Environmental Toxins

What is Bad Bacteria and How Can it Be Prevented?

showing good and bad bacteria in the gut

Over the years, the word “bacteria” has garnered a negative connotation in the medical industry. Most people associate the term with chronic conditions, diseases and even the initial cause of cancer, and it’s not hard to see why. External bacteria found among our environment usually do more harm than good. They seep into our system creating infections and building inflammation that leads to an assortment of illnesses that our immune system can’t fight off. For this reason, people use disinfectants to clean their hands, wipe down the bathroom, and scrub all areas of their home to kill the bacteria before it can infiltrate their body. Furthermore, it is also the reason why people use antibiotics as a defense mechanism the moment that they get sick.

But, contrary to popular belief, there are certain kinds of healthy bacteria that belong in our system to stabilize immunity and health, especially in the gut. The healthy bacteria are used to help absorb nutrients, produce natural vitamins, and digest food. Those who suffer with chronic conditions such as Crohn’s, Clostridium Difficile, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) may require probiotics that contain healthy bacteria that is needed to treat these conditions and stabilize the immune system. Although this leads us to wonder, what is bad bacteria? How can we tell the difference? And how can we stay away from it without killing all the bacteria in our body?

What is Bad Bacteria?

Thankfully, the amount of good bacteria exceeds the amount of bad bacteria in our system. Harmful bacteria exist at low levels within the body without harming it unless it’s triggered by something. Once activated, it can grow, reproduce, spread toxins and form inflammation that, if left untreated, can potentially cause dire health consequences. Conditions caused by these microbes can vary from mild (like a pimple) to severe (such as inflamed artery.) Malevolent pathogens can be found in all areas of our external environment whether it’s from another human, mold that grows on food or in the bathroom, pests such as bugs and rats, air pollution, contaminated water, and basically anything that is exposed to constant physical contact between different people (such as toilet seats, light switches, doorknobs, silverware, public telephones, etc.).

Know the Difference Between Good and Bad Microbes

Since bacteria are single-celled microorganisms, telling the difference between healthy and unhealthy microbes can be difficult, especially since we really can’t see them with the naked eye. Both types of bacteria also behave similarly in the way that they reproduce and survive harsh conditions. The only way to truly understand the difference is to know that all our healthy bacteria is naturally produced within our system or in healthy foods, whereas malevolent microbes are born within all areas of the earth from soil, water, metals, animals and other humans. Contact with any type of fungus, insect, or plant can cause chronic autoimmune disease, Lyme disease, and other serious infections.

How to Eliminate Bad Bacteria from the Body

There are various natural ways to rid the body of unwanted pathogens. At LifeWorks Wellness Center, we provide patients suffering from autoimmune disease, Lyme, or other bacterial infectious diseases with detoxification methods. These methods include the use of ozone treatments, intravenous therapies, peptides, supplementation, and dietary changes. Every patient’s case differs slightly depending on the amount of toxicity or bacterial buildup that has accumulated; therefore, everyone is required to consult with a LifeWorks physician prior to receiving the right detoxification plan.

Patients will be ordered:

The purpose of these treatments are to safely excrete all toxins and bacteria from the body while keeping the healthy pathogens in place. They must be done as instructed by the practitioner. Additionally, the patient will be advised to take peptides to treat their condition, take supplements to provide their body with daily nutrients, and transfer to a plant-based diet to feed their system foods containing natural sources of proteins and nutrients rather than processed chemicals.

Preventing Bad Bacterial Exposure

Avoiding exposure to bad bacteria is easier than many believe. There are ways to continue enjoying the beautiful things in life such as the outdoors, socializing with family and friends, and attending events without worrying about exposing ourselves to harmful bacteria. By maintaining good hygiene, keeping our homes clean, washing our hands, and following the instructions of a LifeWorks practitioner, one should be protected from malevolent pathogens entering our body.

If you or someone that you know is suffering from a serious bacterial infection or a chronic bacterial disease such as Lyme or an autoimmune disease, please call to schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners at 727-466-6789.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.