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Antibiotics Have Turned Our Bodies From Gardens Into Battlefields

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We’re in the midst of an extinction crisis, and it doesn’t involve Siberian tigers. Microbiologist Martin Blaser of New York University School of Medicine says that many species of germs are disappearing from our bodies—and that’s a problem. In his new book, Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, Blaser argues that while antibiotics have saved countless lives, they’re an assault on our microbiome. His experiments have linked the resulting extinctions to disorders from asthma to obesity. WIRED spoke to Blaser about the need to look at our bodies less as battlefields to be conquered and more as gardens to be tended.

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  1. Fascinating and yet really, not surprising. The more that humans alter the natural order of nature (is that redundant?), the more you can expect to see disharmony. I don't want to sound all new-agey - I'm not. It's just simple logic. Kind of like putting bighorn sheep in the mountains and then killing the mountain lions who (naturally) see them as lunch, and eat them. Well, maybe not, but you get my drift...

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