This is too cool, Jeff Leach of The Human Food Project: Going Feral: my one-year journey to acquire the healthiest gut microbiome in the world (you heard me!).
I think he has a way to go to top the resistant starch monster, Tim: Resistant Starch: American Gut Project Real Results And Comparison (Very Big News).
At any rate, a couple of excerpts from Jeff’s post:
But reading between the lines of the near breathless and optimistic reporting on the human microbiome, sits a sobering fact: scientists know very little about the connection between disease and the potential microbial culprits (these are early days). Science is hard and the human gut is a vast and diverse ecosystem. As with any ecosystem, it’s the community as a whole that’s likely more important, not single members per se. Connecting the dots when there are lots of them – and they are shape shifting all the time – is proving to be tough (a similar reality has slowed our understanding of the role of human genes in disease). This will take some time – but the writing is on the wall.
I smiled when I read that, as yesterday Tim and I were working on a chapter for The Book about the human gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and contrasting how it used to pretty much be viewed as a bunch of tubes of human tissue that digest food and from time to time gets invaded by a pathogenic alien bacteria that causes problems.