Sunday, June 07, 2015

Why Germs, Bacteria & Parasites Are Essential for Health

Keeping in mind that 70% of our immune system is in our gut, doesn’t it seem important to have a healthy one?

There is an internal environment too!
Yesterday we were all busy celebrating the World Environment Day. We pledged to protect the environment that is now perhaps beyond protecting. How many of us realize that we have an internal environment too that needs protection? According to the Human Microbiome Project the human body is not sterile but composed of trillions of germs, bacteria and parasites. These are essential to keep the body healthy! Only when there is complete symbiosis between the body and this teeming population can health ensue. The body’s own bacteria can communicate between themselves and other organs via our nervous system. For example our gut microbes can communicate with the brain through the vagus nerve. This explains why people living in extremely sanitized environments tend to fall sick – the hygiene hypothesis. It also explains why drugs, antibiotics and vaccines make us so sick. Come let us pledge to protect this internal environment too. Only when the internal and external environments are in balance can we survive the coming Anthropocene or Holocene extinction.

 Why are we so addicted to junk food?
Our gut microbes dictate what we eat. If you have a healthy gut, the microbes will direct you to foods that are required by your body for fitness. However if your gut microbes are disturbed they may start cravings for food that destroys your health. Parents of autistic children noticed food cravings in their children which aggravated their conditions. They then devised diets that controlled this and led to improved behavior. Many of them blamed the vaccines and the consequent use of antibiotics for vaccine after effects for this. They have been traditionally ridiculed for their 'strange theories' that don't fit the industrial model of medicine. However researchers are now confirming what these 'unscientific' parents discovered.

Leaky Gut: Is it Becoming an Epidemic?

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