Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 6: Human Microflora and Chronic Diseases (continued)

KEY POINT The composite human superorganism, including the trillions of intestinal bacteria, mimics a micro-universe that needs to be considered as a whole in the pathogenesis of any disease. Any perturbation of the normal homeostatic mechanisms between the gut and bacteria can shift the balance from controlled to uncontrolled and self-perpetuated inflammation across the body. The host immune system is a sort of sensory system that takes and assimilates the vital information. It is capable of learning and remembering the stimulus as well as the challenges it might pose. Modern lifestyles…