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Researchers Amplify Antibiotic of Last Resort Hoping to Halt Superbugs

Antibiotic resistant bacteria pose a tremendous threat. CNN reports that scientists are seeking a solution by reworking and repurposing older antibiotics. Whether this will reduce the threat or exacerbate the problem remains to be seen.

The battle against these “superbugs” has been ongoing and intense. There is quite a bit of overlap between the WHO list of superbugs and an existing list released by the CDC. In 2013, the CDC reported that we are fighting no less than 18 different superbugs, 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. 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.

With the spread of superbugs, 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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