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Dx GI Flora


Gastro-Intestinal Flora
"If you look at a lot of the disease issues of the 20th and 21st century, a lot of them have to do with nutrition and autoimmune processes," says David Suskind, a pediatrician and gastro-enterologist at Seattle Children's Hospital. We don't have a definite cause yet, but as we look at the new science being done, we see a lot of connections to the microbiome and dysbiosis."

To reestablish a normal GI flora"
1. Replenish normal bacteria twice a day on an empty stomach using a probiotic powder.
2. Once daily microgreens. Chlorophyll controls overpopulation of the GI tract by fungi and yeast.

Gastro-intestinal Flora:
From Genome Magazine The human body is made of 100 trillion microbacteria and only 37 trillion cells.The majority are beneficial: playing a role in the development of our immune system, manufacture energy and vitamins that humans cannot make on their own. "They produce ingredients that act as anti-inflammatories and send signals to our brain."

Instead of declaring war, we need to think in the context of ecosystems that make up our bodies. Figuring out how to encourage good microbes while eliminating the bad ones will be of increasing importance."

Based on U.S. government funded N.I.H. study, the "Human Microbiome Project" was launched in 2007. It already has drawn important conclusions:
1. Overuse of antibiotics combined with an over-processed food supply is now a suspected contributor to the obesity epidemic.
2. Increased Caesarian delivery rate misses first opportunity for babies to be innoculated with healthy bacteria found in the mother's vagina. An article in Science Magazine showed that "the microbes from obese twins gave mice obesity while the lean ones did not."
3. Changes in the intestinal bacteria may explain why HIV patients--sometimes still suffer from chronic and ultimately life-threatening disease, cancer, blood pressure, metabolism of (food) and drugs.

Fecal Transfer:
"Doctors infuse patients with slurries of fecal matter taken from healthy people, delivered either to the intestine by enema or the stomach through a nasogastric tube. It's the quickest and easiest way to replace a microbiome.."

Researchers in the Netherlands published in the New England Journal of Medicine that infusions of donor fecal material can be a miracle cure for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection's diarrhea and abdominal pain. A full 81% showed resolution of symptoms after just one infusion of stool. Vancomycin treatments resolved symptoms in just 31%

While there are studies ongoing in children's with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) a.k.a. Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, there remains a risk of undefined microbes and viruses-- so careful screening is done, for example at OpenBiome.

CONCLUSION: Drastic changes in diet to or from a vegetarian to wholly meat-based diet, shifts the microbiome balance in a matter of days.

Genome Magazine Spring 2014

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