Uncovering New Strategies for Sepsis Treatment: A Podcast Discussion


Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint. It was originally published August 28, 2017.

Understanding Sepsis: A Silent Killer

Sepsis is a serious condition that often goes unnoticed until it progresses to a critical stage. As drug-resistant infections become more common, cases of sepsis are on the rise. Sepsis, also known as blood poisoning, is initiated by an aggressive immune response to an infection in the bloodstream. If left untreated, it can lead to septic shock, multiple organ failure, and even death.

An estimated 1 million Americans develop sepsis each year, with up to 50% succumbing to this systemic infection. While conditions like bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat, and kidney infections can all trigger sepsis, it is most commonly acquired in hospital settings. Conventional treatments often fail, resulting in a high mortality rate of 50%, making it both a health and financial burden on society.

Hope on the Horizon: Nondrug Treatments for Sepsis

Probiotics: A Lifesaver for Infants

Research has shown that feeding newborns probiotics can significantly reduce their risk of developing sepsis. In a study conducted in rural India, the probiotic strain Lactobacillus plantarum ATCC-202195 was found to lower the incidence of sepsis and mortality by 40%. The study, initially planned for 8,000 infants, was stopped early due to the overwhelming benefits observed.

Furthermore, probiotics have shown to lower other infection rates and promote a healthier gut microbiome. The cost-effective nature of probiotic treatment makes it a promising option for combatting sepsis and improving overall health.

Healing Wounds with Probiotics

In addition to infant health, probiotics have demonstrated potential in wound healing, reducing the risk of infections, including sepsis. Research has indicated that certain probiotic strains can protect skin cells from harmful bacteria, promoting faster wound closure and improved healing rates.

Vitamin C: A Game-Changer in Sepsis Treatment

The use of vitamin C in combination with thiamine and hydrocortisone has shown remarkable results in treating sepsis. Studies have revealed that this IV cocktail dramatically reduces mortality rates and effectively combats the infection, offering a cost-effective and accessible treatment option.

Embracing Innovation in Sepsis Care

Dr. Paul Marik’s protocol involving vitamin C for sepsis treatment has garnered attention for its effectiveness and simplicity. While further studies are needed for widespread adoption, initial results are promising, offering hope for a breakthrough in sepsis management.

Protecting Yourself from Sepsis

With sepsis posing a significant health risk, it’s crucial to be aware of the signs and risks associated with this condition. Individuals with chronic diseases, weakened immune systems, or recent exposure to healthcare facilities are particularly vulnerable. Taking proactive steps such as prompt treatment of infections and proper wound care can help reduce the risk of sepsis.

As research continues to uncover innovative approaches to sepsis management, it is important to stay informed and proactive in safeguarding your health.

Original Author: Dr. Mercola

Source: NPR – Uncovering New Strategies for Sepsis Treatment

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