Human Microbiome – Body Ecology
Germ Theory held sway for the better part of western medical history until the recent findings of the Human Microbiome project ushered in new paradigm shifts. These findings now reveal that the 50 trillion human cells within the body exist in a highly complex symbiotic relationship with 100 trillion bacteria and other microorganisms, collectively called the human microbiome. Microbes far outnumber us in this relationship and in this ecosystem. Microbes are not only pathogens like viruses, parasites and killer bacteria, but many of them exist in a friendly relationship with our body.
The majority of these microbes reside on our skin, oral and nasal passages, and within our digestive and reproductive systems and are quite essential for our health. We now understand that microbes can exist in multiple states. One such state is as mutualists or “friends with benefits” – living symbiotically together within our bodies while they reciprocate by providing essential services that our bodies need for healthy digestion, brain function and a well balanced immune system. Of the 10,000 different species, science has only helped identify about 50 -100 pathological bacterial strains.
Why then are new super-bugs, antibiotic resistant diseases, tuberculosis, food allergies and autoimmune diseases on a meteoric rise in the developing world?
It is becoming clear that entire species of mutualist microbes are disappearing as a result of many practices including pollution and toxic chemicals, uncontrolled C-Sections, highly processed diets, misuse of antibiotics, overuse of hand sanitizers and purification systems. We know by observing other ecosystem and its fragile balances, that when a species disappears within a balanced ecosystem, the entire system can collapse.
Western medicine has focused on the overuse of antibiotics while targeting pathogenic microbes without completely understanding its effects on the healthy microbes within our ecosystem.
When treating a patient with Crohn’s disease-we may focus on the microbiome in the gut, the immune system cells in the stomach or the neural cells in the brain that fire signals to the gut instead? These findings have greatly expanded our limited understanding of the immune system and its actions as well.
Our treatment protocols at the Center for Quantum Health now utilizes the newer understanding of these tiny bugs in our treatment strategies with our client’s overall ecosystem health. The relationships in the microbiome help balance digestive issues, stress and other related disorders for our clients. We are able to effectively address allergies, intolerances, toxicity, viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.