"Unlike probiotics that provide the bugs, and prebiotics that feed the bugs, quorum sensing is like "the internet" for bugs - molecules that tell them to wake up and "talk" with each other and encourage each other to become active."
"The quorum sensing is like census-taking. Quorum sensing allows bacteria to communicate using secreted chemical signaling molecules called autoinducers."
"Quorum Sensing is like a Facebook friend request amongst bacteria or other pathogens. Once sufficient numbers are gathered then the biofilm can begin to form. Stopping this communication, like losing internet access, prevents this activity. It is no surprise that Garlic and Oregano are on this list since they have been used for millenia to fight infection."
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