6th November 2017
This weekend Dr Mac & Dr Ruth attended their seventh Applied Kinesiology session in their 8 session professional development course. A large component of this particular weekend was the systemic influence of digestive health, stomach pH & diet.
We obtain the majority of our minerals & vitamin from the food we eat, therefore we can appreciate that diet is hugely important. However if our digestive environment is ill-equipped to digest the food effectively & expel the waste products as it should then we cannot utilise what we require.
The human body maintains a state of ever changing equilibrium. This equilibrium is achieved through hormonal, neurological & chemical feedback between the various organ systems. Therefore dysfunction in one aspect of the tract can create a cascade of dysfunction as the food bolus continues down the tract, impairing adequate digestion. As it is important to remember that digestion does not just occur in the stomach, but rather the gastrointestinal tract, which as the name suggests is a continuation.
The gastrointestinal environment can be influenced by diet, toxic chemicals, antibiotics & infections. These factors can influence the concentration of the beneficial bacteria & fungal microbes, the pH of our stomach acid, the release of hormones & enzymes required to digest certain nutrition types & the motility of our bowels – enabling sufficient time to absorb nutrients, yet not allowing stagnation which creates a breading ground for unwanted microbes.
An article published online via the BBC News website, summarised recent studies conducted on cancer patients & their gut microbe. Patients response to their cancer intervention was compared to their gut microbes. In one study those with a more diverse gut microbe responded more favourably to the administered treatments advanced melanoma, high levels of Faecalibacterium and Clostridiales appeared to be beneficial.
In Paris 249 patients with lung or kidney cancer were also conducted into a research study. The showed those who had taken antibiotics, such as for dental infection, damaged their microbiome and while on immunotherapy their tumours continue to show some growth.
One species of bacteria in particular, Akkermansia muciniphila, was in 69% of patients that did respond compared with just a third of those who did not.
Boosting levels of A. muciniphila in mice seemed to also boost their response to immunotherapy.
There are obviously other influencial factors but gut microbes could provide an additional key to successful treatment of some cancers.