The germ theory of disease was a major advancement in medicine. It took a long time to gain traction, but when it did, thanks to such luminaries as the Louis Pasteur, we never looked back. But ever since then, we have been at war. We have beaten back bacteria, and massacred microbes like no other time in history. But has our fervour for victory gone too far? Have we taken our endeavor to the nth degree and caused collateral damage? Do we have allies amongst the many species of tiny beings on, in and around us? Turns out we do, and science is only just uncovering how essential they are to our health and well being. Below I have outlined some reasons why bacteria is not the enemy we once thought they were...
Your gut bacteria could have a huge part to play in your immune system.
Our immune systems have developed to react to harmful pathogens and tolerate organisms that cause no harm. Studies suggest that having a broader diversity of these tolerated organisms might contribute to better overall health. Lower diversity has been linked to conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease. Bacteria perform functions such as aiding digestion and many other bodily functions. They may even have a part to play in your mood too.
2. You may have more bacteria cells on and in you than human cells.
Bacterial cells are much smaller than human cells. This means we can harbour a lot of them in our bodies but never notice they are there, but trust me, they’re there! So many many in fact that it was thought to be as many as 10-1 bacteria- human cells! More conservative estimates have put it closer to a 1-1. Still pretty impressive for such little guys!
3. Our germaphopic tendencies are creating bugs that antibiotics can’t kill
Antibiotics have revolutionised modern medicine. But bacteria are survivors and they evolve and gain immunity over time. Antibiotics are vital in modern medicine, but should be taking sparingly. They kill the good bacteria as well as the bad. Some use the analogy of our bodies as a planet for the bacteria, antibiotics are like dropping a nuclear bomb on it. In late 2015, resistance to coillistin was found. This is an antibiotic that is used to fight superbugs and used rarely on humans as it can damage the liver. Irresponsible use of this drug in animals has created bacteria that is resistant to it. Antibiotic use in animals is a whole other story, but if we can only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary, maybe we can do our part in delaying antibiotic resistant strains.
Bacteria has been there from the very beginning. Evolutionary biologists generally agree that we even descended from bacteria like ancestors. If we fail to understand to understand the complex relationship we have with these little guys, we risk risk our health and wellbeing, and maybe a whole lot more.
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