This is not to say all bacteria are good, but of the thousands and thousands of bacterial species that live on (and in) us, only a dozen or so can cause disease. The rest appear to be essential to our cells working, that is, to our health.
It goes well beyond this or that stray bacteria offering a bit of help. Our body is made up of cells, and the bacteria amongst us are cells too. Our body needs these bacterial cells in order for our cells to work well.
This is now proven in the gut. The loads of bacteria in our intestine are absolutely necessary for the cells of our intestine to do their jobs- digest and absorb food, etc.
It is still far too early to know how to support the bacteria essential for our health and well-being.
But even now, we know enough to say that the #1 hazard or risk in using antibiotics is the disruption and damage they cause to the bacteria we all depend on to live.
New research reveals that bacteria live deep inside of us, specifically, in our babies’ placentas. As much as 10% of a placenta is actually made up of bacteria. These bacteria may play a major role in determining of a pregnancy will reach full-term and if the baby gains good weight.
Yes, bacteria can cause terrible disease, but only a tiny number do. The vast, vast majority of bacteria are essential to our health and well-being.
Dr. Arthur Lavin
Thanks to Ms. Carolyn Stulberg of The Alexandria School for bringing this article to my attention.
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