Pardon my skepticism.
Voting for 0bama is caused by bacteria in the brain.
Go read the article comments. Lots of skeptics.
It is quite possible.
IIRC, some types of pneumonia, stomach ulcers, and heart murmurs have been said to be caused by certain kinds of bacteria.
One of the treatments for stomach ulcers is high doses of the bismuth in products like Pepto Bismol.
And we all thought it was due to 32 oz. sodas.
I couldn’t get to the article; I just kept getting pop-ups and being routed back to the front page. So I’ll content myself with observing that if this is the case, why hasn’t anyone noticed that obese people on antibiotics suddenly lose weight? (I’m guessing they don’t.)
Moochelle might disagree with this study.
>>Obesity in human beings could be caused by bacterial infection rather than eating too much, exercising too little or genetics<<
Interestingly this bacteria is found in:
* Sugary snacks
* Colas and other high-fructose drinks
* Carbohydrate-laden fast foods
The natural repellents to these bacteria are found in:
* Running shoes
* Gym equipment
* The local YMCA
Could you post the article instead of an excerpt? It wants you to register to see it and I’d rather not.
A few years ago some smart doctors in Australia determined that loads of ulcers too were the result of stomach viruses..
I’m sorry, but I think this is mostly nonsense. Bacteria might make you gassy or bloated, and maybe they could make you constipated so you pack some weight on because of that. However, they can’t magically materialize matter that you do not stuff down your throat in the first place. You simply cannot attribute the gross obesity common in America to bacteria.
The links are useless. Here’s one to a different article on the same subject. Amish are involved;
Mouth bacteria is now being related to cardiovascular disease.
This is interesting to me.
I adopted a little fat baby and over a year the formerly thin vegan vegatarian became fat.
So, how do you get rid of the bad bacteria?
I’m no rocket scientist, but I have discovered that consuming more calories than I burn makes me fat.
bump for later
I can see this being right. One use of antibiotics for livestock is to fatten them up.
Antibiotics as Growth Promotants: Mode of Action
Microbial shifts in the swine distal gut in response to the treatment with antimicrobial growth promoter, tylosin.
“Antimicrobials have been used extensively as growth promoters (AGPs) in agricultural animal production. However, the specific mechanism of action for AGPs has not yet been determined. The work presented here was to determine and characterize the microbiome of pigs receiving one AGP, tylosin, compared with untreated pigs. We hypothesized that AGPs exerted their growth promoting effect by altering gut microbial population composition.”
Antibiotics in early life alter the murine colonic microbiome and adiposity.
“Antibiotics administered in low doses have been widely used as growth promoters in the agricultural industry since the 1950s, yet the mechanisms for this effect are unclear. Because antimicrobial agents of different classes and varying activity are effective across several vertebrate species, we proposed that such subtherapeutic administration alters the population structure of the gut microbiome as well as its metabolic capabilities. We generated a model of adiposity by giving subtherapeutic antibiotic therapy to young mice and evaluated changes in the composition and capabilities of the gut microbiome. Administration of subtherapeutic antibiotic therapy increased adiposity in young mice and increased hormone levels related to metabolism. We observed substantial taxonomic changes in the microbiome, changes in copies of key genes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates to short-chain fatty acids, increases in colonic short-chain fatty acid levels, and alterations in the regulation of hepatic metabolism of lipids and cholesterol. In this model, we demonstrate the alteration of early-life murine metabolic homeostasis through antibiotic manipulation.”
Effect of antibiotic growth promoters on broiler performance, intestinal growth parameters, and quantitative morphology.
And there are more. Antibiotics have been livestock growth promoters for years. I imagine they have a similar effect on people by altering the intestine and flora.