As someone living with Crohn's Disease, I am obsessed with bacteria (good and bad) and the role it plays in overall health. While professionals in the world of alternative medicine have been screaming about this topic for decades, it seems that Western medicine is finally catching on.
An amazing article on the topic came out last month in The New York Times. Written by Michael Pollan (author of some amazing books on food), the article titled "Some of My Best Friends Are Germs" talks about everything I've been trying to tell people ever since my diagnosis in 2006. If you haven't read it yet, grab a glass of kombucha and settle in, because it's long, but extremely informative.
Basically, what Michael Pollan is trying to say is that our Western diets and medical model are horrible for the good bacteria in our body. Antibiotic use, antibacterial obsessions, and processed foods DO have a negative impact on our bodies beyond antibiotic resistance and obesity.
So, start eating those fermented prebiotic foods, stop worrying about cleaning your house, breastfeed those babies as long as you can, make sure you aren't accidentally eating antibiotics in your meat and dairy, and embrace the bacteria around you. Life is dirty and sometimes that dirt is beautiful!