Here’s a link to the article on NPR (http://n.pr/1lrRnq3   Given, the current agreement is, that there is 10 : 1 ratio of bacteria in our microbiome to cells in our body. There appears to be 10 times more viruses (bacteriophages) in the microbiome than bacteria. This is in terms of genetic material.   “In the 1920s and 1930s, before widespread use of antibiotics, physicians successfully treated a variety of infections with bacteriophages, or phages for short. These natural viral predators, which target bacteria but leave mammalian and plant cells unscathed, were sold by pharmaceutical companies including Eli Lilly & Company1 and even made it into the fiction of the time—the protagonist of Sinclair Lewis’ 1925 book Arrowsmith fought bubonic plague with phages.”   Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People’s Gut Bacteria New viruses are a dime a dozen. Every few months, we hear about a newly discovered flu virus that’s jumped from birds to people somewhere in the world. And the number of viruses identified in bats is “extraordinary and appears to increase almost daily,” scientists wrote last year in the journal PLOS Pathogens. But a virus that has...

TRICLOSAN is a very popular anti-microbial added to many commercial soaps, and widely used in schools and restaurants. Beyond the huge problem of unbridled use of antibiotics creating monstrously dangerous “super-bugs” (think: necrotising fasciitis, and now, recently, gonorrhea has recently become resistant) it seems that Triclosan interferes with calcium uptake in muscle tissue, including the heart muscle, and can cause heart attacks in mice and reduced swimming speed in juvenile fish. Read more here.

TUES., NOV. 30, 2010: JUST-RELEASED NATURAL HEALTH STUDY BPA AND ANTIBACTERIAL SOAPS MAY DISRUPT IMMUNE SYSTEM: Building on previous animal studies on bisphenol A (BPA), a new study has concluded that this compound may cause negative alterations to the human immune system. (BPA is found in many plastics, plastic food storage containers, thermal paper used for receipts, dental sealant, and as a protective plastic lining in food cans.) Although 200 previous studies have linked BPA with negative health effects on animals, this is the first study to find a link between the compound and the human immune system. Researchers detected higher levels of cytomegalovirus (CMV) antibody levels in people who had highest levels of BPA in their urine, suggesting their “cell-mediated immune system may not be functioning properly.” They also noted greater incidence of allergies and hay fever in those with higher urine levels of triclosan. (Triclosan is found in antibacterial soaps, toothpaste, pens and medical devices.) This follows a September 20, 2010 study in the same journal suggesting human exposure to BPA may be greater than formerly suspected and...