When Charlie had to go to the hospital for a relatively minor infection, he didn’t realize it would cost him his life. While in the hospital, the doctors gave him an antibiotic to fight the infection. The antibiotic caused diarrhea and weakened Charlie’s immune system. And his weakened immune system made him susceptible to the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA. Charlie was dead in a week.
Unfortunately, Charlie’s case is not isolated. More and more seniors are dying because of antibiotic resistant superbugs. And relatively minor infections, antibiotics, and diarrhea substantially increase their risk of contracting one of these bugs. What’s worse is that many seniors have bowel disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, that put them at risk as well.
As gloomy as the situation appears, researchers found hope in one type of supplement. This one supplement can help fight all of these situations better than any drug on the market.
In a meta-analysis, researchers reviewed 22 different studies. They found that probiotics can solve both antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD). Clostridium-difficile infection causes approximately three million cases of diarrhea and colitis every year in the U.S. They also found that probiotics act as an anti-inflammatory for many chronic conditions, including IBS, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
The analysis looked at 3,096 people. The average time of treatment with probiotics was 1.5 weeks. The shortest treatment period was five days and the longest was three weeks. In that time period, over 60% of the participants experienced relief from their diarrhea and other conditions. While the probiotics didn’t completely resolve the chronic ailments, the participants reported significant improvement. Their biggest improvement came in the number of days they experienced bloating and discomfort.
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As for preventing infection from superbugs, one hospital in Canada may hold the key. They gave probiotics to 35,000 patients during a five-year period. The probiotics reduced Clostridium-difficile infection by 75% and reduced the infections mortality rate by 91%. In fact, this hospital had the lowest rate of Clostridium difficile incidence in Canada during that five-year span. Other studies show probiotics work as effectively in preventing the MRSA infection.
Taking probiotics daily can help prevent many illnesses and bowel problems. But if you have to go to the hospital for any reason, have any autoimmune problem, suffer from chronic inflammation, or have diarrhea (antibiotic related or not), I strongly recommend you take additional probiotics. For daily use, I recommend Advanced Probiotic Formula.
If you have any of these more serious conditions, I recommend either Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics or Culturelle. They are among the strongest probiotics on the market. They’re too expensive for most to take daily. But are an excellent addition to Advanced Probiotic Formula when you need extra help. Taking them together could save your life.
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ScienceDaily, Oct. 31, 2011.