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Dysbiosis Obesity

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Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.  Hippocrates

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.  Thomas Edison

Although this is not our first conversation on the matter, in light of a brand new study, it bears repeating: The bacteria in your gut have a great deal of control over your weight.  In a rather ‘local’ study, Dr Jeffery Gordon of St. Louis’ Washington University — a man whose CV reads like a scientific Who’s Who (Medical Degree, Molecular Biophysics, Genetics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, etc) — published a series of studies on the relationship between one’s weight and the type of bacteria found in the gut.  We have already seen how STOOL TRANSPLANTS are being used to help people with CHRONIC DYSBIOTIC INFECTIONS (not to mention various AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES and other Chronic Health Problems).  Dr. Gordon’s team is using Stool Transplants from humans to mice to show how it affects weight.

Just one short week ago, I reported in a post called EAT DIRT, about a recent Danish study linking the type and number of bacteria in one’s gut to things like CHRONIC INFLAMMATION, INSULIN SENSITIVITY, DIABETES, OBESITY, as well as poor lipid profiles (HIGH CHOLESTEROL / high triglycerides, etc).  In this study, Dr. Gordon’s team of researchers found identical twin females (human), where one twin was lean and the other was obese.  They then bred rats with no gut bacteria whatsoever (can anyone say GMO?). 

Next, they transplanted fecal material from the various humans into different rats.  Amazingly enough, despite identical diets, the type of fecal material that was transplanted to the mice made them either fat or thin — depending on the weight of the host.  Furthermore, Dr. Gordon’s team found that when fed a ‘healthy’ diet, the lean rats could confer the leaning effects of their bacteria to their fellow rats (yeah; rats are “coprophagists” — they eat each other’s feces).  However, when they were fed cruddy diets, the ability to transfer weight reducing properties was negated.

Dr. Gordon went on to conclude that, “In the future, the nutritional value and the effects of food will involve significant consideration of our microbiota, and developing healthy, nutritious foods will be done from the inside-out, not just the outside-in.”  Wow!  This quote sounds suspiciously similar to things that were said by some rather intelligent people of generations gone by (see quotes below).  The truth is, despite Big-Pharma’s stranglehold on the practice of modern medicine, a new generation is discovering (or re-discovering as the case may be) ancient truths regarding dietary habits and health.  For more articles on this topic, visit our GUT HEALTH PAGE.


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