By Angela Kelly
New York Mice are Carrying Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
“A new study from the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health” published in the journal mBio has found that New York City mice carry…Clostridium difficile (C. diff), Shigella, diarrhea-causing Escherichia coli (E. coli), and Salmonella.” Further studies are planned to discern the impact that mice may have in spreading these pathogens.
Intervention Bundles Greatly Reduce Hospital Onset C. diff
The April issue of “Clinical Infectious Diseases,” published a study following the most effective “intervention bundles” for reducing hospital-onset C. diff infections and C. diff colonization. The most effective measures were, “daily cleaning with sporicidal disinfectant, which reduced HO-CDI by 68.9 percent” and C. diff screening at admission, which resulted in lowering C. diff infection/colonization by another 35.7 percent. “The researchers combined these two strategies into a two-intervention bundle, which reduced HO-CDI by 82.3 percent and asymptomatic hospital-onset colonization by 90.6 percent. Patient hand hygiene compliance strategies reduced HO-CDI rates an additional 7.9 percent.”
Processed Foods Contributing to Gut Disease
The additive Trehalose was recently implicated in fueling the surge of C. diff infections and C. diff-related deaths. However many other food additives are also contributing to America’s worsening gut health (the prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease has “sharply increased in the last decade”). “Gut microbes are kept slightly removed from the intestinal lining by a thin layer of mucus, and the Western diet seems to erode that protective barrier, bringing microbes too close. (A diet rich in soluble fiber, on the other hand, keeps the mucus barrier thick and healthy.)” Artificial sweeteners cannot be digested by our bodies, “but it turns out that the microbes inhabiting our colons can metabolize the sweeteners, potentially to our detriment.” The best way to care for your microbiome is to eat “as much soluble fiber as possible, preferably in real food like nuts, legumes and vegetables” and to “limit our consumption of processed foods.”
Angela Kelly is a C. diff survivor and mother. She is the founder of Gutsymother and member of PLF’s Advocates Council.