THE BELLY BUTTON BIODIVERSITY PROJECT
Several years ago, a group of research scientists, led by Dr. Rob Dunn of NC State University, began something his team called "The Bellybutton Project".
As crazy as it sounds, the results of their study revealed over two thousand different species of bacteria living in the navel. Most of these were rare --- being found in less than 10% of the study's participants. However, the more common species were shared by more than seventy percent of the participants. Interestingly enough, there were no "universal" bacteria species that was shared by everyone. Belly buttons provide a unique place to study these bacteria because it is a relatively undisturbed part of the body and contains older skin that has not been sloughed off yet.
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).