Research to watch – MetaHIT

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:

The MetaHIT website.

Human Microbiome Live News

MetaHIT’s YouTube Channel

And for extra credit, see these search results on PubMed for “metagenomic microbiota gut”.

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3 Responses to “Research to watch – MetaHIT”


  1. 1 Tracee February 19, 2011 at 7:36 am

    It’s good to hear more research is happening in this direction….but to think 80 years ago Dr. Sidney Haas made this connection and science is just now, hopefully, catching up!

  2. 2 Anon February 19, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Hi, I have a few questions re SCD and myself..can I ask you? That would be great. Can you email me with the email address I leave here?

  3. 3 pw March 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I am very happy to hear that the research is going into this new direction. The biologic drugs available today are not what will solve the problem.


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