Last night, before I went to bed, I came across a very fascinating webinar from Genova Diagnostics. It was about the importance of the bacteria we have all over our body and particularly inside our intestines where we have anywhere from 2-5 lbs of different types of bacteria. I have often heard Dr. Sherry Rogers say many times, if our gut isn’t healthy, we won’t be able to get the rest of our body healthy. The webinar I listened to last night through Genova Diagnostics, helped me to understand more fully why this is true. Below is the link if you want to watch the full webinar taught by Dr. Robert Rountree, or feel free to scan my notes below.
The Human Microbiome: It’s Impact on our Lives and Health Dr. Robert Roundtree, M.D.
Gut bacteria affects digestion metabolism, neurology, and immunology.
Up to 500-1000 different species of bacteria in our gut.
30-40 species make up 99 percent of total population
Nose 10 g streptococcus
Mouth 20g streptococcus
Vagina – 20g lactobacillus
Skin 200 grams staph
Gut 1000g- 2-5 lbs of bacteria
The bacteria in our bodies out number own cells 10-1.
We get bacteria from Mom’s vagina,
Breast milk provides bacteria from Mom’s GI tract.
C Section increases Child’s Risk
Type 1 diabetes
Inflammatory bowel disease
Kissing for 10 seconds transfers an average of 80 million bacteria.
Couples who kiss more often have similar microbiota than
Less frequent kissers. Most pronounced in the tongue area.
GI tract- 100 trillion bacteria in gut
Heliopylori doesn’t have to be treated.
Proton pump inhibitors, pump not working right,
Anyone with irritable bowel has overgrowth of bacteria.
Functions of Gut Bacteria
Digestion and energy harvesting
Detoxification /bio transformation (hormones, toxins)
Chemical synthesis: SCFAs, amino acids, neurotransmitters, vitamins
Colonization resistance against pathogens, lines mucosa and prevents toxins from coming in. C.R.A.P.
Systemic immune modulation
Some of my best friends are germs.
Butyrate very helpful- antiflammatory protective properties.
Major Influences on Individual Microbiomes:
Type of birth: vaginal vs C section
Diet: fermented veggies are great! Sugar causes imbalances,
Probiotics and prebiotics
Medications: antibiotics, NSAID
Stress ( emotional, social)
Surgery ( gastric bypass)
Lack of gut species rich in diversity associated with poor health.
Excessive sterile environments, diets low in plant fiber, repeated exposure to antibiotics, aging all decrease microbial diversity.
Hunters have much more microbial diversity than westerners.
Antibiotics: stop the killing of beneficial bacteria. Even one course of antibiotics can cause disruption in the Microbiomes that some never recover from.
We are too clean and blasting out our good bacteria.
Reduced diversity of the intestinal microbes is associated with increased risk of allergic disease at school age. Allergy Clinical Immunology
Reduced bacterial diversity of the infants intestinal flora associated with increased risk of allergic sensitization, allergic rhinitis, and peripheral blood eosinophilia.
Overuse of antibiotics is fueling:
Type 1 diabetes
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
These diseases are going up dramatically.
People staying in ICU had complete ecological gut bacterial collapse.
What causes Dysbiosis ? (where you good bacteria is too low and bad is too high) not in balance
Early colonization birth in hospitals altered exposure to microbes, vaccinations and antibiotics, extreme hygiene
What has Gut Microbiota Disruption Led to:
Allergies and Asthma
Irritable bowel symptoms
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Fatty Liver Disease
Things that help put gut bacteria in gut:
Human Probiotic Infusion-Transplanting an entire ecosystem, good success
Dietary changes- mixture of foods, prebiotics and Probiotics. Dr. Roundtree
“Overuse of antibiotics could be fueling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.” Blaser
My comments: I have taken many, many probiotics in my health journey, and I’ve eaten some fermented veggies, drank Kombucha, ( a fermented beverage) and the last digestive test i had done from Genova Diagnostics, i still had dysbiosis. This webinar alludes to the fact that once the gut flora has been damaged it’s hard to fully recover. I was raised on antibiotics for ear infections, and continued that practice with my son until GOD showed me through the damage i had done taking antibiotics for everything. True to what the doctor shared on the webinar, my son was on antibiotics for ear infections until he was about two, then i started learning about olive oil and garlic, and we just stopped going back to the ENT because he always had fluid even though he had tubes in his ears, and the doctors just kept him on antibiotics. At 4, even though he hadn’t had antibiotics in a couple of years, he developed allergic rhinitis…i remember the first time it happened, we were at the rodeo here in town, and his eyes started itching and nose started running. I wish i had known then what I have learned in the school of very hard knocks. I could write a large book about my health collapse after taking antibiotics after my son was born, and my health was devestated for many years, and I continue to recover.
Thanks for taking time to read this…I truly hope this is helpful.
His Grace Is Sufficient,