Saturday, October 8, 2011

Preserving The Body’s Bugs

An interesting interview with Martin Blaser from New York University School of Medicine. He suggests that the increased use of antibiotics may be responsible for the dramatic rise in non-infectious diseases, such as asthma, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease  & diabetes. Antibiotics not only kill pathogenic bacteria but also the 'friendly bacteria in our bodies that regulate our metabolism and help us fight infection. There is evidence for instance that Helicobacter pylori,  the dominant ancient organism of the human stomach is going extinct.  It is hoped that in the future antibiotics can be tailored to target only specific harmful bacteria & that missing friendly bacteria can be reintroduced.

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I thought it was good that helicobacter pylori is going extinct as it said to be a major factor in ulcers and gastritis ?

You are right Lee. According to It is one of the most common infections in the UK. More than a quarter of people in the UK become infected with H. pylori at some stage in their life though most people who are infected with H. pylori have no symptoms and do not know that they are infected.

Don't tell the probiotic yogurt makers - they'd jump on the bandwagon!

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