Fighting superbugs with your nostrils?

Researchers have been trying for a while to sniff out a solution for the rise in antibiotic-resistant superbugs and they found that the answer to fighting these superbugs may have been right under our noses all the time.

According to the latest science, although these superbugs may have developed a resistance to antibiotics, the thing that might finally take them down is actually another type of bacteria.

And it currently resides up your nose.

German researchers discovered that Staphylococcus lugdunensis, a bacterium that takes up residence inside your nostrils, produces an all-important chemical that can kill these resistant pathogens.

The study took bacteria from healthy human noses and combined it with one of the worse “superbugs” out there, MRSA (staphylococcus aureus). Amazingly, the nasal bacteria kept MRSA from growing and actually cleared these infections in lab mice.

And, miraculously, it somehow also prevented the superbugs from developing a resistance to it.

Mining the human body for ways to cure itself of otherwise “incurable” infections is big news. Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” like MRSA already kill roughly 700,000 people annually – and they’re projected to kill more people than cancer by 2050.

While we wait for what’s up our noses to turn into something that can fight these bugs, we need to look beyond just the medicine we put in our bodies. Antibiotics will do absolutely nothing to help your cold or flu symptoms, so think twice before filling that script.

Unfortunately, that’s not the only way that antibiotics can get into your body. Modern farming practices load livestock up with antibiotics that ends up in the meat on your plate – but eating organic beef and poultry and wild-caught fish can keep these drugs from your system.

The most important thing we need to do is boost our immunity as a FIRST line of defence, so we DON’T get sick in the first place.

Taking a daily probiotic, which can restore the bacterial balance in your gut, can help keep you from getting sick.

And just 30 mg a day of zinc can kick your immune system into high gear – especially if you’re over 55, when a zinc deficiency is common.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Human nasal bacteria might be superbug killer, cnn.com/2016/07/28/health/nasal-bacteria-superbug-killer/index.html

Colistin Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colistin

MRSA-killing antibiotic produced by bacteria in the nose, upi.com/Health_News/2016/07/27/MRSA-killing-antibiotic-produced-by-bacteria-in-the-nose/3491469647602/

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