I think all bacteria have a role and a place in the interconnected web of everything living on this planet, even the bad ones. I think some are a part of natures clean up crew, and just like healthy plants in healthy soil that can defend against disease pressure, I think healthy people have an advantage and are able to withstand human disease pressure. For example, once in a while the news will report an e. coli outbreak in x brand of, let's say, pre-packaged mixed salad greens. 87 people are hospitalized, 3 die, and that’s terrible. How many other people had minor symptoms or even no symptoms at all, having consumed the tainted greens, but immune response and a healthy gut subdued the pathogen. The challenge is that those people go undocumented and there is no data on people exposed to pathogens that never fall ill.
This makes me think of Antoine Bechamp
, Louis Pasteur's
counterpart in France, both alive and doing research at the same time. Pasteur believed in germ theory
, that microbial pathogens are out there and if we are exposed, we fall ill. Au contraire said Bechamp! He argued that it was all about what he called terrain, that there are beneficial microbes that keep the bad ones in check, and instead of lumping bacteria into one category and killing them all with heat (pasteurizing) that it is the good bacteria that need to be nurtured so bad bacteria don’t run amok.
Interestingly, pasteurizing took off, was adopted as the go to method for managing pathogens, and indeed it has been successful and saved many lives.
I like hygiene, and for example, I wash, actually rinsing is more like it, produce purchased at the store and the farmers market. I do not rinse food from my garden that I grew, with the exception of roots like carrots, potatoes, and I’ll also wash greens, as even with mulching somehow grit gets in-between lettuce and spinach leaves, because I don’t like sand and grit in my mouth. Otherwise, I’ll eat blueberries, strawberries and raspberries right off the plant. I’ll pick tomatoes and eat one like an apple. I am not concerned with whatever bacteria and fungi may be on them, and maybe I’m even consuming good microbes, but I don’t know for sure since I don’t have lab equipment to measure that.
My prior paragraphs (I hope they weren't rambling) now have me thinking about the title in this thread, and if there are ways to grow good bacteria, and spray them everywhere in our homes as an alternative to what seems to be the current mainstream culture of sanitize, bleach & kill.