Tag: bacteria

Bacteria are beating our medicines faster than we can create them

Overuse and misuse of antimicrobial medicine could cause devastating infectious disease outbreaks in the coming decades, according to a concerning new report from an infectious-disease unit within the United Nations. The group—the United Nations Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance—calls for “immediate, coordinated, and ambitious action” to avoid

How Can I Tell If I Have Food Poisoning?

Following a salmonella scare involving uncooked turkey in 35 states, millions of Thanksgiving tables may soon be thankful they’re not experiencing food poisoning this holiday season. Provided you take proper food safety precautions, like washing countertop surfaces and cooking meat to bacteria-killing temperatures (typically 165 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), you

Everything you need to know about botulism

Botulism is one of the scariest infections that you’ll ever hear of in your life. This condition is caused by toxins from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which attack the nervous system. It’s usually very rare for healthy adults to contract botulism. However, improper food prepping practices increase the risk of getting this infection since stored food

How to eliminate the threat of autoimmune disorders safely and naturally

At least 50 million Americans have some form of autoimmune disease, and some individuals may even live with more than one. Unfortunately, food produced in the country is becoming more processed and contains more GMOs (genetically modified organisms) than ever, which can only worsen the conditions of people with autoimmune disorders. What

Good bacteria found in probiotics eliminate staph bacteria

A study by American and Thai researchers revealed that the probiotic bacteria Bacillus eliminates Staphylococcus aureus by interfering with their signaling system. This finding, which was published in the journal Nature, proves that probiotics are crucial to preventing infectious diseases. Many healthcare professionals claim that probiotics are important to maintaining health since they prevent

Many yogurt products found in supermarkets contain a dangerous amount of sugar

Yogurt, a popular dairy product made via the bacterial fermentation of milk, is a favorite among health-conscious consumers because it offers a lot of benefits. However, not all kinds of yogurt are good for you. According to a U.K. study, certain kinds of yogurt tend to be an “unrecognized” source of

Consume more probiotics to avoid the flu and common colds

If you’ve shut yourself inside your house this winter in hopes of avoiding catching a cold or the flu, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a simple and natural way you can reduce your risk so you can get out and enjoy the holiday season.Recent research published in the

Powerful foods that eliminate intestinal parasites

Your body can be a host to parasites, most of which exist even without your knowledge. Among the body parts you can find them most commonly in are your intestines. Although most of them are small, these intestinal parasites can wreak havoc on your health. Fortunately, there are foods you

Scientists find GARLIC may treat lingering Lyme disease

Lyme disease can be difficult to treat. If caught early, a round of antibiotics can clear up the infection and resolve symptoms, but that isn’t always the case. Roughly 10 to 20 percent of sufferers go on to experience ongoing symptoms like joint pain and fatigue. Known as persistent Lyme

Nitrates found in cured and processed meats increase the risk for mania

Research published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry has shown that nitrates, which are chemicals used to cure meats like beef jerky, hot dogs, salami, and other processed meats, increase the risk of mania. Mania is an abnormal state of mood characterized by hyperactivity, euphoria, and insomnia. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of

Fermented garlic may be the answer to obesity prevention, researchers discover

Millions of people suffer from the consequences of obesity — even though they are largely preventable. Following a healthy diet and exercising regularly are just some of the natural ways to prevent them from occurring. One natural way to prevent obesity is by consuming garlic extract fermented by lactic acid bacteria, according

The easiest way to stop antibiotic resistance is to start eating (and growing) organic

The excessive use of antibiotics in farming has led to many disease-causing microbes to develop resistances to commonly-used pharmaceuticals. The best way to protect yourself against these superbugs is to eat organic food, preferably grown by your own hands, an article in Natural Health 365 stated. Antibiotic resistance has been flagged by both

Gut bacteria “signatures” predict how the body will respond to poor food choices, predicting risk for diabetes, heart disease

An animal study published in the journal Cell Reports has revealed that examining the chemical signatures present in gut bacteria and passed on to the urine may hold clues on how the body reacts to poor food choices. The scientific community has long established that various species of bacteria and other gut microbes work with

A basic guide to fermentation for the smart homesteader

Fermentation is one of the most important processes that a homesteader should have in their arsenal. This process has been around for centuries and has been widely used for the preservation of food in the absence of refrigerators. However, there’s so much more to fermented foods than their prolonged shelf

Propolis from honey bees is a powerful superfood that kills Candida albicans

Propolis — also known as bee glue — can be used to counter Candida albicans, the fungal pathogen behind candidiasis or yeast infection. This is according to a study that compared the antifungal effects with those of other natural extracts. In the study, the researchers compared the effects of propolis, garden thyme (Thymus

Tamarind is effective against certain drug-resistant bacteria

A Brazilian study revealed that tamarind (Tamarindus indica) has potent antibacterial activity even against drug-resistant bacteria. In this study, which was published in the journal Pharmacognosy Research, the researchers collected hydroethanolic extracts from tamarind leaves as well as cassava (Manihot esculenta) and tested them against different pathogenic bacteria. Many plants contain