Human Microbiome Project
Human Microbiome Project: When I read GAPS Gut and Psychology Syndrome, I was amazed to consider that humans host an entire ecosystem with hundreds of species of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. I thought this must be the future of science. And it turns out I was right.
Human Microbiome Project is a National Institute of Health (NIH) Initiative that began in 2008. It aims to identify the microbiology of both healthy and diseased humans in five distinct body sites: the gut, mouth, nose/lung, vagina and skin. In addition to identification, the project attempts to map the genetic information of these micro organisms.
Because there are so many micro organisms inhabiting our bodies – in fact 75% of our cells are microbial – our view and the way we treat sickness and health should be drastically different than what it is. Scientists have found that the microbial genes are 100 times greater than human genes – meaning that from a genetic standpoint we are far more microbial than we are even human.
Human Microbiome Project
Researchers now link all sorts of auto immune diseases, skin disorders, autism, schizophrenia, depression, obesity, and many other ailments to our microbial systems. In the most simple terms, when our “good bacteria” become outnumbered by “bad bacteria,” disease and other problems set in. Our obsession with hand sanitizers and antibiotics has worked against us, killing off both good and bad micro organisms. Add to that the Standard American Diet feeding us exactly what the bad micro organisms enjoy, refined flours and sugars, and the problem grows to epic proportions.
Science has only scratched the surface with the Human Microbiome Project. But in viewing ourselves as super organisms, rather than singular beings with isolated health issues, we may come much closer to solving some of the more perplexing diseases of the past century. Even simply looking at the foods we eat, and seeking more prebiotic foods (living plant based foods that feed our friendly micro organisms) and probiotic foods (fermented foods that replenish our friendly micro organisms), we may avoid some of the more common health pitfalls and enjoy a more vibrant way of life.
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If you’d like to learn more about the Human Microbiome Project, visit their website here. For a great overview of what science has revealed about the human microbiome, watch this excellent animated video produced by NPR: