Rebuild your Microbiome
Rebuild your Microbiome (gut bacteria)
In the last decade, researchers have uncovered that the human microbiome — the collection of microorganisms that live in our bodies — plays an important role in many aspects in our health. Including cancer.
This study presented examples of microbially mediated pathways associated with cancer. It says aspects of human health are influenced by the interaction of the gut microbiome, diet, and host physiology.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute says the relation between gut microbes and cancer is just beginning to be explored scientifically, but research indicates the link is extremely complex. Researchers estimate that there are between 40 and 1,500 different types of microbes in the gut. Some are known to promote cell proliferation, while others appear to protect against cancerous growth. In some cases, conditions that are favorable to the growth of one type of cancer may deter the growth of another type.
This study says alterations to the microbiome caused by environmental changes (e.g., infection, diet and/or lifestyle) can disturb this symbiotic relationship and promote disease, such as inflammatory bowel diseases and cancer. Colorectal cancer is a complex association of tumoral cells, non-neoplastic cells and a large amount of micro-organisms, and the involvement of the microbiota in colorectal carcinogenesis is becoming increasingly clear.
How to rebuild your Microbiome
The following tips are published on Chris Woollams Health Watch – an evidence-based, information-only website. Chris has a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University.
In October 2015, research covered in Cancer Watch showed that Bifidobacteria could boost the immune system to recognise rogue and cancer cells better than the new ‘wonder’ immunotherapy drugs.
Eat and they shall multiply! Lactic acid bacteria love pectins – carrots, raw vegetables, apples, pears. Bifidobacteria love inulins – chicory, artichoke, onions – and mother’s milk. They also love a little very dark chocolate (85 per cent plus) and cocoa, and according to three research studies, they like a glass of merlot.
Kill your yeasts – choose a natural compound like caprylic acid, pau d’arco, or oregano oil. Cinnamon (especially for yeasts already in the blood stream) can also help.
Kill your pathogens and parasites – natural herbs like cloves, slippery elm, black walnut and pau d’arco can make an impact here.
But there’s an important extra – The natural compound artemisinin, or sweet wormwood, kills the malarial parasite and some other parasites. But that’s not all. It is effective against pathogens like E coli, Fusobacterium and Camphobacteria. It is also the coup de grace against yeasts, and has an important extra benefit. It can even attack cancer cells.
Eat PROBIOTIC foods – Re-establish diversity by consuming a little raw, unpasteurised cheese (from cows, sheep or goats), sauerkraut and kefir. You don’t need huge volumes of these foods – treat them medicinally. You are just putting bacteria that you have lost back into your gut. And these three foods complement each other perfectly. The bacteria they contain hardly overlap. For example, Kefir is dominated by Lactic Acid bacteria; cows’ milk by bifidobacteria.
Unpasteurised cheese also contains immunoglobulins – these help heal the gut wall AND kick start the immune system.
Other foods might include sourdough bread, kombucha and/or apple cider vinegar, for example.
GROW THE NUMBERS
Eat PREBIOTIC foods – Re-establish volume by consuming relevant Prebiotic foods the good bacteria love – like pectins, lignans and inulin. Flaxseeds, nuts, seeds, oats are also helpful. These foods will greatly increase the commensal bacteria numbers. People who consume the highest levels of soluble natural fibre have the strongest immune systems by far.
Dr. Elizabeth Hohmann of the infectious diseases division at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, says “People with depressed immune function from late-stage cancer or chemotherapy should not take probiotics. Also, not all probiotic preparations are the same, so discuss the options with your doctor before you take one.”