I’m blown away.
The last week, I’ve been at a rural mountain place where data is quite fast, but metered; and since my brother pays for it, I have to shuttle stuff away for later.
…And so it was when a commenter, last week, clued me in to another Catalyst program from Australia (Yea, the same one that took it in the shorts because they threatened the profits of the statin-drug industry that’s in the billions of $$$—most profitable drug in history…not, like, antibiotics, that saved hundreds of millions…).
New research has linked the Western diet to asthma, autism, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, emphysema, cancer, and the list goes on. The reason a healthy diet could be even more important than previously thought is because food affects the bacteria deep inside our guts. Unbeknownst to most of us, we each carry about 1.5 kg of bacteria – that’s trillions of tiny microbes that contribute 100 times as many genes as our genomes do. In the last ten years, a technological revolution means scientists are now beginning to discover just how crucial these microscopic creatures are to our overall health…and what they’re learning is shaking the very foundations of medicine and nutrition.
This is 100% what our book—and I will always characterize it as such—is about. Literally, I do not think there’s a single idea or sentence that Tim did not have the foresight to include, for me to wordsmith.
You must watch this. Ridiculously, there does not seem to be any embed code, but oh, well, watch it. I can’t wait for part 2. …I’ll have to satisfy myself with Season 6 of Parks and Recreation, and just getting into Season 1 of The Wire in the meantime.
…The part I haven’t addressed but decided to include in the title is the part about the end of VLC and Ketogenic Diets (for regular folks, I understand its therapeutic value). This is addressed, not directly, but by implication in the video.
The problem is that there is an intransigent low carb industry now that is just as successful as antibiotics were, with the same consequences. Antibiotics carpet bomb the gut, VLC starves it. In both cases, you can eliminate or ameliorate problems by lowering populations of pathogens.
Both, however, come with the same costs: you’ve killed or starved the good ones, too.
You know why I have come to hate and loath the VLC community? One word: intransigence. None of them will dare to integrate this, because integrating it is suicide. And they know it.
They thought they knew it all. Perhaps they did, but it was only 10% of the equation and they’re riddled with confounding variables in the 90% range, up to 1,000 species, producing unaccountable compounds.
Laf. I want to see them all in potato soup lines.
Update: I must add that yesterday, I was working on some of Tim’s integrations and though it’s covered previously in the book, he brought up again how the gut bugs “train” the immune system. Listen to the video at about 7:50.