For example, the stomach is a highly acidic environment, and Helicobacter pylori is one of the few bacteria that can thrive there. H. pylori bacteria, are both good and bad: They help regulate the immune system, prevent allergies, and control appetite. However, they can also cause ulcers and stomach cancer.
So, as a public service, The Motley Monk presents those facts that are either dazzling or disgusting…or both:
- There more bacteria on one hand than there are people on this planet—7B+ bacterial cells on each hand with different kinds of bacteria on each hand.
- A pillowcase is similar to a toilet seat--both touch slightly dry cheeks, harboring bacteria (of the non-harmful sort).
- French-kissing transfers 50M microbes—enough said.
- The mouth harbors 200 different species of bacteria—most harmless but bacteria converts sugar into acid, which causes cavities.
- Each tooth hosts a different community of bacteria—different environments (back, middle, and front of the mouth) breed different bacteria, some of which protect against the microbes that cause tooth decay; but, too much antibacterial mouthwash removes too many bacteria and can lead to fungal infections, like thrush.
- A dog’s family members have more bacteria in common than non-canine homes—petting and sharing whatever the dog’s picking up from outside (omigosh!); not true of a cat’s family members (of course!).
- Japanese are stronger than Americans—years of eating seaweed ingests a gene from aquatic bacteria increasing energy; people who eat seaweed periodically can’t digest it.
- A cellphone is the single germiest thing most people own--wipe it down once/day with disinfectant towlettes. (The Motley Monk suggests doing the same with the tv remote control—ever see how gross one gets?)
- All of those bacteria increase body weight by 2%-3%—that’s about the same as the weight of the brain.
Gut bacteria taken from a healthy person can cure one of the deadliest bacteria: The antibiotic-resistant Clostridium difficile which can lead to diarrhea and even death—fecal transplants (human stool in capsule form, to make it easier to swallow!) provide the antidote, but remember: The stool has to be stored prior to the illness.
Let the discussion begin…
To read the New York Post interview, click on the following link: