Microbiome: The Inside Story


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  • Some bacteria are needed in human body for maintaining health, those bacteria are called friendly bacteria or probiotics.

    Some strains of friendly bacteria are named Lactobacillus, they possess therapeutic properties including anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activities, as well as other features of interest. A study by researchers from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and UCLA in 2009 demonstrated the protective effects of some strains of these bacteria for anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects in mice.

    Lactobacilli live in the urinary, digestive and genital tracks of humans. For women, Lactobacilli can also be used to restore particular physiological balance such as in the vaginal eco-system.

    Some Lactobacillus species are found yogurt and cheese, this is one of the reasons vegetarians who consume dairy products have better health and longer life span than vegans who don't consume any dairy products at all.

    Most well known probiotic is Lactobacillus Acidophilus that's occurs naturally in the human and animal gastrointestinal tract and mouth.

    Antibiotics taken orally will kill beneficial, as well as harmful, bacteria, including L. acidophilus. After a therapy that includes antibiotics, patients are occasionally instructed to take an L. acidophilus treatment in order to recolonize the gastrointestinal tract. To that effect, L. acidophilus is often sold in health stores in pill or powder form as a nutritional supplement, as well as being available in many yogurts. A part of the claims in favor of such treatment refer to attaining a better digestion thanks to a recovered normal intestinal flora. L. acidophilus LA-5 produces bacteriocin CH5 that is both antibacterial and inhibitory against certain yeasts and molds and is effective against both Salmonella typhimurium and Campylobacter jejuni. It has been shown to improve bowel regularity and has been shown to have a preventative effect against traveller's diarrhea, as well as antibiotic-related bowel issues.

  • What surprised me about this recent information about gut bacteria is that it took researchers so long to study it. I knew about beneficial gut bacteria back in the 1970s just from reading popular health books. The trouble is that these writers were thought to be quacks and not worth paying any attention to. [Sorry, but I don't recall any of the titles or authors.] It lead me to speculate that the purpose of the appendix was to maintain populations of beneficial bacteria in the colon.

  • Dr. Greger a.k.a as "Captain Confirmation Bias" is at it again. Always attacking animal sources of nutrition by pointing out potential drawbacks without ever mentioning their benefits. As in all things, including plant sources of nutrition, their are pros and cons. There are no perfect foods that come without potential drawbacks. I love the way the good doctor uses terms like "experimentally associated" to attack milk fat. "Association" of course, does not equal "Causation" unless you are a vegan trying to convince everybody that you are always right. Then the good doctor has the gall to attack choline without mentioning that it's deficiency is extremely detrimental to things like liver and brain health. I wish to make it clear that I am not against fruits and vegetables. They are essential to our health, however, I am annoyed by the propaganda of the "Vegan Cult" and it's very biased position.

  • oh no.. I had the rotten bacteria IBS as a child that had hydrogen sulfide anal and mouth gas. Now I know why I had it and constipation! grandma didn't like to eat veggies thus I didn't eat veggies… until now! I told my grandma to eat better by showing her these videos but she seems to be happy getting surgery for her stones. I ate some red organic grapes while she eats ice cream and her red wine to balance it off :).

    the amount of veggies and fruit I eat in a day is compared to what she eats in… dare I say a whole month? subsequently she gets a bowel movement every other week. one thing that is a positive that she noted was that she uses less toilet paper.

  • Please convey to your video editor that some of us would actually like to follow up on the points you are making, by obtaining and reading the studies you are quickly displaying in sync with the text. More often than not, the viewer has no time to grasp the title, and the authors, and certainly not the publication they appeared in. Please slow down your presentations of the studies?  Even using the pause, frequently you cannot get the necessary information. Thanks

  • I have done so well with avoiding antibiotics and doing great for a long time… Well, recently I got a staph infection… The only thing I could do that I knew of at the time was to let the hospital put me on IV antibiotics for 3 days solid, followed by oral antibiotics. My microbiomes have been fucked. ……….. 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁

  • We even have bacteria inside our cells. Mitochondria do not have human DNA.
    This is also how compost works. The bacteria prepare the compost for retuning nutrients to the soil.
    We should all be composting to save important nutrients like selenium from being lost.

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