The gut's role in modern chronic diseases


Research suggests that a disturbance in the gut microbiota is potentially playing a role in the pathogenesis of ‘modern’ chronic diseases. We are witnessing increasing rates of these chronic diseases, for example asthma, allergies, atopic dermatitis, diabetes, obesity and autism. There is extensive evidence in humans that probiotics can be used to treat and prevent diarrhoea in children and Irritable Bowel Syndrome in adults.

Probiotics taken in sufficient numbers will ultimately restore and maintain the body’s microbiota and so by administering an easy and quick scoop of our Probiotic+ Elderberry Boost each morning along with their nutrient rich breakfast, their brain-gut axis - or rather gut-brain axis - is also ready for the day!

The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance

Is the rise in antibiotic resistance due to overprescribing? Or is it related to the fact that we consume products from animals that are given antibiotics to promote growth? Why are Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infections and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections that used to be confined to hospitals now appearing in western communities? In Asia, resistant bacteria tend to be Enterobacter and Klebsiella. The emergence of these resistant bacterial strains demonstrates that over decades and millions of courses of antibiotics, we are exerting selection pressures on these microbes. This causes the most toxic bacteria to survive, replicate and transmit their genetic codes both down their species line and also potentially across to other species.

“Even short courses of antibiotics can change the human microbiome. Some species temporarily disappear. The overall diversity plummets. Once we stop taking the drugs, our communities bounce back to something that’s largely, but not entirely, like their original state…each knock leaves the ecosystem slightly dented. As more knocks land, the dents deepen. A rich thriving microbiome acts as a barrier to invasive pathogens.”
From "I Contain Multitudes" by Ed Yong.