Friendly Bacteria

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The concept of a symbiotic organism living within our digestive tract seems strange at first. However, when we explore the beneficial functions performed by the intestinal microflora, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, there are many reasons to encourage and protect this symbiosis. Not all bacteria are helpful, and many are considered pathogens that create illness in the host by attaching to the walls of the internal organs and overpopulating in that environment. E coli, staph, and some forms of streptococcus are examples of bacteria which can exploit the human immune system when they overpopulate, causing a variety of diseases and...

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