Human Microbiome_“Consider this:....

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  1. kyredneck

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    .....The average person’s body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 is human.”

    Excerpts from 'Microbes may play crucial role in human health, researchers discovering'. Aside from my own experience, this is why I am convinced of the benefits derived from the probiotics of fermented foods:

    “...The human cells that form our skin, eyes, ears, brain and every other part of our bodies are far outnumbered by those from microbes — primarily bacteria but also viruses, fungi and a panoply of other microorganisms.....”

    “....Researchers are amassing a growing body of evidence indicating that microbial ecosystems play crucial roles in keeping us healthy.”

    “Moreover, scientists are becoming more convinced that modern trends — diet, antibiotics, obsession with cleanliness, Caesarean deliveries — are disrupting this delicate balance, contributing to some of the most perplexing ailments, including asthma, allergies, obesity, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cancer and perhaps even autism.”

    “.......Everywhere we look, microbes seem to be involved.””

    “Some equate these microbial inhabitants to a newly recognized organ. Acquired beginning at birth, this mass of fellow travelers may help steer normal development, molding immune systems and calibrating fundamental metabolic functions such as energy storage and consumption. There are even clues that they may help shape brain development, influencing behavior. “The ‘human supraorganism’ is one term coined to describe the human host and all the attendant microorganisms,”.....”

    ““We have to be very careful in how we state what we know at the present time versus what we think might be true at this point,”....... “But it’s probably fair to say that our indigenous communities are more diverse, more complex and more intimately and intricately involved in our biology than we thought.””

    ““We feed them and house them, and they perform certain metabolic functions for us that we have sort of contracted out.........The homeboys protect their turf from invaders.””

    ““We just don’t pick up willy-nilly any microbe in the soil or air we encounter.......people generally seem to have one of three basic combinations that may be as fundamentally important as, say, blood type.”

    ““We’re using microbes as markers for the onset of various diseases or progression of diseases....We think we’re going to have a huge impact on health.””

    “One intriguing finding is that babies born through Caesarean section apparently miss out on acquiring their mothers’ *microbiota......“The birth canal is very heavily colonized by bacteria,.....We think that is not by chance.””

    ““Gut bacteria have figured out a way to network with our immune system so it doesn’t attack them,”...apparently sends signals that dampen the “inflammatory response,” a crucial defense also thought to play a role in a variety of diseases......some people may be prone to these diseases is that they are missing certain microbes. One anti-inflammatory compound produced by a bacterium appears to cure the equivalent of colitis and multiple sclerosis in mice, both of which are caused by misfiring immune systems....”

    “Role in obesity?.......gut dwellers secrete messengers to cells lining the digestive tract to modulate key hormones, such as leptin and ghrelin, which are players in regulating metabolism, hunger and a sense of fullness.....Pregnant women often take antibiotics, and young children can get several rounds to fight ear and other infections, which can kill off these companions..... Farmers commonly add antibiotics to animal feed to fatten their animals faster. ....“We may have a generation of children growing up without the proper bacteria to regulate their leptin and ghrelin,”.....Obese people appear to have a distinctive mix of digestive bacteria that make them prone to weight gain. Thin mice get fatter when their microbiota is replaced with the microbes of obese animals.”

    ““Our ancient microbiome is losing the equilibrium it used to have with the host — us — and that has profound physiological consequences,”....”

    “.... bacteria in the gut appear to influence brain chemistry, and corresponding behaviors such as anxiety, stress and depression, via the vagus nerve.”
     
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    Very interesting information. Thanks for the post.

    There is good bacteria and bad bacteria. One of the big problems with the antibacterial goop so many use all the time is that it kills the good bacteria as well as the bad. Soap and water do not mess up the balance as do the antibacterial gels. I have opposed the use of them since they came out. I do not understand why probiotics are not used for cleansing agents.

    And yes we are keeping out kids too clean ... and probably ourselves. This is one of the reasons for the rise in allergies. Kids immune systems are not being build up when they are young because we are KEEPING THEM TOO CLEAN.

    It now seems that mucking out the barn and chicken house was good for me and my not having allergies.
     
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    It has to be exciting times for the [funded] microbiologist.
     
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    Thanks for this post, you make some very good points. Cleaning with probiotics will eventually catch on. We'll be forced to go that route in order to deal with the resistant strains of bacteria like E Coli, MRSA, Staph and others. I guess the notion of cleaning while/by infecting with beneficial bacteria in lieu of disinfecting from ALL bacteria will take some getting used to.
     
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    Interesting. I like yogurt and eat it pretty regularly, but my wife told me once she didn't eat it because it made her stomach hurt. Well come to find out the reason it made her stomach hurt was because it was putting the bacteria back in balance and it took a little while to get settled in.
    I'm not a big health nut, but I do believe we should take even the bacteria we need into consideration along with vitamins, minerals, and good water.

    All salt is not equal. I think sea salt is better and we need trace minerals. Probably wouldn't hurt to eat the brown salt animals eat, but that's up to the individual. I think people believe white is purer and better, like white eggs is better for you, not.
    When my wife was pregnant she had a lady that worked with her ask if she was craving dirt. She asked her what that means. Eat dirt, as in soil, she told her. Evidently the body is craving the minerals in the dirt and some folks eat it.

    I never thought about it when I was a kid, but it was nothing for me to drink from the creek or same watering hole as the animals. anyway,it didn't kill me.
     

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