Do You Fear CRE?

by emily on March 9, 2013

Think antibiotics are God’s gift to mankind? Think again.

This just in from

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced March 5, that a family of bacteria has become increasingly resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, and more hospitalized patients are getting lethal infections that, in some cases, are impossible to cure. During just the first half of 2012, almost 200 hospitals and long-term acute care facilities treated at least one patient infected with these bacteria.

The bacteria, Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), kill up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections from them. Health care personnel are often guilty of spreading the bacteria from patient to patient. CRE bacteria can transfer their resistance to other bacteria within their family, creating additional life-threatening infections for patients in hospitals and infecting non-patients. Thus far, almost all CRE infections occur in people receiving significant medical care in hospitals, long-term acute care facilities, or nursing homes.

Now, please HEAR ME because a few (thank God only a very few) of both my blog and Kindle product readers have this horrible habit of jumping to conclusions about what they THINK I am either about to say, or trying to imply.

(If I sound harsh, sorry, but there are too many people who are not getting this message about how to really be healthy when I give it nicely, so no more “Mr. Nice Guy” with me.)

Antibiotics are often life-savers in life-or-death situations. They often will work faster than most natural remedies, which makes them a terrific choice in a dire situation.


Being based on synthetic drugs, they are always the same. So the bacteria, not being synthetic and having some sort of primitive intelligence, can develop their own immunity to antibiotics. Eventually, they become superbugs.

Superbugs are created because of the regular use of antibiotics.

Now, if you click on that link, you will see a video at the top of the article. Their main remedy to fight this potentially deadly superbug? Wash your hands.

That’s a great start. Basic personal hygiene is what has eliminated most disease in most of the developed world.

But it’s a small start. Want not to get the infection? Have a strong immune system.

  • Kick the processed food habit (yes, if it says “organic”, if it comes in a box, it is still processed food).
  • Exercise.
  • Eliminate as many environmental toxins as you can (including, use a quality shower filter and avoid municipal tap water).
  • Get your stress levels down.
  • Laugh early and often.
  • Etc.

If you get sick anyway? Many kinds of therapeutic-grade essential oils are anti-bacterial, and the bacteria will never get “immune” to them because, being natural, the molecular and chemical structure of each batch of oil is different from the last.

Oh, and, by the way, note that these infections happen in hospitals. Do what you can to avoid the need for hospital care, and you may never even have to worry about the little nasties.

Stay happy and healthy,


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