Friday, 26 October 2012

Gut War

I've posted up loads about gut flora and ecology.  Your inner biome is critical to your health.  Whilst illness, injury and death by 'tooth and claw' has diminished, the threat posed by accident is ever present, and the danger posed by bacteria and virus is ever-changing. 

But with bacterial attack, the BBC reports that we should be equipped to fight back against some of the most lethal strains,
  • The gut infection Clostridium difficile can be defeated by a cocktail of rival good bacteria, experiments in mice show.

    When C. difficile bacteria overwhelm the gut, it can be fatal and difficult to treat with antibiotics.

    A UK team showed a combination of six bacteria could clear the infection.

    The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, builds on faecal transplant procedures - which are used to introduce competing bacteria.

    C. difficile bacteria live in many people's guts alongside hundreds of other species - all fighting for space and food.
Think about that last line!

2 comments:

FeelGoodEating said...

A,

Do you take any pro biotics? Or similar ?

I feel better when at least one a week I eat real fermented foods.

Marc

Asclepius said...

Hi Marc, no I don't take any probiotics. I do eat cheese and yogurt on occasion.