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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found in hospitals likely came from industrial livestock farms

11/11/2014 - Many people would like to think of a hospital as a safe refuge, a place that will monitor and, hopefully, help restore health. However, according to a new study conducted by UK researchers at the University of Edinburgh, the very place designed to improve ailments may be a hot spot for a particular...

10 brands of baby wipes recalled due to pneumonia-causing bacteria contamination

11/11/2014 - Ten brands of baby wipes produced by the Pennsylvania-based Nutek Disposables, Inc., were recalled on October 25, 2014, following complaints of foul odor and discoloration. Upon further testing, the baby wipe and adult washcloth manufacturer discovered that some of their products contained Burkholderia...

Heal acne naturally and holistically

11/6/2014 - Of course you want to find that magic potion that will dry up pimples, heal your skin, and prevent future breakouts. It doesn't exist. If you truly want beautiful, clear, healthy skin, you need to find the cause of your acne, rather than just treat the symptoms. If your liver is too congested to...

Chicken factories dose flocks with antibiotics that may produce bacteria superbugs

9/24/2014 - An investigation by Reuters reveals that the practice of using antibiotics in poultry feed expands much further than government officials had previously thought. Investigators reviewed hundreds of pages of "feed tickets," documents issued by feed mills to chicken factories owned by six major poultry...

Want fewer bacteria when you brush your teeth?

9/18/2014 - Well yeah, who doesn't! Next time you pick up a new powered toothbrush make sure it has a solid head. This is because new research out of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston indicates that solid headed toothbrushes retain less bacteria than hollow headed ones when it comes to powered...

Ozone-infused oil pulling: A revolution in oral health combining modern technology with ancient medicine

9/16/2014 - There's a breakthrough in oral health that has the potential to help millions. It's an ozone-infused oil pulling remedy that you swish around your mouth for a few minutes each morning to radically transform your oral health. The practice of "oil pulling" has been used for thousands of years to pull...

The second brain: Gut bacteria control human behavior to get the best nutrients

9/8/2014 - Gut bacteria may manipulate what we eat in order to ensure for themselves the best environment, researchers from the University of California-San Francisco, Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico have suggested, in a research review published in the journal BioEssays. Their work,...

After taking antibiotics, this is what you need to do to restore healthy intestinal flora

8/28/2014 - Antibiotics kill bacteria. The problem is, our bodies are filled with bacteria, and those microbes are essential to our health. Our gut is home to 300-1000 different species of bacteria that help us digest our food, create and synthesize vitamins, repel invading pathogens, create neurotransmitters,...

Food allergies could be cured by probiotics, scientists discover

8/28/2014 - An estimated 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies, affecting one in every 13 children, and nearly $25 billion is spent annually on treating children's food allergies. If left untreated, patients can enter into anaphylaxis, a reaction to food allergens or insect stings that includes swelling...

How gut bacteria can make you fat, or help you lose weight

8/27/2014 - The average human body contains 37.2 trillion cells and 10 times as many microbes. The bacteria in our gut do more than aid in the digestion of food. They also protect the body from invading organisms, aid the immune system, create neurotransmitters, create and synthesize vitamins, and even influence...

Life-threatening, infectious bacteria develop resistance to antiseptic used in hospital baths

8/22/2014 - An interventional measure that some hospitals have put in place to combat the rise of drug-resistant "superbugs" is actually causing more of them to emerge, suggests a new study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. So-called antiseptic baths, which are meant to sanitize...

Powerful anti-microbial herbs to reduce pathogens in your gut

8/4/2014 - Good health begins with the health of your gut. If your gut is damaged or you have an abundance of pathogenic microorganisms it is impossible to be healthy. Imbalances in the intestinal terrain may lead to or contribute to the propagation of yeast overgrowth, parasites, and harmful bacterial growth....

Antibacterial clay and natural antibiotics offer hope for humanity to halt superbugs

7/29/2014 - Naturally occurring clay may turn out to be one of the most effective ways to kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a study conducted by researchers from Arizona State University and published in the journal Environmental Geochemistry and Health. "Minerals have long had a role in non-traditional...

The end of the age of antibiotics and the rise of the superbugs

7/16/2014 - Antibiotics have been hailed as medical science's greatest contribution in the fight against illness. Now, over a century after they first came into use, an increasing number of people are coming to believe that the development and widespread use of antibiotics may go down as one of medical science's...

The role and benefits of friendly bacteria and how to use them effectively

7/13/2014 - Inside the body lives a vast number of bacteria without which we could not remain in good health. There are over 100 trillion in each person with over 400 different species, most of them living in the digestive tract. Certain types of these bacteria help to maintain good health and others have value...

Nature's vaccines: Acquiring pneumonia bacteria before flu infection actually reduces impact of disease

7/11/2014 3:12:48 PM - Severe illness and even death are more likely to occur if one develops another respiratory infection after catching the flu; however, new research shows that the order in which one contracts these diseases may have a life-changing effect on the patient. The latest research involving influenza proves...

Halitosis solved? These six strategies end bad breath forever

6/27/2014 - Ever had bad breath? You're in good company: The American Dental Association says at least one-quarter of the population suffers from bad breath on a regular basis, but just about everyone has had it at least a few times -- after all, who hasn't experienced the stale, stinky "morning breath" that often...

Natural antibiotics to stockpile now: 10 herbs and foods that kill superbugs

6/16/2014 - Longtime readers of Natural News know that, because of massive over-prescribing by the modern healthcare industry, today's crop of antibiotics are becoming less and less effective. Another culprit: The increased use of antibiotics in factory-farm animals. "It is not difficult to make microbes resistant...

4 powerful probiotic foods that help bulletproof the immune system

6/4/2014 - With estimates that the body has 10 times more bacteria than cells (approximately 10 trillion), it becomes pretty clear that maintaining a proper bacterial balance is vital for long-term health. An important factor in that balance is plenty of probiotics (good bacteria) in order to keep the optimal...

Studies show that oil pulling can kill harmful bacteria in the mouth

5/29/2014 - Oil pulling is a process of swishing an edible oil around the mouth for between 10 and 20 minutes, ideally upon awakening, for detoxification purposes. Its origins lie in the Ayurveda, the ancient healing system of India, and countless people from all backgrounds swear by it. In fact, if one believes...

WHO report labels antibiotic resistance 'global threat,' calls for urgent action

5/2/2014 12:31:22 PM - A new report issued by the World Health Organization denounces the current overuse of antibiotics and is saying that antibiotics now pose a "major global threat" to public health. Calling for urgent action, WHO says that antibiotic resistance is occurring "in every region of the world." Describing...

3,000 different bacteria strains live on U.S. dollar bills

4/24/2014 4:25:16 PM - An analysis by New York University found 3,000 separate species of bacteria living on U.S. one-dollar bills, far more than had ever been detected in prior studies. Many of the species found are able to cause disease in humans, and many exhibited antibiotic resistance. "It was quite amazing to us,"...

Scientists discover why honey is still the best antibiotic

4/11/2014 - Conventional antibiotics are overprescribed and overconsumed. They are given out like parade candy, tossed out to anyone waving their hands. 2010 data obtained by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show that a whopping 833 antibiotic prescriptions are handed out on average per every 1,000 people. ...

Increasing number of people suffer allergic rashes from soap chemical

3/27/2014 - Antibacterial soaps and wipes have become the "go-to" products in commercial body care, promising greater protection from bacteria and viruses that make people sick. What these cheap, deceptive, mainstream chemical concoctions fail to mention is that they often subject consumers to allergic reactions,...

Good vs. bad bacteria - The flora war

3/26/2014 4:25:24 PM - How does consuming pesticide ruin your good bacteria in your gut that are responsible for maintaining 80% of your overall health, including your immunity? The answer is simple. An acidic environment starts the damage. Once your body is acidic, it welcomes inflammation, gastric issues and a weakened...

Studies show many health benefits from eating fermented foods

2/26/2014 - Although the human body is made up of 10 times as many bacteria as human cells, mainstream medicine and an unsuspecting public continue to kill off the bacteria that make up their body indiscriminately through the use of antibiotics and antibacterial products. Meanwhile, studies show that many of the...

Studies show many health benefits from eating fermented foods

2/26/2014 - Although the human body is made up of 10 times as many bacteria as human cells, mainstream medicine and an unsuspecting public continue to kill off the bacteria that make up their body indiscriminately through the use of antibiotics and antibacterial products. Meanwhile, studies show that many of the...

Nightmare bacteria target seniors

2/5/2014 - So-called "superbugs," such as MRSA, that are resistant to antibiotics are sweeping through healthcare settings. This puts already vulnerable populations at greater risk for complications in places such as hospitals and nursing homes. Doctors are concerned that they do not have the tools and resources...

Superbugs are breeding, spreading drug-resistant genes at water treatment plants

1/22/2014 - What role does the current overuse of antibiotics play in encouraging the spread of new and invasive super bugs? Why are water treatment facilities spreading super bugs even after the water has been treated? Is chlorine an effective water disinfectant? Experts are beginning to ponder these...

Your mobile phone may harbor more bacteria than a public restroom

1/16/2014 - Innovators presenting at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas claim to have come up with a new way to make mobile phones safer. No, we are not talking about ionizing radiation here -- the idea is to kill all the germs that are likely harboring on the electronic companions of millions of...

Changes in diet radically reform gut bacteria in just one day

1/8/2014 - A shift in diet can dramatically change the composition of your gut bacteria in just a single day, according to a study published in the journal Nature. This may explain the strong connection between diet and certain diseases. More than 10,000 separate species dwell naturally in the human gut, playing...

The benefits of Probiotics

12/22/2013 - The word "bacteria" certainly doesn't have a pleasant ring to it. It calls to mind pictures of uncleanliness and disease. And if something called E. coli can cause outbreaks every now and then, we may never get beyond our initial perception of bacteria being harmful. Nevertheless, despite our childhood...

Study shows probiotics are a viable additive for fruit juices

11/22/2013 - Since bacteria are known for causing illness, why are more and more people turning to pro-bacterial supplements for good health? Why are people beginning to treat conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and weakened immune systems with bacterial supplementation? Certain bacteria...

German scientists discover bacteria that make ice, clouds and rain

11/14/2013 - Scientists have discovered that a humble species of bacteria may play a major role in producing planetary climates by "seeding" clouds with ice-producing proteins. Scientists have known for decades that bacterial species such as Pseudomonas syringae produce proteins on their outer membranes that...

Maggots versus antibiotics in the fight against infection

11/7/2013 - In the fight against infection, antibiotics have become the go to resource in the last 70 years. The introduction of penicillin in the 1940s brought hope to the medical field for treatment of infections, but that hope quickly turned to false hope with the realization that bacteria are smarter and...

Healthy gut bacteria help body regrow intestinal cells, surprised researchers discover

10/31/2013 - It is becoming common knowledge that the human intestinal system is dependent upon a diverse and populous mix of beneficial bacteria in order to maintain strong immunity and to function as designed. But new research out of Georgia has shown, perhaps for the first time, that natural gut bacteria is also...

Antibacterial soap pollutes rivers, adds to bacterial resistance

10/2/2013 - New highly resistant strains of bacteria are showing up in urban water sources and regional streams and rivers. These new bacteria strains are rendering new antibiotics practically useless. New environmental studies from the Chicago metro-area are now reporting disturbing levels of powerful bacteria...

How to avoid antibiotics

10/1/2013 - You can't throw a rock nowadays without hitting a doctor who is eagerly waiting to prescribe antibiotics for nearly any infection, bacterial or not. Facing the onslaught of patient after patient complaining about cold and flu like symptoms, antibiotics become the easy out for doctors to pack them up...

New USDA rule allows hidden feces, pus, bacteria and bleach in conventional poultry

9/29/2013 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently in the process of trying to ram through passage of a new "modernization" rule for conventional poultry production that would eliminate a large percentage of USDA inspectors and speed up the factory production process. And existing safeguards, as...

The coming plague will not be stopped by drugs: CDC now admits era of antibiotics at an end as bacteria out-wit drug companies

9/17/2013 - In a breakthrough moment of truth for the CDC, the agency now openly admits that prescription antibiotics have led to a catastrophic rise in superbugs, causing the death of at least 23,000 Americans each year (an estimate even the CDC calls "conservative"). This is the conclusion of the CDC's new...

Mainstream science finally admitting that gut bacteria play a role in preventing obesity

9/17/2013 - With figures showing one in three Americans are officially considered obese, new gut health research may reveal how obesity takes hold and pave the way to natural cures. This month's edition of the journal Science published the first study to confirm that a healthy microbial balance in the gut actually...

Healthy gut bacteria prevent obesity: Study

9/16/2013 - The key to shedding those excess pounds and achieving that lean figure you have always dreamed about could be as simple as eating more bacteria. A new study out of Washington University in St. Louis has found that maintaining healthy and balanced gut bacteria -- that is, the beneficial microbes that...

Epigenetics in action: Mouth bacteria activate cancer genes that cause colorectal cancer

9/5/2013 - Two new studies recently published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe help further clarify the role that human bacteria play in cancer development, a process that is still poorly understood by many experts. As it turns out, bacterial imbalances, specifically inside the mouth, can upset the body's natural...

Coconut oil halts tooth decay by attacking the bacteria that cause it

8/29/2013 - If health authorities are going to remain insistent upon lacing the water supply with additives to thwart tooth decay, then they really should be using all-natural coconut oil rather than fluoride chemicals, based on the findings of a new study. Researchers from the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)...

Antibiotic resistance growing out of control, routine medical procedures now deadly

7/22/2013 - As the so-called "season" of colds and flus makes this year's debut, yet another reason emerges to avoid antibiotics - or at least be more cautious and discriminating about when and how to use them. The United Kingdom now acknowledges that the excessive prescription and subsequent overuse of antibiotics...

Six reasons probiotics will give you radiant health and beauty

7/7/2013 - Humans have more than 10 times the number of bacteria in their body than they have cells - about 100 trillion, representing more than 500 different species. When in proper balance, a delicate and precise ratio of 85 percent friendly bacteria to 15 percent "unfriendly" bacteria, the human organism quite...

Heal the gut with these five superfoods

6/26/2013 - In a world where digestive problems run amok, it's little wonder that people are desperately looking for remedies that will help fix their gut issues. Although it is not simple, these five superfoods can help clean up the 'internal trash', balance your bacteria, and heal any damage that has been done,...

More studies prove your gut bacteria control your brain functioning

6/26/2013 - Research proving the importance of gut bacteria for the immune system and mental and emotional health has gone viral lately. It started as a ripple slightly over a decade ago, and now it's becoming a tsunami of evidence. The ancient concept established in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine...

When weight loss surgery works, it's only because of bacteria changes in the gut

6/24/2013 - Each year, roughly 200,000 morbidly obese Americans go under the knife for weight loss surgery. Most all doctors perform this surgery to save lives and it seems to be working for many. According to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, after weight loss surgery, patients lose up to...

Probiotics help relieve stress

6/20/2013 - Following the lead of conventional medicine, people have become stressed out about bacteria and have waged a war on these tiny microorganisms in hopes that we can wipe them off the planet. The only problem with this desire is the fact that we require bacteria in order to not only lead healthy and happy...

How safe are root canals?

5/30/2013 - Almost 60 million root canals are performed a year (1), on individuals who are mistakenly informed that it is a safe and harmless procedure. While your teeth may look and feel fine after the procedure, the reality is that it is impossible for all of the bacteria to be removed from the tooth. After a...

Chronic back pain cured by antibiotics; acne bacteria invade discs and cause debilitating pain

5/16/2013 - The latest science reveals that antibiotics may serve a legitimate and defining purpose in medicine after all, but probably not in the way you might think. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark recently discovered that as many as 50 percent of all cases of lower back pain are more than...

Capri Sun drinks harboring mystery bacteria strains, says microbiologist

5/12/2013 - Kraft's famous juice drink, Capri Sun, is marketed to kids in squeezable, on-the-go pouches, equipped with a fun punch-in straw. Parents are often misled by marketing that praises the drink's healthy fruit juices. According to new findings from microbiologist Kathleen Dannelly from the Indiana State...

Manuka oil conquers deadly MRSA bacteria where conventional medicine fails

5/7/2013 - With life threatening instances of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections on the rise, many are seeking safe and effective alternatives in the realm of natural medicine. Manuka oil is a shinning example. Reports of healing attributed to the oil are becoming more commonplace -...

Health is directly linked to the gut: Eleven things that destroy the benefical probiotic bacteria living inside us

5/3/2013 7:09:46 PM - More and more data is piling up all the time about the importance of maintaining probiotic "good" bacteria in our bodies as we strive for vibrant, holistic health. Friendly bacteria provide incredible benefits to the entire body, not only in the arena of digestive health. Probiotic bacteria have the...

Synthetic vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, kills beneficial probiotic bacteria in the gut

4/27/2013 4:46:06 PM - Most people nowadays are well informed about the numerous health benefits of vitamin C, and find ways to incorporate it in their diets, either by taking supplements or eating more foods that contain the vitamin. While the many benefits of vitamin C are well-documented, such as its ability to boost the...

Five ways to protect yourself from deadly antibiotic-resistant bugs

4/11/2013 - The unsettling news about antibiotic-resistant super-bacteria is gaining attention, as reports of outbreaks continue to surface in hospitals and other health care facilities across the nation. Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) appears to prey on the those with compromised immune systems,...

Six common causes of bloating and how to fix them

3/29/2013 - Abdominal bloat. It can come immediately following a meal, a few hours after a meal, or even seemingly out of the blue. But one thing is for sure -- bloat is not normal, and it can negatively affect your energy levels, your mood, and even your ability to effectively absorb nutrients. Here are six common...

Is acne caused by a 'bad' strain of bacteria?

3/19/2013 - Teenagers are faced with a myriad of challenges while growing up, one of which is acne, which affects four out of five Americans between the ages of 12 and 24. Thankfully though, there are effective treatments available right now that work to combat acne and ultimately reduce the damage caused by severe...

10 simple ways to prevent salmonella and other bacteria

2/25/2013 - Salmonella poisoning affects thousands of individuals each year. The good news is that it can be prevented. It is only a matter of proper hygiene and the practice of food safety in the kitchen. Here is a list of ways to prevent it: Wash hands frequently Dirty hands can bring about cross contamination....

Think twice before eating that ham sandwich or triple meat pizza! Toxins in processed meat cause serious food-borne illnesses

2/24/2013 - Unless you eat organic foods and prepare them at home, you've probably purchased packaged, processed meats at some time. Non-organic versions contain added preservatives, chemicals and GMOs; and, many harbor bacterial toxins that harm the body. Even their organic counterparts may be similarly contaminated...

Bacteriophage therapy, the amazing cure for MRSA being ignored by mainstream medicine

2/24/2013 - It has been used as an effective treatment against bacterial infections for nearly 100 years, but the medical-industrial complex today refuses to recognize it as a valid form of medicine. And yet bacteriophage therapy, also known as phage therapy, has been shown time and time again to cure methicillin-resistant...

Probiotic-derived treatment could save lives of premature babies

2/21/2013 - The "good" bacteria that live in the intestines of healthy people are linked with a variety of health benefits. In fact, as Natural News recently reported, studies have shown that probiotics -- live microbes found in yogurt, kefir and supplements that promote healthy intestinal flora -- can even lower...

Widespread hospital infections by antibiotic-resistant CRE bacteria prove the danger of U.S. healthcare facilities

1/4/2013 - A clever opponent attacks precisely where its enemy is most vulnerable, but don't expect it to just stop there. In what may soon become the newest, most fatal consequence in the marriage of conventional medicine and irresponsible, narcissistic technology, an emerging family of drug-resistant bacteria,...

The gut-mind-emotion dance

12/24/2012 - Through a recent conversation with my new colleague, Chiara Marrapodi, I learned a lot about the connection among the gut, mind and emotions. Chiara recently appeared as a guest on the November 21, 2012 episode of Mental Health Exposed. This article is based on Chiara's research. Phrases like "gut...

Majority of U.S. pork supply tainted with deadly drugs, bacteria

12/13/2012 - The next time you reach for the bacon, ham, pork chops or pork steaks, you may want to rethink your dining choice: A majority of samples of "the other white meat" that were obtained in a recent study contained bacteria, potentially deadly drugs or a combination of both. According to Consumer Reports,...

Big Agriculture creating new generation of antibiotic-resistant superbugs

12/12/2012 - A group of Canadian and French scientists have uncovered more evidence that prolific use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is contributing to the development of drug-resistant "superbugs," in a study published in Journal of Environmental Quality and funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Feeding...

Rare infectious bacteria thrive by hijacking human immune response

12/4/2012 - The bacteria responsible for a rare but dangerous tick-borne illness owe their success to a never-before-seen adaptation, according to a study conducted by researchers from Ohio State University and Japan's Osaka University and Nagahama Institute of Bioscience and Technology, and published in the Proceedings...

Airplanes found to be full of filth; passengers flying in 'tube of human feces'

11/27/2012 - The interiors of airplanes are awash in bacteria, including fecal bacteria, according to random tests conducted by Dallas-Fort Worth's local CBS affiliate. CBS 11 contracted a team to randomly swab 10 surfaces on two separate planes. "We found roughly 3000 bacteria on this plate," said Karen Deiss,...

Four natural remedies for a quick and easy gut detox

10/22/2012 - Pathogenic bacteria already exist in even a healthy gut. But the healthy gut maintains a balance between beneficial and pathogenic bacteria of usually 80 to 85 percent beneficial to 20 or 15 percent pathogenic. This ratio is normal for a human body that houses an estimated 100,000 billion (one trillion...

Detoxing your gut can help you avoid Type 2 diabetes, according to scientists

10/8/2012 - Two separate studies in different areas of the world have come to similar conclusions: An imbalance of the gut's intestinal flora can be a precursor to Type 2 diabetes. These were mainstream medical studies, one in China and the other in Denmark. The focus was not on detoxification. They seem to...

Type 2 diabetes breakthrough: Imbalance in gut bacteria likely cause

9/27/2012 - We've all heard the news about the enormous, world-wide epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Not only is this form of diabetes (which results from the body's inability to effectively use insulin) soaring among adults, it is now hitting children and teens as well. The World Health Organization (WHO) says the...

Antibiotics infused into processed meats promotes growth of deadly bacteria

9/26/2012 - Health conscious individuals know that processed meats in the form of sausage, bologna and pepperoni contain chemical preservatives called nitrites that have been shown to promote cancer growth, and avoid these manufactured foods entirely. Unfortunately, millions of unsuspecting children and adults...

Coconut oil zaps bacteria that causes tooth decay

9/6/2012 - After decades of warning the public to stay away from supposedly artery-clogging coconut oil, mainstream science has recently produced studies showing that not only does coconut oil appear to be heart friendly, it also has a host of other health benefits. The latest research now reveals consuming coconut...

The destructive nature of leaky gut syndrome

9/1/2012 - The digestive tract is loaded with trillions of microorganisms that form a natural ecosystem commonly called the gut flora. This ecosystem is designed to be symbiotic in that it benefits both the individual and the microbes. Certain lifestyle stressors throw off the natural symbiosis and cause a rise...

The importance of probiotics after antibiotics

8/30/2012 - Most of us have taken antibiotics to get rid of a nasty cold that turned into a secondary bacterial infection, or as a preventative measure after a surgery or some other injury. We take these powerful drugs because we are told by our healthcare professionals that we must. After all, who would want to...

Shock discovery: Bacteria found in public water comes from the treatment filters, not from the water source

8/28/2012 - When you think of contaminants in water, if you believed they simply came from the source, you'd be mistaken; new data from researchers at the University of Michigan shows that most bacteria found in drinking water actually comes from the filters of water treatment plants. The study, unique in its...

Johnson & Johnson owns up to deadly formaldehyde-containing products in wake of bacteria scandal

8/22/2012 - After struggling to maintain its image following a barrage of product recalls and safety scares, Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has announced that it plans to reformulate not only its entire line of children's personal care products, but also many of its adult personal care products, to remove a number of...

What to look for when choosing a probiotic supplement

8/1/2012 - When most people think about consuming beneficial bacteria, probiotic supplements and dairy products with added bacteria usually come to mind. These products provide some of the microorganisms needed for good health. Hunter-gatherers and people living in non-westernized settings have usually been...

Health Basics: What are probiotics?

7/25/2012 - Probiotics are Nature's truest form of antibiotics. These microscopic organisms (microflora) help the body build long-lasting immunity to a host of illnesses and diseases, including allergies, irritable bowels, viruses, bacterial infections, and yes, cancer! No vaccination or prescription medicine in...

Now scientists push genetically modified bacteria to fight malaria

7/24/2012 - Malaria affects 1 in 12 humans, or 500 million people. Carried by the mosquito, it is one of the most widespread and dangerous insect spread diseases in the world. Now scientists say they have developed a new solution to the disease, which prevents the mosquito from carrying the disease. The new...

Milk pasteurization promotes the growth of super germs, say scientists

7/24/2012 - Human interference with mother nature is always a bad idea, and new research has identified spore-forming bacteria that not only survives milk pasteurization, but are able to germinate as a result of the heat. Certain bacteria have the ability to form a tough, protective endospore which allows them...

How antibiotics destroy your immune system

7/16/2012 - Your immune system is constantly on a seek-and-destroy mission status - on the lookout for foreign invaders, naturally occurring cell defects and mutant cells. The immune system has a vast capacity to remember bad guys and deploy tactics that worked in the past to annihilate the enemy. Some of the fastest...

10 reasons to take a probiotic daily

7/10/2012 - Probiotic intake for overall good health has been underestimated by even the alternative health community. The fact is that gut bacteria greatly affects both overall physical and mental health. There are 400 to 500 species of bacteria residing in your gut or gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which if...

Food intolerance epidemic - Why does it happen, and can it be treated?

7/4/2012 - True food allergies are very rare, but observations and research lead to believe that there's a fast-growing number of people experiencing some type of food intolerance. Fatigue, bloating, diarrhea or other issues appear many hours after a meal. This delayed response makes it hard to know exactly what...

Germ theory delusions collapse as new science reveals healthy people carry 10,000 different germ strains at all times

6/19/2012 - The human body is essentially a "germ" factory, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. A new study published as a series of reports in the journals Nature and Public Library of Science (PLoS) debunks the widely believed germ theory, or the belief that all germs are "bad," by showing that the average,...

Natural antibacterial alternatives to triclosan & other toxic chemicals

6/19/2012 - There are several chemicals used today in "antibacterial" personal care and hygiene products which are toxic to the human body. Perhaps the most toxic is one named triclosan. Triclosan is a controversial chemical linked to hormonal disruption and various types of cancer. Its chemical structure is...

MRSA variant resistant to last line of antibiotic defense

6/4/2012 - MRSA strain CC5 has emerged as one of the first bacteria to be resistant to all antibiotics, meaning that this hospital acquired infection is now potentially the most dangerous threat to hospital patients. In the findings of a new study, published by the American Society for Microbiology, it was...

Take probiotics to prevent cancer

6/1/2012 4:30:01 AM - Probiotic supplements or foods may lower the risk of cancer development. Many links have been found between diet and cancer; research suggests that probiotics may be useful as part of an anti-cancer diet. Probiotics are live microorganisms that may suppress the growth of bacteria that transform procarcinogens...

The 5 best herbal antibiotics and anti-virals that kill deadly MRSA, flesh-eating bacteria, superbugs and a host of other pathogens

5/31/2012 10:19:19 AM - In my article The 5 best natural antibiotics and anti-virals that destroy superbugs and just about everything else, I discuss some of the best natural substances for treating MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria. http://www.naturalnews.com/035516_natural_antibiotics_superbugs.html Natural...

We knew this day would come - Deadly strain of MRSA now resistant to last-line antibiotics for infections

5/31/2012 - As more and more bacteria and organisms in the world become resistant to the things that used to kill them, which in turn has kept humanity relatively safe and healthy, there is new evidence that a deadly strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is now becoming resistant to last-ditch...

As antibiotics continue to fail, use garlic instead to kill MRSA and superbugs

5/30/2012 1:38:22 PM - Garlic has been used as an antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal for centuries. But most probably consider it a lightweight, outdated folk medicine against serious bacterial infections. Antibiotics gave modern allopathic pharmaceuticals an illusion of legitimacy from 1928, when penicillin was discovered,...

Homeland Security declares war on flesh-eating bacteria, a bigger threat than Al-Qaeda terrorists (satire)

5/27/2012 - A former Florida resident who now lives in Peru recently filed a lawsuit against a doctor whose negligence, he says, resulted in his penis being completely eaten by flesh-eating bacteria. In a bizarre case of bacterial terrorism, 65-year-old Enrique Milla says Dr. Laurentiu Boeru, the anesthesiologist...

The end of Modern Medicine has arrived, according to the WHO

5/17/2012 - The day is coming when the host of antibiotics doctors currently use to fight off bacterial infections won't work anymore, leaving the world's population vulnerable to everything from scratches on your knee to disease, according to the United Nation's (UN) World Health Organization (WHO). That's...

Use herbs to kill the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections

4/17/2012 3:39:49 PM - A urinary tract infection is almost exclusively caused by bacteria that travel to the bladder through the urethra, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. The bacteria clings to the urethra's opening and multiplies. Sometimes, bacteria travels to the kidneys, but this is rare. The most...

The 5 best natural antibiotics and anti-virals that destroy superbugs and just about everything else

4/10/2012 - Sir Alexander Fleming discovered the antibacterial power of the mold Penicillium notatum in 1928. Even though it was a natural healing agent effective in destroying Staphylococcus aureus and other noxious bacteria, the pharmaceutical industry got hold of nature's bounty and it became -- along with multiple...

Study says refrigeration of packaged fresh spinach reduces toxic bacteria

1/19/2012 - Spinach has long been used as a natural healing aid. Spinach is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It boosts the immune system, builds red blood cells, provides energy, and is a good source of protein. Spinach has received a lot of negative press in the past due to an E. coli outbreak...

Gas pump handles are filthiest surfaces Americans touch

11/3/2011 - Gas pump handles are swarming with loads of bacteria and viruses. They have been identified as the dirtiest surface Americans encounter on the way to work, according to a recently released study by Kimberley-Clark Professional, a unit of personal hygiene giant Kimberley-Clark Corp. A team of hygienists...

Second Brain - Manage your gut and gut flora

10/7/2011 1:32:52 AM - Your mind is your most important asset, but it can become your worst enemy. And your gut may be your most important organ when it comes to mental health. The awareness of intestinal flora deficiencies as the root causes of a wide spectrum of mental problems is constantly expanding. The gut is often...

Make your own fermented probiotic dense foods

9/25/2011 - (NaturalNews)An abandoned food preparation method is making a comeback. Canning (with glass jars) and fermenting vegetables was done in the past to store vegetables through long winters. Now this method is making a comeback for preparing probiotic rich foods cheaply. The importance of probiotics cannot...

Cure acne at home with five lesser known home remedies

9/21/2011 - Acne is the scourge of adolescence... and for many adults too. Many readers are likely familiar with the more common home remedies for curing acne... tea tree oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and burdock root. However, because acne is such a wide-spread and troubling problem, scientists are continuing...

Cancer breakthrough: scientists discover harmless bacteria in soil kills cancer tumors

9/5/2011 - Cancer remains one of the most feared diseases on the planet -- and cancer patients being treated by mainstream medicine are usually bombarded with radiation and subjected to toxic chemotherapy that destroys healthy cells and weakens the body while trying to kill tumors. Thankfully, as NaturalNews...

Discover a natural potent anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal

9/1/2011 - Pharmaceutical antibiotics do not work on viral infections. They can only be used for bacterial infections. But they also destroy the good bacteria, which creates all sorts of health problems down the road. And the more antibiotics are used, the more pathogenic bacteria become resistant to antibiotics....

97 percent of hospital superbugs killed with copper

8/22/2011 - Dependence on antibiotics has spawned a plethora of antibiotic resistant pathogens, such as MRSA bacteria, which are becoming epidemic. Most, not all, of those antibiotic resistant microbes were generated in hospitals. Some doctors and hospital administrators are forced into looking at copper and silver...

Antimicrobial copper kills 97 percent of deadly bacteria, reduces infection rate by 40 percent

7/15/2011 - A new study presented at the World Health Organization's (WHO) 1st International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland, has revealed that the use of antimicrobial copper surfaces in hospitals helps reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) by 40 percent....

Gut health linked to anxiety, depression and autism

6/29/2011 - Anxiety and depression are commonly thought of as mental ailments, but new research has found that they may actually originate from the gut. With more scientific backing added to the idea of preserving gut health, anxiety and depression are now associated with gastrointestinal disease, including irritable...

New study finds that anxiety may originate in your gut, not in your head

5/25/2011 - We're all familiar with the term "gut feeling". As it turns out, the term may be more apt than we realize. In recent years, research has increasingly identified the role the gut can have on mood and behavior, leading many scientists to refer to the gut as the "second brain". Now, for the first time,...

Scientists discover new method by which bacteria become resistant to antibiotics

5/14/2011 - Overuse of antibiotics both in conventional livestock feed and in human medical applications has led to increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotic drugs. However, a new study published in the online journal Nature Chemical Biology suggests that bacteria have also found another way to become resistant...

Discovery by Israeli scientists may lead to development of 'green' pesticides

4/24/2011 - Scientists from Tel Aviv University's (TAU) Department of Physics and Astronomy have developed a bacterial "Social-IQ score" system that they say paves the way for the development of intelligence-based "green" pesticides. If successfully replicated, the discovery could lead to a viable replacement for...

USDA team identifies improved bacterial strain that helps control crop, garden pests naturally

4/17/2011 - Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have made an interesting and noteworthy discovery concerning the use of soil bacteria in controlling crop pests. Michael Blackburn, an entomologist at the ARS Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory...

US meat and poultry widely contaminated with bacteria including superbugs

4/16/2011 - How would you like a big, juicy burger loaded with onions, mustard, ketchup -- and a big helping of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), a bacteria linked to a wide range of human diseases? If you find that dish stomach-churning instead of appetizing, then maybe you should think twice...

Yeast and chronic inflammation

4/14/2011 - While reading Blinded by Science, an amazing book that you can download for free on the internet at http://www.blindedbyscience.co.uk/ until April 30, 2011, I realized that most of the work I've done for the past 30 years has been ignored by science. I beat my head against the brick wall of medical...

Super bug breakthrough -- manuka honey may reverse antibiotic resistance

4/14/2011 - In less than a week, three different research studies have been released about antibiotic-resistant super bugs. Two were issued as nothing less than dire warnings. For example, as NaturalNews covered earlier, UK scientists are calling for the "urgent need for global action" due to the discovery of a...

Researchers discover bacteria responsible for spawning deadly 'super superbugs' in New Delhi water supplies

4/12/2011 - Tens of millions of Indians are regularly being exposed to a very serious "superbug" gene through their water supplies, says a new study published in the journal The Lancet. Mark Toleman and Timothy Walsh from the Cardiff University School of Medicine in the UK say that New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase...

Scientists issue urgent world-wide warning on bacteria with superbug gene

4/8/2011 - Nuclear meltdowns. Oil spills. More strife in Africa and the Middle East. GMO tainted crops. So what else could happen? Unfortunately, another problem has surfaced that has scientists calling for the "urgent need for global action". This time, it's worrisome news about a gene that turns bacteria into...

Stress alters gut bacteria balance, inhibits proper immune function

3/27/2011 - Researchers from Ohio State University (OSU) have identified an important connection between stress and health. According to their study, which was published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, stress directly affects the delicate bacterial balance in the intestines that digests food, defends...

New discovery: "good" gut bacteria can control organ functions

3/9/2011 - Researchers have long known that the "good" bacteria in the human gut help digest food and keep "bad" pathogens, including an overgrowth of yeast, in check. But could beneficial bacteria be doing even more to build good health? The surprising answer is, most likely, yes. According to findings just...

Genetically-modified, oil-eating bacteria creating dangerous mutant organisms in the Gulf

1/24/2011 - Even the most creative science fiction movie could not have concocted the reality of what is taking place both in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world right now. Genetically-modified (GM), oil-eating bacteria introduced into the Gulf as part of the oil disaster's remediation efforts is reportedly...

Anesthesiologists spread dangerous infections during surgery because they don't wash their hands

1/20/2011 - With all the amazing and advanced medical technology available in the 21st century, operating rooms must be extremely safe when it comes to being sterile and clean for surgery. At least, that is what most of us assume. But now a new study just reported in Anesthesia & Analgesia, the official journal...

Exposed toothbrushes risk unhealthy bacterial and viral contamination

1/16/2011 - Many of us have heard that flushing toilets could result in unsanitary airborne particles that make their way onto our toothbrushes. In recent years, largely to a segment on the popular "Mythbusters" show, the idea of water droplets traveling from the toilet to our toothbrushes has been cast as a sort...

Aspartame exposed - GM Bacteria used to create deadly sweetener

1/5/2011 - The manufacturers of the most prevalent sweetener in the world have a secret, and it`s not a sweet one. Aspartame, an artificial sweetener found in thousands of products worldwide, has been found to be created using genetically modified (GM) bacteria. What`s even more shocking is how long this information...

Oil of oregano fights harmful bacteria, cancer

12/25/2010 - A new report out of the University of Arizona (UofA) says that oil of oregano is a powerful nutrient for fighting harmful bacteria and preventing cancer. Sadhana Ravishankar, a food microbiologist at UofA, discovered that carvacrol, a phenol of oregano oil, exhibits powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial...

Dangerous new gene turns any bacteria into a superbug

11/24/2010 - Researchers have discovered a gene that makes bacteria resistant to nearly every known antibiotic -- and it has the capability to transfer between bacterial species. "We are potentially at the beginning of another wave of antibiotic resistance, though we still have the power to stop it," said Christopher...

Reusable grocery bags are all contaminated with bacteria

10/19/2010 - Shoppers who do not regularly wash their reusable grocery bags may be placing themselves and their families at heightened risk of foodborne illness, according to a study conducted by researchers from Loma Linda University and the University of Arizona. "It is estimated that there are about 76,000,000...

Science Finally Discovers the Anti-Bacterial Abilities of Honey

8/19/2010 - New research published in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biologies (FASEB) Journal of experimental biology explains how honey kills bacteria. While alternative medical and health practitioners have long touted the powers of honey, science has now finally described one of the golden...

Natural oil-eating bacteria to clean up the Gulf?

8/5/2010 - The Gulf oil disaster is arguably the worst man-made disaster to have occurred in the past 100 years. But Israeli researchers have come up with a potentially viable solution to help clean up the mess, and it is one they say has worked well before -- naturally-occurring, oil-eating bacteria. Professors...

Antibiotics May Make Us Fat

7/30/2010 - The obesity epidemic is rampant, and there are many reasons for this big fat problem. Although asking if antibiotics make us fat may initially sound like some type of joke, recent articles in Scientific American and Science magazine shows that some researchers are taking it seriously. Actually, evidence...

GMOs Create Incredibly Toxic Colons

6/22/2010 - Probiotic expert S.K. Dash calls the healthy bacteria in our guts our first line of immune defense, as these tiny bacteria protect us from all sorts of problems. Everything from cancer to IBS to allergies and most every disease imaginable is connected to our healthy bacteria. But there's one problem....

Soda fountains contaminated with fecal bacteria

5/15/2010 - The soda that comes out of fountain machines in restaurants may be widely contaminated with fecal bacteria, according to a study conducted by researchers from Hollins University and published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology. Researchers tested 30 different self-serve and behind-the-counter...

GMOs Alter the Genetic Make Up of Our Healthy Bacteria

4/23/2010 - Although GMOs have infiltrated our food supply, the results of human feeding trials have only been published on one single occasion. Unfortunately, that occasion offered some pretty disturbing findings. It found that the genetic code of GM soy can infiltrate the genetic code of the healthy bacteria...

There is literally excrement in your salad: Fecal bacteria contamination widespread

4/22/2010 - A recent Consumer Reports investigation has revealed that bagged salads labeled "pre-washed" or "triple-washed" may not be as clean as they appear. Of the 208 samples taken from 16 different brands of bagged salad, researchers found that nearly 40 percent of them were tainted with bacteria often found...

New drug-resistant bacteria emerging in hospitals

3/6/2010 - Researchers from the "Extending the Cure" project in Washington, D.C., have published a report in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology about a new drug-resistant bug that is plaguing many hospitals. Called Acinetobacter, this new "superbug" is causing severe bloodstream infection...

Coconut Oil Provides a Solution to the Spread of MRSA

2/11/2010 - MRSA is often described as a contagious, potentially lethal bacterial infection that's difficult to eliminate because it's resistant to antibiotics. But the problem is that doctors are trying to use antibiotics to fight the disease - and antibiotics are immune destroying drugs that pathogens are known...

Drug-Resistant Bacteria Often Brought Home From the Hospital by Patients

2/8/2010 - Patients who carry drug-resistant bacteria home after hospital discharge can transmit the infection to their home caretakers, according to a study conducted by researchers from Bichat-Claude Bernard Hospital, Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, and published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. Infection...

Heal yourself in 15 days - You are what you absorb (part three)

2/1/2010 - This article continues part three of the 15-part article series called Heal Yourself in 15 Days. In part two, we explored your innate healing potential and saw how powerful your self-healing abilities really are (http://www.naturalnews.com/028060_self_healing_immune_system.html). Here in part three,...

Bacteria in the Gut are Shown to Reduce Obesity

1/26/2010 - New research has shown that the bacteria in our gut can be a cause of obesity. The human gut is filled with health-giving bacteria, which provide energy, nutrients and digestive aids. Maintaining proper gut flora is important to health. Research has now demonstrated that the amount and type of bacteria...

Antibiotic Resistant Germs Threaten while Colloidal Silver is Banned in EU

1/21/2010 - Here's breaking news that's a double barrel blast. A November 2009 Henry Ford hospital report claims dangerous Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteria are approaching epidemic status, and so are other antibiotic resistant microbes. And now: As of January 1, 2009, the EU (European...

Learn about the Importance of Good Bacteria, Part II: Lactobacillus Plantarum

1/1/2010 - Good bacteria are absolutely critical to human life and health. Many of these bacteria live directly in the mucosal membranes within the respiratory, digestive, and genital regions. These symbiotic bacteria have a few key functions: to help metabolize food particles and aid in the digestive processes,...

High-sugar diet alters intestinal bacteria, making losing weight more difficult

12/22/2009 - A report published in the new journal Science Translational Medicine has made an interesting discovery concerning the relationship between sugar intake and the balance of intestinal flora. Researchers have discovered that a diet high in sugar and fat substantially alters the bacterial composition in...

Learn about the Importance of Good Bacteria, Part I

12/18/2009 - The adult intestine contains around 2-4 pounds of bacteria. This bacterial load is 10 times greater than the number of cells within our body. In real numbers, since we are about 75 trillion cells we have approximately 750 trillion bacterial cells within our body. It is astonishing to think about our...

Ear Infections: Use a Home Remedy of Garlic Juice

12/18/2009 - Children are often plagued with ear infections and they're often taken to doctors who ply them with antibiotics. However, antibiotics destroy our healthy bacteria, which is our first line of immune defense. This leaves children, and adults, wide open for numerous health problems later in life after...

New study connects fiber-rich diet and intestinal bacteria with strong immune system

11/23/2009 - You probably know that getting enough fiber in your diet can keep constipation at bay and it can lower high cholesterol levels, too. Now Australian researchers have found another reason why the indigestible part of plant-based foods, known as roughage, is good for you -- it plays an important role in...

When Antibiotics Fail, Nurses Turn to Maggots And Manuka Honey to Beat Superbugs

11/12/2009 - Faced with a growing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, hospitals in the United Kingdom are adopting traditional medicinal techniques to fight infection, such as maggots and honey. Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other drug-resistant infections kill or hasten the...

Using probiotics to prevent or eliminate Candida

10/28/2009 - Probiotics are good for much more than simply enhancing intestinal health and improving digestion; they're also very effective at preventing candida albicans (as you'll see below). Here you'll find a healthy collection of explanations, supporting quotes and testimonials about the use of probiotics...

Antibiotics Cause Health Problems and Candida Overgrowth

10/9/2009 - Over half a million kids in the U.S. each year have side effects or bad reactions from common prescription drugs, and five percent of them are hospitalized. Children under five are the most affected and the drugs causing the problems run the gamut, but antibiotics have been found to cause the most problems. Immediate...

Scientists Document How Manuka Honey Fights Superbugs

10/5/2009 - When infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as superbugs, are in the mainstream news there's usually a sense of panic connected to the story. After all, this type of infection is spreading and can be life-threatening. For example, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)...

Silver in Tiny Doses Kills Bacteria, Helps Wounds Heal

9/11/2009 - In a recent presentation before the annual American Chemical Society meeting held in Washington, D.C., scientist Ankit Agarwal revealed that he's come up with an approach to healing that can kill 99.9999 percent of bacteria in a wound using a natural substance -- silver. And he claims he's found a way...

Healthy People Taking Antibiotics May Spread Superbug Infection

9/3/2009 - Clostridium difficile, usually known as simply C. difficile, is a bacterium that spreads by bacterial spores. And a new study raises the disturbing possibility that antibiotics taken by people who aren't even ill from these bacteria can spur the germ into becoming a kind of bacterial spore spewing mega...

Solve the Puzzle of Food Allergies: The H Pylori Bacteria Connection

8/31/2009 - Most doctors don't test for or treat the H pylori bacteria except in cases of unrelenting heartburn or in active ulcers and consider it an 'asymptomatic' pathogen that lives with most of us without hurting us. However, research shows that simply having the H pylori bacteria could be a risk factor in...

Eating Prebiotics is Essential for Health and Wellbeing

8/24/2009 - Awareness of the link between diet and health has led to an increase in foods that promote wellbeing. Prebiotics are components present in food which give health by supporting the gastrointestinal tract (GI), and by giving the body what it needs to defend itself and promote health and wellbeing. Prebiotics...

Breastfeeding Your Baby Could Save a Life

8/5/2009 - According to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding babies exclusively for the first six months can save the lives of 13 percent of infants that die under five. Breast milk is what nature intended for infants to be eating, and eating in ways in accordance with nature is always to our benefit....

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