3 Steps To Help Prevent a C. Diff Infection

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The were once hailed as one of modern medicine’s greatest breakthroughs, but three quarters of a century later and antibiotics have become one of the biggest threats to our health.  Antibiotic resistance, and the rise in MRSA, C. Difficile (C.Diff) and other superbug infections, are one of the biggest public health concerns globally. And to be honest, the mainstream does not have an answer to the problem.

So instead of waiting for them, you can take a few easy steps to ensure you and your loved ones never fall victim to the looming disaster of a superbug attack.

Three steps to save lives

According to a recent report, published by the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), C. Difficile is one of the superbugs that needs the most “urgent” attention.

This nasty bug causes diarrhoea, colitis, and other intestinal problems, sometimes severe enough to require surgery. The CDC estimates that C. diff is responsible for a minimum of 14,000 deaths every year, in the US alone.

The good news is that a huge portion of those deaths can be prevented. Three simple steps can stop C. diff infection before it starts.

Step One: Wash your hands. It sounds too simple to be true, but it works. C. diff spores can live for days on all types of surfaces. So after a visit to a hospital, wash your hands thoroughly.

Step Two: Avoid or severely limit these three types of commonly used drugs that increase C. diff infection risk (I’m sure this won’t show up in the CDC reports):

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • H2 receptor antagonists (such as Zantac and Pepcid) to treat heartburn
  • Proton pump inhibitor drugs (such as Prevacid and Prilosec) to treat heartburn

Step Three: Use a probiotic supplement with any antibiotic.

Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria. Low levels of good bacteria provide a perfect environment for C. diff to thrive and invade. This is where a probiotic can make all the difference.

World renowned alternative health expert, Dr. Alan Spreen, recommends starting probiotics at the beginning of every antibiotic treatment.

He added that he would continue probiotic use for a full week after the antibiotic is finished. This isn’t overkill – it’s insurance.

Dr. Spreen describes C. diff as “preventable.” But only if you get ahead of the curve and block this nasty bug at every turn.


Sources:

“Landmark CDC Report Details Threat of ‘Postantibiotic Era'” Lara C. Pullen, PhD, Medscape Medical News, 9/16/13, medscape.com

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