Antibiotic Resistance and Probiotic Interactions Term Paper

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Conventional approaches including bacterial therapy are becoming less effective and in some cases completely ineffective for combating bacterial infection. Bacteria are evolving, becoming smarter and more virulent, and increasingly resistant to traditional treatment including antibiotic use. While scan the literature available on probiotic use supports use of probiotics for treating drug resistant strains of bacteria in some cases (Diped, 2003). If nothing else the literature supports the use of probiotic therapy to support the body's immune system and strengthen the body's natural ability to fight off infection. Probiotics are also useful in many instances for reducing inflammation and restoring the flora or healthy balance of bacteria in the gut and intestine if destroyed by routine antibiotic therapy, a benefit that can alone improve one's health and well being significantly.

Section 4:Conclusions

There is ample evidence supporting the use of probiotic therapy as a potential treatment for imbalances in the human body. While scientific literature is relatively scant regarding the effects of probiotic therapy against antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, enough evidence does exist supporting the use of probiotic therapy as either an independent therapy or as an adjunct therapy for patients suffering from many drug resistant diseases. There is also evidence supporting the use of probiotics to help restore the balance of healthy bacteria in the body.

As bacteria continues to become more drug resistant, it is vital that researcher uncover new methods and unconventional therapies for treating disease. Without proper attention to this matter it is likely that diseases will once again grow to epidemic proportions. More research should be conducted to examine the full potential benefits of probiotic therapy for patients with all manner of disease. The health and survival of mankind may depend on it.

Appendix

Figure 1 - Plasmid Overview: Photograph Resistant Bacterial Parasite

Works Cited

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Diped, T.R. (2003). An introduction to complementary medicine. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin.

Levy, S.B.…

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Works Cited

Antibiotic Alternatives." (2003, Jul - Aug). American Scientist, 91:4): 289.

Chen, C.C. & Walker, W.A. (2005). "Probiotics and prebiotics: role in clinical disease states." Adv Pedatr. 52(1): 77-113.

Diped, T.R. (2003). An introduction to complementary medicine. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin.

Levy, S.B. (1992). The antibiotic paradox: How miracle drugs are destroying the miracle. New York: Plenum Press.

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