– The Bhootha Gana Of Shiva
Microorganisms are the invisible inhabitants of our body. But if you really think that they are a menace to our well being and if they are present then you are definitely going to get a disease; then you are totally wrong. Actually if some of the microorganisms are not present in some parts of your body; then there is every possibility that you would be suffering from a disease just because they are not in your system.
For example, The Gut intestine is inhabited from shortly after birth by the Lactobacillus species colonies. They were thought to be a type of parasites to the system before; but the modern day research has clearly ruled out their parasitic nature, but they are now considered to be an essential symbiotic factor in our digestive system by which the normal end digestive processes are supposed to occur normally. The commonest example of this system getting disturbed is the diarrhea most of you would have experienced during a strong antibiotic course taken orally.
The antibiotic molecules cleanse out the harmful microorganisms and together these commensal colonies also; resulting in exposed and vulnerable Gastro Intestinal mucosa to be eroded by these antibiotics, and thus less reabsorption of water and colic pain. So, lactobacillus capsules are routinely given by us to counteract the effect of strong antibiotics like combinations of penicillins and especially cloxacillin. These capsules contain millions of spores of harmless lactobacillus, which effectively recolonises in a frank erosion case.
The truth is that micro organisms are an integral part of our external or internal life, but we are in danger when a new species invades our normally well tuned and balanced system. The microorganisms are supposed to be shiva’s (The God Of Destruction) army of beings; which are very powerful and full of destructive powers. The microorganisms are of countless varieties and there is only a thin border line between a pathogenic microorganism or an inert commensal. The situation is totally dynamic, as the normal resident microbiota of our body like Candida Albicans and some other fungal or bacterial species become invasive and rapidly multiply and destroy body tissues within a very short period; if our immune system has become defective- like in a case of long term debilitative diseases, nutritional deficiencies, or serious viral infections like Human Immuno Deficiency Syndrome.
The fine balance between the resident or commensal microbiota and our immune system is a continuing saga of struggle for power, with the situation almost exactly same like in an aristocratic high class symbiotic society where; under the smiling and polite mask of your friends and colleagues, it would be a little difficult to differentiate between friend and foe or you may not know when a good friend may become an enemy- so you try to maintain as much power and money as possible to maintain your friends and society around you because also, they want you as much as you want them!!!