Bacteria in our gut have an impact on our overall health – (01-21-04)

Lactobacillus plantarum 299: Beneficial in vitro immunomodulation in cells extracted from inflamed human colon

I realize the title is enough to make most heads spin, but the basic idea is that these bacteria in our gut, be they good or bad, do have an impact on our overall health. This is something that is incredibly well accepted in the medical literature and virtually unheard of in clinical practice. In yet another supportive study, these authors found that probiotics had the ability to restore some balance to the immune system via modulation of intercellular messengers called cytokines. My gosh. When are we going to realize that the rampant overuse of antibiotics, not followed by probiotics, has implications beyond antibiotic resistant organisms?

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.