5 Things You Need to Know About the New “Superbug”

5.5 hp superbugYou may have seen reports in the news this week about the new superbug. If you missed it, here are the 5 things you need to know:

1. What is the big deal? The Center for Disease Control released a report claiming that over two million people get sick and 23,000 people die each year of drug-resistant infections called superbugs.

2. How did this happen? The superbug came about because for the last several decades, doctors have been freely handing out prescriptions for antibiotics. In fact, the CDC estimates half of these prescriptions are completely unnecessary.

3. What if I am sick? Dr. Hotze suggests that, for an acute illness, such as strep throat or a sinus infection, the drug approach may be appropriate. However, few patients with chronic ailments ever really get well by taking drugs. Chronic illness and disease are not caused by deficiencies of prescription drugs.

4. What can I do to avoid the superbug? The CDC lists candida (yeast) as one of the serious threats. We know an abundance of candida in your body can cause a host of problems, so not only should we refuse unnecessary antibiotics, but we should limit the amount of yeast and sugar we consume.

5. Where do we go from here? Healthcare providers across the country need to come to the realization that there needs to be a major shift in the way we practice medicine. By following Dr. Hotze’s lead and helping patients get well naturally, we can lessen the impact of the superbug.

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