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What are bad bacteria good for?

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Created December 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I read many times bad bacteria are needed too because a balance between the good bacteria and bad bacteria is considered the healthiest. But why, what is their function?

Do they help digestion too? Are they needed to keep the good bacteria in check? And what's wrong with having only good bacteria in your gut (if one could manage that)?

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I've been reading about that lately. But if you mean eye opening in the sense of a "bad bacteria", not at all sure you're right. Took science years to find the "good" function of h pylori.

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Here is an eye opener: http://www.nature.com/ismej/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ismej2012153a.html

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on December 20, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Those results aren't exactly helpful...

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on December 20, 2012
at 12:36 PM

We all have to share planet Earth.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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at 12:34 PM

And more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/health/human-microbiome-project-decodes-our-100-trillion-good-bacteria.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

The more I have read about bacteria lately, the more I think that there is no easy divide between "good" and "bad" bacteria, and that maybe it doesn't even make sense to use those terms. Some so-called "bad" bacteria turns out to be necessary for health, and to only have "bad" effects in some cases. H. pylori is the prime example...it was assumed for many years to be "bad", now they suspect that it is what kept asthma rates in check. There was a great article in the New Yorker about bacteria recently -- if you know someone who is a subscriber, ask them if they can send you a copy:

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/10/22/121022fa_fact_specter

A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

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on December 21, 2012
at 03:46 AM

Here is an eye opener: http://www.nature.com/ismej/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ismej2012153a.html

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on December 21, 2012
at 11:46 AM

I've been reading about that lately. But if you mean eye opening in the sense of a "bad bacteria", not at all sure you're right. Took science years to find the "good" function of h pylori.

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on December 20, 2012
at 12:37 PM

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 20, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Those results aren't exactly helpful...

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A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

on December 20, 2012
at 11:49 AM

Some good answers here..

www.syontix.com

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 20, 2012
at 12:34 PM

And more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/health/human-microbiome-project-decodes-our-100-trillion-good-bacteria.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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