Good Bacteria May Keep You Thin

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I keep reading more and more research on how important good bacteria is for us.  We have ten times the amount of bacteria than cells in our body.  We are not alone.   In fact, our gut bacteria is so much more important for us than we know.   Obviously, the yogurt companies have been all over this issue with their probiotics.   The public kind of knows it’s important but not how much.   More and more studies are showing that the bacteria in our gut may be part of what keeps us thin or fat.    A recent article in the NYT talks about a study which showed:

Researchers found pairs of human twins in which one was obese and the other lean. They transferred gut bacteria from these twins into mice and watched what happened. The mice with bacteria from fat twins grew fat; those that got bacteria from lean twins stayed lean.

The future of diets may be decided on how well they promote the right gut bacteria.   Don’t be surprised to find out that the newest prescriptions will bacteria pills (even stronger and more specific than the OTC probiotics.   Read the article as it is amazing stuff and then refer it those patients who want antibiotics for their colds.   This may convince them otherwise.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]