When an expert refers to a mysterious infectious bug spreading across the globe as a “creature from the black lagoon,” you know you’re in trouble.
And that’s precisely how Candida auris (C. auris), first spotted 10 years ago, has been described.
Since C. auris first surfaced in Japan in 2009, the bug has hopped, skipped, and jumped its way across six continents and 30 countries. The ugly bug shows no signs of slowing down.
And I don’t mind admitting, it’s more than a little frightening.
It’s not a bacteria or a virus. It spreads incredibly easily through touch alone.
It can live for WEEKS on surfaces. And it’s hard to diagnose.
But even more terrifying is that these fungal infections are super difficult to treat even when they do get properly diagnosed. And that’s because the bug has developed a resistance to the drugs that would be used to treat it.
In other words, my friend, we have a superfungus on our hands.
There’s a killer fungus among us
Even the CDC seems a bit petrified by this killer fungal infection.
In fact, it was a leading CDC scientist who gave that horror-movie inspired description of the bug to the New York Times. And unfortunately for us, it’s NOT just hanging out near the lagoon.
He warned that it’s ALREADY spreading in the United States and around the world. Meaning you and your loved ones could be at risk right now and not even realize it. Not until it’s too late.
Researchers say fungal infections are becoming difficult and even impossible to treat. Much like bacteria evolving to beat antibiotics, funguses are changing to resist anti-fungal medications.
And the transformation was swift. These infections went from non-existent to – in the words of that CDC expert – “everywhere.” And the worst of the lot is this C. auris that often strikes older people and those with weakened immune systems.
Candida auris is so deadly that up to HALF of the people who get it are pushing up daisies within 90 days. And fungal infections, in general, kill 1.6 million people a year.
But the horror story doesn’t end there. Even if the fungus doesn’t kill you, it could make your life a living nightmare.
Other recent research has linked kissing-cousin fungus Candida albicans to the kind of memory problems and brain abnormalities seen with Alzheimer’s disease. And in an earlier study, fungal growths were found in 11 out of 12 brains of Alzheimer’s patients who had passed away.
Build a barrier against fungal infections
Since the drugs are rapidly failing, it’s essential to arm yourself against fungal infections right now.
This is a case when executing a good strategy TODAY could save your life TOMORROW. And you can begin by building a protective barrier for your body with good bugs to fight the bad. In other words, taking a probiotic.
Specifically, look for one with Lactobacillus.
One of the first things most forms of Candida do is wipe out Lactobacillus. It’s as if the fungus KNOWS it has to disarm this internal defense mechanism before it takes over.
By bringing in regular Lactobacillus reinforcements, you’ll help ensure your body has what it needs to fight back.
And when you are sick with a fungal infection, especially a minor one, don’t rush into treatment with the strongest anti-fungal drugs around. Just like with antibiotic resistance, those could actually help set the stage for one of these new resistant funguses to take over.
Instead, work with a naturopathic doc on nondrug options such as tea tree and oregano essentials oils when they’re appropriate.