In this health video you will learn why show shouldn't be afraid of all bacteria.
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Tom Audette: Michael, one thing, when you were talking about probiotics and the bacteria, the friendly bacteria, some people it seems have a little bit of a concern about the fact that we say, well these are live organisms, or sometimes they’re referred to as bugs even. Michael Shahani: That’s right. Tom Audette: Certain people, I think, feel a little squeamish about this. Maybe we can touch on that a little bit. Michael Shahani: Okay. That is important because there are bacteria that are harmful, we know that, and even though we’ve sort of been taught to believe that all bacteria are harmful that is definitely not true. You know, the interesting thing about the probiotic bacteria is they do survive under pretty limited circumstances. In fact, the challenge is not to worry about them taking over, but the challenge is to worry about keeping them alive long enough to do the job in the body. So, most bacteria live under a fairly narrow set of circumstances. If you change too much of the circumstance for the bacteria, even the pathogenic bacteria, they’re going to die. But, the probiotic bacteria, in particular, are somewhat fragile, we need to worry about keeping them alive, not worry about them taking over because there’s too many of them. But, there have been absolutely no side effects of any kind ever reported from these well-accepted and well researched lactic acid bacteria. You know, they’ve been in these foods for thousands of years, and there really is no way to overdose or take too many of these healthy bacteria. Tom Audette: So, we don’t need to worry about the possibility of getting too much bacteria? Michael Shahani: No, no, the body would just essentially kill off any extra bacteria. You know, one could take more than is necessary and they just wouldn’t grow; they would just end up dying off before producing any good effects. It’s possible to take too much but that would only be a waste of them, [there] wouldn’t be any harm in doing that. Tom Audette: Okay.