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‘Nightmare’ Superbug May Have Spread Outside Hospitals

Conventional wisdom is that hospitals are where lives are saved. Statistics have laid this myth to rest. As a result, people are beginning to get their facts straight and realize that they are one of the most DANGEROUS places in the world. Worse still, Huffington Post reports that one the greatest dangers posed by hospitals — antibiotic-resistant infections — have begun to spread to the outside world.

The race to stay ahead of CRE and MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) has been ongoing and intense for the past few years, but even so we continue to lose the battle. In fact, the CDC reported in 2013 that we are fighting no less than 18 different superbugs right now, and they are “urgent, serious and concerning threats” to humankind.

Currently, hospitals are the most common source of this infection, which is lethal in about 9 percent of all cases, and when CRE infection affects the blood, the death rate jumps to 50 percent. In the U.S., more than 2 million people are affected by hospital-acquired infections every year, and 100,000 people die as a result.

In the past, it was unfortunate situations requiring hospitalization that put you in harm’s way. As the danger was confined to such a specific location, it was possible to adopt strategies to minimize your chances of exposure. My interview with Dr. Andrew Saul, who is an expert on this matter, outlined a number of the safeguards you could adopt.

With the spread of CRE and MRSA, an optimized immune system is now more important than ever. A great starting point is to optimize your gut biome with fermented foods from your diet and a high-quality probiotic if necessary. Another natural option is oregano oil. Oregano oil has wide-reaching health benefits, but is most associated with respiratory and immune system health. It is known for helping prevent and treat infections
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