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Gut Super-Bug Sickening Thousands A Year
Cases of drug-resistant germ Clostridium difficile becoming more severe
Sept. 19 2008
Cases of potentially deadly diarrheal infections jumped by more than 200 percent in the nation’s hospitals between 2000 and 2005, fueling new worries about the next bad bug.
Some 500,000 people contracted Clostridium difficile-associated disease — known as CDAD last year and an estimated 15 to 30 thousand deaths a year are attributed to it.
Two million people a year end up with some type of  infection because they are hospitalized. There is an increasing concern of new vigilant strain of a common germ we all carry, C dif, which in the recent years has emerged in a new “super bug” strain. 
The bacterium C. diff is as worrisome as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, a drug-resistant infection linked to more than 94,000 infections and nearly 19,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2005. The infection frequently targets elderly people: two out of three patients who contracted C. diff in 2005 were older than 65.
C. diff can cause infections that range from mild diarrhea to an often deadly illness that can be treated only by completely removing a patient’s colon. It develops when the normal flora in the human gut is disturbed, typically by previous use of antibiotics or chemotherapy.
Two mainstream causes of these SUPERBUGS is the over prescription and use of antibiotics for viruses and anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers.
Alcohol based sanitizers like Purell, and anti- bacterial which are widely used, don’t kill the bacteria, in fact; they may actually encourage its growth. As well as when patients take antibiotics unnecessarily some bacteria can build resistance which makes their offspring also resistant to the antibiotic.  
The solution? We must stop taking antibiotics for colds and flus (since they are viruses) And using “good ole fashioned soap and water” with every patient interaction in the hospitals. Many hospitals are taking great steps to make this change with their hygiene as well as teaching patients to be careful about not putting fingers in their mouth or eat hospital food without washing first.
 Web Link: MSNBC, Source: MSNBC, By JoNel Aleccia, April. 25, 2008
Dr. Iverson's Comment
I heard this on the world news last week and it perked up my ears. Now we have to big superbugs to be aware of… MRSA and CDAD! (we should just figure that anything that is such a big  word that it needs to be abbreviated is probably not a good thing!)
Hospitals are the largest source of NOSOCOMIAL (hospital induced) diseases. Some have argued that the most immune compromised patients (those elderly or with chronic life threatening illnesses) should weigh the pros and cons of going to a hospital as a visitor or a patient.
We must be very aware to not exacerbate this world crisis by not taking antibiotics unless we are prescribed them for BACTERIAL infections and not to use antibacterial sanitizers or soaps as preventative measures. I recommend Natural Soaps made from glycerine and essential oils…
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