More positive microbiome research

courtesy of the Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility

Genome research published a report analyzing the long term effects of gut bacterial transplantation in rats.

The findings are promising and support the theory that the composition of the gut bacteria colony plays a significant role in the disease process. The basic research process was to transplant gut bacteria from a healthy rat to a sick one, similar to the fecal bacteriotherapy treatment for C. Diff.

While the study reports that other treatments that aim to reshape the gut colony with prebiotics, probiotics or antibiotics “have failed to induce stable, long-term improvements in bacterial diversity”, it’s clear that the SCD has improved the quality of my life. This may explain why going off the SCD has not been a good idea for me.

Link to report.

Abstract of report (abstract is free, full report costs).

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