Scientific Proof That Hospitals Are Bad For Your Health


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Many of us have had a suspicion for sometime that going into hospital is not always good for your health. Hospital acquired diseases are affecting patients in record numbers. The overuse of antibiotics has contributed to not only antibiotic resistance but to the rise in cases of Clostridium difficile…commonly called C.diff which can rapidly kill due to dehydration.

Gut health – which is critical in the fight against C.diff as well as a plethora of other conditions can be maintained by a simple probiotic yogurt daily and if it’s home-made then all the better. Such a simple thing but seemingly beyond the vast majority of hospitals to provide to ensure the heath of their patients.

A report out yesterday has found that gut flora is reduced dramatically within DAYS of someone entering the hospital environment. The study concentrated primarily on patients admitted to ICU, so we are talking about seriously ill individuals here, those at most risk from catching a hospital acquired infection as most hospital acquired conditions are opportunists by nature and patients who are already sick prove to be perfect hosts.

The American Society For Microbiology have found that health promoting flora carried in the gut, on the skin and in the mouth are massively reduced in hospitalised patients and the longer they are in hospital the worse the situation gets.

The commensals, the bacteria we all carry on and in our bodies are vital to keep us healthy. Losing them in such massive numbers leaves us far more likely to contract infections and less able to fight infections should we contract one.

Gut flora in particular is susceptible to major imbalances of healthy flora and that alone can be enough to kill.

The study reported that:

What makes a gut microbiome healthy or not remains poorly defined in the field. Nonetheless, researchers suspect that critical illness requiring a stay in the ICU is associated with the the loss of bacteria that help keep a person healthy. The new study, which prospectively monitored and tracked changes in bacterial makeup, delivers evidence for that hypothesis.

“The results were what we feared them to be,” says study leader Paul Wischmeyer, an anesthesiologist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “We saw a massive depletion of normal, health-promoting species.”

He went on to say:

 “We saw the rapid rise of organisms clearly associated with disease,” he says. “In some cases, those organisms became 95 percent of the entire gut flora — all made up of one pathogenic taxa — within days of admission to the ICU. That was really striking.”

The researchers reported that some of the patient micro biomes resembled the micro biomes of corpses.

“That happened in more people than we would like to have seen,” (source)

Let me run that by you again:

 The researchers reported that some of the patient micro biomes resembled the micro biomes of corpses.

Just to be clear this means that the colonies of health promoting bacteria present in these patients was at the level of a dead body rather than a living human being.

Wischmeyer hopes to use the data to track patients and give therapies…including probiotics to patients before their work-ups resemble that of a corpse. let’s hope for the sake of those poor souls needing ICU care that he gets the program going as soon a humanly possible.

You can read the report here.

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