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What are some natural approaches to treating C-diff?

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What are some natural approaches to treating C-diff?
October 6, 2011
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If you’re looking at this FAQ, you probably already know that Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a serious antibiotic resistant bacteria. Once only found in hospitals, C. diff is now becoming more common outside of hospitals. C. diff infection usually results from antibiotic treatment. The antibiotics kill off most of the bacteria (both beneficial and harmful) in the gut with only the most resistant surviving. With no beneficial bacteria left to protect the intestine due to antibiotic treatment, C. diff quickly populates the gut resulting in a terrible, diarrhea-inducing infection that can also be deadly, especially in hospital patients who already have compromised immunity.

Interestingly, another culprit in the C. diff epidemic has come to light. The use of proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) has been associated with a risk for C. diff infection. PPIs are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux. These drugs suppress the secretion of acid in the stomach. Adequate stomach acid is necessary for killing harmful bacteria before they reach the intestines.

Antibiotics can be effective at eliminating C. diff, but the rate of recurrent infection is up to 30 percent, with multiple recurrences common. This occurs because some of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria are not killed, and remain to recolonize the gut.

Taking probiotic bacteria during a C. diff infection can help to prevent the pathogenic C. diff bacteria from gaining control in the gut.

In fact, Saccharomyces boulardii, which is a beneficial yeast, has been shown to help protect against C. diff infections in patients with recurrent infection. This probiotic yeast is particularly helpful because it is not killed by antibiotics.

Some consider C. diff infections a problem of epidemic proportions. More than 7,000 patients are infected each day, and 300 of those infected patients die from this infection. The infection rate tripled from 1996 to 2005. Previously C. diff infections affected mostly elderly hospital patients, but, recently a younger, healthy population is being infected.

Suggested nutraceuticals:

Ultimate Flora Super Critical 200 Billion twice daily – 2 hours away from antibiotics during entire course of antibiotic therapy (if prescribed) and then once daily for 1 additional month

Ultimate Flora Advanced Immunity – Saccharomyces boulardii – 10 billion capsule – two to three times daily during entire course of antibiotic therapy (if prescribed) and then once daily for 1 additional month

Additional support for increased effectiveness of treatment:

Intestinew – powder – 1 scoop daily – to heal the intestinal lining

FiberSmart – powder – once daily – to support bowel regularity and decrease absorption of toxins from stools

NOTE: Because C. diff often recurs and the gut damage after initial infection tends to be extensive, it is recommended that Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion be continued as a maintenance dose to guard against future reinfection.

References that may be valuable to print should you or a loved one need to discuss probiotic therapy with a traditional medical professional:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm…..MC3105609/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pu…..d/21649768

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