I used to hope that gene therapy would be the magic bullet for IBD. Then it was stem cell therapy. Now I’m hanging my hopes on knowledge gained from the Human Microbiome Project. It’s basic tenets align with the research by Doctors Haas, Elaine Gottschall and even my own experience.
One of the first steps in this global collaborative effort was to survey the microbial zoo on enough healthy people to constitute what the “normal” range of organisms are that live in and on us. Hopefully that knowledge will help determine how to help a variety of ailments including IBD.
This first step has been completed and the news has broken all over the place:
Be sure to see their map of the diversity in the human microbiome.
See the link at the bottom of the article for their Human Microbiome Project Collection.