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Tenets of Bacterial Ecology
on December 10, 2002
It seems that Mr. Buhner is not particularly well versed in the basics of bacteriology and microbiology. I found it particularly perverse when he claims that bacteria have true intelligence and premeditated cooperative abilities in that they "learn" how to live in antibiotic environments. Further, the idea that the use of ground up plants will stop bacterial infection goes against sound reason.
1. Bacteria survive because they are opportunistic, id est, they reproduce quickly and successfully because they are small and can exploit natural resources before other organisms can.
2. Bacteria survive because they are variablistic: they are not intelligent or premeditative, they are a simple algorithm which permutates often, but randomly. When something works it survives to reproduce.
This second statement supports the idea that plant extracts cannot be used as antibiotics any more effectively than a synthetic antibiotic like chlorampheticol. Plants as a general group of organisms rely on the opposite evolutionary strategy to survive: invest in your stake (resources and physical individual) in order to make it successful by making it unavailable for use by opportunistic organisms. While this sounds like it may support the use of herbal antibiotics, it actually indicates that plants choose stability over variability and therefore don't change as quickly as bacteria...nor do the biosynthetic products they produce. Any such product would, if it was antibiotic in the first place, be subject to the very same forces of selective bacterial reproduction as a synthetic drug, rendering it useless in short time.