News media stories about bacterial infections are everywhere these days, which can be very frightening. Many people have become so afraid of germs and bacteria that they are constantly using hand sanitizer, antibacterial soaps, and antiseptic cleaning agents.
While some bacteria can be very dangerous, it is important to note that most bacteria are harmless - even some strains of “bad” bacteria, like staphylococcus and E. coli. Many bacteria are actually beneficial to our bodies in the fight to keep us healthy. For example, a harmless strain of E. coli lives in the gut and is a part of the healthy flora/probiotics we need to survive. Because of this, over-using antibacterial soaps, hand-sanitizers, and antibiotics can actually be harmful!
Superbugs, however, are the dangerous kind of bacteria that you definitely DON’T want.
by Joann Rosso
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