Good Germs, Bad Germs

Good Germs, Bad Germs

Health and Survival in A Bacterial World

Book - 2007
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Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809050635
0809050633
Branch Call Number: 616.9041 Sach
Characteristics: x, 290 p. : ill

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nftaussig Jul 17, 2013

In the past, mathematicians distinguished between causation and correlation by saying that there are a lot of sick people in hospitals, but hospitals do not make you sick. The second part of that statement is no longer true. As Jessica Snyder Sachs points out in her excellent book Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World, nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections now kill more Americans than car accidents and homicides combined. The principal cause of these deadly nosocomial infections is anti-biotic resistant bacteria. In her well-researched account, Snyder Sachs explains how the overuse of anti-biotics in medicine and the raising of livestock selected for the evolution of anti-biotic resistance. She also details the horrific consequences of this resistance, from the increasing prevalence of allergies in the industrialized world to nosocomial infections. As Snyder Sachs explains, humans (and other animals) live in a symbiotic relationship with our microflora, a relationship that has been disrupted by full-spectrum anti-biotics that kill not just the harmful bacteria that cause infection but also the helpful bacteria that facilitate the digestion of our food and keep those harmful bacteria in check. She also explains how maintaining a healthy ecosystem of microflora, particularly in the colon, can keep allergens, auto-immune disorders, and bacterial infections in check and the research into how to control infections without producing still more drug resistance. Her account is well worth the effort it takes to read this book, which is accessible to the educated lay reader.

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