superbugs

  1. The dirty secret behind your hand sanitizer

    The youngsters are headed back to school... the weather is about to change... and flu season is fast approaching.

    With fall on the horizon, you've got to brace yourself for all the germs that are about to start flying out of people’s noses and mouths.

    Yuck!

    Now, you know that keeping your hands clean is one of your best first-line defenses against getting sick – not only from the germs you might be carrying, but also from the germs you might pick up from somebody else.

    But according to a new study, if you rely on hand sanitizer to do the job, you could be UPPING your risk of an infection, rather than cutting it down.

    See, some of the worst germs out there are learning to outsmart alcohol-based hand sanitizers -- and that's allowing one of the most common drug-resistant SUPERBUGS to spread like wildfire.

    In the study, Australian researchers analyzed bacterial samples taken from hospitals over nearly two decades (1997 to 2015) to see how they responded to the alcohol used in hand sanitizers.

    And when the researchers zeroed in on Enterococcus faecium -- which is a strain of bacteria that typically lives in your gut but often spreads rapidly in healthcare settings -- they found that the bacteria collected after 2010 were 10 TIMES more tolerant to the alcohol than bacteria collected before 2004.

    That means that over the years, these bacteria have figured out how to SURVIVE in alcohol for longer and longer periods.

    Translation: That squirt of hand sanitizer will do zip to kill them!

    Now, if your system is strong and healthy, E. faecium probably won't harm you.

    But if you're on the older side... and your immune system is vulnerable... this "poop bug" can cause everything from sepsis (a.k.a. blood poisoning) to UTIs and more.

    And since it's resistant to many of our most powerful antibiotics, it's no wonder that E. faecium is a growing threat, killing more than 1,000 American patients every year.

    Now, you may think that if you're nowhere near the hospital, "washing" your hands with hand sanitizer is perfectly adequate to protect you from the germs that you're exposed to everywhere from public restrooms to the grocery store.

    But who's to say that THOSE bugs aren't learning to outfox hand sanitizers, too?

    More research is needed, but if you want a surefire defense against even the nastiest germs, your best bet is to take the time to wash your hands with plain ol' soap and warm water.

    Not even the pathogen C. diff -- which causes deadly diarrhea and isn't killed by hand sanitizer -- can survive a good lather and scrub.

    Just make sure that you're not washing up with an antibacterial soap that contains triclosan -- because studies have shown that triclosan can also give rise to drug-resistant strains of superbugs.

    And if you're in a public restroom, choose paper towels rather than one of those hands-free dryers... because these devices can blow more of those poop bugs all over your just-cleaned hands.

  2. Avoid THIS ingredient to dodge superbugs

    From armies of ants... to squadrons of spiders... summer brings plenty of creepy-crawly visitors who try to take up residence in your home.

    And while these insects can sure be a nuisance, there's another type of bug that may be invading your house right now that's MUCH more dangerous.

    I'm talking about "superbugs" -- the lethal bacteria that even our most powerful antibiotics can't kill.

    As I've shared with you before, the overuse of antibiotics is largely to blame for the rise of superbugs (especially in hospitals and other care facilities) because bacteria develop ways to outsmart the drugs and form newer, deadlier strains.

    But according to a new study, antibiotics aren't the only culprit -- because an antibacterial chemical used in thousands of common household and personal care products can nurture superbugs, too.

    It's called triclosan, and its presence in your home means that these nasty bacteria can gain a foothold everywhere… from your bathroom to your kitchen.

    In the study, Australian researchers exposed a strain of E. coli bacteria -- which can cause deadly diarrhea if it gets into your system -- to triclosan in the lab for 30 days.

    They found that while triclosan caused oxidative stress in the bacteria, it wasn't enough to wipe them out.

    Instead, triclosan exposure led to gene mutations that allowed the E. coli to morph into NEW strains that were resistant to MULTIPLE antibiotic drugs!

    What's more, the gene mutations caused by triclosan proved to be easily passed down to the E. coli's offspring.

    That means the new superbugs created by triclosan can live on... and on... and on... right inside your home, where they can sicken you.

    And we've got no weapons to stop them!

    Plus, these deadly bacteria aren't the only problem you have to worry about with triclosan. Past studies have also shown that triclosan can disrupt your thyroid hormones... wreak havoc on your gut bacteria... and even fuel the growth of cancerous tumors .

    In fact, triclosan is so dangerous that the FDA has now banned it from so-called "antibacterial" hand soaps and body washes sold over the counter.

    But the feds gave manufacturers until the end of 2018 to totally phase it out, so you're not in the clear quite yet.

    And even though soap manufacturers have to "clean up" their act and eliminate triclosan, the chemical is still allowed in toothpaste, deodorant, cosmetics, hand sanitizers, athletic clothing, kitchenware, home building materials... and the list goes on .

    So, if you don't want to open the doors of your home to nasty superbugs, check all product labels carefully to make sure what you're buying doesn't contain triclosan.

    If you've got any older antibacterial soap or body washes still lying around, toss them if triclosan is one of the ingredients.

    These products have no benefit over washing up with plain ol' soap and warm water.

  3. Are "nightmare" bacteria lurking in your town?

    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...
  4. Essential oils from plants fight superbugs

    This superpower makes plants more essential than pills Picture it. You're laid up in the hospital with a nasty infection... and the docs tell you that there's NO drug that can cure what you've got. Even worse? It's a bug you caught while you were in the hospital for SOMETHING ELSE! It sounds like a doomsday future -- but that...
  5. Superbugs plague nursing homes

    Nursing care poses terrifying threat Sure, you may try to make light of the idea of being sent away to "a home" -- but, in all honesty, it's a pretty scary thought. No one wants to give up their independence... lose touch with friends and family... or have to sacrifice many of life's pleasures once they walk through the doors...
  6. Fight these superbugs with bacteria from your nostril

    Research from Germany has found that a bacteria living inside of your nose might kill off superbugs. But prevention is still your best bet!
  7. Tainted scopes needlessly infected hundreds with superbugs, Senate finds

    A Senate investigation found that hospitals, manufacturers, and the FDA all downplayed the danger of dirty medical scopes, leading the needless death and illness of hundreds of patients from untreatable superbugs.
  8. Antibiotics cause asthma in kids

    Exposing kids to antibiotics early in life can double their risk of a lifetime of asthma.
  9. Diarrhea spores found on doctors' hands

    A quarter of doctors and nurses have nasty disease-causing diarrhea spores on their hands, according to a new study.
  10. 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.

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