YOUR MICROBIOME IS THE NUMBER ONE FACTOR WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR HEALTH
"We predict that Earth is home to upward of 1 trillion microbial species. Microbial biodiversity seems greater than ever anticipated yet predictable from the smallest to the largest microbiome." From the abstract of Scaling Laws Predict Global Microbial Diversity from the March issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
It is my strongly held belief that the single most important area of study in the field of medicine is the MICROBIOME (and intimately related to it, FMT). In fact, not a day goes by without dozens of scientific articles and peer-reviewed studies hitting the world wide web. Despite these huge advances on the academic side of medicine, LITTLE SEEMS TO BE CHANGING as far as the practice of medicine goes, as doctors continue to prescribe "Microbiome-Busting" drugs (ANTIBIOTICS, PPI's, and 'OTHERS') at record or near-record rates.
Case in point, an article by Karen Weintraub from last week's edition of Scientific American (Findings from the Gut—New Insights into the Human Microbiome). In this article she addresses many of the same things I have addressed under the category of GUT HEALTH. She talks about any number of diseases and their links to the Microbiome. She talks to DR. MARTIN BLASER --- one of America's foremost experts on the damage we are doing at a population level with antibiotics and author of Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues --- about the devastation being wreaked on our collective microbiomes via antibiotics. In essence she is sounding the alarm.
To give you an idea of how big this issue really is, I am going to show you some studies linking the health of your Microbiome to any number of health problems --- some of them so seemingly unrelated that if you didn't see it in black and white, you might not believe it. Most of these studies were published in the last several weeks, with none being older than March (one is February) of this year. As is always the case, results are cherry-picked due to restraints on time and space.
Truthfully, this post is just barely scratching the surface of how big this whole Microbiome thing really is. The real question, however, is not where you can find more research. The real question is what can a person do who knows they have one or both sides of the coin that is fouled up Gut Health (Dysbiosis and / or Increased Intestinal Permeability)? I'm glad you asked. About six months ago I created a post called HOW TO HEAL YOUR DAMAGED GUT --- and it's totally free.
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).