Many of our health problems arise not from our genes, but whether the genes are turned off or on which can be influenced by diet, vitamin D3 from pills or sun without sunscreens, and possibly even all the chemicals we take whether from antibiotics, hormones, food we eat and drink. We are what we eat and drink which influences the type of gut microbes we carry around.
When I lived in Los Angeles, the medications I had to take daily were causing me daily bouts of either diarrhea or constipation. It was driving me crazy. When I moved to Eugene, Oregon, I finally decided on a diet with foods that normally cause diarrhea with foods that cause constipation. After making adjustments on the way, I now have a perfectly regular healthy feces twice a day on a high fiber diet. Even my rice is brown which takes 50 minutes to cook, not the 20 minutes for White Rice which is fiber stripped just like almost all processed foods to cut microwave time and cooking time at the manufacturing plant.
The main point of this research below was to show that lab grown gut microbes under anaerobic conditions behave similarly to the original digestive track microbes. Human microbes were successfully transplanted to mice.
As I reported earlier, a woman near death from antibiotic resistant C. Difficile bacteria was given a small sample of healthy gut microbes from her husbands feces which saved her life and allowed her to leave the hospital in several weeks. Her husband’s microbes replaced the wife’s one which was not able to fight the resistant bacteria with one that could.
Two important lessons. The composition of the gut microbes is strongly determined by what we eat. A common American diet of fat and sugars (High Fructose Corn Syrup prepared enzymatically from corn sugar to pure fructose and glucose.) gives a different profile of microbes from one that is based on high fiber, non-meat, vegetables, and fruits, not fruit juice which has a much higher content of fructose. This diet makes us crave sugar and fat and can lead to demential or Alzheimer's Disease among others.
Our digestive intestinal track is the second brain and immune system which creates hard to deny hunger pangs for more sugar and fat in a typical American diet, especially in manufactured foods free of fiber, flavor, and loaded with high fructose corn syrup and countless additives to make it palatable and preserve it for years. The nutrition guru, Pollan at the University of California, Berkeley, says that anything that contains more than 5 additives should be rejected. Eat when hungry, but eat slowly chewing extra well, and eat food you like that is free of sugar as much as possible. Fructose metabolizes to lipids that are likely responsible for dementia, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.
Jim Kawakami, March 23, 2011, http://jimboguy.blogspot.com
ScienceDaily (Mar. 23, 2011) — http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110321162001.htm Each of us carries a unique collection of trillions of friendly microbes in our intestines that helps break down food our bodies otherwise couldn't digest.
This relationship between humans and their microbes is generally a healthy one, but changes to the mix of microbes in the digestive tract are suspected to play a role in obesity, malnutrition, Crohn's disease and other ailments.
Now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis show they can grow and manipulate personalized collections of human intestinal microbes in the laboratory and pluck out particular microbes of interest.
The research sets the stage for identifying new probiotics and evaluating in preclinical trials whether microbe transplants can restore the natural balance of intestinal bacteria in "sick" microbial communities.
The research, by Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, the Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and director of the Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology, and his team is reported online March 21 in the early online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...