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Antibiotic-Resistance Genes Found in Cow Manure May Add to Threat of Untreatable Disease

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Your immune defenses are key in protecting you from all disease, including cancer, toxic poisons, infections, inflammation, and even the ravages of aging. What many fail to realize is that your immune system actually begins in your gut, and that maintaining optimal intestinal health is paramount in the fight against both acute and chronic disease.

Your gastrointestinal tract, where 80 percent of your immune system resides, houses some 100 trillion bacteria-about two to three pounds worth. These bacteria actually outnumber your body's cells by about 10 to one, and are instrumental for a wide variety of bodily functions.

One of the fastest ways to destroy your gut microbiome is through the use of antibiotics, which does not discriminate between pathogenic and beneficial bacteria.

Every time you swallow antibiotics, you kill some of the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, upsetting the delicate balance of your intestinal terrain.

Besides allowing for the overgrowth of pathogenic microorganisms, this can also lead to a syndrome called "leaky gut syndrome" whereby your intestinal wall is damaged, interfering with how your body absorbs nutrients and filters out waste and toxins, thereby exacerbating a wide variety of diseases, including autoimmune disorders.    

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