Guest: Dr. Martin Blaser
Today’s interview could not be more timely.
This week, an antibiotic-resistant “nightmare bacteria” was connected to two patient deaths at a UCLA Medical Center.
As reported by CNN, the bacteria known as CRE proves fatal for half of those infected. At last count, 179 patients may have been exposed to the contaminated endoscopes said to be the source of the UCLA outbreak. So far, seven infections have been reported.
Unfortunately, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are become increasingly common. According to today’s podcast guest Dr. Martin Blaser, author of Missing Microbes, the overuse of antibiotics is largely to blame.
Not only are unnecessary antibiotics — those available by prescription as well the ones in our water and food supply) — leaving the door wide open for today’s superbugs, but Dr. Blaser’s research shows that they may be contributing to asthma, allergies, diabetes, heartburn, obesity, and some cancers.
Every so often I call a podcast episode an “Instant Classic”. This is one of them.
Here’s what the doc and I talked about:
* What causes 80% of sore throats and ear infections, and why antibiotics won’t help.
* Hidden (and mostly unnecessary) antibiotic exposure at birth.
* Why an H. Pylori infection may be health-PROTECTIVE… (Say what?)
* A controversial take on gastritis. Is it “normal”?
* How antibiotics may trigger Celiac and gluten sensitivity.
Click the PLAY button below to listen to today’s interview.
As always, you’re welcome to post your comments below!
And be sure to pick up Dr. Blaser’s book, Missing Microbes. Now available in paperback. It’s so good, I took it with me everywhere I went last week.
Enjoy the interview. Later today, I’m recording with Jeff Hays, producer of the new documentary, Bought: The Truth Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma, and Your Food.