What you need to know about Bacteria

It is estimated there at over 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 variations of bacteria living on this earth. CBS Sunday Morning Anchor, Jane Pauley, reported on the the discovery of bacteria Sunday, September 17, 2017 during the weekly almanac story. Bacteria was first discovered in human dental plaque by Dutch Scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek in 1683. The single-cell organisms were found through his homemade microscope.

Bacteria is both harmful and helpful. Good strains of bacteria aid in the role of digestions, actually play a vital role in the process. In addition, good bacteria also protects the body. How? Bacteria lives on our skin and in our bodies. The good strains protect the body as a first line of defense from strains that can cause sickness and disease.

While we have created antibiotics and antibacterial soaps to combat harmful strains, we are facing a new problem. Superbugs. Bacteria that is becoming resistant to even what was thought to be the most power medicines in hospitals.

The reality… Tiny organisms are threatening our well-being.

What are we doing about it?

Alternative treatments and therapies are being researched to combat antibiotic resistance. Natural ingredients are being reintroduced to modern medicine. With many years of over medicating illness, more people are researching the microbiome of our skin and gut, the makeup of microorganisms and their collective genetic material present in or on the human body.

Millions of dollars are being invested to understand herbal medicines and topical agents that keep the integrity of our skin and gut while balancing it to allow proper functioning and the ability to fight off the “bad” bacteria.

Superbugs are not only affecting our hospitals and clinics. They can be found in the devastating flood waters of tragic disasters, such as recent hurricanes, as well as on the sports field. Yes, your child could even be at risk at their local soccer practice, as well as the college and pro athletes we watch on T.V.

These bugs enjoy dampness, as Dr. Nick Romansky, Podiatrist for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Soccer Team has stated,

“Bacteria is found in morning dew on fields, and can be a potential threat.”

Dr. Romansky also has a great analogy for bacteria. Bacteria exists in a happy, balanced neighborhood, when we disrupt the balance with antibiotics or medicines, we can lose control. Just as a human body builds up resistance, so do superbugs. Which results in skin and GI tract issues such as GI distress, MRSA, and C Diff. If you disrupt the neighborhood, you lose the healthy balance.

Compared to the pharmaceutical industry, alternative and natural medicine options are lower than many would like, but something has to give in our world of harmful bacteria. How did we get here? Years of product and drug use to fight resistant bacteria, has created a much larger problem in our society.

Could the next step be a silicon valley type of disruption in the opioid and antibiotic industry to combat the ticking time bomb of superbugs?