Most of us are well aware of the growing problem in this country regarding the inappropriate and over prescribing of antibiotics and the serious repercussions it has created. In addition to the usual suspects of bacteria that we have a difficult enough time regularly combating, we have managed, over the years, to create multiple strains of Superbugs that even our most powerful antibiotics have a very difficult time controlling. One of the most prevalent of these recalcitrant strains, MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), has received a great deal of attention in the media as creating havoc for hospitals and patients alike. In fact, Medicare and other insurers have recently announced that, as of October 2008, they will no longer be covering the costs of treatments for hospital acquired infections. Hospitals will not be allowed to pass on the costs to patients. That’s going to be a big OUCH! for hospital administrators if they don’t come up with some ways to control these infections soon. Well… Mother Nature, in her inimitable wisdom, has once again given us a helping hand to combat these powerful little suckers that have stymied the medical community for years. Can you guess what it is? TEA! (Wow, are you smart!)
I read an article published at sciencedaily.com, reporting a new study performed by Egyptian researchers who wound up being shocked by the results: individuals who drank green tea while taking their antibiotics had a significantly greater ability to combat drug resistant bacteria than people who took their antibiotics without tea. Green tea, when taken with antibiotics, significantly reduced the bacteria’s drug resistance while simultaneously increasing the action of the antibiotics. A double whammy for these recalcitrant bad boys.
So how smart are all of us tea lovers feeling right now? Many of us came to tea because of its simple elegance, beauty and peaceful offering and wound up with great health improvements, protection from biological warfare and now from bacteria on steroids. Ain’t life grand?