Prof Pooh-Poohs Western World’s Anti-Bacterial Crusade

Society’s anti-bacterial crusade makes children and adults more likely to develop asthma and allergies – and perhaps even mental illnesses, says Dr. Gerald Callahan, an immunologist from Colorado State University. Callahan argues that all living things on Earth must have infections to thrive, and people’s love affair with anti-bacterial products is changing how immune systems, gastrointestinal systems and even nervous systems develop and function.

“We need our bacteria,” Callahan stressed, pointing out that sheltering a child from bacterial infections increases his or her chances of developing asthma and allergies. Interestingly, recent studies show that the more educated parents are, the more likely their children are to develop asthma and allergies possibly because these parents are more likely to worry about bacterial infections.

Callahan says society must learn how to differentiate good from bad bacteria and infectious microorganisms. “We understand that part of becoming an adult is learning to interact with people and recognize both bad and good in those people. The same is true for bacteria and other infectious microorganisms,” he said.

Humans have 10 times more bacterial cells in their bodies than human cells. Without bacteria, there would not be humans. Human life depends on certain infections. “Before we knew the important role that infections play, we knew about things like rabies and polio and yellow fever,” Callahan explained. “Because of that, when Fleming finally introduced penicillin in 1945, we went crazy with joy and began to slather everything with antibiotics, especially ourselves. Now we are paying our dues for that overreaction.”

Callahan points out that there are more bacteria by far in this world than any other living thing. “We are a minority on this planet, and we must learn how to work with the majority,” he said.

Related articles:
Boffin Ponders Cultural Manipulation By Cat Parasite
Prevalence Of Antibiotic Resistance Surprises
Antibiotics Absorbed By Vegetables
Probiotics Touted As New Weapon Against Hospital Bugs
Do We Really Understand Gene Transfer?
Horizontal Gene Transfer Vastly Underestimated, Suggests New Study

Source: Colorado State University

, ,

Comments are closed.

Vintage MILBEN 12 Scientifically Prepared Slides of ASSORTED BACTERIA NO 709 picture

Vintage MILBEN 12 Scientifically Prepared Slides of ASSORTED BACTERIA NO 709

$14.99



Cotech Antimicrobial Copper Pen - Kills 99% of Bacteria and Viruses picture

Cotech Antimicrobial Copper Pen - Kills 99% of Bacteria and Viruses

$15.99



MIRA Safety Particlemax P3 Virus & Bacteria 40mm Filter - New 20 Year Shelf Life picture

MIRA Safety Particlemax P3 Virus & Bacteria 40mm Filter - New 20 Year Shelf Life

$35.00



newspaper ad 1953 IPANA toothpaste bacteria monster PICNIC Sal Hepatica laxative picture

newspaper ad 1953 IPANA toothpaste bacteria monster PICNIC Sal Hepatica laxative

$11.50



newspaper ad 1953 IPANA toothpaste bacteria monster alien DIAL deodorant soap picture

newspaper ad 1953 IPANA toothpaste bacteria monster alien DIAL deodorant soap

$11.50



1931

1931 "Gargle Every Two Hours" Listerine Reduces Bacteria 98% Watch Face Print Ad

$6.97



1964 Dial Bar Soap Suds Wet Man Shower Bacteria Fighting AT-7 Vintage Print Ad picture

1964 Dial Bar Soap Suds Wet Man Shower Bacteria Fighting AT-7 Vintage Print Ad

$6.97



1966 Dial Soap Bar With AT-7 Get Rid Of Bacteria And Odor Man In Shower Print Ad picture

1966 Dial Soap Bar With AT-7 Get Rid Of Bacteria And Odor Man In Shower Print Ad

$6.97



No Bacteria Volusia County Schools Vintage Lapel Pin picture

No Bacteria Volusia County Schools Vintage Lapel Pin

$12.95



Vintage Print Ad Dial Soap with AT-7 Removes Bacteria Life Magazine Ad 1959 picture

Vintage Print Ad Dial Soap with AT-7 Removes Bacteria Life Magazine Ad 1959

$13.99



Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes