Pathogenic Bacteria, Viruses, Parasites -
Harmful Intestinal Organisms
Bacteria are living organisms that are found all around us.
Harmful bacteria can infect any part of the body, and often causes diarrhea when they invade the digestive system.
Bacteria that are harmless somewhere else may be harmful to you, just because your system isn't used to it.
When traveling outside of the country, even ice cubes can cause infection. These infections are known as `travelers diarrhea', and studies show it affects up to 50% of travelers, and can last for months.
Antibiotics are effective in treating all different kinds of bacteria, everything from ear infections and strep throat to urinary tract infections, peptic ulcers, and food poisoning. Unfortunately they work too well. They are so effective at killing bacteria; they even kill the good microorganisms, which then allows the unfriendly strains to take over.
We are, by and large, born with the correct balance of good and bad bacteria. However, everyday events and routines may disrupt the natural balance of microorganisms. Excessive consumption of sugar, yeast, processed foods, red meat, fatty foods, alcohol and even carbonated beverages can change the acid/alkaline balance of the intestines. Disease-causing bacteria can then overwhelm the friendly flora, often discharging highly toxic by-products.
Diarrhea can be caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses and parasites that invade the digestive tract.
Common pathogenic organisms include:
- Escherichia coli O157:H7 (or simply E. coli),
- giardia and
E. coli illness has often been associated with eating undercooked, contaminated ground beef.
Salmonella. may spread by eating raw foods contaminated with animal feces. Contaminated foods usually look and smell normal and are often of animal origin.
Rotavirus is very common in children. It enters the body through ingestion of contaminated food, or contaminated water, such as the type of water found in a public swimming pool.
Giardia lamblia has become recognized as one of the most common waterborne diseases in humans in the US and is not only found in every region of the US but also throughout the world. Giardia is a tiny parasite that lives in humans and animals. The parasite passes in the bowel movement.
Cryptosporidium, often referred to as "crypto," is a tiny parasite that can also live in humans and animal intestines. The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for long periods of time and makes it very resistant to chlorine disinfection.
New and improved home testing procedures from Great Smokies Lab are able to isolate the offenders and indicate which natural products are effective in eliminating them from the body.
In order to achieve optimal recovery, not only is it necessary to eliminate the offending organisms but also to build up the probiotics beneficial bacteria or probiotics that have been overpowered by the offensive ones.