Your Unique Microbiome
What would you think if I told you that your best health was dependent on more than just exercising and “eating right?” What would you say if I told you that “eating right” isn’t the same from one person to the next, that it’s dependent upon not just your genes, but also your internal environment, your unique microbiome? Would you think I was crazy, or would you be crazy enough to hear me out and learn about microbiome testing?
This notion of our internal microfauna and microflora (collectively known as our microbiome) as being integral to good health was the focus of a recent interview that my best friend and business partner Warren Phillips conducted with Viome founder Naveen Jain. Viome is the product of one of Naveen’s missions in life: to bring lasting health to every person in the world who wants it by arming them with the information that each individual needs to take control over the direction of their healing. This knowledge is vital. As Naveen indicates, “Learn as much as you can, because once you learn something, no one can take that away from you.” Naveen wants to see chronic illness become a choice, not an inevitability, as it often is with today’s society and current medical industry.
Naveen’s groundbreaking research into the connection between chronic illness and one’s microbiome started with his realization that our current medical industry is failing humanity on a global scale. When the focus on “customer satisfaction” shifted away from the patient and towards insurance companies, governments and other industry leaders, the true purpose of medicine – actually working to heal the patient – was lost. The profit now lies in selling medications and treatments, and so a cure simply isn’t profitable. Consequently, current medical practice works to keep the patient alive, but places little importance on getting them truly well. Naveen says, “It occurred to me that the healthcare system has become an organism where the Darwin theory is the only thing that applies. The survival of the organism is all they care about. They don’t care about the purpose, what they set out to do, which was to cure the patient.”
Convinced that trying to change the medical industry from within was futile, Naveen struck out onto a new path, searching instead for the deeper reasons why we get chronically ill, and what we can do about it. He thought, “What if we can take control ourselves? What if we don’t have to rely on this system, the system that’s out there to simply make money from us?”
Naveen’s research led him to start looking at the interplay between our genes, our gene expression (epigenetics), our bacterial burden (both good and bad), and our viral and bacteriophage load. Collectively, all of this comprises our microbiome, and it’s like a fingerprint. Each of us has a unique microbiome borne out of what we inherited from our parents and ancestors AND the impacts of how we live today (environmental factors).
Taken together, these variables affect how we’re meant to eat. This is an important concept, as our planet has become globally integrated in many ways, including food availability. This is fantastic, and delicious; however, it can cause confusion with knowing how best to feed our bodies. A lot of what comprises our optimal diet comes from our own ancestors, and how they ate. Their inner microbiomes developed to handle their diet, and that was passed onto us genetically, and through passage of bacteria, viruses, etc from our mother. Our external environment further influences our microbiota, sometimes not for the good. That said, there is not one perfect diet for everyone on the planet.
Eating outside of our microbiome can result in ill health, as can the proliferation of too many harmful pathogens. Naveen realized that the complex relationship of these factors is behind a lot of the chronic illness that we see today. “Unlike infections, chronic disease doesn’t happen overnight. It happens over time.” Our microbiome plays a big part in how this happens. As an example, Naveen pointed out the recent links made between bacterial species in the body and the onset of asthma1. There have also been studies linking gut bacteria to autism, and the anecdotal evidence of this connection is massive.2
If you’ve been with me on your journey to health, reading the articles on my website, watching Cellular Healing TV podcasts, taking part in True Cellular Detox™, then you’ll know how long I’ve been speaking out on how our genes, our lifestyle, and environmental factors (like toxins) combine to create the total picture of our health. We’ve seen gut bacteria contribute to autoimmune disorders, degenerative diseases3 , diseases of the gut4, and more. It’s epidemic, and the scientific evidence is mounting all the time.
Soon that evidence connecting our internal environment – our microbiome – and chronic disease will be too huge to ignore. The science is catching up, and pioneers like Naveen are finding ways to bring this life changing technology to everyone. His brainchild project, Viome, is a revolutionary approach to health, combining regular microbiome testing with personalized diet suggestions, based on the test results. Viome puts the control into YOUR hands, and I am so excited to incorporate Viome into my recommended microbiome testing for optimal health. It’s a cutting-edge tool that you and your practitioner can utilize to help you achieve amazing health.
For more details on microbiome testing, check out my interview with Naveen on how Viome works!
Now, do you still think I’m crazy? As Naveen said in his talk with Warren, “Once we can get rid of this stupid system, we can create a new system where you and I, and the patient is at the center of the universe.” Naveen, I couldn’t agree more. Learn more about Viome and its system for Microbiome testing.
- Viome: The Groundbreaking Revolution in Healthcare
- Epigenetics: The Science of Epigenetics for Cellular Health
- CHTV Episode 165: Do You Have SIBO?
- Cellular Healing TV
- True Cellular Detox™ – A Top 5 Strategy to Create Your Best Health Ever
- The Autoimmune Answer: As simple as a “Three-Legged Stool”
- Huang, Y. J. “Asthma microbiome studies and the potential for new therapeutic strategies.” Current allergy and asthma reports. October 13, 2013. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23709178.
- Krajmalnik-Brown, R., C. Lozupone, D. W. Kang, and J. B. Adams. “Gut bacteria in children with autism spectrum disorders: challenges and promise of studying how a complex community influences a complex disease.” Microbial ecology in health and disease. March 12, 2015. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25769266.
- Hill-Burns, E. M., J. W. Debelius, J. T. Morton, W. T. Wissemann, M. R. Lewis, Z. D. Wallen, S. D. Peddada, S. A. Factor, E. Molho, C. P. Zabetian, R. Knight, and H. Payami. “Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson’s disease medications have distinct signatures of the gut microbiome.” Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society. May 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28195358.
- Nakagome, S., H. Chinen, A. Iraha, A. Hokama, Y. Takeyama, S. Sakisaka, T. Matsui, J. R. Kidd, K. K. Kidd, H. S. Said, W. Suda, H. Morita, M. Hattori, T. Hanihara, R. Kimura, H. Ishida, J. Fujita, F. Kinjo, S. Mano, and H. Oota. “Confounding effects of microbiome on the susceptibility of TNFSF15 to Crohn’s disease in the Ryukyu Islands.” Human genetics. April 2017. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28197769.