What are bacteria? Bacteria are generally considered to be living, breathing organisms. However, while they do have a skeleton, they are very different from those dreaded pathogens.
Pathogens are disease-inducing pathogens. Pathogens can only survive by invading a host body. They thrive on living host’s tissue, digesting it and drawing nutrients from it. The typical way of spreading pathogens is through physical contact or the introduction of infectious materials from another organism.
Now, what is bacteria? Bacteria are a class of multicellular, organisms that live in our digestive tract without any of their own cells. Bacteria are also known as probiotics (a group of bacteria) that have the ability to create antibiotics from the living organisms. In fact, some of them are able to outlast the average human in life span!
The key function of bacteria is to sustain life and allow all life to exist. However, for the average cell, they require an external nutrient such as glucose to be able to grow and multiply. The glucose is provided by the host cell itself. When there is a shortage of the glucose, the bacteria begin to die off resulting in the death of the probiotic(s). This may sound unfortunate, but without bacteria, a person could become chronically ill and never find out why.
Bacteria however, do not require a host to survive without. A virus cannot survive without a host to pass on its genetic information and viral components into a susceptible host cell. Although a virus may survive within a host cell for a short period of time, it will eventually die without ever being able to reproduce again. Bacteria however, can continue to replicate indefinitely if no additional nutrients are available to it, allowing it to continue to keep churning out billions of viruses and other harmful bacteria.
There are two major classes of bacteria, the ones we know about and another group of organisms that we rarely hear of, called the Probiotics. These are also known as the yeasts or fungus. The organisms can either be oral or vaginal. The type of bacteria that lives in our mouths and in the intestinal tract are known as probiotics, while those found in the rind and throat of animals are called on.
The type of bacteria most frequently found in our bodies are the ones we know of. These are the bacteria that are part of our normal flora or population in our intestines, including the vagina, mouth, and gastrointestinal tract. These are also the same types of bacteria that live in our environment, including the air we breathe and in our plants. Examples of naturally occurring bacteria in the body include: lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacteria, anaerobic bacteria, etc. The types of organisms that enter our bodies through the use of antibiotics are called antimicrobial bacteria. They are the ones most often associated with diseases like: strep throat, staph infections, urinary tract infections, ear infections, etc.
There are many types of bacteria which are neither yeast nor fungi. These are referred to as “shape cells” or “ectopic” organisms because their cell walls protrude out of the cell. Examples of shape cells include: melanoma, ehrlicia, vertigo, teratoma, mycoplasma, etc. The types of organisms with cell walls that protrude from their cell are also called exoplasties: these include cysts, protozoa, parasites, etc.
When a body is deficient in certain bacteria, it can become susceptible to food poisoning. This is usually caused by the consumption of food or drink which has bacteria or viruses in it. Often, the bacteria or viruses remain alive in the intestines even after the food or drink has been removed. When the body’s immune system is weak, it allows the organisms to colonize the intestines, causing food poisoning.
Most viruses and bacteria are nonliving forms. When the body’s immune system is weak, it allows some nonliving organisms to colonize and begin reproducing. These organisms continue to reproduce until the body has its resources again, such as glucose or oxygen. Then, the body’s natural defense system seeks out and kills the invading organisms.
RNAs (RNA molecules) are unique to each bacterium. When a bacterium is damaged by a virus, the RNAs are generated and travel to the neighboring cells. The resulting message from the DNA is then passed on to the neighboring cells. By studying RNAs, we have been able to develop highly successful antibiotics. Without this knowledge, we would be unable to develop a reliable strategy for preventing, detecting, and dealing with food poisoning.