Our Personal Ecosytem - What is it?
Antibiotics - Like Setting a Forest Fire to Kill Weeds!
Our Personal Ecosystem is Unique
To give an idea of how our bodies are infiltrated with “bugs,” also known as bacteria, viruses and “stowaways,” - if we were zapped by a device that would vaporize us, our shadow biosphere would remain. Our body has 10 times more “bugs” than we have cells. There are 150 times as many microbe genes as human genes.
What is a Microbiome?
Microbiome is the total microbes - bacteria, viruses, and “stowaways” – found in a given area in, or on our bodies. Each place has a different microbiome. An example:microbes from five sites on the human body: nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract.
Relationship between human health and changes in the human microbiome
The relationship of our unique ecosystems has on each of us is profound. We have specialized bugs/species that help digest foods. Diseases are associated with properties of the microbiome. The total environment provides the richness of the ecosystem. Individually, the properties of an individual species is not a concern.
There is an Obese Family of “Bugs”
Obesity is not a simple matter of eating too much food. Obesity is incredibly complex. The unnecessary use of antibiotics and the importance of limiting the use of antibiotics must be stressed. An example would be setting a forest fire to eliminate weeds... Clearly, changing our guts alone won't solve the entire problem. Scientist have found connections between certain kinds of microbial life and obesity.
When people eat a high calorie diet, their microbiome changes. Scientist have taken microbial life from an obese patient’s stomach and inserted into a thin person’s stomach. The thin person became obese. It is not known at this time the ramifications…
The Importance Of Limiting The Use Of Antibiotics
Antibiotics are flame throwers, they do not discriminate. They kill everything. An example, a person taking for one week an antibiotic has shown it took two years for their microbiome to regain its diversity. That means it took two years to recover from the onslaught of antibiotics!