Big news on little bugs

Now that the human bio-genome project has been completed, we are starting to see so many interesting studies coming from this information. Those of us in the alternative medical world have been discussing the importance of gut bacteria for decades. And finally (hopefully), the rest of the medical community will realize that these bugs that live in and on us do play a key role in health.

Earlier this month I told you about a new study published in the journal Nature that showed a clear association between levels of gut bacteria and risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Believe me, there are going to be a lot of diseases related to an imbalanced gut bacteria. I wrote an entire book on the subject, Boost Your Health With Bacteria, because I feel so strongly about having a well-balanced internal environment. I know that fatigue, weight gain, stress, anxiety, not to mention just your typical GI symptoms can all be corrected by a balanced microflora. And as I’ve said before, my favorite probiotic is Dr. Ohirra’s. It is such a terrific and innovative nutritional supplement because it helps your body grow its own personal intestinal flora.

You see, each one of us has a distinct biological flora. Sort of like fingerprints, but much harder to figure out. So it makes more sense to help your body produce its own unique microflora than to give it one or two specific strains that may not do it the most good.

In case you missed my earlier Reality Health Check , on it, the Nature study revealed that “type 2 diabetics appear to have an excess of harmful or bad bacterial types and on the other hand they suffer from a lack of health promoting good bacterial types.”

Light bulb for them. But something I’ve known–and have been telling my patients–for years.

They will probably now ponder the great “chicken or the egg” question: Do diabetics have an imbalanced flora because they are diabetic or does the imbalance come first?

I can save them the time–and millions of research dollars. The imbalance comes first. Because sugar and carbs harm the beneficial bacteria in your system. So they’re destroying your microflora at the same time they’re destroying your blood sugar.

Which explains why getting rid of type 2 diabetes is often as simple as following my New Hamptons Health Miracle and taking a quality probiotic supplement like Dr. Ohirra’s. I have seen it happen countless times in my practice.

But don’t forget that stress, lack of sleep, and use of all those antibacterial gels and soaps can also wreak havoc on your body’s microflora.

So, do me a favor–get a good night’s sleep. And step away from that hand sanitizer, too.

“A metagenome-wide association study of gut microbiota in type 2 diabetes,” Nature 2012; 490: 55-60