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  1. Contact lens germ can eat your eyeballs

    The bug in your water that could make you go blind

    Here's something to keep an eye on, especially if you wear contact lenses: There's a bug turning up in the water that can eat your eyeballs right out of your head.

    It's a single-celled parasite called Acanthamoeba, so small you can't see it with the naked eye.

    But that doesn't mean it's not there.

    It's found in tap water, showers, swimming pools, and more -- and since it loves to snack on dirty contact lenses, anyone who wears the things faces a much higher risk of infection.

    That infection starts with red, itchy, and painful eyes. Then, things go blurry. And once the bug eats through the cornea, you're in the dark... perhaps permanently.

    Some people need weeks of treatment or even a cornea transplant -- and even then, there's no guarantee you'll ever see right again.

    Luckily, you can slash your risk of infection without giving up your contacts. Just make sure you follow some common sense -- like carefully washing your hands before you put your lenses in and take them out.

    Clean your lens case regularly, and never use tap water as contact lens solution -- you may as well give the bug an invitation into your eyeball if you do. Even ordinary contact lens solution won't do the trick here, so be sure to use one that contains hydrogen peroxide.

    Finally, keep Acanthamoeba and all the other bugs, chemicals, and drugs out of your water by installing a reverse osmosis water filter. Since this amoeba can strike in the kitchen, bathroom or even your shower, install the filter where the water enters your home to make sure every tap is protected.

  2. Missing the point on peroxide

    I really have to stop watching the TV doctors -- because every time I turn on one of those shows, I end up yelling at the tube like a crazy person.

    Here's the latest: The so-called "America's doctor" actually had the nerve to urge his viewers to stop using safe, effective and inexpensive hydrogen peroxide for wounds.

    He claims hydrogen peroxide can damage the healthy cells around a cut or scrape, which is worse than a half-truth. If there is any damage, it's minor and heals quickly -- and it's a very small price to pay for safe and effective wound cleaning.

    But this doc says forget all that. He wants you to use an antibiotic ointment because... oh, I don't know... I GUESS WE'RE NOT USING ANTIBIOTICS ENOUGH ALREADY, ARE WE???

    That's what I yelled at the TV. Actually, that's the only printable portion of what I yelled at the TV, because it's just about the most irresponsible recommendation I've ever heard.

    The overuse of antibiotics -- including those creams and lotions -- is helping to create frightening new untreatable superbugs.

    I've heard some mainstream docs claim ointments don't contribute to antibiotic resistance, but that's a load of bunk. There have been increasing reports of resistance, including a study last year that identified strains of MRSA resistant to both bacitracin and neomycin (the main ingredient in Neosporin).

    In addition, those ointments also wash off in the shower and enter the water supply -- and they don't get filtered out in the water treatment plants. In other words, it's on your skin today... and in your coffee tomorrow (one more reason to install a reverse-osmosis water filter in your home).

    Hydrogen peroxide, on the other hand, cleans wounds and has about 1,000 other uses, too.

    Why mess with success like that?

  3. The double standard on food safety

    When raw milk is even suspected of containing bacteria -- even when no one has been sickened -- the feds trumpet it as proof positive that all fresh dairy everywhere is dangerous. It's pure nonsense, as I just told you.
  4. Clean your room with H202

    Here's another one from the "everything old is new again" file: Plain old hydrogen peroxide is about to make a big-time comeback.
  5. Killer breath

    I've told you for years that oral health affects heart health. Now, one scientist has figured out the "why" behind this cause-and-effect relationship.
  6. Fluoride doesn't deliver

    A new study finds that fluoride doesn't do what the so-called experts claim it does -- in fact, the supposed protective coating it creates for your teeth is almost nonexistent and easily removed.
  7. Cleaner mouths lead to healthier hearts

    Yet another new study shows how dental health stretches from your mouth right down into your chest, because people who have the cleanest teeth have the lowest heart risk.
  8. New Hydrogen Peroxide Discovery

    " I reported on this phenomenon in my book Hydrogen Peroxide, Medical Miracle 13 years ago. Ozone is the byproduct formed when the body's natural killer cells produce hydrogen peroxide.

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