Moises Velasquez-Manoff is one of my favorite writers on the topic of the microbiome and health. Below is a video that covers the basic idea behind the hygiene hypothesis and the interaction between bacteria and our immune system. If you are a reader of this blog, chances are you are already pretty familiar with what he talks about, but it still has some really interesting tidbits that make it worth watching.
Oh, and Moises is planning to trek out to Hadza territory to cover Jeff Leach’s work out there for the American Gut project. I’m pretty excited to see the fruits of that, to say the least. Moises is crowdfunding the project, and you can help here.
If you’ve been following the Eczema + L. plantarum science experiment we’ve been running here, you’ll know that what Moises talks about in that video is very real. And to really put it into context, here’s a new report that just came in the comments:
I’m pleased to announce my two year old daughter’s eczema is almost completely gone after 1 week of Jarrow’s Ideal Bowel Support. She hasn’t scratched her skin at all starting on day 2 of the treatment. Now all of her scabs and scaly patches are healing. Poor girl would scratch herself until she’d bleed on a daily basis. Her doctor suggested we stop bathing her as often and apply lotion. Well that didn’t do a thing for her.
The directions on the probiotic say 1 pill twice daily. She’s little so I’ve been giving her one pill (pulled apart, powder mixed into full fat yogurt) in the a.m. only. I am amazed and so grateful I read this blog. She’s so much happier now. Thank you thank you.
I really don’t see how we can top that one. In fact, I think it’s time to close up shop here at Heisenbug headquarters. Mission accomplished. It’s been fun, folks.
Ok, ok. Not really. We’ll keep going. We have to. Why?