Beyond Antibiotics: Strategies for Living in a World of Emerging Infections and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

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North Atlantic Books, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 435 pages
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At a time when the numbers of emerging infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising sharply, the supply of new antibiotic drugs has been steadily decreasing. In addition, many health providers have failed to consider that our bodies are cloaked in a blanket of bacteria so pervasive that the bacterial cells outnumber our “human” cells by a factor of ten. In short, we are living in a microbe’s world and cannot ignore the very real potential for untreatable serious infections.

In this timely book, Dr. Michael Schmidt proposes we focus on strengthening ourselves by thinking of our bodies as a “human-microbe hybrid.” This requires taking action to raise our defenses, while preserving the integrity of the microbial elements that live on and within us. Drawing on the latest research from several scientific fields, Schmidt presents a strategy of medicine that can be used to build and balance our system of immune defense and repair. He offers a set of general recommendations that can easily be used to tailor programs to individuals seeking to support health maintenance, prevent illness, fight active acute or chronic infections, and foster faster recovery from infections.
 

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Really a very good book indeed. The hazards of indiscriminate use of antibiotics have been nicely explained. A book must for the health-care provider.

Contents

Why the War on Germs Cannot Be Won
3
1 Antibacterial Agents Approved 19832004
13
Youre Not Who You Think
19
1 The Number of Bacterial Cells vs Human Cells
20
Myths Failures and Consequences
35
1 Falling Death Rate from Common Infections Prior
38
Immune Defense Energy and Repair
59
1 Basic Behavior of Natural
63
1 Antibiotic Drugs Found in U S Waterways
210
3 Most Heavily Contaminated Fruits Vegetables
223
6 Immune Measures in Toxicology Studies
229
Mood Mind Stress and Infections
235
Coping Strategies That Make Us Strong
253
Strategies for Living
281
1 Treatment Guidelines for Children with Acute Otitis
311
Personalized Medicine
325

4 How Gut Bacteria Fragments Endotoxins Leak
69
How Nutrients Fuel the Entire System
87
1 Glycemic Load of Selected Foods
130
1 How Leaky Gut Allows Food Proteins and Allergens
138
How Probiotics Will Change
147
1 Types of Probiotics Available
155
We Have More Control
159
1 Diseases Associated with the HLA System
164
2 A Partial List of Genetic Mutations of Enzymes
183
How Lifestyle Shapes Our Defenses
187
1 How Sleep Deprivation or Heavy Exercise May Allow
193
Environmental Threats
209
1 Molecules Commonly Measured
338
3 Selected GutBacteriaDerived Molecules Found
344
4 Testing for ThlTh2 Balance
352
Epilogue
357
Table A l Effect of Antibiotics on Selected Nutrients
362
l Protective Agents Found in Human Milk
382
Notes
385
Tables
399
Index
419
About the Author
435
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About the author (2009)

Dr. Michael A. Schmidt is the author of Beyond Antibiotics, Brain-Building Nutrition, Childhood Ear Infections, and Tired of Being Tired.  He did his Ph.D. research in molecular medicine and biochemistry within the Life Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, with studies in neuroscience and metabolomics at Lancaster University.  He teaches in the Metabolomics Training Program at the University of Colorado, and he works closely with the human disease modeling laboratory (3-D tissue analogues group) and with the human space flight initiative of the suborbital research group at NASA.  He has applied his work in functional genomics and metabolomics to human disease states, as well as to methods to enhance human performance.  Dr. Schmidt co-founded Sovaris Aerospace, which addresses problems of complexity in space biomedicine, along with Cyvia Neurosystems, which develops EEG-based neurophysiology tools.  He is a gifted communicator, who has spent his career translating complex topics in science and medicine to general audiences.

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