Could You Benefit from More Contact with (Healthy) Dirt?

After studying 2,000 soil samples, researchers from New York’s Rockefeller University and New Jersey-based Rutgers University have uncovered a potential new class of antibiotics dubbed “malacidins,” which may one day be used to treat drug-resistant infections.
In tests involving rats infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), malacidins were able to successfully sterilize cuts in their skin. Remarkably, after three weeks of exposure, the bacterium showed zero signs of resistance.
While it takes years for molecules like malacidins to be developed, tested and approved for use as a medication, the discovery of these powerful soil microbes is a hopeful sign. The introduction of malacidins highlights the value of pursuing natural solutions as a means of helping counter the growing epidemic of drug-resistant infections.


You can help fight antibiotic resistance by taking antibiotics only when needed to treat bacterial (not viral) infections, avoiding conventional animal products, consuming prebiotic and fermented foods, and taking probiotics and sporebiotics, especially when you are on an antibiotic. Regular contact with healthy soil, particularly through gardening and consuming produce containing trace amounts of dirt, is a great way to help strengthen your immune system by introducing potentially healthy soil microbes to your body.

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