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What You Need to Know and Never Suspected About Disinfection and Our Own Personal Microbiome Zoo

January 17th, 2017 9:34 PM by Dan Howard

            Let’s say that we are in a hospital. That hospital has millions…..No, not just millions……trillions of microbes. There are some very nasty ones in the mix.  Imagine in this hospital we are talking about, there is C-diff, MRSA, maybe a little Staph just to round out the mix. There are also tons of benign and beneficial microbes. These exist on every surface and every living thing in the building.

             That whole mix is just like a tiny, miniature zoo. You have them growing on and in you and I have them growing in me. Every living being has this microbiome world living on and inside of them.

             It is when we have the nasty ones like I mentioned above during a time we have suppressed immune systems that THOSE BAD BUGS displace the benign and beneficial microbes. Using a grass yard analogy, that is like when the dandelions and other “bad weeds” choke out the “good grass.”

             When this happens in a hospital. The accepted response is to totally disinfect a contaminated room.

          So the question becomes:  What happens when we remove all bacteria, viruses, microbes from an environment?

            Picture that we remove the plants from our yard, including both the weeds and the grass. Every last living weed, blade of grass, everything……GONE …..stripped from the soil. Nothing is left but bare soil.

It is great news that there are not any weeds in the yard! (maybe) 

            In the absence of plants, any seed that comes into the yard begins to grow. It the neighbor’s yard has weeds, the yard fills with weeds.  In a hospital environment, the microbes that begin to repopulate the clean area can as easily be MRSA, C-diff, or any other “bad” contaminant that is in an adjacent area that was not disinfected.

           This is where the studies of useful probiotics enter the picture. If a mix of the benign and beneficial organisms are introduced to the environment they will grow in the hospital instead of the “bad” contaminants. studies are underway that are suggesting that the best long term solution to serious biological contaminants is to disinfect and then introduce good stuff to start growing such as a controlled mix of Probiotics.

For more information, and technical references, go to the link in the paragraph below.

  “Genome sequencing technology has allowed scientists to establish that our bodies harbor a 100 trillion microbes as a community of bacteria called a microbiome. We each shed 37 million bacteria per hour (imagine Pigpen from the Peanuts comics) that leave a footprint as we move through buildings. In hospitals, more than 50 percent of patients take antibiotics, which decimate the bad bacteria but also normal bacteria that provide resistance, making patients more open to HAIs. - See more at: http://www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/trends/perspectives/improving-hospital-ecosystems-bioinformed-design/#sthash.1SXyMyCg.dpuf
Posted by Dan Howard on January 17th, 2017 9:34 PM



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