Obesity is a major health problem because of its serious health consequences, including type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, pulmonary hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux disease, musculoskeletal disorders, a variety of cancers, and a number of psychosocial concerns. Gut bacteria is often never even considered as one of the contributing or causative factors. Gut bacteria of overweight and slim subjects is very different in that the bacteria inhabiting obese people is unfortunately more efficient at extracting energy from food and depositing it as fat.
We are riddled with bacteria. From the moment we are born, bacteria starts to grow and spread within us and compete for the prime real estate that is the human body. Some of these bacteria are good for us (we evolved with it) and maintaining the relationship is essential for our survival. Some bacteria in the stomach help us to digest our food. However, there are bad bacteria, too. Disruption of bacterial balance in our digestive system can cause digestive problems such as IBS, Chron’s disease, and weight problems (not just an overgrowth of the bad bacteria.) The good and bad bacteria are in a constant battle with each other to control our bodies. This is known as mutual exclusion – survival of the fittest. Natural selection is conceived of as a struggle for life in which only those organisms best adapted to existing conditions are able to survive and reproduce.
The most significant factor I have found is that stomach acid, enzymes and body chemistry domesticate bacteria. Any change in any of these components will result in non-optimal bacteria taking advantage of the situation. Disease causing bacteria can then take advantage of the situation and begin changing your body to suit their desired environment, which will then appear as one of the conditions listed above. Bacteria will turn wild – even the “good” bacteria, like L. acidophilus & bifidobacteria taken by many of us in probiotics. One example of this is a Wellness Alternatives’ patient in Minneapolis who suffers from an allergy to Vitamin D due to bacteria “gone bad.”
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There are species of bacteria which will force your body to make fat, depriving you of energy and making it impossible to exercise your fat away. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus, a common probiotic, is generally believed to be safe with few side effects; however, if there is an overgrowth, it can have this effect. Many of our patients evidence this when they review the ADIPOSITY INDEX in the GI Effects DNA Stool tests used at Wellness Alternatives.
When good-bacteria-gone-bad takes over, we are likely to suffer from health problems, including obesity. So, is there any real scientific evidence for this? What research is being done? What are the results? And how can we use this information to help people with weight problems?
There is a scientific term for this theory; it is called infectobesity. This is the emerging field of medical research that studies the relationship between pathogens (disease-causing organisms, such as viruses and bacteria) and weight gain. Dr. Dhurandhar, at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, coined the term in 2001. The current problem with research and treatment of infectobesity is that it focuses mainly on supplementing with prebiotics (bacteria food), and probiotics (good bacteria). The conditions of poor digestive chemistry, which allowed the bacteria to turn bad, are largely ignored.
Using blood nutrition analysis and DNA stool testing, I am able to determine if you have bacteria-gone-bad, poor digestive chemistry, stomach acid imbalance, and/or inadequate enzymes making it difficult for you to lose weight.
Infectobesity… Do you have the fat bug? Are you curious? Call today. 530.615.4083