GUT FLORA AND METABOLIC SYNDROME
Although 99% of the medical community would be loathe to admit it, antibiotics have wreaked havoc on our country's health. Oh sure, ANTIBIOTICS have the potential to save lives, but because of their blatant overuse, they are absolutely destroying people's health. Think about it for a moment; 80% of your body's entire Immune System is made up by the bacteria in your intestines (HERE). So it should not come as a surprise that a recent study has linked obesity and other serious health problems to the presence or absence of certain species of gut bacteria in one's "innards". Scientific proof is great, but I have been warning people about the many health risks associated with antibiotic-induced DYSBIOSIS (abnormal gut flora) for years.
A recent study of the Old Order Amish from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was done to determine how the bacteria found in the gut (aka "flora") related to several aspects of health. The results of the study were amazing. It was learned that at least 25 different species of bacteria affect people either positively or negatively depending on whether they are there or not. In other words, the presence of certain bacteria was proven bad, while the presence of other bacteria was shown to be good. Likewise, the absence of certain bacteria in these people's gut bode well for them, while the absence of certain others bode ill. And what were the two specific health factors being looked at? BMI and Metabolic Syndrome.
BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and short of underwater weighing (or looking honestly at yourself in the mirror) is probably the best cheap and simple way of determining whether you are overweight, and just how overweight you are. Metabolic Syndrome is essentially an early form of Heart Disease and DIABETES, which is loosely characterized as having any two of the following.
The bottom line is that there are no drugs that are going to "fix" or prevent this problem. A smart diet of WHOLE FOODS and fermented foods (as well as PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTATION) is huge as far as your health is concerned. However, you need to be aware that for some serious cases, you may need to take some more "extreme" measures (HERE, HERE, & HERE). To see the big picture regarding the role of GUT HEALTH in overall health, just follow the link.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).