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Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Audiocast Volume 12 Issue 36

Biome Depletion Theory or Biota Alteration Theory
When we look at risk of disease over time in humans, we need to take stock in what was supposed to be versus what is. If we become mismatched genetically to the environment that we find ourselves in, then we will begin to suffer disease. The work of Dr. William Parker and colleagues is very fascinating here. His understanding of our immune solvency takes us back to a time when macrobes like parasites lived with us in a semi-symbiotic way. Most of them were harmless where a few were pathogenic. This matters tremendously because as we are learning, the microbes that exist within us play a major role in tuning the immune system towards tolerance and effective pathogen killing.
A lot to explore here,
Dr. M

Missing Microbes, by Martin Blaser MD (Book Review Pedcast)

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Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues


 

Come on in and sit a spell. Welcome to another book review edition of DocSmo.com. I’m your host, Dr. Paul Smolen, a board certified pediatrician in Charlotte, NC. I love learning about new ideas in medicine-that’s why I started this blog. So it’s with great excitement that I read a book by Dr. Martin Blaser, a medical doctor and expert in the normal and abnormal microbes of the human body, something that scientist now call the “human microbiome.” Sounds dull, doesn’t it? Well, I have to tell you that this book is anything but boring. It’s not many books that can change one’s fundamental thinking about one of a pediatrician’s most basic tools-antibiotics, but this book does just that. Continue reading