Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 5: Bacteria May Actually Help: The Science Behind It (continued)

KEY POINTS Gut flora is not only involved in digestive processes, but also in host defenses. The intestinal flora imprint the immunological and physiological systems at or shortly after birth, and then affect systems throughout life.1 PROTECTOR ROLE OF BACTERIA The intestinal surface in a human body reflects the largest surface area of the body that comes into contact with the external environment. It limits host contact with the massive load of luminal antigens that have the potential to bring pathogens into the body. Microbial…