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Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News Editor

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark report that they have identified and mapped 500 previously unknown microorganisms and more than 800 bacterial viruses in our intestinal flora.

Researching gut flora and the “microbiome” is the new trend in research and medicine, as the age of antibiotics has passed. New antibiotic resistant diseases present an enormous threat to global health.

What was unique about this research in Denmark was that the researchers looked at the “mutual relationship” between bacteria and viruses. Most of the research conducted so far have primarily analyzed bacteria in isolation, usually in a laboratory.  Researcher Henrik Bjørn Nielsen notes: “Our study tells us which bacterial viruses attack which bacteria, something which has a noticeable effect on whether the attacked bacteria will survive in the intestinal system in the long term. The purpose of the research is to develop new drugs to treat type 2 diabetes, asthma and certain intestinal disorders.” (Full Article here.)

Researching the Microbiome

If you are not familiar with the term “microbiome” (even in my spell check as I write this it comes up as a misspelling since it is not in the dictionary yet), you soon will be. There has been a complete paradigm shift in medical research with the demise of antibiotic medicines and the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and viruses. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being poured into researching the microbiome to develop new drugs and therapies, that seek to work in harmony with these living organisms, rather than just dropping a bomb on them and destroying everything in the path of man-made drugs.

Expanding on the popular term of “probiotic,” the microbiome is the unique totality of each person’s own collection of micro-organisms that number in the trillions, and what many researchers consider number over 20,000 different microscopic species.

Here is a short list of current research being conducted on improving our health or fighting disease by working with our microbiome:

Most of this research, of course, is funded (often with YOUR tax dollars!) with a view towards developing drugs and other products that can be patented. The problem with this approach is that it is what has landed us into the current trouble we are in with the new superbugs that are drug-resistant. Natural “antibiotics” found in nature, such as essential oils, have been around for thousand of years without these negative side effects. (See: Why Essential Oils Heal and Drugs Don’t.) Modern drugs, modern food, and many other modern products are what are responsible for destroying our gut flora to begin with.

Wait for New Drugs, or Fix Your Own Microbiome?

So are we really going to trust in the modern pharmaceutical industry to provide a new class of “microbiome” drugs to solve the problems they created in the first place? Or are there natural ways of restoring one’s own microbiome without the “help” of the medical system?

One key component is to take care that our diet promotes a healthy microbiome, rather than destroying it. There is mounting evidence that GMO products and commercial agricultural products with heavy pesticide use, particularly glyphosate, contributes to an unhealthy microbiome. Eating fermented REAL foods are an integral part of restoring one’s gut flora.

One of the best books in dealing with restoring gut flora is Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book: Gut and Psychology Syndrome



Diet alone can be a long and difficult process, however, for those with severe illnesses related to a poor microbiome. Some of these cases include:

For these illnesses and many others, there is a simple technique that thousands of people are beginning to practice at home that completely heals these illnesses by simply restoring the microbiome. That procedure is Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT). It is a simple procedure of taking a fecal sample from a healthy donor who has a healthy microbiome, and implanting into your own. And if that idea seems “gross” to you, then you are not sick enough yet to realize how effective and even life-saving this procedure is. It has literally changed the lives and healed many thousands of people around the world.

Sadly, the FDA has placed restrictions on the procedure being conducted by the medical system with approved donor banks. That action, however, has simply driven FMT to become a home-based practice that many thousands of people are effectively using to rebuild their microbiome. FMT practice and research is still in its infant stage at this point, but the testimonies are simply remarkable. Not only does this simple procedure hold promise for the serious diseases listed above, but it holds promise for many other disorders that drug companies are rushing now to develop drugs for, such as food allergies, asthma, diabetes, and many many more. Learn more about FMT.


Researchers uncover new knowledge about our intestines – Technical University of Denmark


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