More on why antibiotics should not be a knee-jerk prescription..

Our bodies are covered in a sea of microbes — both the pathogens that make us sick and the “good” microbes, about which we know less, that might be keeping us healthy. At TEDMED, microbiologist Jonathan Eisen shares what we know, including some surprising ways to put those good microbes to work. Meet Your Microbes

Highlights from Dr. Eisen’s talk:

Fun microbe fact: the average healthy adult has 10 times as many microbial cells as human cells. So what good things are these microbes doing for us? Here, some highlights.

1. Microbes play defense. The oodles of microbes that live on and inside us protect us from pathogens simply by taking up space. By occupying spots where nasties could get access to and thrive, good microbes keep us healthy. As Eisen explains, “It’s sort of like how having a nice ground cover around your house can prevent weeds from taking over.”

2. Microbes boost the immune system. Researchers at Loyola University demonstrated in a 2010 study how Bacillus, a rod-shaped bacteria found in the digestive tract, bind to immune system cells and stimulate them to divide and reproduce. The research suggests that, years down the road, those with weakened immune systems could be treated by introducing these bacterial spores into the system. These microbes could potentially even help the body fight cancerous tumors.

3. Microbes protect us from auto-immune diseases. In his TEDTalk, Eisen describes being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes as a teenager after “slowly wasting away until I looked like a famine victim with an unquenchable thirst.” Because microbes help train the immune system, if the microbiome is thrown out of whack, it can alter the body’s ability to differentiate between itself and foreign invaders. Recent research into Type 1 Diabetes reveals that a disturbance in the microbial community could trigger the disease, in which the body kills cells that produce insulin. In a 2009 study, researchers at Cornell University showed that introducing a benign strain of E. coli into diabetic mice set off a domino effect that led them to produce insulin. The work suggests that, someday, microbial yogurt could replace insulin shots for people with the disease. Microbial disturbances could be at the root of other auto-immune disorders too.

4. Microbes keep us slim. Microbes play an important role in our body shape by helping us digest and ferment foods, as well as by producing chemicals that shape our metabolic rates. Eisen explains, “It seems that disturbances in our microbial community may be one of the factors leading to an increase in obesity.”

5. Microbes detoxify and may even fight off stress. Just as humans breath in oxygen and release carbon dioxide, microbes in and on us take in toxins and spare us their dangerous effects. A recent study also shows that people feeling intense stress have much less diverse bacterial communities in the gut, suggesting that there is a not-yet-understood interplay between microbes and stress responses.

6. Microbes keep babies healthy. Recent studies have shown that babies born via caesarean section have very different microbiomes than those born the old-fashioned way. Why? Because during the birthing process, babies are colonized with the microbes of their mother, especially substances that aid in the digestion of milk. According to Science News, babies born via C-section are more likely to develop allergies and asthma than children born vaginally.
It’s clear that microbes have major implications for our health. And yet, much more research needs to be done to determine what different microbes do, and whether their disturbance causes ailments or is simply correlated to various health issues.

Now what? Re: Antibiotic overuse

News flash:

“A new report issued by the World Health Organization denounces the current overuse of antibiotics and is saying that antibiotics now pose a “major global threat” to public health.

Calling for urgent action, WHO says that antibiotic resistance is occurring “in every region of the world.” Describing the current medical landscape as a “post-antibiotic era,” WHO is revealing that simple infections, once treatable, are now capable of taking lives en masse. After analyzing data from 114 countries, WHO has deemed that “devastating implications are imminent, unless “significant” and prompt action is taken.”

As opposed to last Wednesday, when everything was fine…

More from the report:

“Antibiotics for E. coli infections “would not work in more than half of people treated”

“One antibiotic that has become practically worthless in the face of this rapid antibiotic resistance is carbapenem. This drug is often used to treat people with life-threatening pneumonia caused by K. pneumoniae bacteria. Carbapenem is also used as a last resort for bloodstream infections and infections that specifically affect newborns. Now the carbapenem antibiotic is no longer a last resort; it’s becoming very ineffective, useless across the world.”

“The World Health Organization also found that long-standing antibiotic treatments for gonorrhea are becoming useless. This was first observed in the UK, when the treatment failed to stop the sexually transmitted infection. Furthermore, WHO found that the same treatment isn’t working in Austria, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Canada, France, Norway, Slovenia or Sweden. They reported that gonorrhea is spreading uncontrollably now, with more than a million people becoming infected across the world daily.”

OK, so what do we do about it?

“…WHO is calling for the development of new antibiotics and new vaccines to overcome the resistant strains of bacteria. ‘What we urgently need is a solid global plan of action which provides for the rational use of antibiotics,’ the WHO report stated.”

Yes. Of course. And in other news, fire departments are now urged to use gasoline to extinguish fires.

Einstein is quoted: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Nature’s antibacterial plants are the answer

Hiding in the shadows of all the alarming confusion of useless medical antibiotics are an entire catalog of plants that contain antibacterial properties. Herbs like oregano, goldenseal, garlic and tea tree, among many others, consist of complex antibacterial substances that have evolved alongside bacteria over the years. These natural antibiotics use multiple modes to silence bacteria. These simple plants are the answer for drug-resistant infections. Antibacterial compounds from plants attack bacteria from multiple routes, not just a singular mode as seen in clinical antibiotics.

Medical establishments around the world could potentially save millions of lives utilizing these plant extracts. In this study, garlic destroyed Helicobacter pylori bacteria at low doses.H. Pylori study

The only way to conquer the mutating strains of bacteria is to use herbal medicine. Raw honey is one such natural antibacterial proving to conquer resistant strains of bacteria, including MRSA.

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Antibiotic overuse leads to 75K deaths per year in US hospitals…

That’s approximately 200 per day. Bugs are smart. They’re evolving. We’re running out of pharmacological options to kill them off.

Here’s a thought – naturally strengthen the immune system so it can do it’s job.

Example: 2 weeks ago my little girl could not go to her friends house to play as 3 of the 4 residents had “strep throat”. She had been there the previous 2 days. Sure enough the next day she’s complaining of a sore throat. It was diagnosed as strep off a reagent swab in the M.D.’s office her mom had taken her to (..would a jury convict me?). After a quick MFT eval that evening 2 products were identified to balance and expand her Field. When I checked on her mid-morning the next day she was jumping on the couch. That evening she informed me her throat was all better. She was back to school the next day. Pain from strep throat lasting little more than 24 hrs is a lot better than I experienced when I was her age.

I’m not advocating the dogmatic avoidance of antibiotics. If she did not improve in short order I was fully prepared to go ahead with her prescription. But her immune system was able to deal with the situation given the proper support.

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