Bacteria are Vital to Your Health
The interconnectedness of your gut, brain, immune, and hormonal systems is impossible to unwind. The past few years has brought a scientific flurry of information about how crucial your microflora is to your genetic expression, immune system, body weight and composition, mental health, memory, and minimizing your risk for numerous diseases, from diabetes to cancer.
Microorganisms outweigh the human population by 100 million times! All around us and in us, the gastrointestinal tract alone houses some 100 trillion bacteria.
These are your “microbiome” are responsible for about 80 percent of your immune system function! Bacteria serve important roles in human health. But an unbalanced microbiome can kill you.
Scientifically, we’ve barely scratched the surface with bacteria; how they work, and why we need them.
Modern pharmacy is creating super microbes that may lead to the demise of medicine as we know it. Any surgical procedure will carry deadly risk.
Power of Microbes…
Bacteria in the soil are also vital for healthy crops. They are largely responsible for plant growth and nutrient uptake. Adding plant nutrients without regard for nourishing these microbes is a recipe for crop failure in the long-term.
Indiscriminately killing bacteria in an effort to achieve cleanliness and health comes at a steep price. In fact, antibiotic resistance has quickly turned into a worldwide health threat of massive proportions.
Now, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2 (CDC), two million American adults and children become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year, and at least 23,000 of them die as a direct result.
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, better known as MRSA, alone kills more Americans each year than the combined total of emphysema, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, and homicide.3
The victims include young, otherwise healthy people, raising suspicions that the MRSA infections originate from the food they eat. Drug-resistant tuberculosis is also on the rise.
As reported by Frontline, researchers have found that people living close to confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) also suffer drug-resistant infections at much higher rates than others, suggesting that antibiotic-resistant bacteria originate from large-scale agriculture.
“Medicine” has Created a Monster
Bacteria are evolving and outsmarting antibiotics – and they are winning the battle.
Many experts have issued strong warnings: when all antibiotics fail, it will be the end of modern medicine as we know it. Common illnesses such as bronchitis or strep throat may turn into deadly sepsis.
Surgeries previously considered low risk or “routine,” such as hip replacements, will be too risky without antibiotics, and complex surgeries like organ transplants may not be survivable anymore.
A 2013 paper by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) titled “Antibiotic Resistance in Foodborne Pathogens,”5 report that between 1973 and 2011, there were 55 antibiotic-resistant foodborne outbreaks in the US, and more than half of them involved pathogens resistant to five or more antibiotics.
How Did This Happen?
Antibiotic overuse and inappropriate use in medicine is one factor. But the routine use of antibiotics in agriculture is likely at the very heart of the matter.
First of all, agriculture accounts for about 80 percent of all antibiotics used in the US. At present, 24.6 million pounds of antibiotics are administered to livestock in the US every year for purposes other than treating disease, such as making the animals grow bigger faster. For example, 80 different antibiotics are allowed in cows’ milk!
Treated animal products may also be contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
In a recent documentary, researchers using genome sequencing compared E.coli samples found on supermarket meat with E.coli samples collected from patients with drug-resistant urinary tract infections. They were able to genetically link more than 100 urinary tract infections to tainted supermarket meat products.
Grass-fed and grass-finished antibiotic-free and hormone-free meat is the healthiest choice.
FDA has known for more than 12 years that routine use of antibiotics in livestock is harmful to human health, yet it has taken no meaningful action.
And GMOs? Jeffrey Smith explained at a recent GMO Summit, it’s possible that GMOs from food can transfer genetic material to your normal gut bacteria, conferring antibiotic resistance and turning them into superbugs. GMOs have been scientifically proven to activate and deactivate hundreds if not thousands of genes, and we have no idea about the risks associated with this, as no one has studied it.
What’s the Solution?
To avoid antibiotic-resistant disease:
Keep your immune system healthy and strong. This is primarily done through lifestyle choices such as proper diet, sleep, stress management, and exercise. In terms of diet, remember to opt for whole organic foods, raised without antibiotics and preferably locally sourced.
Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary. For example, antibiotics are typically unnecessary for most ear infections, and they do NOT work on viruses.
Avoid antibacterial household products, such as antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, and wipes, etc., as these also promote antibiotic resistance by allowing the strongest bacteria to survive and thrive.
Properly wash your hands with warm water and plain soap, to prevent the spread of bacteria. Avoid products that contain triclosan.
Take common-sense precautions in the kitchen: Kitchens are notorious breeding grounds for disease-causing bacteria, courtesy of contaminated meat products, including antibiotic-resistant strains of E-coli. To avoid cross-contamination between foods in your kitchen, I suggest adhering to the following recommendations:
Use a designated cutting board, preferably wood, not plastic, for raw meat and poultry, and never use this board for other food preparation, such as cutting up vegetables. Color coding your cutting boards is a simple way to distinguish between them.
To sanitize your cutting board, be sure to use hot water and detergent. Simply wiping it off with a rag will not destroy the bacteria
For an inexpensive, safe, and effective kitchen counter and cutting board sanitizer, use 3% hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. Keep each liquid in a separate spray bottle, and then spray the surface with one, followed by the other, and wipe off.
Coconut oil can also be used to clean, treat, and sanitize your wooden cutting boards. It’s loaded with lauric acid that has potent antimicrobial actions. Olive oil is another alternative. The fats will also help condition the wood
Purchase organic, antibiotic-free meats and other foods to reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.