Rob Knight: How Our Microbes Make Us Who We Are
Rob Knight, a microbial ecologist, is a pioneer in studying the community of tiny single-cell organisms living inside our bodies, which he calls human microbes. In this great TED Talk from February 2014, he explains how these human microbes have a huge — and largely unexplored — role in our health. If you’re interested in probiotics and their influence on our health, sit back and enjoy this 17 minutes video.
Probiotics Quotes from the Rob Knight Video
Now, microbes are also really important in the field of medicine. So, for example, what microbes you have in your gut determine whether particular painkillers are toxic to your liver. They also determine whether or not other drugs will work for your heart condition.
So microbes are performing a huge range of functions. They help us digest our food. They help educate our immune system. They help us resist disease, and they may even be affecting our behavior.
When my own daughter was born a couple of years ago by emergency C-section, we took matters into our own hands and made sure she was coated with those vaginal microbes that she would have gotten naturally.
So I mentioned that microbes have all these important functions, and they’ve also now, just over the past few years, been connected to a whole range of different diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, heart disease, colon cancer, and even obesity.
We’re just finding out that microbes have implications for all these different kinds of diseases, ranging from inflammatory bowel disease to obesity, and perhaps even autism and depression.
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