Can Poop Transplants Help Wipe Out Superbugs?

shutterstock_261419939Widespread antibiotic resistance is one of the major problems facing America today. It happens when our bodies become resistant to the effects of a specific antibiotic (or antibiotics) over time because of misuse or overuse of those drugs—and many experts worry that our dependence on antibiotics—as well as our obsession with antibacterial products—may lead to the development of more and more dangerous “superbugs” that don’t respond to normal antibiotic treatment.

The good news? Researchers from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York may be one step closer to kicking those superbugs to the curb. In a study involving mice, Dr. Eric Pamer and his team recently discovered that fecal transplants were effective at eliminating two of the nastiest types of antibiotic-resistant bacteria seen most often in hospitals today: vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) and multi-drug resistant Klebsiella pneumonia.

While fecal transplantation is a relatively new concept, already it has been used successfully to treat some types of intestinal infections in humans. In this particular study, researchers wanted to see if the method could not only eliminate harmful bacteria but also help prevent further colonization. Based on their findings, transplanting gut bacteria from healthy mice into those infected with VRE and K. pneumoniae was indeed able to wipe out both types of bacteria and help thwart future growth in the gut.

Though additional research is needed to see if the positive results can be sustained over time, Dr. Pamer and his colleagues are positive about the potential for humans. Nowadays most experts recommend taking antibiotics only when absolutely necessary and always completing the prescribed dose. Taking a daily probiotic supplement may also help strengthen the body’s natural defense system, the majority of which is found in the gut.‡


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Same Great Products. All New Look!

new-packagingNotice anything different about Renew Life lately? When you stopped by our website recently you probably spotted our eye-catching new logo and inspiring new look—and we’re excited to announce your favorite supplements are getting a makeover too!

Starting this month, keep an eye on store shelves for the all-new Ultimate Flora™ Probiotics packaging, and look for new packaging on our cleansing formulas, fiber supplements, and digestive enzymes to follow in the fall.

In other exciting makeover news, Ultimate Flora has a new website! Visit today to learn more about America’s #1 probiotic brand† and The Ultimate Flora Difference—from more live cultures and targeted delivery to our multi-strain benefits and potency guarantee. Need help choosing the right probiotic? Use the Find My Probiotic tool to find the ideal formula for your needs!

Here at Renew Life we’re passionate about helping people elevate their quality of life through better digestive health, and we believe that mission should be reflected in every aspect of what we do. Be sure to check out our new look online and in stores.

†#1 in unit sales, based on the latest SPINs 52 weeks Natural Channel data as of 7/12/15.

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