Health Benefits of MSM: Microflora

Impact #2: Microflora

In the late 17th century, a Dutch lens grinder lens grinder named Anton van Leeuwenhoek noticed a layer of white scum between his teeth. He mixed some of that gunk with rainwater and then placed it in his microscope. “I found, to my great surprise,” he wrote, “that it contained many small animalcules, the motions of which were very pleasing to behold.”

What he was beholding was part of his microbiome, the trillions of microbial cells that cover the inside and outside of the human body.

It is only recently that science is learning to understand and appreciate this complex ecosystem.

In fact, and it should serve as no surprise to you, the government has launched an investigative project called the Human Microbiome Project.

The results of this project, quite possibly, could change the face and
understanding of medicine.

The New York Times reports:

The work is “fantastic,” said Bonnie Bassler, a Princeton University microbiologist who was not involved with the project.

“These papers represent significant steps in our understanding of bacteria in human health.”

Until recently, Dr. Bassler added, the bacteria in the microbiome were thought to be just “passive riders.” They were barely studied, microbiologists explained, because it was hard to know much about them. They are so adapted to living on body surfaces and in body cavities, surrounded by other bacteria, that many could not be cultured and grown in the lab. Even if they did survive in the lab, they often behaved differently in this alien environment. It was only with the advent of relatively cheap and fast gene sequencing methods that investigators were able to ask what bacteria were present.

You might be saying to yourself, “Where do these microbial come from?”

The microbiome starts to grow at birth, said Lita Proctor, program director for the Human Microbiome Project. As babies pass through the birth canal, they pick up bacteria from the mother’s vaginal microbiome.

Babies born by Caesarean section, Dr. Proctor added, start out with different microbiomes, but it is not yet known whether their microbiomes remain different after they mature. In adults, the body carries two to five pounds of bacteria, even
though these cells are minuscule – one-tenth to one-hundredth the size of a human cell. The gut, in particular, is stuffed with them.

“The gut is not jam-packed with food; it is jam-packed with microbes,” Dr. Proctor said. “Half of your stool is not leftover food. It is microbial biomass.” But bacteria multiply so quickly that they replenish their numbers as fast as they are excreted.

We know that many of you from Voice of Eden deal with, or have dealt with, various health issues. We believe it to be critical that you understand this part of your body’s function that could explain some of your health concerns and even
aid in your recovery.

Not only do the bacteria help keep people healthy, but they also are thought to help explain why individuals react differently to various drugs and why some are susceptible to certain infectious diseases while others are impervious. When they go awry they are thought to contribute to chronic diseases and conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, even, possibly, obesity.

Wired magazine reported in 2011:

We’re just beginning to learn the effects our microbiome has on us, but it’s clear that they can be profound. Certain species help digest food and synthesize vitamins; others guide the immune system. Medical researchers have linked obesity, heart disease, and anxiety to properties of the microbiome. In many cases, it’s not the individual species that seem to matter but the richness of the ecosystem. Just as the health of a forest depends upon diversity, our own health appears to benefit from the presence of a wide range of uninvited guests, many of which co-evolved with us.

The phrase that you must familiarize yourself with is “flora” especially “gut flora.”

John C Hammel of International Advocates for Health Freedom says:

It’s important to have more of the beneficial gut flora because they work symbiotically with our enterocytes to produce vitamins (like B1, B2, B3, B5, B6), K2, enzymes, neurotransmitters, antibiotics, and so on. In other words, ideally we
have our very own biochemical factory that synthesizes the substances our bodies need to help keep our immune system intact and our moods balanced. Unfortunately, the foods we eat, the air we breathe, and the types of personal hygiene products and pharmaceutical medications we’ve taken also affects the health of our microbiome. Most often, there’s an imbalance that allows opportunistic flora to overwhelm the beneficial gut flora, thereby causing disease.

A critical factor to maintaining a healthy gut is having healthy cells that process oxygen, their most basic need.

“One of the best ways to oxygenate your cells, alkalize your blood and remove toxins that can lead to cellular malfunction is to take organic sulfur. Sulfur lets oxygen in by increasing the permeability of cell membranes, and takes out the trash! Sulfur, in the form of sulphates, plays an essential role in cellular detoxification and the normal metabolism of brain neurotransmitters.”

So microflora is part of your gut flora. More sulfur = more oxygen = happier gut flora.

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