Microbiota of Remote Amerindians Reveals Antibiotic Resistance: What does this mean for us?

What happens when you move the study of gut microbiota out of the first world to look closer at more traditional societies like the remote Amerindians? Individuals that eat, drink and breathe in the United States or Europe are exposed to Western medicine, processed foods and industrial toxins. The Yanomami Amerindians, an isolated Amazonian tribe, do not have the same contact with outside influences as people living in more developed areas of the world. How does this isolation affect gut microbes? That is the question an international group of scientists set out to answer. First Contact There had been no…. [Read More…]

Can Your Gut Microbiota Predict If You Will Get Gout?

Gout is on the rise around the world and gut health may be part of the problem. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases calls gout one of the most painful forms of arthritis out there and recent statistics show around 8.3 million people in the U.S. have it, that’s about 3.9 percent of the population. While 3.9% may not sound like much, another 21% of the U.S. population has a precursor to the disease called hyperuricemia. This new research suggests that the microbes living in our guts could potentially be used as a screening tool for…. [Read More…]

How the Microbiota is Shaping Modern Medicine

Throughout the history of modern man, there have been numerous advances in our understanding of the human body, medicine and approaches to healing. Some of those advances have been good, others not so good. Many can be summarized in this brief history of medicine: 2000 B.C. Here, eat this root 1000 A.D. That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer… 1850 A.D. That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion… 1940 A.D. That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill… 1985 A.D. That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic… 2015 A.D. That antibiotic is dangerous. Here, eat this…. [Read More…]

Was the Human Genome Project a Success?

In 2000, President Bill Clinton announced that the first draft of The Human Genome Project was finalized, and the findings were going to “revolutionize the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of most, if not all, diseases.” The Human Genome Project was an international, collaborative research program whose goal was to identify, or sequence, the genetic blueprint, of human beings, understand the genetic roots of common diseases and seek treatment. While the original goal was to sequence all three billion chemical units in the human instruction set, mapping the entire genome was far too costly for the technology available in 1989 –…. [Read More…]