I am suspicious of the role of Staph bacteria. We've all noticed MRSA in the news and moving beyond hospital acquired to community acquired. One theory I have is that some mutated form of Staph colonizes a person's system, is recongized by the body as bad which overstimulates the immune system and inflammatory response. Antibiotic use could then be the "last straw," devastating the few remaining competing "normal" Staph bacteria and causing the system to be overrun by the bad mutated type (for instance drug resistant staph).
From what I understand, Staph colonizes most people's nasal mucosa and could therefore be fairly easily communicated to others. Food contamination and contact with contaminated surfaces could be two other ways of spread.
The concept of UC caused(or triggered I should say) by antibiotic use is well known. Go to wikipedia and look up the history of Penicillin and you will notice that it was discovered as a ring of emptiness in a culture of the staph bacteria. Penicillin is a fungus. This seems to be a real easy tie-in to 'antibiotic' colitis if you realize that antibiotics were apparently mold/fungus. Maybe the concept could be extended from
or even to the idea that (bacterial REcolonization)--> colitis [such as recolonization with MRSA or something similar wiping out the native Flora]
This probably isn't groundbreaking to many of you, as I assume that's what the whole probiotic approach is about. But it seems to me that if this is a viable hypothesis, no real progress would be seen unless researchers isolate WHAT bacteria is doing the recolonization, so that it can be targeted or replaced.
Other reasons I am suspicious of Staph and it's relation to UC are that I was getting terrible cystic, subcutaneous welts (imagine acne but worse) which I self-diagnosed as folliculitis. Staph or strep bacteria can cause folliculitis. I have cured this problem nearly completely by using Head and Shoulders shampoo with some active ingredient with Zinc.
(6:38PM) I'm now running goolgle searches on "Staph Enterocolitis"
One study on this topic: http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=1022821
(Folliculitis caused by Staph):
Zinc pyrithione (Head and Shoulders) and Staph:
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit