“In our bodies, human cells are outnumbered 10 to 1 by bacteria… Though some of our microbial tenants pose threats, we literally can’t live without most of them. They help digest our food, guide our immune system, and ward off deadly germs.”
– “Our Microbiome,” Scientific American (January 2013 issue)
Recent extensive medical research indicates that the human intestinal microbiome is linked to a broad range of diseases, including autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis; metabolic diseases such as diabetes; gastrointestinal diseases including Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome; and brain disorders including depression, anxiety disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and obesity.
All microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, etc.) are living organisms and continue to grow and change (pleomorphism). They are the “seeds” and the environment in which they live is the soil.” That is why our own level of health and immune functioning is critical in protecting us from development of pathogenic forms of various microorganisms that live in and on most of us, including Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Helicobacter pylori, and Clostridium difficile. These potentially harmful bacteria become pathogenic when our immune system is compromised by, for example, inappropriate antibiotics, inappropriate or inadequate nutrition, toxicity, or viral infections — especially flu viruses.
There is currently an excessive amount of commercial promotional misinformation about probiotics/acidophilus supplements. Scientific investigations indicate that every one of us has more than 1,000 different species of these organisms in our intestines — and every one of us (even in the same family) has different species and different amounts of each species. Therefore, the use of a single probiotic is hardly rational. Again, these are the “seeds” and these grow and change depending upon our personalized internal environment or state of health (“soil”), which is continually influenced by our nutrition, toxicity, stress, genetics, inappropriate use of antibiotics for viral infections, etc.
Complex health problems have easy-to-understand, wrong answers.