This post was originally published on HoneyColony.
The 20th century medical revolution messed up in at least one regard. Instead of wiping out disease, it created a new generation of antibiotic resistant bacteria that cannot be treated. Some doctors talk about the return to the Middle Ages while others barely acknowledge the threat. The real problem stems from how we perceived bacteria from the onset.
To be human is to be bug. We’re built out of 100 trillion tiny creatures, 90 trillion of them are bacterial, while the rest are human cells.
A thousand species of bacteria live in our gut, aiding with digestion, warding off pathogens, maintaining the immune system, synthesizing vitamins, decomposing fecal matter, creating enzymes, harnessing energy from carbohydrates, absorbing fatty acids, and producing hormones. Thousands more perform vital functions on our skin, in our lungs, mouth, hair, organs, blood, and genitalia.
Useful little critters. It’s a shame we declared war on them soon after their discovery.… Read the rest