I first warned you about carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) well over a year ago. On the superbug block, these nasty bugs are the worst of the worst… a true devil among demons.

Like other superbug bullies, CRE is resistant to antibiotics. But CRE isn’t only resistant to the run-of-the-mill antibiotics, this ugly bug laughs in the face of the “last-resort” drug carbapenem.

Now you may never have heard of carbapenem before—it’s not exactly a household name—and good luck pronouncing it (much less enterobacteriaceai!). But this life-saving drug is the antibiotic that docs turn to when nothing else works. And for many with critical infections it can literally mean the difference between life and death.

But with antibiotic resistance at an all-time high, and superbugs running rampant, docs have turned to carbapenem a few times too many. Their last-resort drug has been transformed from a life-saving savior to a do-nothing dud.

Killer bugs make leap to local hospitals

As I explained last year, with no drugs that can effectively combat it, CRE is a flat-out killer. In fact, 50 percent of people infected with this deadly disease die… and that’s even when docs throw multiple antibiotics at the bug.

The reason why CRE is so deadly is terrifying. It’s not just being resistant to antibiotics that make this bug such a powerful killer, its genetics. Like a scene straight out of a body-snatching sci-fi thriller, the CRE bug “takes over” other bacteria, such as common E. coli, and transfers its drug-resistance to them.

In other words, CRE essentially creates an army of slave bugs to help it do its killing.

When I last spoke to you about CRE in April of 2013, I warned that the superbug was spreading like wildfire and bound to break out of the long-term hospital settings it seemed to favor at the time.  Now a new study has confirmed my worst fears.

Community hospitals in the southeast have seen a stunning fivefold increase in the number of CRE cases in the last five years! That means that CRE has already made the leap from long-term health care facilities to the hospitals you and I rely on for care. And with no drugs to treat it, let’s face facts, this situation is going to get worse… much, much worse… before it gets better.

But enough gloom and doom…. let’s move on to the good news. You and your loved ones don’t have to sit around waiting to become victims of CRE. You CAN do something to shore up your system and help send this killer packing before it ever moves in.

Begin by avoiding falling into the trap that got us into this pickle in the first place. Do not, under any circumstances, take unnecessary antibiotics. This means if you have a cold, don’t take one. Colds are viruses and viruses don’t respond to antibiotics.

And don’t demand an antibiotic for every scrape, sniffle, and ache. Always try natural remedies… and even good old (all natural) patient waiting… first. Work with a holistic doctor who can help you decide on the best non-drug alternatives to try for whatever it is that ails you.

The best offense is a supplement defense

Next go on the offensive. Shore up your immune system, making your body an unwelcome home for all kinds of bad bugs including CRE. This means taking a quality probiotic from a maker you trust. A belly full of good bugs may be your best defense against any bad ones looking to move in.

Next, if you aren’t already taking a vitamin D supplement it’s time to start. Vitamin D deficiency is incredibly common, and your risk for it climbs right along with your age. That’s a problem, because D is critical for your immune system to work properly.

Without enough of D on board, the killer cells in your immune system (T-cells) don’t get kicked into action. And these are the cells that track down andannihilate foreign invaders like those CRE bugs we’re trying to avoid.

I typically recommend taking 2,000 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. Your doc can check your levels to see how much you need. You can also get more D in your diet by eating fatty fish (including salmon, tuna, and sardines) and fresh organic meats and eggs. And, of course, the very best way to up your D-levels is to spend at least 20 minutes a day out in the sunshine, without sunscreen.

And finally, finish shoring up your body’s defense system with a few more tried-and-true immunity builders, including vitamin C, Beta 1.3 glucan, zinc, Maitake D-Fraction, and garlic.