The species within us, wages wars, uses tools and all for its survival…And our own!

Bacteria.

They are a species unto themselves and they live in us ALL.

Recently, medical science has begun to clue into the fact that the bacteria that thrives in us, is directly related to our health…

Though no one is exactly SURE who, what, when or how, the possibilities are indeed there, hinted at, and because they are? They have been pushing a whole NEW field of medical research.

[via Scientific American] Probiotics are living species (typically bacteria, though I will argue for a broader definition) [I have one - It's poo!] taken in one form or another by animals (typically though not always humans) in order to improve their health. The great hope with probiotics is that we might eat and favor a suite of living forms that make us healthier. Stores are filled with probiotics produced and purchased on the basis of this hope. The difficulty has been actually figuring out what species of bacteria might benefit us and also how, and/or why.  For the most part, the answers are. A) No one is sure. B) No one is sure and C) No one is sure.  

You would be forgiven for thinking that the benefits of probiotics were well known and worked out. After all, billions of dollars of probiotics are purchased each year and books offer “the wonderful new probiotics lifestyle.” Yet, a recent review of probiotics finds that for many of the ailments for which they are used, ailments that range from cancer to yeast infections, that their benefits are still unclear.

“A multicenter European based trial with 287 children aged 1-36 months from 10 countries is one of the most extensive trials investigating probiotic treatment for acute diarrhea reported (Guandalini et al., 2000). The children were experiencing moderate to severe diarrhea. The patients were randomized to be given placebo or LGG along with oral rehydration solution. The children receiving LGG had a shorter duration and decreased severity of disease along with a shorter hospital stay.”

Here, LGG is the species Lactobacillus GG. That this species helps with diarrheal cases, which are a major cause of death in infants globally, is important and interesting, but how do these bacterial species actually “work?” What scientists often assume happens is that the probiotic bacteria team up with the immune system (both by boosting it and by fighting themselves) to run the disease-causing agent (in the case of diarrhea, often a rotavirus) in the gut out of town.  The problem though with this assertion is that such molecular warfare by probiotic bacteria has not been very well studied, particularly in the case of specific pathogens, rather than just broad diseases (such as diarrhea). It is hard to study humans with such pathogens and their diseases, harder still to experimentally give humans diseases only to subsequently try to cure them. That is why scientists study mice. In mice, a series of new studies has finally begun to get down to the nitty gritty of probiotic success and failure.  

Then, recently, a very exciting study was published by Empara Chenoll and her colleagues at the University of Valencia in Spain. Chenoll was interested in the human pathogen, Heliobacter pylori AKA H. pylori. Though its name does not have the ring of, say, Cholera, H. pylori is bad news. It is the major cause of ulcers and a major cause of intestinal cancer in humans. If we could get rid of H. pylori, it would be good. Chenoll wondered if there were probiotic bacteria that when consumed would kill off H. pylori. Her first step was to fight H. pylori against different lineages of the bacterial species Bifidobacterium bifidum, in petri dish versions of cage matches. The good and bad bacteria were paired in a petri dish and then allowed to fight, to the death. Chenoll then picked the toughest lineage, the one that most often killed H. pylori. That lineage, which turned out to be “CECT 7366″ was the one they would introduce into mice, to save them from H. pylori, after, of course, giving them H. pylori.  

When Chenoll and friends added the H. pylori and good bacteria to the mice, the rules were,   

“In experimental groups A and B, … a suspension of H. pylori … was administered for three consecutive days from day 1 onwards. In group B,… a suspension … of strain CP5 was administered orally for 11 and 18 days after infection. In group A, … a placebo … was administered. On day 14, five mice from each group were killed and analyzed, and on day 21, the remaining five mice from each group were killed and analyzed.”  

Or in other words, all of the mice were given H. pylori. Half of the mice were then given the probiotics, the other half weren’t. H. pylori might just win, in which case all of the mice would stay sick. Or maybe the probiotics would win, in which case the mice treated with the probiotics would get better.  

In the end, what happened was what society seems to hope will happen. The mice given the probiotic bacteria got better. The probiotics killed the H. pylori (which we know because after the mice got better, the scientists, of course, killed them and checked). In the grudge match of H. pylori versus probiotics, the probiotics won, handily. And what of the weapon being used in these fights? The evidence points toward the possibility that the probiotic bacterial species, Bifidobacterium bifidum, is producing an antibiotic protein that it is using to kill the H. pylori. What is more, the probiotics, with these tiny chemical swords, appear capable of surviving the journey through a mouse stomach and into the intestines (as revealed in additional experiments) such that those of us who are like mouse (which is all of us, who are you kidding) might one day take Bifidobacterium bifidum to cure ourselves of H. pylori. Hooray. [Read More]

So, no…

Although we have no idea what ALL exactly this species that lives in us, can do for us?

We now know this species can do something.

And if you think using the term ‘species’ for bacteria is a bit of stretch?

We also know this as well…

They use tools too.

What is that, if not species-like?

[via eScience News] Bacteria use various appendages to move across surfaces prior to forming multicellular bacterial biofilms. Some species display a particularly jerky form of movement known as “twitching” motility, which is made possible by hairlike structures on their surface called type IV pili, or TFP. “TFP act like Batman’s grappling hooks,” said Gerard Wong, a professor of bioengineering and of chemistry and biochemistry at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA. “These grappling hooks can extend and bind to a surface and retract and pull the cell along.”

In a study to be published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Wong and his colleagues at UCLA Engineering identify the complex sequence of movements that make up this twitching motility in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a biofilm-forming pathogen partly responsible for the deadly infections seen in cystic fibrosis.

During their observations, Wong and his team made a surprising discovery. Using a high-speed camera and a novel two-point tracking algorithm, they noticed that the bacteria had the unique ability to “slingshot” on surfaces.

The team found that linear translational pulls of constant velocity alternated with velocity spikes that were 20 times faster but lasted only milliseconds. This action would repeat over and over again.

“The constant velocity is due to the pulling by multiple TFP; the velocity spike is due to the release of a single TFP,” Wong said. “The release action leads to a fast slingshot motion that actually turns the bacteria efficiently by allowing it to over-steer.” [Read More]

Makes one wonder what else they are doing in our bodies that we have NO clue about…

Doesn’t it?

Either to our benefit or our detriment, we HAVE a species that lives inside us…

We are a host plant to another world.

Hard, isn’t it, to be able to grasp that concept, almost, isn’t it?

But one must admit, is sure doesn’t detract from the cool of it either.

Totally.

The Codex Alimentarius is coming! The Codex Alimentarius is coming! Wait…What?!

Conspiracy theories.

By definition are…

–noun

1.

a theory that explains an event as being the result of a plot by a covert group or organization; a belief that a particular unexplained event was caused by such a group.
2.

the idea that many important political events or economic and social trends are the products of secret plots that are largely unknown to the general public.

And by example?

Are something else entirely…

Crazy!

Population Reduction 2012 (Codex Alimentarius)

But just because they SOUND initially crazy…

Doesn’t mean there isn’t a ‘ring’ of truth to them.

THAT is what makes conspiracy theories like the one above?

So freaking scary.

Especially?

Considering THIS…

(NaturalNews) The recent upswing in crop failures and spontaneous animal miscarriages appears to be the result of a deadly new plant disease, suggests a prominent researcher. According to ongoing research being conducted by Emeritus Professor Don Huber from Purdue University in Indiana, this disease is likely a result of genetically-modified (GM) crops and the pesticides and herbicides used to grow them.

Reported on by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the findings do not specifically pinpoint whether GMOs, their pesticides, or a combination of both is directly responsible for spawning the pathogen, but Huber says that, either way, GM systems are clearly a detriment to the environment, animal health, and likely human health.

“They’re finding anywhere from 20 percent to as much as 55 percent of those [animals] will miscarriage or spontaneously abort,” Huber told reporters, concerning farm animals that contact the deadly pathogen as a result of eating GM corn and soybeans. “[The pathogen] will kill a chicken embryo, for instance, in 24-48 hours.”

Plants and crops are suffering the much the same fate, according to Huber, because GMOs and their chemicals are robbing soil of many nutrients, and preventing uptake of what few nutrients remain. This disruption of proper microbial balance leaves plants an easy target for many diseases that eventually kill them.

“If you have the [GM] gene present, there is a reduced efficiency for the plant to use those nutrients,” added Huber. “When you put the glyphosate out then you have an additional factor to reduce the nutrient availability to the crop.”

As NaturalNews reported previously, the increasing use of glyphosate, also known as Roundup, has led to skyrocketing cases of plant disease. And its many other negative effects on humans, animals, and the environment, though denied by Monsanto and others in the industry, cannot be denied based on available evidence. [Read More]

if this is even slightly true…

What should one do?

Probably…

Not this!

Being labeled a crazy environmental ‘activist, by ACTING like one’…

Running around in a biological hazmat suit, and toting a weed-eater, and although funny in theory?

[via TheWatchers] Environmental activists broke into an Australian government research farm Thursday and destroyed an experimental crop of genetically-modified wheat protesting against what they said were safety issues.

Armed with weed trimmers, three Greenpeace activists scaled a fence at the Canberra facility in the early hours of the morning and razed the crop, which had been modified to lower its glycemic index and increase fibre. The government science agency running the trials, CSIRO, confirmed there had been “a break-in overnight at their crop trial site” and it was assessing the damage. CSIRO is currently assessing the damage to the trial crops and considering next steps.”

Greenpeace said the activists, three women, wore hazardous materials suits to keep them from carrying GM organisms out of the site, and were motivated by concerns about the trial’s safety.

“The government has said they would commercialise GM wheat by 2015 in Australia, that would make us the first country in the world to approve GM wheat to be commercially grown,” said campaigner Laura Kelly.”But the polling shows Australians don’t want to eat it.”

Kelly said GM wheat had been proven to contaminate other crops and there was no evidence it was safe to eat, with major exporters including the European Union, Russia and Canada rejecting the crop. Japanese flour mills, a major market for Australian wheat, had also made it clear they would not buy GM products and Kelly said the nation’s Aus$4.7 billion bulk export market was at stake.

The half-hectare CSIRO crop is intended for dough baking trials for feeding to rats and pigs, with an eye to human trials, though the agency would have to get a fresh licence to test the grain on people. The CSIRO said it had taken a series of precautions to limit contamination, enclosing the crop with a two-metre double-reinforced fence and bird netting over the top, and spreading mouse traps throughout the site. There was a two to four-metre buffer zone and the 10 metres beyond the fence were treated regularly with herbicide.

A police spokeswoman said no charges had yet been laid and “at this stage investigations are just still ongoing”, but Kelly said she would be surprised if a criminal case was not launched. [Read More]

Doesn’t really work well on ANY level of reality…

‘Conspiracy theory’ or no.

Not a repeat of 1694: Exorcists gather in Poland, 2011, to discuss vampires!

Good times…

They just never get old, do they?

Some ideas…

Are timeless.

[via ABC] Vampires, the devil’s deceit, and mental illness are among the hot topics for some 300 exorcists who flocked to Poland this week from as far away as Africa and India for a week-long congress.

Held at Poland’s Roman Catholic Jasna Gora monastery, home to the venerated Black Madonna icon, this year’s congress “examines the current fashion for vampirism in Europe and the world-over, schizophrenia and other mental disorders, as well as the devil’s deceit during exorcism,” according to the monastery’s radio station.

Also attending are “priests and lay people who work with exorcists or who are themselves practitioners in cases which do not involve possession but rather other forms of harassment by evil spirits,” Polish exorcist, Father Andrzej Grefkowicz was quoted as saying.

Hailing from India, world-renowned exorcist Father Rufus Pereira, as well as chief exorcist of the Archdiocese of Vienna, Larry Hogan, are among the participants, the radio reported.

The unusual meeting is held once every two years.

The Jasna Gora monastery’s Black Madonna icon is believed by many Poles to work miracles.

Legend has it that it was painted by the apostle Saint Luke on a table top from the home of the Holy Family, according to the Jasna Gora website. Records suggest the icon arrived in Poland during the 14th century.

With around 90 per cent of the population declaring themselves Roman Catholic, Poland remains one of Europe’s most devout countries. [Read More]

Fascinating.

You know, in a very ‘what-century-is-this-again’ sort of way.

And before you label this as ‘silly’, might I remind you the vampire fascination is something that still hold us ALL enthralled.

It’s just SOME, such as these priests, however,…

Take the belief in vampires and such more seriously than others, is all.

Proving that everyone else, once and for all?

Total POSERS by comparison.

In the moonlight, cats understand what happiness is.

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How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank.
Here will we sit, and let the sounds of music
Creep in our ears; soft stillness, and the night
Become the touches of sweet harmony. ~William Shakespeare

Music info:
“Memory” is a show tune from the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats sung by the character Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now a shell of her former self.

The song is a nostalgic remembrance of her glorious past and a declaration of her wishes to start a new life.

Sung briefly in the first act and in full near the end of the show, “Memory” is the climax of the musical, and by far its most popular and well-known song.

Elaine Paige sings this version of “Memory”

The Illusion of Beauty: Lie within the perception of destortion comparison!

PROOF regarding how the mind plays tricks and what you see?

[via New Scientist] Who says beauty is in the eye of the beholder? A new visual illusion worthy of a wicked stepmother can turn even the fairest of them all into a gargoyle.

Stare at the cross in the centre of the video above. The faces flashing past in your peripheral vision will appear grotesque. But pause the video to take a direct look, and you’ll see that each one is perfectly normal.

Sean Murphy, a psychology student at the University of Queensland in St Lucia, Australia, stumbled upon the illusion as he prepared a set of female faces for one of his experiments. Murphy had aligned all the faces, drawn from a Slovakian database, so that their eyes were aligned. But as he skimmed through the images to check that he’d done it correctly, he was surprised to see that the faces looked distorted.[Source of pic]

When he looked at the faces individually, however, they looked completely normal. “We entertained the idea that Slavic faces were inherently bizarre,” Murphy and colleagues wrote in a paper about the finding, “but we replicated the effect with faces from several other databases.”

Jason Tangen, a colleague of Murphy’s at the University of Queensland, suggests that the effect arises because our minds are racing to compare each new face with the ones we’ve just seen. It’s already known that staring at a distorted face can make you see others differently: for example, an average face can seem thin when you see it after staring at a very fat face.

“By aligning the faces at the eyes and presenting them quickly, it becomes much easier to compare them, so the differences between the faces are more extreme,” he says. If someone has a large jaw, it looks almost ogre-like; a larger-than-average forehead looks particularly bulbous. Tangen says unpicking the details of this strange effect might help us to understand how people perceive faces – for example, what makes someone attractive or easy to recognize. [Read More]

NOT exactly what you think you see.

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Man and his love affaire with machines helps him to make amazing things.

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