April 27, 2009
Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for science, medicine and industry.
Dr. Mercola’s Comments
In this video, Bonnie Bassler with Princeton New Jersey, explains an amazing new discovery – that bacteria actually communicate with each other, and once they realize that their numbers are sufficient to carry out their genetic function, they launch into action as a synchronized unit.
Isn’t that just amazing! Who knew bacteria — single-celled, microscopic organisms – had such sophisticated mechanisms?
As you likely know, bacteria are essential for your good health. They perform numerous vital functions in and on your body, such as:
- Keeping environmental hazards from entering through your skin
- Digesting your food
- Making vitamins
- Educating your immune system to keep bad microbes at bay
Since bacteria are single-celled organisms, they have only one string of DNA. Hence they contain very few genes, which encode the traits they’re supposed to carry out. The way bacteria multiply is by consuming nutrients from their environment, grow to twice their size, and then divide down the middle.
We’ve known for some time that once bacteria reach a critical mass, they can overwhelm your immune system. But no one understood the mechanism behind it, until now.
Comment from Leslie
Although this focuses on the fear factor – I decided to post the article. Bacteria and viruses will only invade our bodies when we are toxic – they come out an play when our bodies are too acidic – many times to clean up the toxins. If we detoxed and became more alkaline, then the bacteria will not invade. The same is true with pest infestation and flies – when our environment is dirty and toxic they invade. It is time that we begin to reverse this downward spiral and begin to live in balance with our bodies and our environment.