Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 4: A Bacterial Universe Within Our Body (continued)

KEY POINTS A single layer of epithelium separates the human body from trillions of bacteria. Trillions of microbes inside of us and in direct constant contact with us have the potential to affect our health.1 The human body, combined with its microbiota, represents a composite superorganism. WHY DO WE NEED TO KNOW? While we are always aware of the “outside” influences affecting our body, we seldom think of the even bigger universe inside our gut (technically outside the body) that may be affecting us, even while asleep. This realization has led to a proliferation of…