Good Morning, God!
Such an interesting day, yesterday! From the Earth Observatory website I learned that the Noctilucent Clouds are getting brighter! Not a good thing, but surely a beautiful thing.
At the other end — I read a fascinating article in the March issue of Discover magazine entitled The Ecosystem Inside. It began with research on neonatals — wee babes in incubators. They were studying how babies build their bacteria in their gut. Babies pickup over 100 bio-organisms coming down the birth canal. Then more are added from contact with the parents. One of the things they discovered is that generally speaking we NEED a wide variety of organisms in our bowels to do well. Infants given antibiotics for too long have the “good” bacteria wiped out — leaving them easy prey for “bad” bacteria. You did an amazing job orchestrating all of this, God!
One story in the article was of a woman with a life-threatening Colstridium difficile infection. She had a terrible inflammation of her colon and had lost 60 pounds in 8 months. There were no bacteria left in her bowels. What Dr. Khoruts did was mix a small sample of her husband’s stool with a saline solution and injected it into her colon. Within 24 hours the diarrhea had stopped and in a few days the symptoms were gone. A fecal transplant, God! How did the doctor even THINK of that! Those doctors have done another 23 patients — all with dramatic stories.
Another researcher said that antibiotics were like setting off a bomb and hoping not too many good guys got hurt. Perhaps, God, we would be better served to strengthen our bodies’ Friends — rather than trying to kill “enemies.”