We’re going to be seeing more and more of these types of articles; I’m increasingly seeing already a kind of an ‘underground’ where folks are talking about what kind of probiotics help specific conditions, some of which were mentioned in the article. And of course bacteria are not confined to our guts; for example I read an anecdotal piece a couple of weeks ago about a kid that had a chronic right ear infection for several years. The doctors couldn’t fix it. The kid ultimately pried some of the wax out of his left ear and put it in his right ear. Viola! No more right ear infections. And there are plenty of stories going round of a similar (sometimes less pleasant) nature related to other orifices, but with equally successful outcomes.
I’d like to see more articles that concentrate more on exploding our view of ourselves as individuals, which of course is pure myth. We are in many respects a very large complex of intricately highly interdependent relationships between various microbes, and most of those microbes while they may reside in various parts of our bodies and can’t survive outside our bodies, just as in many cases we can’t survive without them, are independent from us in the sense that they have their own genetic makeup. My view is that once this ‘massively interdependent’ reality starts to seep into our consciousness, things are going to change….Bern 11/28/12
The hypothesis for the longest time, at least among the conscious living set, has been that the strength and variety of our gut flora directly impacts our overall health; plays an important part in disease prevention; and affects the potency of our immune systems. There are centuries of anecdotal evidence indirectly supporting this thesis e.g. people have consumed kombucha for nearly 2,000 years in the belief that it, among other things, complements one’s stomach flora thus aiding in digestion and strengthening one’s immune system.
The problem until recently is that this postulate has not been supported by much in the way of robust, peer-reviewed clinical studies. The good news — that is about to change! The media, specifically the NY Times on June 13, 2012, has finally begun to shed some light on the Craig Venter Institute’s Human Microbiome Project.
This article, along with the June 8 edition of Science Magazine, has ignited the previously somewhat quiescent conversation on the role that the microbial community in our gut has on such things as our overall health, disease prevention, digestion, obesity, immune system development, etc.
Here’s a short GutMicrobiotaPodcast that canvasses some of the topics covered in this edition of Science Magazine.
A subsequent NY Times article published June 18 discusses what might best be described as microbial ecosystem management.
We’re getting our blog set up and linked to the other social media tools, and we’ll shortly begin to blog and appoint some admins so they can both blog and review incoming materials – Bern