Our Own Personal Rainforests

06 Jun

Here’s a link to an article I wrote on the microbiome, the one hundred trillion bacteria that live on or in the human body. I focus on possible links between the microbiome and obesity, immune disorders, and mental illness.


Posted by on June 6, 2015 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Our Own Personal Rainforests

  1. Joy

    June 8, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Interesting article, James. It makes me think of that old moral analogy about the dog that grows being the one you feed. It’s fascinating to think of our food as triggering positive or negative chemical messengers. And definitely a strong argument against careless antibiotic prescribing. I try to add probiotics whenever slightly indicated. I make homemade kefir at the house, and do feel a subjective sense of well-being when on it. I told Ben he can thank me for keeping him mentally healthy. It would be great if more research was done, but who would fund it? Did you find any links between the human biome and autism?

  2. James Marroquin

    June 11, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Thanks, Joy. There are ideas and lots of research about the possible relationship between the constituency of gut bacteria and autism. Regarding research, I think Dannon the yogurt company is doing some studies. I think there could be a payoff for drug companies if they created a probiotic that had evidence it worked.

  3. Paul Silver

    June 13, 2015 at 12:23 am

    I am delighted that my doctor and I are on the cutting edge of preventative remedies. We have been retreating from inflammatory agents.


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