Posted 3/28/2008 12:27 PM (GMT -7)
Interesting. Sounds well thought out and a viable theory. Makes me think of the gut permeability, allowing microbes to penetrate the gut, but of course our immune system immediately responds. Furthermore, under such harsh conditions, even the relatively benign bacteria might become hostile to survive. Also, we know that some types of bacteria are good in small enough numbers (e.g. anti-cancerous), but can be harmful in larger numbers (like a mob). What I am not so sure about is their trying to ID one microbe, if I read correctly. I think multiple types may be responsible and even vary from person to person, which is why at least some UC sufferers benefit from broad spectrum antibiotics. So that is why finding the right probiotic appears to be at least one step in a benefical direction, since they can crowd out some of these harmful ones and even communicate with our immune system to bring about more order and proper function. Thanks for the post.