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Dr. Blaser talks about the human microbiome --- the complex ecological community of microorganisms that live in our bodies and impact all aspects of our health. We are only beginning to understand the function of many of them, but alarmingly, thanks to our modern life, many of them are already endangered.
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
"Since World War II, we've seen big rises in a number of diseases: asthma, allergies, food allergies, wheat allergy, juvenile diabetes, obesity. ... These are all diseases that have gone up dramatically in the last 50 or 70 years. One of the questions is: Why are they going up? Are they going up for 10 different reasons, or perhaps there is one reason that is fueling all of them.
This made me glad that weMy theory is that the one reason is the changing microbiome; that we evolved a certain stable situation with our microbiome and with the modern advances of modern life, including modern medical practices, we have been disrupting the microbiome. And there's evidence for that, especially early in life, and it's changing how our children develop."
- Avoid antibiotics unless there are no safe alternatives (Peter has never had any, and Cam and I haven't in our adult years)
- Avoid harmful chemicals in all home and body products, not to mention food!
- Consume raw dairy and other raw foods daily
- Get on the fermentation bandwagon! I think my family needs to consume more probiotics.
- Continue providing labor support and education to women in my area, to reduce the incidence of unnecessary cesarean births.