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Dr Oz Deadly New Superbugs The Rising Plague Gram Negative Bacteria

TUESDAY - APRIL 6, 2010
THE RISING PLAGUE: DR. OZ INVESTIGATES A DEADLY BACTERIA THREATENING AMERICA
Gram-Negative Bacteria; Unemployment Action Plan; Oliver Oz
Dr. Oz spreads the word about the antibiotic-resisting Gram-negative bacteria. Unemployment turns a married couple's health into a lifestyle hazard. Dr. Oz and his son Oliver explore animal lifesavers. Dr. Oz's Pyramid of Health game.
Rising Plague: The Global Threat from Deadly Bacteria and Our Dwindling Arsenal to Fight Them. Dr Brad Spellberg Joins Dr Oz today on the topic The Rising Plague Superbugs Gram Negative Bacteria.


There is a new bacteria out there that Doctor's and hospitals on the edge, and some are calling it The Rising Plague, Resistant Gram Negatives. A deadly bacteria and Doctors have no defence. People are getting sick in the prime of their lives with infections that used to be easily treatable. There is almost no drug out there to treat it.

Dr Oz says image an army of lethal bacteria's so powerful their virtually unstoppable, completely resistant to almost every single drug on the market. The horrifying truth, a new class of superbugs, antibiotic resistant Gram negative Bacteria are assembling here and gaining strength right now and there is nothing strong enough to wipe them out. These bugs are deadly... They are increasingly cropping up in hospitals, and they are nearly impossible to treat. A gram-negative bacterial infection through a urinary tract infection killed Brazilian model Mariana Bridi da Costa. She had her hands and feet amputated and kidneys removed to try to stem the infection's spread before she died. Gram-negative bacteria are also responsible for a spate of infections among returning Iraq war vets. Gram negative bacteria is responsible for 10's of thousands of deaths each year.

Most drug makers aren't developing antibiotics strong enough to kill these bacteria, right now antibiotic resisting gram bacteria only spreads through hospitals, but it's just a matter of time before they make their way to the outside world.


Kimberly Dozier told her story today on Dr Oz;

Kimberly Dozier, a correspondent for CBS News who developed Acinetobacter infection after being injured in a car bomb in 2006 while on assignment in Iraq. Two weeks after the Alchollstin Ms. Dozier and kidney began to fail, she tells in her book “breathing fire”.

Refusal of one doctor’s advice to go on dialysis and the quest for a kidney transplant, Ms. Dozier stopped taking antibiotics to save her kidneys. She eventually recovered from the injury.

Atlanta couple, Armando and Victoria Nahum, started the Safe Care Campaign after their 27-year-old son, Joshua, died from a hospital-acquired infection in October 2006.

Joshua, a skydiving instructor in Colorado, had fractured his skull and thigh bone on a hard landing. During his treatment, he twice acquired MRSA and then was infected by Enterobacter aerogenes, a Gram-negative bacterium.

“The MRSA they got rid of with antibiotics,” Mr. Nahum said. “But this one they just couldn’t do anything about.”

Dr Oz Antibiotic Resistant


Doctors need to be more selective in prescribing them, patients need to question using them, pharmaceutical companies need to develop new ones and the government needs to provide incentives.

Each type of antibiotic targets a specific aspect of a bacteria's life by interfering with either the structure of the cell wall, membranes, genetic material (DNA), enzymes, or proteins; virtually anything that it needs to divide and grow. Since antibiotics are only able to kill sensitive bacteria, resistant bacteria will flourish until a new antibiotic is designed to attack the resistant cells in a different way.

Some bacteria are more virulent and resistant to antibiotics than others and much depends on the specific strain. Antibiotics can lay aim to a broad or narrow spectrum of bacteria types.

Dr Oz Gram-Negative Bacteria - Gram Positive Bacteria


One way to identify the type of bacteria causing the infection is to check their ability to absorb or resist a colored stain in a laboratory setting. Gram-positive bacteria possess certain unique characteristics in their membranes that cause them to take up a purple stain, while Gram-negative bacteria don't, but they do turn pink when a counterstain is applied.

Gram-negative bacteria – typically found in hospital environments but is now breaching those walls to the outside community – have an extra protective layer that makes it harder for antibiotics to kill them off. So when this type of bacteria no longer responds to therapy, it can have deadly consequences. The most notable gram-negative "superbug" is the methicillin-resistant Staphlococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. And many others are also emerging.

If someone is infected with a resistant strain doctors are forced to resort to using antibiotics previously reserved for the most stubborn and deadly of infections; these often come with serious side effects as a result of their potency. And experts say they are running out of options because it won't be long before resistant bacteria wise up to those antibiotics as well.

Dr Oz Recommendations Against Drug Resistant "Superbugs"


Dr Oz - Brad Spellberg The 3 Ways To save Your Family

1. Learn the difference between a bacterial and viral infection - Antibiotics only work on bacteria. Period. They do not work on viruses. Ever. So if you have a cold, flu, bronchitis, a runny nose or a sore throat (unless it is strep throat), taking antibiotics will not make you feel better, cure the disease or prevent others from catching it.

2. Do not insist your doctor give you a prescription for an antibiotic - Avoid the temptation to ask for a prescription if it is not medically indicated. Instead, ask what you can do to feel better without taking antibiotics. Conversely, if your healthcare provider offers you an antibiotic, ask if it absolutely necessary.

3. Take antibiotics properly as prescribed - Only take antibiotics prescribed to you specifically and follow the directions carefully. Do not skip any doses and take the full course even if you start feeling better. Stopping prematurely can cause the infection to roar back, which will require more antibiotics that might not work as well. Throw out left over antibiotics and do not save them for the next time you are sick. And never share antibiotics with anyone else.

4. Prevent infections from spreading - Wash your hands frequently and correctly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer if water is not available. If you are in the hospital, make sure anyone entering your room washes his or her hands, and speak up to remind them if they don't, even if it is your doctor! If you must be in the hospital, get out as soon as you are able.

5. Demand better legislation to avoid a public health crisis - Since there is little incentive for pharmaceutical companies to engage in new antibiotic discovery, it is imperative that the government enact stronger legislation to keep antibiotic development robust. You can become an advocate for better antibiotic legislation by writing to your local and state representatives and senators.

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Carmen Wong Ulrich joins Dr Oz in this segment on "Financial Health Plan", and the 3 steps to prevent losing your finances and your health. Kevin and Nancy received financial help today for their finances and their health. As Dr Oz explained to Kevin and Nancy and everyone else you triple the chances of a lethal heart attack due to financial stress.

Dr Oz And Carmen Wong Ulrich's 3 Step Plan To Prevent Financial Loss


1. Trim the Fat and Cut the Excess

Cut back on your bills by curbing the amount you spend on utilities. Limit the use of electricity, gas and water. Think about watching less TV, logging off your computer faster, and skipping the long showers. You could save hundreds of dollars by doing this alone. Go to www.billshrink.com for more tips on how to shrink your monthly bills.

Consolidate your credit card bills. Keep an eye on your interest rate. Community banks and credit unions offer up to 20% lower rates and may allow you to transfer your balance for no extra free. Visit www.cuna.org to locate the credit union in your area.

2. Borrow From Your Future to Maintain Your Present

It might be a scary thought to tap into your child’s college fund, but consider this an emergency-only option. Once you’re back on your feet, you can replenish this account.
Leverage your home equity. It could be one of the greatest assets you have. If this a safe option for you, go to your home lender and ask for 10% of your home equity. This sum could help hold you over for months.
Consider your retirement fund. If you apply for “hardship withdrawal,” you won’t have to pay the penalty for early withdrawal. Once your financial situation stabilizes, you’ll be able to start contributing to this fund again.

You may want to be very careful when using the equity of your Mortgage. As an example: you have to question if Mortgage Refinancing Should be used to Consolidate Credit Card Debt.

3. Adjust to Living Small

Living large comes at a price – a hefty one. If you’ve already made lifestyle changes to get through these tough times, make them permanent once things improve. Take all the things you learned and package them into a new understanding of how to manage your money for the long haul.

If you and your partner bring in a dual income, consider living on only one. Or, don’t budget at 100% of your combined income. Live as if you were making 1/3 less money and save the rest.

Build up your emergency savings. An emergency fund should cover 8 months of living expenses and allow you to replenish your retirement fund.
In addition to these steps, try Dr. Oz’s unemployment stress-reduction tips:
Adopt a regular routine. Make your days meaningful and productive. Get up at the same time every day. Get dressed. Take on an activity other than looking for work. Face the day as if you were getting ready to go to work.

Get out! Once you’re up and ready, make sure to go out into the world. Avoid isolation. Get 1 hour of vitamin D by going outside. Stay social. Remember that community and friendships are a necessary support system.
Exercise! Get your 10,000 steps or do 30 minutes of cardio on a daily basis.

Dr Oz Amazing Antioxidants


Antioxidants are pro-health. They help fight wrinkles, disease and even cancer. You can help fight wrinkles, disease and even cancer. Are you getting enough antioxidants in your diet?

1. Raspberries
2. Strawberries
3. Goji Berries
4. Cranberries
5. June Berries
6. Red Currant Berries

Grape seeds are highly concentrated with the antioxidants linoleic acid which helps fight off heart attacks, blood pressure and cholesterol. linoleic acid is a type of omega 3 fatty acid.

The top sources of Omega 3 fatty acid's are, fish, walnuts, Most nuts, soybeans, tofu, olive oil, all seeds pretty much have omega 3 fatty acids in them.

The body needs all the help it can get to fight disease fighting free radicals, and that is what antioxidants do. Beans are the top source of antioxidants - Lima, blackeye, pinto were the ones mentioned today.

Pomegranate juice is high in antioxidants and also helps lower cholesterol

Son Oliver Oz joins Dad Dr. Oz and goes into the wild. Scorpions, snakes and more, these critters and creatures hold the keys – and the hope – for curing some of our deadliest diseases. Their venoms, poisons and genetic makeup could one day save your life. Learn about this form of truly natural medicine.

learn which animals can help treat brain tumors and prevent heart failure. See which amphibians may one day be able to aid in the recovery of amputees. Also, learn how a certain member of the animal kingdom may help scientists unlock the secrets of HIV.










Dr. Spellberg corrects the nearly universal misperception that physician misuse of antibiotics and "dirty hospitals" are responsible for causing antibiotic-resistant infections. He explains the true causes of antibiotic resistance and of the virtual collapse of antibiotic research and development. Most important, he advocates ways to reverse this dire trend and instead bolster the production of desperately needed new and effective antibiotics.


Rising Plague: The Global Threat from Deadly Bacteria and Our Dwindling Arsenal to Fight Them