I've not had any antibiotics now, for 30 plus years. How did that happen? At the age of 19, I became allergic to the then range of antibiotics. As years passed, every new one tried, attempted to kill me, some in slower ways than others. \n\nWhy is that so important? Because my life as a child, had been one succession of infections after another. Being brought up in the generation that always hammers nails in with the best hammer, out came the antibiotics, all.. the... time.\n\nNot long after it was pronounced, with a shrug of their shoulders, that I was "on my own", it was discovered I had an immunodeficiency.\n\nWith nothing left, of any use, so started a journey of discovering how to survive without antibiotics. I discovered how so many of us carry these bacteria and they do no harm to most. Why do they harm some? I discovered amazing things about how some classes of commensal bacteria keep other more serious classes in check. And how might that be assisted? After all, it was a revolutionary approach for me to see that actually, bacteria and other commensals are there to help, not to hinder.\n\nHow was it, that I'd so regularly got sick? That was when it dawned on me, from my medical records, that it was actually the antibiotics, which started a cyclical downward spiral.\n\nIn randomly "nuking" whatever bacteria was around with nonspecific hammers, every time I'd had a course of antibiotics I was inching towards a bigger problem.\n\nI changed my focus to the older histories of the uses of yoghurt, kefir, matsoni, and other probiotic based natural foods. I looked at what real health was, rather than the absense of pathologically defined sickness as being the "norm".\n\nAnd today, I can still tell the tale. Who knows when, and of what I will die. That I defied the depressing forcasts of the infectious experts is enough for me.\n\nPerhaps, instead of looking for another better bigger hammer, eyes should be cast along with Mazmanian (the microbial health factor), on the purposes of commensal bacteria; how they work together, and harnessing them to fix the problem, which every year, is made worse, and more serious by the continued blanket use of antibiotics in the first place.\n\nOther research should look at how, when antibiotics are used, the doctors who prescribe them, return the commensal flora back to where it was before they lobbed in the first anti bacterial incendiary.\n\nJust maybe, then, real progress will be made.