Response to Germs of Life

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Michele Serbus

            In today's society, we wash everything we touch with antimicrobial substances. Added chemicals are put on handles to prevent growth of the avian flu or H1N1. This constant need to protect us from microbes is ever growing out of proportion.

            Many microbes have a symbiotic relationship with the human body. They allow us to synthesize essential vitamins, breakdown substances our body cannot and many other things, but many people do not know the function bacteria and many other microbes play in their body. The general public is uneducated in the benefits of these microbes to their daily health. They do not realize how the competitive nature between microbes prevents infection.

            Constant exposure to antibacterial drugs has allowed some bacteria to gain a resistance. Scientists are working constantly to create a new antibiotic that can manage these bacteria until the next can be found. It is a never-ending cycle of finding a drug to the resistant strain, resistance occurring, and researching a new alternative drug for the new resistant strain.

            Prevention is the only key to the problem. Now that we know how easily we can create resistance in microbes, we can only try to lessen these effects by not dumping antibiotics down the drain into our drinking water, using antibiotics when only necessary, and using higher dosages to kill of all microbes.

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I agree that the public is unaware of the importance of microbes in our lives. There are many people in society that automatically assume they need antibiotics when they are sick, but this couls be causing harm in the long run. There are many diseases that have become resistant to antibiotics, or have developed new strains. I think it is important that people realize bacteria are not always harmful.

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