Untreatable Tuberculosis (TB) is on the Rise
Tuberculosis is a common but lethal disease which attacks the lungs as well as other parts of the body. Spread by coughs and sneezes, it is most common in Asia and Africa. However, worldwide travel, less immunization and lower immunity through disease shows that TB is now on the rise. It is generally treated with multiple antibiotics over a period of time, but the infection is becoming increasingly resistant to existing treatments.
The Growing Threat of Drug-Resistant TB
International health makers recently issued a global warning on World TB Day (March 24) about this rising threat. TB specialists see the rise of XDR TB, a strain which is particularly resistant to a wide range of drugs, could mark the beginning of a worldwide TB epidemic which is untreatable.
The World Health Organization estimated that 8.7 million people contracted TB in 2011, and 1.4 people died from it. The Lancet has warned that new drugs to combat TB could take years to be available, slowed by the pharmaceutical industry seeing little profit in researching a drug that may not work anyway and preferring to pursue more lucrative research.
Even controls of TB are antiquated and inadequate. The vaccine has limited effect and diagnostic smears only detect half the cases. Tests also fail to discern whether it is the totally drug resistant XDR strain of tuberculosis or the more easily treated multidrug resistant (MDR) strain.
How to Minimize the Risk of Contracting TB
Researchers have found that HIV, along with non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, smoking and cancer, increase the chance of a person contracting TB. These diseases lower natural immunity and they also interact with the TB. However, by living a healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking and controlling blood sugar through diet, people can substantially lower their risk to TB.
Boosting Your Immune System Naturally
Other natural ways to boost the immune system and lower the risk of TB include taking a range of health supplements. Vitamin C supports a strong and healthy immune system. It is a powerful antioxidant which protects not only against colds and flu, but also helps prevent other more serious conditions.
Low levels of vitamin E are associated with a weak immune system. Ensure that you have sufficient vitamin E by eating seeds and nuts high in essential oils, and plenty of green vegetables. You may want to take a vitamin E supplement to meet the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of 15mg. This bolsters immunity and gives you glowing healthy skin too!
All the B vitamins play an important role in cell metabolism and help the body deal with stress. A B-complex supplement containing all eight B vitamins has been shown to dramatically boost the natural immune system.
Selenium is a mineral antioxidant which helps counter the free radicals in the body. It effectively supports a balanced thyroid and a strong immune system.
One final natural immunity booster is exercise. As well as eating more greens, stopping smoking and taking healthy supplements, add 30 minutes exercise to your daily routine to make sure that you do not become one of the frightening statistics of drug-resistant TB.