Gut bacteria

As a society, we are struggling to understand why there is such a rapidly increasing incidence of a number of diseases such as obesity, asthma and juvenile (type 1) diabetes.

A recent article I read suggests a correlation between these diseases and the relatively fast change in our gut bacteria. As the rate of caesarean births increases, access to clean drinking water improves, and exposure to antibiotics escalates, a significant proportion of the population is missing intergenerational (mother to child) and horizontal (intra-community) bacterial transfer.

Each of these events in modern science have had significant improvements on the human condition, but little has been done to discover how this lack of bacterial exposure may affect our genes.

The author of the article argues that our gut bacteria may shape which of our genes are switched on and when. There’s a potential for us to miss developmental milestones because our gut bacteria may not be just right when we are growing.

The long-term repercussions might just be a compromised immune system, which in turn may be the cause of the rising health concerns we have today.

Read the full article: The theory of disappearing microbiota and the epidemics of chronic diseases

Dr Carmen Hunwardsen owns and operates Carmen’s Spinal Care, a busy North Brisbane chiropractic clinic in Everton Hills.