Via The Globe and Mail: Bacteria to the rescue: Indiscriminately killing germs eliminates the ones that are helping us. Excerpt:
Microbes cause infections, bad breath, body odour, intestinal gas and an array of embarrassing and unfortunate conditions. But they may also turn out to be the best remedy, explains Toronto microbiologist Jason Tetro in his new book, The Germ Files: The Surprising Ways Microbes Can Improve Your Health and Life (And How to Protect Yourself from the Bad Ones).
As Tetro explains, antibiotics and antimicrobial products kill germs indiscriminately, destroying the ones that keep us healthy along with those that cause harm. Rather than wipe out entire populations of bacteria, yeasts and fungi, scientists are now searching for ways to bring them into better balance, allowing them to live among us, and within us, harmoniously.
Jason also has a bylined article in The Globe this morning: Germs: A Love Story.