Wednesday, March 16, 2011

some more great research into the role of gut flora in digestive disease

A recent article in Scientific American left me surprisingly impressed with its coverage of some very well done research presented by post doctoral fellow Michelle Smith at the International Human Microbiome Congress in Vancouver, Canada.  Kwashiorkor is the condition that causes the abdominal swelling due to malnutrition that is so common in poverty- and famine-stricken regions.  Smith concluded that differences in gut flora can determine individual susceptibility to malnutrition and other illnesses.

This kind of research bodes well for the acceptance of balancing gut flora as an approach to treating many gastrointestinal disorders.

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