1. The healing secret that’s right under your feet

    Back in the day, getting a cut or a scrape was no big deal.

    You slapped on a Band-Aid... smeared on a topical antibiotic cream (remember Bacitracin?)... and poof!

    In a few days, that gash was all healed up.

    But as we age, our bodies heal wounds much more slowly. After all, our immune systems aren’t as active as they used to be.

    And because many of the bacteria that thrive in open sores have become resistant to some of our toughest drugs, you could even wind up with a wound that NEVER heals -- even when your doc prescribes powerful oral antibiotics to treat it.

    But according to a new study, there's something that can kill these superbugs AND mend your wound -- and it may come as quite a surprise.

    I'm talking about MUD! Well, a special type of mud that comes from Oregon, that is.

    Now, in modern life, we think of mud as something that needs to be cleaned OUT of wounds.

    But the idea of applying wet clay or mud to skin as a wound treatment goes back nearly as far as human history.

    And when Mayo Clinic researchers tested blue clay from Oregon on superbugs like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus in the lab, they found that it stopped these nasty bacteria in their tracks.

    What's more, the clay even blasted its way through the biofilms, or the protective coatings that help superbugs resist antibiotics.

    And that's pretty amazing -- because two-thirds of all infections these days involve these biofilms, which are incredibly tough to treat with conventional methods.

    Of course, this isn’t NEW news. Previous studies have shown that minerals in certain clays (including iron and aluminum) can poison bacterial cells, causing them to die off.

    And you can bet that our ancestors figured out how to use everything that was right under their noses – and feet – to survive as long as they could.

    That’s something we seem to have forgotten.

    Now, if you've got a wound that won't heal, I'm not suggesting you go dive into a mudslide.

    Not all mud has medicinal properties -- and some types of mud and clay can even ENCOURAGE harmful bacteria to grow.

    But you may be able to find an integrative doc in your area who incorporates clay treatments into their practice.

    At the Rothfeld Center here in the Boston area, I like to use bentonite clay for many purposes, including detoxification.

    It can soak up toxins like a sponge!

    You should also slash sugar from your diet, since high blood sugar can keep wounds from healing. (That’s why wounds that won’t heal are a common complication of type 2 diabetes.)

    Whatever you do, don't keep throwing antibiotics at your wound -- because these drugs can open the door to deadly diarrhea and a Pandora's box of other health problems.

    And their overuse is largely responsible for the rise of superbugs in the first place!

  2. Antibiotics for dental work can open door to C. diff

    Could you catch a case of deadly diarrhea... at the dentist?

    My friend, we're in the throes of an epidemic -- one that gets little attention in the mainstream press.

    I'm talking about infections of the lethal bug Clostridium difficile (a.k.a. C. diff), which causes crippling diarrhea... is resistant to some of our most powerful medications... and kills someone every 18 minutes!

    Now, if you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you know that we can -- for the most part -- blame the overuse of antibiotics for having opened up this "Pandora's Box" of infections.

    Whenever you take those infection-fighting meds, they wipe out the bad bacteria in your gut BUT also the good guys -- leaving an opening for superbugs like C. diff to gain a foothold.

    And according to a new study, there's a surprising source of antibiotic prescriptions contributing to the problem: your DENTIST.

    In the study, presented at a recent meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, researchers found that a sizeable chunk of patients infected with C. diff over the course of seven years -- 15 percent of them -- could trace their infections back to antibiotics they'd taken for dental work.

    You see, when you need something like a tooth extraction, a root canal, or a gum graft, it's common for your dentist to prescribe antibiotics beforehand... "just in case."

    The theory is that these drugs prevent bacteria in your mouth from traveling to places like your heart, where they can REALLY wreak havoc.

    Unfortunately, those antibiotics could be setting you up for deadly C. diff in your GUT!

    What's more, dentists seldom get the news about potentially deadly cases of diarrhea after performing their patients' dental work, so you really can't blame them if they're still saying, "It wasn't me!"

    But now that the cat is out of the bag, you should think twice before filling that antibiotic prescription from your DDS unless you've got a cardiac condition or have had complications with joint replacement surgery.

    But even then, you want to make sure that the benefits outweigh risks.

    And if you do end up needing an antibiotic, make sure to fortify your defenses against C. diff with probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that have been shown to fight these nasty critters.

    In fact, you should ALWAYS take a probiotic supplement when you're on antibiotics. Just don't take them at the same time, as the antibiotics will annihilate the good belly bugs as soon as they enter your system.

    You'll also find probiotics in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha.

  3. Preserve belly bug balance while on antibiotics

    Set your alarm for this routine that will save your gut Q: I am on antibiotics and will be on them for a couple of weeks. Should I continue taking my pre- and probiotics with the antibiotics? GR: If you've been reading my eTips for a while now, you know that probiotics should be a staple of your daily routine...
  4. Maple syrup helps antibiotics fight infection

    Beat back superbugs with this "deep woods" secret What did you have for breakfast this morning? I hope it was chock full of lots of Paleo-friendly staples like steak and eggs and a good cup o' joe. But there's one thing that might've been missing from your morning meal if you've been trying to get a healthy start to your...
  5. Antibiotics stop growth of new brain cells

    A new study in mice showed that prolonged use of antibiotics stops the growth of new brain cells in the hippocampus, which is the section of the brain associated with memories.
  6. Antibiotics cause asthma in kids

    Exposing kids to antibiotics early in life can double their risk of a lifetime of asthma.
  7. Grain-fed beef cows may be fed garbage

    A dust-up in Maine is the latest proof that the discount beef you're cooking for your family may have been fed trash discarded from breweries.
  8. Antibiotics tied to 71% of deadly C. diff infections

    Kids are being left with life-threatening infections after antibiotic prescriptions they never needed.
  9. Supermarket chicken crawling with germs

    Store-bought chicken is loaded with germs, with 97 percent testing positive for disease-causing bacteria, and half loaded with drug-resistant superbugs.
  10. How drugs on the farm could kill you at home

    New rules designed to limit the use of antibiotics on factory farms will actually do nothing of the sort.

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