Antibiotics effects good Bacteria:
Human body is made up of more than 100 trillions of cell with 210 known distinct human cell type. It is also consists of 100 trillions bacterial cells but they are 1/1000th the size of a typical human cell. Smaller in size makes bacterial cells to exist in human body. As per the research it is predicted that within 10 years, doctors would be able to treat stomach problems, asthma, and other related diseases by altering the volume of bacteria’s inside the patient body and also by killing off the harmful species of bacteria or helping the good bacteria’s to flourish inside our body.
Bacteria and germs are the tiny organism that causes a disease or other problems. They are mostly found in the intestine of the human body, and help in digestion. Some bacteria also play an important role in obesity. According to Ruth Ley, a Cornell researcher, the mix of bacteria in the human gut differ dramatically depending on how much we eat and what we eat. As per her observation gut bacteria differ from person to person depending on the size and weight of the person. While this doesn’t prove much cause and effect, but one possibility could be that some people may gain weight due to the presence of wrong type of bacteria in their guts. Researcher implanted the right gut bacteria on genetically engineered mice for the early onset of diabetes but no longer got it.
Similar research showed that different bacterial populations affect depending on how people metabolize Tylenol. Patient with strange gut flora may observe less pain relief or may be at a higher risk of overdose. Type of bacterial population in the gut seems to determine how the immune system gets turned on, the explanation for the hypothetical link to asthma. It is also been observed that bacteria living on the surface of our skin play a major role in curing inflammation and protecting us from other germs and harmful disease causing bacteria.
Blaser’s theory of child obesity relies partly on the work of Ley and others, along with decades-old observations about farm animals. As per the research and observation, it is long known that if cows, chickens or sheep have been given a low doses of antibiotics, they gain weight faster – The American Medical Association opposes this practice because it leads to development of drug resistance bacteria. Due to relentless drugging of antibiotics, balance of bacteria in the guts of cows gets altered, causing the cows to gain more calories from the food they consume.
Blaser even debate about the same thing that may be happening with the people. The continuous overuse of antibiotics for minor sickness such as infections, he argued last year in Nature Reviews Microbiology, is exterminating ancient gut bacteria and leading to higher rates of obesity and asthma. If he is right, then restoring the good gut bacteria after the antibiotic treatment might be a stepping stone or a revolutionary step towards the betterment of human race.
Looking at the possibilities of restoring good gut bacteria and its usage for the betterment of mankind makes The National Institutes of Health to spend $140 million through the year 2013 and has also made to conduct the so-called Human Microbiome Project to understand our germs and bacteria. It is also been expected that someday drug companies may sell drugs that can cure disease by altering the germs and bacteria that are present in our gut. The major drug manufacturing companies are yet but more likely to join this revolutionary field.
You will be glad to know that some of the food manufacturing companies have already spend billion on yogurt, cereals, and other drinks designed to enhance the growth of good bacteria. The food manufacturing company named Danone sells around $2 billion worth of the yogurt annually and there are many more national and international food manufacturing brands willing to try their luck in this field. So, we can hope for a healthy life from our body’s ancient and tiniest citizen (Bacteria).