Grandmother, 50, Died From Flesh-Eating Bacteria Possibly Contracted on Vacation, Family Says

A 50-year-old Indiana woman who died from a bacterial infection might have had a chance to live, had she been diagnosed properly when she returned from a Florida vacation, her family says. The woman had a small sore on her buttocks that a local hospital insisted would heal on its own with antibiotics. According to People, it wasn’t until she visited the hospital emergency room a third time that they finally did a biopsy and found that a flesh-eating bacterium, aka necrotizing fasciitis, was the source of her illness. She later died, even after two surgeries to remove it.

Whether this woman’s infection could have been stopped in time to avoid her death, had health care providers tested her earlier, is unknown, but one thing we do know is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pointed out nearly three years ago that a “coordinated approach” of health care facilities and health departments working together could significantly reduce the number of infection-related deaths.

This is important because each year, more than 2 million Americans are sickened, and at least 23,000 are killed, by antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Bacteria are, in essence, hard-wired to adapt to threats such as antibiotics and, at such point in time when they adapt to resist all of them, infections that were once easily treated will undoubtedly return with renewed force.

This highlights the fact that antibiotic overuse in humans is rampant all over the world. But, if we’re looking for who uses the most antibiotics, we need look no further than concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), which use 6 million pounds of antibiotics every year, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially banned the use of antibiotics on CAFOs for the purpose of growth promotion. And between the two — hospitals and CAFOs — antibiotic-resistant infections are rampantly taking over, to the point that analysts believe that by 2050 the annual global death toll from antibiotic-resistant disease will reach 10 million.

There are strategies you can use to avoid infections of all types, beginning with strengthening your immune system by optimizing your diet and vitamin D level, getting sufficient exercise and sleep and proactively managing stress. Also, natural agents you can use topically that are known to possess outstanding antibacterial properties include colloidal silver, garlic, onions, Manuka honey, olive leaf extract, tea tree oil and vitamin C.

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