Friends, there are deadly enemies living in our midst.
They can spread like wildfire... cause life-threatening infections... and even evade detection by hiding in plain sight.
I'm talking about antibiotic-resistant "superbugs"!
According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), bacteria that can't be vanquished by even our most powerful drugs are on the rise.
And these bugs are so bad that the CDC has called them a “nightmare.”
According to the report, health departments working with the CDC found more than 220 cases of germs that were "unusually" resistant to antibiotics in the U.S. last year.
That means that if you get infected with one of them, it may be IMPOSSIBLE for docs to treat your illness.
Of course, that's because the very drugs we rely on to beat bacteria are largely responsible for the problem of antibiotic resistance in the first place.
You see, every time your doc prescribes an antibiotic -- or a farmer gives them to animals raised for food -- the nasty bugs try to outsmart the drugs.
And after so many decades of antibiotic overuse, a growing group of bugs has simply figured out how to survive whatever we throw at them.
What's more, the study found that 1 in 4 of these superbugs contain special genes that allowed them to SPREAD their ability to resist antibiotics to OTHER germs.
It's like they're sharing "insider secrets" on how outfox us!
And while these pathogens can be lethal, the CDC found 1 in 10 of these germs in folks WITHOUT any symptoms.
That means that people can easily pass on these rogue critters without even knowing it -- which helps explain why superbug infections can spread so quickly through nursing homes and other health care facilities.
Now, the CDC contained the bugs it identified in the report before they had the chance to get out of control.
But since the feds simply can't be everywhere at all times, you want to do everything you can to avoid catching a superbug before it can become YOUR worst nightmare.
If you're spending any time in a hospital or nursing care facility, make sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water often -- because pathogens can hide out on everything from medical equipment to bed linens.
And since antibiotics open the door to superbugs by killing off your good belly bugs, avoid taking these drugs unless ABSOLUTELY necessary.
But if you do need an antibiotic, eating fermented foods like yogurt and sauerkraut or taking probiotics can beef up your good bugs and defend you against the bad guys.
And studies have shown that everything from maple syrup to essential plant oils can boost the effectiveness of antibiotics, making antibiotic resistance less likely.
Talk to a doc well-versed in integrative medicine about how to incorporate nature into your treatment plan.