When you think of endangered species, does an animal come to your mind such as a Rhinoceros or Gorilla? You may want to also add your own healthy bacteria to this endangered species list.
In truth, most of us are starving our microbial selves- which in essence, is most of our being. Scientifically, we’re considered walking bacterial colonies- with our own unique collection of bacteria influencing everything from the quality of our stools, metabolism, aging, obesity, inflammation, moods & behavior right up to Autoimmune disease.
“Over time, we’re losing valuable members of our bacterial community,” says Justin Sonnenburg, a microbiologist at Stanford University who has been studying the microbiome for well over a decade.
Once you start starving your bacteria, they have to eat something-so they start eating YOU! This healthy biome ‘starvation diet’ begins with low fiber, high animal/unhealthy fats, and just the right blend of pathogens including viruses, fungi, and parasites. When pharmaceuticals are added into the mix, especially antibiotics, NSAIDs, steroids, and hormones-then you’ve really got a ‘good bacteria killing machine’ in play.
Dr. Ghannoum is a tenured Professor and Director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Medical Center is the Co-founder of BIOHM microbiome test kit-the gold standard for testing our microbial selves.
He recently taught a webinar and should be available on the Standard Process website in the near future. You’ll find it under Education On-Demand once it’s available.
Here’s a great resource to educate yourself and your patients on this service.
BIOHM uses the 16S and ITS rRNA sequencing for microbiome analysis — the gold standard for bacterial and fungal sequencing
BIOHM uses validated and standardized testing methods from 100+ research studies
They provide easy-to-understand reports based on well-established research
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Be advised that any nutritional program suggested is not intended as a treatment for any disease. The intent of any nutritional recommendation is to support the physiological and biochemical processes of the human body, and not to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent any disease or condition. Always work with a qualified medical professional before making changes to your diet, prescription medication, lifestyle, or exercise activities.
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