There’s a growing, deadly plague killing as many people a year as prostate cancer… and about as many as bladder and kidney cancer combined. And the worst is you can catch it in a hospital or even at your doctor’s surgery.
I’m talking about the nasty and deadly superbug Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. In no time at all it’s become the most common… and lethal… health-care infection in first-world countries like the UK and the US.
In the UK, there have been nearly 200,000 reported cases of C.diff infections between 2007 and 2014. According to a new report by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half-a-million patients in the US are infected every year by the C. diff bacteria and 29,000 of those patients will end up dead.
Suffice to say, if you’ve ever survived a C. diff infection, it’s something you will never forget.
C. diff is a bacterium that’s naturally found in healthy people’s intestines, where it causes no symptoms. However, it turns into a vicious infection when the normal (good) bacteria in the gut are disrupted, usually by taking antibiotics.
Antibiotics not only kill the bad bacteria in your body, these over-prescribed drugs also wipe out the good bacteria that live in your gut and help protect against infection. The antibiotics’ collateral damage leaves you vulnerable to infections.
Once the stomach’s good bacteria is disrupted C.diff can quickly grow to unusually high levels, allowing the toxin that some strains of C. diff produce to reach levels where it attacks the intestines and causes knee-buckling diarrhoea… body-crippling dehydration… and immense suffering.
C. diff is notoriously hard to kill, which is why people die from it. And those hand-sanitizers that doctors and nurses swear by don’t do the trick because the bacteria hides on their hands, uniforms and even medical equipment and bed linen.
Fortunately, there are some simple and natural protections available. Alcohol-based hand-sanitizers won’t work, but good old-fashioned soap and warm water can kill C. diff. A good probiotic also can send reinforcements of good bacteria to your stomach and colon, which will help keep C. diff at bay. Intravenous vitamin C (IVC) will also wipe out any infection.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Baddest Bug: C. Diff Hits Half a Million Americans, nbcnews.com