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The Rise and Rise of Allergies! Microbial Deprivation and Hygiene Hypothesis

Posted: August 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Health, Medicated, Wiki | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Rise and Rise of Allergies! Microbial Deprivation and Hygiene Hypothesis

The Rise and Rise of Allergies, Microbial Deprivation - The Hygiene Hypothesis - Diverse Human Gut FloraI consider myself a germaphobe, the thought of unseen creepy crawlies does serious damage to my mind, bleach is my best friend.

I’ve fallen in love with antibacterial wipes, vinegar, indeed anything that will KILL microbes on surfaces anyplace near me. I grow a huge smile every time I see Asian tourists strolling the streets in surgical face masks, are we overreacting?

It turns out I might be overreacting, scientists reckon that some germs are good? I must point out that Hygiene – as used in this post –  has little relationship with ‘hygiene’ in the usual meaning of the word. The term ‘hygiene hypothesis’ is unfortunate, as it is misleading. A better term would be Microbial Deprivation Hypothesis.

Our immune systems are our single most important line of defense against infection.

The bacteria and germs that surround us, some of these microbes can be nasty, really nasty, causing food poisoning, colds, a variety of other infections as well as diseases.

It is perhaps the ones inside that we need worry most about though, many researchers are now focusing on dysfunctional colonies of microbes within human beings for causes to disorders such as asthma, MS and autism, including disorders previously believed to be entirely brain based like epilepsy, depression and even my favourite, Bipolar Disorder.

I must warn, this is an opinion piece, it is based on several hypotesis – of others – a little thought, possibly some hyperbole and a little wishful thinking, it is meant entirely for thought provocation :: Read the full article »»»»


UPDATED: Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Found in Mumbai Slums

Posted: January 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on UPDATED: Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Found in Mumbai Slums

Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Found in Mumbai SlumsDoctors in India say they have found cases of a rare strain of tuberculosis which appears totally resistant to antibiotics. Doctors said they tried to treat a dozen patients from Mumbai’s slums for two years, but the infection proved to be resistant to drugs. Experts say similar cases of incurable tuberculosis have emerged in Italy and Iran, and pose a serious threat to global efforts to control the disease. “It is an untreatable form of Tuberculosis in the sense that there are no available first and second-line drugs for it in the world,” says Zarir Udwadia, a Tuberculosis doctor at the Hinduja National Hospital in Mumbai. India’s government said the laboratory at Hinduja was not accredited for some of the tests that Dr Udwadia’s team carried out, and questioned the term “totally drug-resistant Tuberculosis”. “The term … is neither recognized by the WHO – World Health Organisation – nor by the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program,” it said in a statement. Such cases can be managed by national extensively drug-resistant – XDR – Tuberculosis treatment guidelines, according to the WHO.

UPDATE: January 19, 2012. Indian Government Denies Tuberculosis Claim

The Indian government has dismissed reports that a form of incurable tuberculosis has arrived in the country. In a paper published late last year in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Zarir Udwadia and his colleagues at the Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre in Mumbai reported 12 cases of totally drug-resistant tuberculosis (TDR-TB) (see ‘Totally drug-resistant TB emerges in India’)

But in a statement released on 17 January, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare dismissed the report. It says that a team of doctors sent by the ministry found that seven of the patients are responding to treatment. “For now, these cases are defined as Extensively Drug Resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), and accordingly can be managed by national XDR-TB treatment guidelines,” it says.

Read More at nature


NDM-1, To Die For

Posted: April 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, M.Aaron Silverman, Toxically Engineered, Vegan Loving Carnivores | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NDM-1, To Die For

The World Health Organisation – WHO – has issued a stark warning that the world is on the brink of a post-antibiotic Apocalypse with most common infections no longer having a cure.

There may be a new culprit in the crisis – NDM-1 – which makes bugs resistant to drugs was discovered in the drinking water of one of the world’s biggest cities, New Delhi. NDM-1 is now believed to be widespread throughout India and Pakistan.

WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan says “The world is on the brink of losing these miracle cures, the emergence and spread of drug-resistant pathogens has accelerated.”

Last year – 2010 – 440,000 new cases of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis were detected, the malaria parasite has acquired complete resistance to treatment, evidence of resistance is also emerging to the Anti-Retro-Viral medicines used to treat  HIV.

“The world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era where common infections will once again kill unabated” said Chan. Read the full article »»»»