While all you SCDers are busy reshaping the community of bacteria in your guts, the scientific world is working hard to catch up. The biggest effort to understand that community that I’m aware of is the MetaHIT project (Metagenomics of the Human Intestinal Tract). It gathers thirteen partners from academia and industry from eight countries. The main objective of this organization is “to establish associations between the genes of the human intestinal microbiota and our health and disease.” Their focus is on IBD and obesity.
It is striking to me that in this video about the MetaHIT, they outright say that IBD is caused by microbes in the gut. I struggle to remember the current western medical thought on the causes of IBD, but I’m thinking that it’s different. If western medicine accepts that bacteria are critically important in the course of IBD, that should mark the start of general acceptance of the SCD as a viable treatment option. Can you imagine?
The MetaHIT is scheduled to end January 1, 2012 so keep your eyes open.
Here are some relevant links:
And for extra credit, see these search results on PubMed for “metagenomic microbiota gut”.