

Putting together a Flu Survival Plan

Before you’re faced with a sick family and have no choice but to make a mad dash to the drugstore, you’ll want to stock up on a few items to make the best of sick days. At the top of my shopping list is Puffs with Vicks (I love getting a nice, deep breath of eucalyptus from the Vicks), DayQuil, and NyQuil. I also keep lozenges on hand, Vitamin C (chewable for kids), a heating pad, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

NOTE: Starting 10/29, Walmart shoppers can save up to $5 on medicine cabinet essentials just in time for cold and flu season. On this date, look in the P&G brandSAVER in your local Sunday newspaper or at PGeveryday.com to find coupons for $0.50 off Puffs and $1-$3 off Vicks products including DayQuil, NyQuil, Sinex and VapoRub. This arsenal of cold and flu symptom relievers will help your family feel better this season.

flu survival kitI’ve also found that sippy cups (yes, even for older kids and adults) are helpful for always having liquids at hand while avoiding all-too-frequent spills. A case of Gatorade or Pedialyte will provide liquids, along with electrolytes potassium, magnesium, and sodium. You can also make a batch of homemade rehydrating liquid using the recipe in this article.

Setting up the sick room

Once a family member has been diagnosed with the flu, in particular, it’s time to set up a “sick room” with all these supplies handy. On the bedside table, have Puffs with Vicks (again, one of my favorites), a spill-proof cup filled with water, Gatorade, or something similar and a trash can to hold used tissues. A high fever will require extra blankets, a heating pad, or a hot water bottle, so have those handy as well. Limit the amount of time well family members spend in the sick room. If there’s anything worse than a full-blown case of the flu, it’s everyone in the family sick with the flu!

If the flu includes nausea, have ready a bucket for vomit, extra towels, and disinfecting wipes to clean all the surfaces that may have been on the receiving end of any splatter. (Ugh — I know, but when you have a home with kids, this is what you deal with!)

For sure, you’ll want to limit this cold or flu to the poor victim who is down for the count. To stop the virus from spreading, require family members to wash their hands frequently — create a checklist for the kids and have them record with a sticker or a check mark every time they wash their hands during the day. Make sure everyone knows how to sneeze properly, covering their sneeze with either a tissue or sneeze into the inside of their elbow. And, when you leave the sick room, be sure to wash your own hands with soap and water.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G . The opinions and text are all mine.

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Fallout and Radiation Sickness!

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Fallout and Radiation Sickness Cat Ellis “Herbal Prepper Live” Audio player below! Learn how to protect yourself from fallout and radiation sickness and how herbal medicine may help in this week’s episode of Herbal Prepper Live. This issue came up during last week’s “Ask Cat” show. I had some information about blue-green algae, but promised … Continue reading Fallout and Radiation Sickness!

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The 3-Ingredient Ancient Home Remedy Used During The Time Of Christ

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The 3-Ingredient Ancient Home Remedy Used During The Time Of Christ

Pliny the Younger, the author and politicians of the late 2nd century – meaning it likely was used during the time of Christ.

Raw vinegar is full of antioxidants and is a natural probiotic, but it’s also been shown to sooth sore throats, improve digestion, reduce cholesterol, help guard against cancer and maintain a healthy weight. As a natural antibiotic, it can help clear out your throat and digestive system of harmful pathogens, allowing you get better faster. Raw cider vinegar has also been shown to help the body absorb nutrients from the foods you eat.

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The 3-Ingredient Ancient Home Remedy Used During The Time Of Christ

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Raw honey is a nutrient powerhouse, full of antioxidants, minerals and enzymes that promote health and wellness. It’s used throughout the world for its antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, as well as an immune system booster. Research shows that it can be just as effective as commercial cough syrup in treating coughs and sore throats. Taken regularly, raw honey can act as an allergy shot to reduce your sensitivity to pollen and allergens in your environment over time.

The herbs used in oxymel vary based on your goals, but in general, they’re often herbs designed to improve your immune response, or address a respiratory condition such as cough, cold, flu or sore throat. Whichever herbs you choose, do your homework, and make sure they reflect your needs, and the needs of your family; great choices include sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, mint, Echinacea, ginger, elecampane, fennel, garlic, mullein, hyssop, wild cherry bark and horseradish.  Sweeter nutrient-rich and health-promoting fruits are sometimes included, as well, including elderberries or sea berries.

One famous version, referred to as “fire cider,” is made with ginger, garlic, cayenne and horseradish. Other times, elderberry, ginger and Echinacea are combined for immune support. Another mixture is a cough syrup/respiratory blend that includes wild cherry bark, elecampane root, rose hips, ginger, slippery elm bark and peppermint.

Pre-mixed remedies sell in health food stores and online for as much as $5 per ounce, but can be mixed at home for pennies and a little patience. Recipes vary widely, but a common formula includes 1 part dried herbs steeped in 2 parts honey and 2 parts vinegar. Leave in a cool dark place for at least a month, and then strain. Feel free to use more honey if your tastes require a sweeter version to overcome the herb flavors you’ve chosen, or if you simply have trouble with vinegar.  Likewise, recipes with up to 5 parts vinegar and 1 part honey are also acceptable for those who like a little extra zing in their medicine.

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Some people choose to steep the honey with the herb in one jar, and then the vinegar with the herb in a separate jar, only mixing them at the end. That way, they can have an infused honey and an infused vinegar which also have a variety of uses, and they don’t have to commit all of the infusion to being an oxymel mixture.

While they’re generally pleasant to use on their own as a medicine by simply taking them on a spoon as you would a cough syrup, they can also be incorporated into meals to turn your food into medicine. Oxymel is a great way to enjoy sweetness without negative effects on your blood sugar. Raw vinegar has also been shown to balance blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics, which will help to balance out the effects of the honey on your system. With that in mind, these medicines make a great addition to cold sparkling water to make a medicinal spritzer, or when used to top a salad as a sweet and tangy dressing. Recipes using sweet herbs (such as elderberry) make excellent pancake syrups or yogurt/dessert toppings.

However you choose to take your oxymel, know that you’re participating in a medicinal tradition that goes back millennia, and taking your health into your own hands by crafting your own homemade medicine.

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8 Diseases To Beware Of After The SHTF

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After the SHTF, there are going to be many challenges. Our generation has been rather spoiled with easy access to clean water and modern medicines that help fight infections. After a major disaster, clean water will be extremely limited, sanitation systems will be down, and waste disposal companies […]

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Health-Boosting Essential Oils To Get You Through The Holidays

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Health-Boosting Essential Oils To Get You Through The Holidays

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We’re now merely days from Christmas, and it is especially important to keep our immune systems in tip-top shape as we run around doing a flurry of activities and visiting people. In addition to more holiday errands, many of us also live where it is cold outside, which means more time in sealed-up homes and less time outside collecting Vitamin D from the sun’s limited winter rays.

It’s really no surprise that sickness seems to spread like wildfire this time of year. So what can we do?

Proper diet, sleep and personal hygiene practices all play crucial roles in supporting our immune systems. But we also can employ the help of essential oils – nature’s immune system supporters.

We can use these powerful plant compounds to not just treat ourselves when we come down with a bug, but to also help protect our immune systems proactively. Studies have shown that certain essential oils can keep our bodies healthy and help us to remain much more resistant to those disease-causing germs in the first place.

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Here’s some of the best essential oils for the job:

Clove. Clove oil exhibits antibacterial, antiviral and strong antiseptic properties. Clove oil also works to stimulate the immune system.

Lemon. Lemon oil has antiseptic properties and supports a healthy immune system. This essential oil also is great for purifying the air, and is useful in cleaning applications.

Cinnamon bark. Cinnamon bark oil exhibits antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, and is also an immune system stimulant.

Health-Boosting Essential Oils To Get You Through The Holidays

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Eucalyptus. This oil also is known for its antibacterial, anti-infectious and antiviral properties, and also works as an expectorant and supports the health of the respiratory system.

Rosemary cineol. Rosemary is antiseptic and anti-infectious, and it also helps to ward off the flu, colds and viruses. Rosemary cineol essential oil also works great as an expectorant and exhibits high antioxidant properties.

When these five essential oils above are blended together and used regularly, they provide excellent immune system support during the holiday season, as well as throughout the rest of the year. Therapeutic-grade, commercially prepared blends of these five oils are available on the market from several essential oil companies.

Suggested Essential Oils for Specific Immune-Supporting Purposes

Suggested Oils for Supporting the Immune System Against the Flu:

Peppermint, rosemary, myrtle, eucalyptus, clove, copaiba, goldenrod, ginger, Idaho tansy (apply to bottoms of the feet), lavender, ledum, onycha (benzoin), orange, oregano, pine, sage, lavender, thyme and tsuga.

Suggested Oils for Supporting the Immune System Against the Common Cold:

Thyme, lemon, cedarwood, oregano, rosemary, rose and sandalwood.

Other Suggested Immune System-Supporting Oils:

Frankincense, geranium, clary sage, bergamot, pine, myrrh (with oregano), cypress, jasmine (for bacteria), juniper, fennel, lemongrass, melaleuca (viral), peppermint, ravintsara, rosemary (with myrrh for oral infection), spruce, basil, rosewood, patchouli, cassia, davana, elemi, eucalyptus, hyssop, marjoram, petitgrain, Roman chamomile, spearmint, spikenard, tarragon, sage lavender, copaiba, spearmint, lemongrass, lemon myrtle, fir, peppermint, mountain savory, lotus, cumin, tangerine, nutmeg, pink pepper and myrrh.

How to Use Essential Oils

There are four methods for using essential oils. They can be: 1) used aromatically (such as through an oil diffuser) in your home, office or car; 2) applied topically; 3) taken internally; or, 4) added to homemade cleaning products to help clean surfaces and to reduce the chance of spreading an infection around.

Some Words of Caution:

Some oils require dilution before applying to the body or prior to being taken internally, and only certain oils are recommended for internal use.

Be aware that only therapeutic-grade essential oils are recommended for internal use, and should only be used with the guidance of a qualified health practitioner. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are best for all applications, as lower quality oils may contain chemicals and solvents that can be harmful to your health. Lower quality oils also are likely to not be as effective as therapeutic grade oils in achieving your health and wellness goals.

Be sure to consult with a health practitioner to determine if essential oils are right for you and for your personal health condition(s). Not all essential oils are right for everyone, and those with serious health conditions should work with a qualified healthcare practitioner to determine the best solutions for their needs.

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