While I wasn't told exactly what is growing in my head, it's probably a mix of Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, Haemophilus influinzae, and/or Klebsiella pneumoniae. In other words, common respiratory bacteria. I know S. pneumoniae is one of the mix for me, I've sucessfully cultured it from myself on two separate occasions.
So, what then will take out that nice antibiotic-resistant mix I have growing in my upper respiratory tract? Doxycycline. Well, I can now say that besides a URI, I won't have any of the following once I complete the run:
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Anthrax - any form
- The Plague - that's right, wiped out half of Europe in the Middle Ages, and it's still around
- Vincent's Infenction (Trench Mouth)
- E. coli
This is so freakin' hilarious and sad at the same time. While I won't be sterilized, microbiologically speaking, this is going to get me pretty damn close. I don't have an E. coli infection right now, so I don't really need what is living in my intestines to be killed off. We, humans, must have symbiotic bacteria in our intestines in order to most efficently digest our food. We provide a nice habitat for them, the break down what we eat into more readily digestable nutrients. It's a good system.
So, I get to eat yogurt, to help replace some of the normal flora, and wait until the I get re-colonized natrually for the rest. It's just a pain in the ass. Like I said, at least it's not complete sterilization, I only had to go through that once when I had a bowel resection over a decade ago.