Thursday, April 26, 2007

Link Between Bacteria & Health Gets More Interesting

Pound360 cleary remembers being taught that bacteria are bad when we were kids. But as we've come to learn, that's not entirely true. Some bacteria are bad, yes. For example, E. coli can be bad. But reports over the last year have increasingly convinced us that bacteria can do just as much good.

For example, the right amount of the right bacteria in your gut can
control weight. Other bacteria can keep you regular.

Now we're learning the right bacteria can keep your skin healthy, too. This according to a new article at Wired.com, "Hacking Your Body's Bacteria for Better Health." In the piece we learn pills containing bacteria (probiotics) are successfully used to treat eczema. But that's not all, bacteria may also be responsible for controlling allergies, irritable bowel syndrome and diabetes.

The mounting evidence of a link between bacteria and health should force us all to rethink our phobia of bacteria. As Wired put it, "it now appears that our daily antibacterial regimens are disrupting a balance that once protected humans."

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.