Issue 10.9.15 “Stepping” Into Dangerous Bacteria… – Your Health Detective

Stepping Into Dangerous Bacteria…

We’ve all become more informed about dangerous bacteria let’s say from food-borne microorganisms, antibiotic-resistant strains often acquired from health care facilities-schools-public places, but now you need to know the findings of a recent study about what we’re “walking” into our homes and the health consequences…Click to Continue Reading…

Researchers from the University of Houston tested doorsteps in homes and found 40 percent contaminated with a potentially deadly bacteria called C. difficile, also known as C. diff. In addition, 39 percent of shoe soles tested also contained the same bacteria strains.

The “Sole” of the Problem…

C. diff. is a challenging bacteria to treat as several strains are now resistant to antibiotics. If you are infected with this bacteria it can cause watery diarrhea and often progresses to dangerous colon inflammation.

Recent findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that nearly half a million people annually are infected with C. diff. from various sources although hospitals and surgery centers are notorious for infecting patients.

What’s Walking Through My Door?…

According to study author M. Jahangir Alam, PhD, “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps via our shoes.” Just think about the contamination from other sources of toxic residues that include, but are not limited to; animal and bird fecal matter, pesticides/herbicides/fertilizers, snow-melting chemicals, petrochemicals, trash/waste, and drugs/bacteria. Once spores land on a surface, they can survive up to several months. In the case of C. diff. spores, digestive issues occur when they are accidentally and unknowingly ingested.

The Solution…

Avoiding “walking” into this problem is simple – take off your shoes before entering your home or any venue where it is appropriate to do so. If you know, or suspect, your pet has been in contaminated areas, do your best to wipe their paws before they enter the main living areas of the home, especially the kitchen and bedrooms.

If you do experience sudden diarrhea, with no known other cause such as food-poisoning, immediately take a high-potency probiotic of at least 100 Billion organisms for adults and at least 25 Billion for children under age 12.

The Way I See It…

I always keep a high-potency probiotic in my refrigerator, the shelf-life is about 3 years for most and once you have symptoms it’s too late to locate and purchase, especially when it’s a professional product.

In addition, always keep Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar in your pantry (this is the only brand that contains the “mother” – found in health stores or health sections of your grocery store). At first sign of intestinal distress, take your probiotic first then 1 TB. of ACV and repeat the ACV every 15 minutes until diarrhea/distress subsides. When traveling, I always carry these two supplements with me. Keep in mind that you can purchase probiotics that do not require refrigeration for travel, just keep them in your carry-on and out of direct sun and heat. The ACV MUST be kept in a glass bottle so I use a 1 ounce brown glass bottle to carry in my approved carry-on items but be sure to properly label it.

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