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Thursday December 14, 2017
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Thank your bacteria

Feather Wilson

Do you wash your hands with anti-bacterial soap?
You may be killing all of your friends.
You are mostly a collection of bacterial cells. In fact you are 90 percent bacterial cells and 10 percent human cells. If you want to rid yourself of bacteria, it would be a fatal mistake.
We are not alone. Microbes are generally looked upon by humans as deadly enemies. The truth is that bacteria allow you to live, eat and breathe.
If 90 percent of your cells are bacteria, what does that make you?
You are a walking, talking slime ball first class bacterial hotel. All along you thought you were a clean living human!
As a microbe host, you form a healthy symbiotic organism that depends upon each other for life itself.
Your immune system is largely dependent upon your friendly bacteria that fend off your unfriendly enemies. Immune system genes decide which species of bacteria is best for you.
These human hotel residents are composed of more than 1,000 bacterial species.
The trouble with anti-biotics is that they kill the good with bad hotel guests. Then the naughty guests begin to fight anti-bacterial biotics by rapidly evolving to counteract the deadly effects.
There is that dreaded word again,..."evolution." Recall, that 46 percent of you do not believe it.
In the microbe world "evolution" is fast and furious. In the human world "evolution" is slow and tedious, but it did bring us to the end of this sentence.

Weekly Rainfall = 0.04"
Cumulative Rainfall = 25.31"
Departure From Normal = -8.23"
Tarpley Glen Rose WL= 40.67'
Bandera Hosston WL = 436.42'
Hondo (USGS) Flow = 0.00 cfs
Williams Flow = 0.06 cfs
Medina (USGS) Flow = 6.60 cfs
Medina (USGS) Lake = -87.79'
High (F°)= 70º
Low (F°)= 23º
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