They say every journey begins with a single step. For Brenda Watson, that step was the one she took when she walked into a health food store after years of battling constipation, fatigue, and countless other health problems. Since then more than two decades have passed, and Brenda feels healthier today than ever before.
If you have ever wondered how it all began—how Brenda Watson went from small-town southern girl to one of the most trusted names in natural digestive care today—you won’t want to miss The Road to Wellness: The Brenda Watson Story.
From a childhood plagued by health problems and endless prescriptions to the discovery that would ultimately change her life, hear how Brenda came to realize the vital importance of a healthy gut for better digestion and a strong immune system, including the inspiration behind creating the custom formulas that have made ReNew Life the company it is today.
It sounds like a plot summary from the latest sci-fi novel: Super strains of harmful bacteria impervious to even the strongest antibiotics. But recent evidence of an antibiotic-resistant gene originating in India has medical experts on high alert and was a topic of much discussion at a recent American Society for Microbiology conference in Boston.
Three people from the U.S. and two from Canada—all of whom had recently traveled to India—became severely sick as the result of the gene scientists are calling NDM-1, which seems to prefer latching on to bacteria that cause intestinal or urinary tract infections. India is well known for its overpopulation and widespread disease, and in each case the individual had either received emergency medical care while visiting or had gone there for medical treatment.
In recent decades drug-resistant bacteria have become a growing concern, and many experts worry that America’s hygiene obsession and dependence on antibiotics will soon backfire, breeding more and more “superbugs” that don’t respond to normal antibiotic treatment. Essentially, antibiotic resistance happens when our bodies actually become resistant to the effects of a certain antibiotic (or antibiotics) over time because of misuse or overuse of those particular drugs. Widespread use of antibacterial soaps and cleansers also adds to the problem by actually increasing the resistance of certain harmful bacteria.
In addition to practicing good hygiene, experts recommend only taking antibiotics when absolutely necessary, always completing the prescribed dose, and never taking antibiotics prescribed for someone else. Taking a daily probiotic supplement is also recommended to help strengthen the body’s natural defense system, much of which is found in the gut.