“Balance” is the watchword of health: “Just say no” to prescription drugs

Balance is the watchword of health. Since drugs by definition unbalance our systems, they are to be avoided if at all possible. “Differential Medicine” (Maximum Irony, http://www.amazon.com/Maximum-Irony-Mark-L-Collins/dp/1419697013) is the antidote to this.

A recent study reiterates this point by showing how a normally harmless gut bacterium can “go wild” when the flora are disturbed (unbalanced) by antibiotics.

Hoshi N, Medzhitov R. Germs gone wild. Nat Med. 2012 May 4;18(5):654-6. doi: 10.1038/nm.2767. PubMed PMID: 22561817.

Ayres JS, Trinidad NJ, Vance RE. Lethal inflammasome activation by a multidrug-resistant pathobiont upon antibiotic disruption of the microbiota. Nat Med. 2012 Apr 22. doi: 10.1038/nm.2729. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22522562.

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