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Are you aware that most pharmaceutical companies have stopped developing antibiotics?
Before I touch on that, let me first explain how the entire system of modern medicine evolved. Renowned scientist Louis Pasteur created his theory that germs make use sick after investigating what caused wine to spoil. When Pasteur looked under his microscope, he must have marveled at the presence of tiny bugs before concluding that the same bacteria could cause diseases like tuberculosis, syphilis, and small pox.
Since “bugs” that caused disease were not a pleasant thought, scientists decided to focus on a way to destroy them. At first, antibiotics wiped out many infections that had been plaguing mankind, but as time passed, we began to see that this was a war that could never be won; the bacteria adapt too quickly.
This is one reason that pharmaceutical companies shy away from spending millions of dollars developing new antibiotics—the drugs would become obsolete before turning a profit. Even the most powerful antibiotics today are no match for the antibiotic resistant “super bugs” that have begun to appear across the world.
So, if we can’t outsmart the bugs, can we find a way to live in harmony with them?
A good first step was to begin calling the healthy bugs probiotics. The term pro-biotic means “for life” and according to the FAO/WHO, probiotics are defined as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”.
The second step is understanding that our bodies have an ecosystem just as the world does. I call the “ecosystem” on and inside us our Body Ecology. Having plenty of beneficial microorganisms on us and in us is a wise idea, for when our tiny allies prevail, the healthier we will be.
Proof of this comes from Elie Metchnikoff, a famous Russian biologist and contemporary of Pasteur, who studied groups of people who aged slowly and found that they ate fermented foods, like yogurt, that contained healthy microbes.
Calling a truce on the war with microorganisms is essential to our future. So let’s build loving relationships with the best of the little bugs and harness their power to help us stay healthier and stronger than we have ever been before.
It’s time for us humans to start humbling ourselves and realize we may not be the most powerful creatures on this planet. Indeed, bacteria inhabited the Earth long before we were here. Their ability to survive billions of years deserves a closer look at what they are doing right.
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