Your body's ecosystem

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microbes, antibiotics, asthma, and more

1800 distinct varieties in the air of San Antonio and Austin, from sewage microbes to human gum microbes all floating in the air, take a deep breath can you taste it?  Chinese microbes make their way here, too. Snowflakes are based on microbes finding an ice nucleator, snowflakes are alive.

A deadly strain is in your nose, that strain is like the jihadis or white supremacist gun nuts. Harmless unless it is let out and given untrammeled freedom. Staph in your nose is harmless, but it can morph into a superstrain of bacteria resistant flesh eating bacteria, or septic shock, it can infect IVs and other hospital equipment.


Many airborne microbes haven’t come from very far away, but some have traveled enormous distances. Dust from deserts in China moves across the Pacific to North America and east to Europe, eventually circling the globe. Such dust clouds harbor bacteria and viruses from the soils where they originated, as well as other microbes they pick up from the smoke of garbage fires or from the mist above the oceans they cross. Take a breath, and you sample the world.

Above the air we breathe, the upper atmosphere also contains microbes, floating as high as 22 miles above Earth’s surface. I believe they could go even higher, though it’s hard to imagine they could live long so far from water and nutrients. Lower down, they appear to survive and even thrive. There is evidence that despite high levels of ultraviolet radiation that would kill most bacteria, some metabolize and perhaps even reproduce inside clouds. In fact they may play a part in the formation of snowflakes that require a nucleator, or small particle, to crystallize around. In 2008 Brent Christner of Louisiana State University and his colleagues showed that microorganisms were the most efficient ice nucleators present in snow. That’s right—snow is literally alive.


It seems to have been

It seems to have been determined that people don't have eco-systems. They are evidently plastic. As long as they stay away from compounds that disolve plastic, they are fine. (Small amounts of plastic-disolving chemicals are considered safe...any melted parts can be replaced by the RubberMaid Corp.)

Toxic fumes, mercury ladden water, biological poisons and mutated viruses in the food supply are of no concern.They don't effect plastic. You haven't done your research. A corporation near you can provide you with the necessary data.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

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Wow, now there is another

Wow, now there is another good reason why you shouldn't eat snow.  LOL....... sorry.

Truely, thanks for posting that information. It's very interesting and then a bit frightening to think about.

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Being able to explore the

Being able to explore the minute and recognizing the complexities involved offers more and more understanding.


By Nathan WolfePhotograph by Martin Oeggerli, with support from School of Life Sciences, FHNW

Breathe in. Feel the air pass through your nostrils and move into your nose. Your diaphragm contracts, pulling the air deep into your chest. Oxygen floods into tiny cavities in your lungs and travels into your capillaries, ready to fuel every cell in your body. You’re alive.

So is that breath you just took. When we inhale, our nostrils capture millions of invisible particles: dust, pollen, sea spray, volcanic ash, plant spores. These specks in turn host a teeming community of bacteria and viruses. A few types may trigger allergies or asthma. Far more rare are inhaled pathogens that are themselves the agents of diseases, such as SARS, tuberculosis, and influenza.

Over the past 15 years I’ve spent a lot of time poking cotton swabs up human noses, pig snouts, bird beaks, and primate proboscises, looking for signs of such agents before they cause deadly pandemics. As a result, I’ve come to think of air as the medium for the next pandemic rather than the means to sustain life. But breathe easy: Most of the microbes in the air do us little or no harm, and some almost certainly do us good. The truth is, we still understand precious little about them.

Overprescribed antibiotics might be the cause of the increase in asthma sufferers.

The same practice kills all the healthy bacteria in your stomach and intestines, causing diarrhea until healthy bacteria are present again.

A neat picture on the link in the OP is one type of microbe.

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How about the antibiotics

How about the antibiotics that animals are injected with? Don't you think they pass on to those who eat the food?

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Yes, there has been an

Yes, there has been an increase in staph infections in hospitals in the pork producing regions. A doctor compiling the data base also noted in those killed from staph related diseases that their autopsies showed a higher prevalence of enlarged hearts. He died of a heart attack related to an enlarged heart before his premise was noted and discussed. Bugs will survive long after humans kill themselves off.