Society has developed such a phobia about germs that many peoples health is systematically and unknowingly being destroyed. People just keep being told germs are bad, kill them all, keep getting given antibiotics – (read on for the dangers of this to your body and health). Bacteria ARE vital, are required, they can help us build immunity, they help us survive and keep us healthy. The wider variety we are exposed to the healthier we can be. (of course we need to proceed with caution for those undergoing cancer treatments and whose immune systems are already severely compromised) However they too can benefit from this knowledge and by using the BodyTalk tools for balancing the microbiome within the body. Awareness is key and if our body has opportunity to contact with bacteria, acknowledge their benefit or danger, then the immune system can make informed choices. However if our birth has not been a natural one, if we were not breast fed, if we have been subject to antibiotics and vaccinations from a very early age then our immune and digestive systems are severely compromised. If as children, youth or adults, stress has caused our digestive and immune responses to become so overloaded or overwhelmed they cannot work efficiently or identify correct balances inside of us, (bacteria & virus imbalances), then we have compromised health. All is not lost – there are techniques to bring back healthier balance, without more medications and invasive procedures.
You are outnumbered 10:1! This is good.
Our human body is made composed of billions of cells, most of them living! Cells are being formed, cells are dying, cells are being attacked and cells are attacking every second of the day. We also have microbes within us that outnumber our own cells by 10:1! We need them, they are vital for our health and well-being. They provide essential services for a huge variety of functions within the body. Many are what we call mutualists, because they provide us with specific enzymes, help the absorption of many nutrients, assist with the acidity levels in our gut, and also play a role in obesity. Bacteria also provide us with vitamins that are essential that we have no way of making ourselves, train our immune system to be alert and healthy, and to be calm – not over-reactive! They also help protect us from infection.
In Built Safety System
So microbes work with our cells to keep us safe from external and internal attack and while they can live without us, we cannot live, nor have healthy lives without them. However when our cells do not have the vital elements, cell replacement and health within the blood nutrient supply we have challenged health, and this can present in many and varied forms. You only need to walk into a forest and scratch around a little under the trees. You know there are bigger animals around that have a role in the eco-system, however there is a whole community that we do not readily see, or even see at all with the naked eye. If you look closely you will see lots of little creatures busy about their lives. Under high powered microscopes, you will see another world, the world of bacteria, fungi and parasites. They all have an important role and all live symbiotically with one another, live in harmony within this forest ecosystem. Occasionally there will be a dryer or wetter period, and those who like it dryer or wetter will thrive and the balance will be off for a time. Eventually harmony and balance are restored without outside intervention and the cycle continues. In our bodies we have this same sort of ecosystem, bacteria, fungi, parasites and virus. As a result of increased paranoia around sterilising our environment many parasites, bacteria and fungi, which played important roles in our health, have been killed off, and this has upset our internal balance. When microbes within the body are out of balance, our cells are not as healthy, insufficient nutrients, of which some are made by these microbes, these wee microbes are unable to live in harmony and multiply out of control, or in the case of some they die off, leaving our defences compromised. Unfortunately instead of restoring the balance within the body, by finding out where the imbalance lies, which other microbes can do the job, what is needed to boost the depleted or lacking numbers, people are pumped with antibiotics.
Some interesting facts about anti biotics
The most obvious and well known aspect of this is with antibiotics. Antibiotics literally mean “against life”. While we know the antibiotics kill microorganisms, their specific target is to kill all bacteria! Now to have healthy immune, digestive and brain function we need bacteria in our gut and intestine, in fact we need heaps and we need a variety. Antibiotics have their place – to kill life threatening bacteria; however they are used now days for things that they do not even kill. For example viruses – ear ache in children and adults and the flu. Now days antibiotics are broad-spectrum in nature so therefore are destructive to an ever greater range of bacteria. And just in case you think, “I do not take antibiotics”, you may want to re-evaluate. In the United States – I am not sure how this applies to New Zealand or Australia, however caution would be advised, the biggest use of antibiotics is in animals! They are used to “check” infection and to accelerate growth – and this is economically driven because the animals will gain more weight with less food. One thing I note here is I only buy organic chicken now, after being amazed at the huge size of the chicken breasts and appalled at the murky discoloration that came out of the meat when cooked. I even refuse to buy it for my dog – she eats organic too! Just as a side note here – connect the dots if you will – the younger an animal is given antibiotics the more profound the weight gain....look at our young children and the rising incidence of obesity that may correspond with the rise in pumping children with antibiotics for anything and everything! Then the food chain does not stop with there, animals excrete their food in urine and feces, this is absorbed back into the land and waterways, and used as fertilisers. We eat the food, unless we grow organic and know our soil, and food has been tested to sometimes contain antibiotics. Interesting information on antibiotics and other aspects of health care can be found searching this site
Your Brain and Microbes
Life threatening bacteria are more of a worry to us if our immune system is compromised and our internal bacterial balance is not healthy. If we do not have a health microbe balance our brain function is compromised. The way we experience life, process our emotions and experience, how we interact with others or not, how well we think, plan and adapt, all have roots within the microbe balance of the body. Yep, you got it; bacteria impact our brain and mood! Findings are recent, but have been suspected for quite some time. Among other things, microbes in our gut influence a neuro-transmitter involved in brain plasticity, integrate the stress/relaxation responses in the brain and gastrointestinal tract – when you feel overwhelmed or stressed, the digestive process gets put on hold, as well as your ability to think, because you need all resources to fight or flee your stress. Only now days we are not fleeing the sabre-toothed tiger once in a while and able to relax for the long stretches in-between, many people are in a state of constant overwhelm or stress and this is throwing our digestive and thinking processes way off beam – and we wonder why we have so many digestive and mental-health issues!
So it makes more sense to sort out our community of bacteria, get the levels more healthy and balanced, communicating and doing their jobs effectively than throwing drugs that only wipe out the whole bang lot, and leave you wide open to more issues as your poor stomach and intestines seek to repopulate.
Take courage – there ARE alternatives – SAFE ONES
The simplest way to sort out the balance is to ask your system. Find a Accunect or BodyTalk practitioner near you. Other ways could be to take good pro-biotics, clean up your diet, by eating fresh food, lots of vegetables and fruit, and making sure your meat is not full of hormones and antibiotics. If you were to start taking minerals and vitamins when your microbe and cell health is unbalanced, then the overall effectiveness of them will be limited, as the internal digestive environment is compromised.
What we thought of as germs (microbes) can actually be doing us a world of good, when in correct balance. I grew up on a dairy farm, hardly ever wore footwear, even in the milking shed, still go barefoot 90% of the time. Do not regularly take vitamins or minerals, try to eat a varied, healthy diet and hardly ever get sick. I have only had one lot of antibiotics in the past 20 years, for a urinary tract infection that would not clear. If I get the flu or flu like symptoms, I do not “feel” at all sick or debilitated. I take it easy, support my body as it deals with the invasion by resting, taking in lots of fluids and maybe some tissue salts, and I use the Accunect and SelfCare techniques and BodyTalk techniques to support wellness. I am never out of “action” and usually only have the symptoms for about 2-3 days maximum. My children’s “sick” days from school were very few and far between, as when they “came down with something” they recovered very quickly, using the same tools. They may have had 1-2 days off a year. I spent 18 months in a kindergarten and never needed a sick day, even though I was surrounded by children of all degrees of sickness with colds, flu, and other childhood challenges. All the teachers took time off.
So “it” is NOT out there, “it” is not something you can catch per-say, for if your immune, digestive and brain health is balanced and healthy then your system will have the necessary resources to launch a defensive, rally the troops and overcome the challenge. Here is to microbes and their continued assistance for our health and well-being!