Soil Quality

The Wonderful World of Dirt – Antibiotic Find

Via our Food & Medicine Freedom Friends at That’s Natural!

Sometimes the most amazing things in the world are the ones that get stepped on the most.

I have a growing love affair with soil, as it is the basis and foundation for all plant life – and therefore all life on earth.  An experimental ‘drug’  called teixobactin – isolated from a sample of dirt from New England – is initially showing to act successfully as an antibiotic.  Teixobactin has also proven beneficial in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including streptococcus and MRSA.

We should all be aware of the growing numbers of bacteria that are resistant to treatment from antibiotics.  Some of this may come from the growing amount of antibiotics automatically in our food supply from animals being treated with antibiotics.  The more meat and dairy that we consume, the more potential we have of ingesting what these animals have consumed.  The more antibiotics we take – the more “good” bacteria we kill inside our own systems.  And the more bad bacteria get to know these antibiotics, the stronger they become – becoming antibiotic-resistant.

This discovery of an effective antibiotic right in the “common” dirt of somewhere like someone’s back yard is exciting – and telling.  The “development” of the human being has had people putting their hands in the dirt to live and survive.  I am guessing that at this point in history, in our country, we have the most people who never even have their skin to the ground, touching the earth, and feeling the soil.  Can you imagine having a baby born in a metropolis, living in an apartment, and with limited access to public land and trails?  That child may not have the opportunity to play in the dirt for months, or years.  How does this affect their development?

Dirt is powerful.  It is a living, breathing being that creates our medicines and grows our food.  Honoring this, and becoming closer to the dirt (by making it a point to put your hands and feet in it once awhile) may just be the most therapeutic and beneficial things that we can do.

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