Infections caused by antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria are becoming an increasing threat as they spread beyond hospitals into the community, warn researchers.Â
A study in The LancetÂ said that this common bacteria,Â found in the human gut and normally harmless, is producing strains that are potentially more dangerous, virulent and resistant to anti-biotics.
Doctors need to consider the use of anti-biotics more carefully in the future as their frequent useÂ promotes the rise of these resistant strains, said Dr Andrew Berrington, consultant microbiologist at Sunderland Royal Hospital.
How can weÂ protect ourselves and our families? We need to avoid anything that compromises our immune system. Anti-biotics are certainly one of the main culprits but we also need toÂ try to avoid toxins in our food (eat organic to avoid the pesticides), our personal care products (purchase from a company whose ethos is to avoid potentially dangerous toxins such as formaldehyde and sodium laurel sulphate) and take a good quality probiotic (no, we are definitely not talking about the little drink bottles you buy in the supermarkets).