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April 30th 2013, 17:43
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When Lynne's mother was 24, her dentist unwisely extracted a tooth while she had the flu. Within days her neck had ballooned with a streptococcal infection and she was rushed to hospital. Lynne's father, then her fianc'e, wept helplessly at her bedside while priests filed past him after administering

last rites.And then the wonder drug arrived. As a last resort, Lynne's mother was given penicillin-still in experimental use then. Within a day or two the swelling that had almost obscured her face simply melted away. Lynne's ordinarily doubting father rushed off to church and humbly knelt before the altar, convinced that he had witnessed a miracle.

In those days, antibiotics were being tested to combat deadly bacterial infections. As a result of the work of Alexander Fleming and others, penicillin began to be used gingerly during the Second World War against such life-threatening illnesses as septicaemia, meningitis and pneumonia. There is perhaps no other family of drugs that has so revolutionized-indeed defined-modern medicine.

Just 60 years on and the scenario of Lynne's parents is upon us once again. Two months ago, Dame Sally Davies, the UK's new Chief Medical Officer, made the front pages with her 'state of the nation's health' report by announcing the arrival of a superbug that is resistant to every antibiotic. After decades of overuse, this century's wonder drug has now become increasingly powerless against clever and constantly mutating bacteria, she warned, and unless medicine finds a new antibiotic quickly, we face the equivalent of microbial Armageddon.

As this month's special cover story (page 26 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine) investigates, a highly effective weapon against the deadliest of superbugs-the bacteriophage-already exists and has been at medicine's disposal for some 80 years, but has largely been ignored by the drugs industry. In fact, Big Pharma has generally abandoned antibiotic research as 'unprofitable' despite the superbug crisis, preferring, as always, to follow the money.

Rather than waiting for another wonder drug, you can fight off the worst of superbugs yourself with a host of powerful natural antidotes-many of which sit in your kitchen cupboard (page 34 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

Speaking of medical mayhem, WDDTY's editorial panellist Dr John Mansfield casts a critical eye at the so-called 'heart-healthy' low-fat diets and current government nutritional guidelines recommending carbohydrates as our dietary staple. Low-fat and high-carb, he argues, have simply made us fat (page 36 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine), and there are other diets with better evidence of success in helping you shed the pounds.

Today's woman may be equal, but she's not built the same as a man, so she shouldn't exercise like one, says our exercise guru Paul Chek. This month's just-for-women exercise regime is guaranteed to get you fit and hit the spots most other exercise programmes don't reach (page 46 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

You've no doubt heard about the connection between mind and body, and one type of energy psychology called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) shows that pain often has an emotional component-tackle the emotion, says EFT specialist Nick Ortner, and you get rid of the pain (page 74 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

The mind doesn't just have an effect on health but on movement too, and in our new holistic back feature called 'Back to Health', international movement specialist Anat Baniel shows you that it's with variety of movement, not stretching, that your clever brain learns how to let go of tight back muscles (page 66 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

Find out how medical detective Harald Gaier helped one reader solve his gut issues when the problem wasn't Candida (page 84 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine), and read Arielle Essex's extraordinary story about how her brain tumour disappeared once she'd changed her thoughts about her life (page 54 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

Natural vet Paul Bolan offers simple alternatives for one of the great curses of many canine breeds-doggie hives (page 64 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine)-while raw-food chef Mark'eta shows you how tiny powerhouses like nuts and seeds can pack a huge nutritional wallop (page 72 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

In this month's WDDTY we launch an entirely new section called 'Healthy Shopping' (page 87 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine), which sources a range of home and beauty products that are better for your health. In honour of our belated spring, we've managed to find the best chemical-free fragrances (page 90 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine) and, for all you DIY decorators, non-toxic house paints (page 88 on May issue of WDDTY Magazine).

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