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2012-07-16 12:30:39 PM  
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Humans are under the illuson that we are individuals. We're not, we're symbionts who cannot surivive without the hosts of alien bacteria that reside in out guts and break down food into nutrients for us.

Its almost certain that on some level the strain of bacteria that happens to colonize you has a lot to do with whether you are prone to obesity or one of those skinny people who can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound. It woiuld not shock me if those bacteria produced other chemicals that could affect our mood, blood pressure, etc.

After all, the level of midichlorians in your blood determines how well you can use something as basic as the Force
2012-07-16 10:19:34 AM  
2 votes:
A fascinating study about gut bacteria and behavior:

http://www.radiolab.org/2012/apr/02/gut-feelings/

And some of you remember the Dannon ads featuring the yogurt-eating elderly in "Soviet Georgia."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXzVDvWMIuI
2012-07-17 01:14:00 AM  
1 vote:

Great Porn Dragon:
Sorry...I am unreasonably, UNREASONABLY fond of all things Moyasimon and really wish I could find the little bacteria-mon-figures locally :3 (Still have a sad Del Rey never went beyond Volume 2 of the manga :P)


And here I though, "Aw man... no one's going to know what this is." I'd love to help you out but the best I can do is find Moyasimon merchandise online and you've probably already done that.
2012-07-16 11:54:57 PM  
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"Our study found that people able to live independently were healthier than people who weren't".

Really? Of course, the gut bacteria thing is well known and nothing new. While it certainly was likely to be a factor in those studied, the fundamental premise was a wee bit flawed.

70% of your immune system comes from your gut. A majority of illnesses can be avoided by keeping it healthy. Eat some yogurt every day. Different yogurt. Quite a few studies have shown that yogurt that makes no claim to be healthy or full of probiotics often contain MORE healthy bacteria than the ones that tout their probiotic-ness. They also found that every strain each company made was in every type of yogurt made in that factory. So other than avoiding the sugar laden products, vary your purchases and buy on price. A few spoonfuls a day is all you really need.

Sauerkraut, kimchee and other fermented products are also excellent sources of probiotics and very inexpensive.
2012-07-16 01:36:11 PM  
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clyph: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Take a poop pill? That's disgusting.

Exactly. Not to mention risky. I could see taking a pill with lab-cultured bacteria, that only contains beneficial strains and nothing else. But raw sewage? Even putting aside the yuk factor, there's way too many potential nasties to make that a good idea.

I've also read that intestinal flora have a significant role in obesity.


They make them already. Whenever I've been sick with a fever for a few days or get the sort of food poising that involves vomiting or diahrea (sp?) I make a point of either eating a few cups of yogurt or taking acidophilus pills for a day or two and it seems to do wonders for getting my digestive system back on track.

And when/If scientists isolate the "skinny" (ie less efficient") strains of gut bacteria you can damn sure bet they will become billionaires (even if eating more and getting less useful calories ain't exactly an enviromentally responsible thing to do)
2012-07-16 12:35:01 PM  
1 vote:
It's all fun and games until the flora in your gut gets annihilated and the shiat hits the proverbial fan, ceiling, floor, walls, hand towels, inside of your shirts, and your entire life becomes spackled with poopoo fleks, welded to porous and nonporous surfaces a like.
2012-07-16 12:34:11 PM  
1 vote:

Magorn: Humans are under the illuson that we are individuals. We're not, we're symbionts who cannot surivive without the hosts of alien bacteria that reside in out guts and break down food into nutrients for us.

Its almost certain that on some level the strain of bacteria that happens to colonize you has a lot to do with whether you are prone to obesity or one of those skinny people who can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound. It woiuld not shock me if those bacteria produced other chemicals that could affect our mood, blood pressure, etc.

After all, the level of midichlorians in your blood determines how well you can use something as basic as the Force


Want to blow your mind?

"Exposure to friendly soil bacteria could improve mood by boosting the immune system just as effectively as antidepressant drugs, a new study suggests"
2012-07-16 12:34:07 PM  
1 vote:

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Take a poop pill? That's disgusting.


Exactly. Not to mention risky. I could see taking a pill with lab-cultured bacteria, that only contains beneficial strains and nothing else. But raw sewage? Even putting aside the yuk factor, there's way too many potential nasties to make that a good idea.

I've also read that intestinal flora have a significant role in obesity.
2012-07-16 12:32:04 PM  
1 vote:

BurnShrike: I remember reading an article a while back about... well, basically about eating other people's poop to replace the good bacteria in your intestines. They had a few different ways of doing it, from sucking back a poop milk-shake to swallowing a capsule with poop inside. Apparently some people had trouble with this, so there was a way of doing it from the other end too, although it wasn't as effective (I think they called the procedure a "fecal transplant").

So apparently 2 girls 1 cup is a medical training video.


I thought the fecal transplant was the more effective and safe way? You typically don't want intestinal fauna in your stomach.
2012-07-16 12:23:24 PM  
1 vote:
It would be funny if love and attraction between humans was really down to compatible and common gut bacteria.
2012-07-16 12:13:14 PM  
1 vote:
It's also how some type 2 diabetes medication works..
2012-07-16 12:12:42 PM  
1 vote:
"Could be"?

Uh, I thought it was common, and I mean very common, knowledge that good gut bacteria exists and is vital to our survival?

Honestly, I'm very confused. It's like seeing a headline that reads "[IRONIC] bathing washes away harmful germs"

Cracked just wrote an article that mentions this for cryin out loud. WTF?!?!?

/DNRTFA
2012-07-16 12:12:26 PM  
1 vote:

BurnShrike: I remember reading an article a while back about... well, basically about eating other people's poop to replace the good bacteria in your intestines. They had a few different ways of doing it, from sucking back a poop milk-shake to swallowing a capsule with poop inside. Apparently some people had trouble with this, so there was a way of doing it from the other end too, although it wasn't as effective (I think they called the procedure a "fecal transplant").

So apparently 2 girls 1 cup is a medical training video.


In many cases, these pills/shakes could save a patient's life, so essentially, the doctors were telling the patients to...

EAT SHIAT AND LIVE!

/stolen from Colbert, MONTHS ago. seriously, everybody should already know this
2012-07-16 10:42:33 AM  
1 vote:
I remember reading an article a while back about... well, basically about eating other people's poop to replace the good bacteria in your intestines. They had a few different ways of doing it, from sucking back a poop milk-shake to swallowing a capsule with poop inside. Apparently some people had trouble with this, so there was a way of doing it from the other end too, although it wasn't as effective (I think they called the procedure a "fecal transplant").

So apparently 2 girls 1 cup is a medical training video.
 
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