THE ENEMY WITHIN COMMUNICATES.
"Communications between individual bacteria are, with slight modifications, familiar to us. For example, bacteria engage in sexual relations.
Their technique is uncomplicated, one bacterium simply pumps DNA right into the another bacteria through an exceedingly thin walled tube. This enables bacteria to share genetic memories and innovations very quickly.
Bacteria also reproduce by fission, simply splitting into two individuals. It seems, however, that unless they also exchange genetic material with others that the resulting colonies slowly grow old and die.
Bacteria also communicate in a less direct fashion, sending messages to each other that can alter the behavior of thousands of other bacteria at the same time.
To do this, they use small organic molecules called homoserine lactones, or "Autoinducers." Many, if not all bacteria, employ these and related molecules to communicate a variety of environmental parameters, including population density and levels of stress and contentment of the whole community of bacteria.
The communications determine the movements, chemical activities, and reproduction of individual bacteria. This, in turn, leads to changes in the behavior of the whole population. This process has helped to explain complex behavior between bacteria and higher animals, such as thelight emitting bacteria of squid."
"It turns out that bacteria (both good and bad) have a very sophisticated way of communicating with each other, and once they receive the signal that their numbers are sufficient to carry out their genetic function, they launch into action as a synchronized unit.
This lets them both coordinate their defenses and/or mount attacks—a fact that has stunning implications for medicine. For example, new medicines that interfere with this line of communication between dangerous bacteria could provide a revolutionary new form of antibiotics."
"Researchers have discovered that bacteria communicate with each other using a chemical language called "quorum sensing." As it turns out, every type of bacteria make and secrete small molecules. When a bacterium is alone, these molecules simply float away. But when there's a large enough group of bacteria, these secreted molecules increase in proportion to the number of bacteria emitting them. When the molecules reach a certain amount, the bacteria can tell how many neighbors it has, and suddenly all the bacteria begin to act as a synchronized group, based on the group behavior programmed into its genes.
But that's not all. Not only do bacteria communicate in this way between their own species; they're all "multi-lingual," and can determine the presence and strength of other bacterial colonies!
Essentially, they can count how many of its own kind there are compared to the amount of another species. They then use that information to decide what tasks to carry out, depending on who's in a minority and who's in the majority of any given population of bacteria."
"So truly, your gut flora influences both physiology and psychology. As explained by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride (below), a medical doctor with a postgraduate degree in neurology, toxicity in your gut can flow throughout your body and into your brain, where it can cause symptoms of autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, schizophrenia and other mental disorders. She believes the epidemic of autism and other learning disorders originate in the gut, and manifest as a condition known as Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS)."
GETTING OUT OF THE BACTERIAL TRAP
"The world of obesity science is about to be turned on its head. Scientists in Shanghai, China announced in a paper published Dec. 13 that they had isolated a bacterium from a 385-pound man’s intestines, and used it to plump up mice that are specially bred to resist obesity.
They found that the bacteria, a toxin-producing microbe called ”enterobacter cloacae,” made up 35 percent of all the microorganisms in the human volunteer’s digestive tract. But a diet formulated specifically to kill off those bacteria succeeded in reducing his levels to below what could be detected in a laboratory.
He lost 113 pounds in 23 weeks.
His high blood pressure disappeared. So did his type-2 diabetes and his fatty liver disease.
"The greater the variety of fermented and cultured foods you include in your diet, the better, as each food will inoculate your gut with a variety of different microorganisms. Examples of fermented and cultured foods include:
|Yoghurt/Kefir made from raw milk||Kombucha||Fermented vegetables, such as olives, pickles, sauerkraut and more||Raw milk cheeses made from grass-fed milk|
Another oft-forgotten boon of fermented foods is that they are some of the best chelators available. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are very potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals from your body.