Healthy by Nature radio host Martie Whittekin, CCN, has written a new book, The Probiotic Cure: Harnessing the Power of Good Bacteria for Better Health, that covers exciting and important new information on the subject. A flood of scientific study is revealing that the collection of microorganisms in the human digestive tract (microbiome) has, for example, much to do with the wide variety of responses to medication among patients.
Our microbes perform more than 20,000 biochemical functions and carry 1,000 times more genetic information than our own cells. “It appears they are a much neglected part of our “instruction manual” and may represent 25 percent of our metabolic machinery,” says Whittekin. She says that friendly bacteria not only “talk” amongst themselves, but even communicate with our own immune cells, and among dozens of other benefits, can help protect us from the effects of toxins in the environment. Whittekin says understanding our gut microbes is the most exciting health frontier.