This was written long before the current pandemic and has really nothing to do with it. I can’t remember who I was listening to that gave me most of these ideas. Thankfully I took good notes. This is what I thought was vital information.
Our culture has a war on germs. It started when penicillin was discovered. We thought that we could conquer these germs. We were going to eradicate every last one of them. Sterilize everything into oblivion, hoping that there would not be anymore diseases. This idea wound up being totally catastrophic to our health. This concept of hygiene illustrates how the idea of wiping out all germs leads to more problems with our health.
Germs play a significant role in keeping us healthy. They program our immune system. A study in Finland was examining the epidemic levels of asthma. They compared a town in Russia nearby to them with a very low incidence of asthma. The big difference in these two towns just a few hundred kilometers apart was in Finland they would sterilize their homes. Kept their windows shut. They cleaned everything to kill 99.9% of bacteria. The Russian homes were the opposite. This lead to Finland realizing that exposure to microbes builds strength. They build a certain type of knowledge within our immune system.
90% of what we are is bacteria. 90% of what we are, are not human cells. We have 100 trillion or more bacteria cells that live in our system. We have about 10 trillion cells that are human cells. Our DNA does not code for everything. Humans have about 22,000 functional genes. A rice plant has 40,000 genes. An earthworm has 38,000 genes. We’re half as complex as a rice plant. What makes us so sophisticated and at the top of the evolutionary food chain? We have 3 1/2 million bacterial genes in our system that we use to conduct our daily functions.
Some estimates are that more than 90% of our metabolic functions are being carried out by DNA that is not human, it is bacterial. Our existence is dependent upon a symbiotic relationship with our microbiome. Supposedly we are the hosts, but who is telling who what to do when 90% is not us? Did we first become human and then let bacteria have a nice home to live in so we wouldn’t have to work as hard? Or did they create us? Bacteria were here way before we ever were. A human cell is a gathering of bacterial cells. Our mitochondria were once foreign bacteria. Our cell to cell communication, those rules were written millions of years before humans arrived on the scene. We are a walking talking rain forest. These bacteria can help us fight disease and thrive in general.
The first place we get our bacteria is passing through mom’s birth canal. If you bypassed that route by C section you have less bacteria working for you. Mother’s milk provides 600 to 800 different species of bacteria. If you were raised on formula, you didn’t get those. After two years of age, your interaction with your environment is where you are picking up most of the other bacteria. When buying bacteria you may see that they are in the refrigerated section of your health food store. They say they need to be refrigerated because they’ll die if not. They cannot survive in a 70 degree room. Our insides are 98.6 degrees with a high acid pH of 1. Chances are they are not surviving after you swallow them.
The stomach is called the gastric barrier and it is step one in your immune system. It is meant to kill a lot of bacteria. Some bacteria from the environment began to develop capabilities to survive our stomach’s harsh environment and get into the small intestines. Once in, they orchestrate change. This is of co-evolutionary significance. For millions of years we have given these bacteria a home inside of us. Our ancestors were smart enough to eat dirt and not sterilize everything. Instead of trying to outsmart nature we are now discovering what these bacteria do inside of us. 98% of the top brands of probiotics when tested, never made it through the stomach acid. Is there some benefit to the dead bacteria passing through us? Some specific strains even when dead, pass on some benefits to us. Sarcomyces Boulardi is a normal yeast that lives naturally in fruits. It can survive our gut acid. I try and take all probiotic formulas on an empty stomach so that there is less acid in there.
We did not know what lived in our system until around 2009. We knew more about the bacteria that lived 2000 feet below the ocean than what was inside of our own intestines. Only until recently have labs become sophisticated enough to do full DNA sequencing to detect whether what the label says is actually in the bottle. Medical doctors will not accept the term leaky gut, they call it things like intestinal entropy, intestinal permeability, Barrier dysfunction, but it is all the same thing. The lining of our intestines dictate what is entering from the outside of the body which is the tube that runs from your mouth to your anus, to the inside of your body which is the circulatory system. I remember in college when my biology teacher stated that the digestive system is outside of your body being a little confused. But she was right. From your mouth to the end at the other end, that digestive tract is considered to be outside of your body.
The lining is a one cell layer of epithelium. It is just a bunch of cells standing next to each other shoulder to shoulder. They decide what is going to get through and what is not. We don’t want to let toxins in, viruses, mold, etc. We don’t want those kinds of things entering into the blood system. That causes a lot of chronic inflammation. The ability for our cells to stand next to each other to form a barrier is determined by the types of microbes that live above it. When the microbes are diminished by antibiotic use or GMO’s , Glyphosates, etc. these protective cells become dysfunctional.
The space between them enlarges. Toxins enter directly through them and into our blood stream. Our immune system then goes nuts. Doctors may call this metabolic endotoxemia, or postprandial endo toxemia. Digestion is a violent process in our gut that releases a lot of toxins. If the barrier is not intact, those toxins leak into your blood stream. Now the immune cells kick into overdrive to fight it and they can wind up making us very sick. Autoimmune disease is an epidemic and we get new ones all of the time. If a doctor doesn’t know what is wrong with you, there is a good chance you have some new autoimmune disease waiting for it to be named after the doctor that noticed it and this is done to make his mother very proud.
A study revealed that it can take up to 2 weeks for your blood stream to return to normal after eating just one toxic fast food meal if you have a leaky gut. 55% of college students that did not have health issues that they were aware of were discovered in this study to have this dysfunction. This inflammation in our gut is the main course for many other diseases that you would never associate with it such as diabetes, arthritis, and all the dozens of other autoimmune diseases that are now rampant in our population.
This could have all started when they took some antibiotics for a strep throat when they were 14 years old. Intermittent fasting helps the gut’s bacteria to work better. Increase diversity of diet. The more diverse we eat the bigger our microbiome. The more barriers that we put up between us and the microbial world the more we suffer. We have a microbiome clock. We all share microbes especially if we live in the same house. Even after 6 months after a course of antibiotics, people’s microbiome were depleted.
People in the same household that did not take antibiotics were tested and measured. They too had depleted microbiomes. We share microbes . Studies show that households that have dogs have better microbiomes. The dogs go outside and pick up all kinds of bacteria and bring them back into our house and share them with us. About .01% of discovered bacteria are pathogenic. The other 99.9 percent are either benign or beneficial. The bad ones only become a problem when you lose all the good ones that combat them. Just killing bacteria does not create health. You might want to slow down on the Purell and hand wipes. Microbes have been here from the beginning of time and are what created us. We need to respect them a little more and kill them a lot less.