Tag Archives: bacteria

Resisting antibiotics

Invasive bacteria have the ability to evolve and develop strategies to overcome antibiotics. Modern medicine, on the other hand, has remained stagnant in the development of antibiotics that work against the smarter bacterium. The fact is that bacteria can evolve … Continue reading

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Health is not just the sum of our genes

The human genome contains around 23,000 genes while the total genomes of bacteria, fungus and viruses in the human gut encode some 3.3 million genes. What happens in our health is not just a result of our paltry number of … Continue reading

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Eating dirty things…

Let them eat dirt I say! The latest study shows that when infants are exposed dirty things in the first year of life are less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma. We’ve always know that farm-raised kids have … Continue reading

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Nuts for cashew nuts

Cashews, whether roasted, salted, or covered in chocolate, have amazing health benefits. Cashew nuts are actually seeds growing on the end of the cashew apple. The cashew apple itself is far too fragile to export from its native South American … Continue reading

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Green snot

Why does your snot turn green with sinus infections? Your snot turns green from white blood cells releasing enzymes to break down microorganisms like bacteria or fungus. These enzymes contain iron, which imparts a greenish hue as they destroy invaders. … Continue reading

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Why your cut finger heals too slow

How quickly a cut heals depends on several factors. The bacteria “mantel” on the outer layer of our skin is the first-line of defense against pathogens. When our skin is compromised, even small wounds heal slowly and staph infections occur … Continue reading

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Inflammation’s good side

Inflammation lies at the root of cancer and most chronic diseases. A little inflammation is a disease-fighting tool that naturally helps facilitate restoration and regeneration of tissues. A little inflammation helps our bodies fight fungus, bacteria, parasites and other infectious … Continue reading

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Follow the money honey

Honey, I love you! Honey is a sweet solution to the ever-growing bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Honey applied as a topical dressing to wounds helps fight bacteria while promoting healing on several levels and making it virtually impossible for bacteria … Continue reading

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Ask your doctor if washing his stethoscope is right for you

If you think your doctor’s hands might be germy if they didn’t scrub up before your exam, you should check the stethoscope! Studies show that healthcare workers’ hands are the main source of bacterial transmission in hospitals. A new Mayo … Continue reading

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Hand washing is not trivial

Didn’t wash their hands trivia: Clostridium difficile spores were recently found on the hands of 23% of doctors, 19% of nurses and 42% of nursing assistants.

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Dirty old bags

Wash your shopping bags for Pete’s sake! Of course we all want to “go green” more and more these days. But the reusable shopping bags we’ve so come to love can be terrible for your health – if you don’t … Continue reading

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Sick again? But I just got better…

The reason we have so much rebound sickness and antibiotic resistant infections is because bacteria goes into a dormant state when antibiotics show up. This makes some bacteria pretty much impervious to traditional antibiotics. Since antibiotics target only actively functioning … Continue reading

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Really depressing C-diff news

The sad news is that 30,000 people in the US die from C-difficile infections every year. The really sad news is that new research shows that the antidepressants Prozac and Remeron can actually double the risk of a C-difficle infection. … Continue reading

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Why take a probiotic?

Very few people eat a solid enough healthy diet to not need probiotics. Probiotics are the “good-guy” bacteria that inhabit our intestines, line our organs and blood vessel and most importantly, build a strong immune system. “Good-guy” probiotics thrive in … Continue reading

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When does MRSA attack?

MRSA loves kids in the summertime and winter-time antibiotics could be to blame for this according to Eili Klein, Ph.D. Interestingly, in the winter, MRSA preys on the community of elderly in hospital settings. Overall MRSA infections have not decreased … Continue reading

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Trusting the nose-smeller

If it smells bad – toss it out! Trust your nose-smeller and your brain. Don’t even taste food which smells a little bad. If you smell it but are still uncertain as to whether or not a food is still … Continue reading

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Long term consequences

Candida albicans is a common type of fungus that normally lives in your intestines in balance with good bacteria. It actually serves a good purpose in a small amount and generally doesn’t cause trouble until something upsets the balance of … Continue reading

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Fostering bad health

Antibiotic overuse: The evidence is overwhelming that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics is dangerous from a public health standpoint. Antibiotics foster drug-resistant bacteria as they kill off both bad and good bacteria in your body. This allows toxic germs to … Continue reading

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