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The various microbes living inside of you and on your skin are too small to see, but their effects in your gut and on your skin are what keep you healthy and in some cases alive. There thousands of species of microbes but the most famous at the moment is C. diff, which is a contraction of the scientific name Clostridium difficile. It is a deadly microbe because it overruns the intestinal tract and prevents the hundreds of other species of essential intestinal microbes from establishing a home in a person’s gut. Standard antibiotic treatments often aggravate the disease because they kill the good microbes along with the C. diff and it becomes impossible to digest food. If that isn’t corrected, the person dies. One of the most successful treatments is to find another human with a healthy intestinal microbiome and transfer some of their partially digested intestinal contents to the sick person’s intestinal tract. In this case, eating healthy shit is a very healthy thing to do. My solution is to save some of your own poop when you are healthy in a freezer and reintroduce it if you get C. diff. Okay, that sounds yucky, but it will probably save your life if you are in that horrid condition.

The skin is a wholly different situation. It is the surface material on the outside of you, whereas the gut lining is the skin on the inside of you from your mouth to your anus. In some ways, the outside is much easier to cope with because it is visible and you can sometimes correct its problems by caring for its microbiome. Yes, you are covered with living microbes, and they keep you healthy, but when those good microbes are overwhelmed by the bad microbes your skin gets sick. Every tiny bit of your skin is a battleground between these good microbes and the bad ones. The moral overtones are an overlay of our conscious wishes. The microbes’ goals are to survive and reproduce, and they do that by eating stuff on your skin, which has nothing to do with our human morality of goodness and badness. They are just making a living as best they can.

What makes sense to me is to treat my outside in a way that takes into account the experience of the medical profession with the insides. That means to not totally kill off the bacteria residing on the outside of my skin by using strong antimicrobial killing agents on healthy skin. When that is done internally it can result in C. diff overwhelming the internal microbiome and if not corrected the death of the human involved. That same result can happen if the external microbiome is destroyed and the skin is then left exposed to whatever microbes are in the environment. Some of those are deadly! Normally, a person’s skin is covered with a living community of microbes that protect it from those others that want to eat your skin. It is claimed by microbiologists that over ninety percent of the DNA of our living bodies isn’t our human DNA but these microbial beings, and they make up about one percent of our weight. They are tiny but there are lots of them.

The method I propose here is to kill the bad microbes and replace them with good microbes. The way to do that is to … First put an antimicrobial agent, like Hibiclens, directly on to the bad patches of skin with a fingertip, gently rub it with the fingertip for a few seconds, and then rinse it with running water for several seconds. Do that procedure for each of the problem areas. Second, rub vigorously for a few seconds some healthy areas of your skin with the palm of your hand, and then with that hand now laden with invisible microbes rub over the sick areas you have just cleaned. It will help with the distribution of the microbes to first smear a few drops of Argan Oil on your palms.

The intent of this procedure is to kill the bad microbes infesting a sick portion of skin and repopulate it with healthy microbes that have been living on the healthy parts of your skin.

I have no relationship with Hibiclens, but it is the Antiseptic/Antimicrobial Skin Cleanser recommended to me by my doctor for cleaning my skin before minor surgery. There might be other products that are okay. A good idea always begins with a single person but it takes a lot of double-blind trials before a procedure becomes scientifically accepted.

Replacing unhealthy skin microbes with health-promoting ones worked for me.