This article might be for you or someone you love, it is for sufferers that are looking for help. Clostridium difficile has other names such as CDF, C. diff, antibiotic-associated colitis; colitis – pseudomembranous; necrotizing colitis. Unfortunately, common treatment of the C. difficile with antibiotics cannot prevent from relapses.
This opportunistic infection causes diarrhea and it is linked to 14,000 American deaths each year, and this is only official statistic.
Some researchers suggest that the C. diff is linked to more than 30,000 deaths per year in the United States, and it strikes about half a million of Americans annually. It is truly a superbug. Why is C. diff a superbug? For now, in the battle between antibiotics’ and C. difficile, victory is on the side of the resistant species of this microbe.
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterium that causes watery diarrhea, bloody stool, fever, nausea, abdominal pain, or cramps. C. difficile may cause serious intestinal conditions such as colon inflammation (colitis).
People in good health do not generally get sick from C. difficile. Usually we can get Clostridium from food and water.10 percentage of the population has this microbe in the gut without noticeable symptoms. A healthy person has a defense mechanism that protects him or her from this superbug.
Doctors and researchers are unanimous that C. difficile occurs mostly after taking broad-spectrum antibiotics, and usually it is an assault on people with low immune system such as young kids, elderly people and people after serious surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, AIDS, alcoholics’, etc. Many of them had a C.difficile bacterium in their body before taking antibiotics, but they felt OK.
Most of the specialists agree that prolong use of the broad-spectrum antibiotic triggers C. diff infection by destroying the friendly intestinal flora. These microorganisms are called friendly, because “Enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Friendly intestinal flora is our best guard from nasty microorganisms, such as microbes, Candida-yeast, and parasites.
Dysbiosis is the condition where friendly intestinal flora is gone, and opportunistic infection takes over gastrointestinal tract (Candida-yeast overgrowth, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth; SIBO).There is a lot of information about dysbiosis, which I described in my eBook: healthy pancreas, healthy you.
C. difficile is the opportunistic infection that grows when it has the opportunity to grow. Harmful intestinal bacteria, Candida-yeast, and parasites will cause damage to the wall of your gut, thus making it vulnerable to multiplying (colonization) of the C. diff This superbug does not act alone. There is increasing evidence that certain other species of opportunistic infection such as Staphylococcus, Klebsiella, Candida-yeast, parasites, etc also responsible for symptoms of antibiotic-associated diarrhea.
When you just kill the C. difficile with the strong, broad-spectrum antibiotics or other antimicrobial agents the relief will be temporary. Medically speaking, without restoration of the body’s natural defense mechanisms, the victory over these bacteria is difficult to get. Clostridium difficile infection causes many damages to the body systems; therefore, there is no magic bullet for this condition. There are a few things …