Bowel Ecology & GI Tract Healing
The saga of Bowel Ecology and Health begins with Ilya Ilyich Mechnikov (1845-1916), a Russian zoologist best known for his pioneering research in immunology. He is credited with the discovery of phagocytes (macrophages) in 1882. He and Paul Ehrlich, the father of the ‘magic bullet’ (antibiotics), were jointly awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "in recognition of their work on immunity". He is also credited for coining the term gerontology in 1903, for the emerging study of aging and longevity. He established the concept of cell-mediated immunity, while Ehrlich established the concept of humoral immunity. Their works are regarded as the foundation of the science of immunology. In immunology, he is given an epithet the "father of natural immunity".
Mechnikov also developed a theory that aging is caused by toxic bacteria in the gut and that lactic acid producing bacteria could prolong life. Based on this theory, he drank sour milk every day. He wrote The Prolongation of Life: Optimistic Studies, in which he espoused the potential life-lengthening properties of lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus). He attributed the longevity of Bulgarian peasants to their yogurt consumption. We could say he is the father of probiotics!
Of course, we can never forget the famous Dr. Kellog, a gastroenterological surgeon who had a procedure named after him, built an intestinal empire at the Battlecreek Sanitorium, visited by world famous celebrities where they indulged in colonics and fresh foods. His brother built the empire of Kellog cereals based on bowel hygiene concepts.
In terms of therapeutics, it was the British homeopaths that caught on to this discovery and they developed the famous 'bowel nosodes,' effectively homeopathic immunizations for gut disturbed ecology. Fewest know that one of the leaders of the bowel nosode movement was Edward Bach, father of the flower remedies!
Other vanguards of Mechnikov's research was the illustrious Anthony Bassler who performed untiring research on bowel flora in a New York hospital and wrote the book Intestinal Toxemia, the stunning results of his years of research having made over one million stool cultures in his laboratory and producing vaccines for bowel infectious organisms. His work is entirely forgotten except in this school - PanAm.
In the late 1970s, the “yeast connection” and “systemic candidiasis” became vogue among naturopathic and holistic practitioners of which I was a part. Candida (monilia) is a part of normal colon flora, and is only among the major yeast species commonly present is the various segments of the alimentary tract. Gastroenterologists of course, had nothing but disdain for what they called nonsense.
Around 1996 we sponsored Hulda Clark to visit our Nevis campus and she gave us a seminar on another unrecognized aspect of bowel ecology - parasitosis. Yes, worms inhabit the GI tract much more often than reocognized, and as we learned, first the bugs, then the yeast, then the drugs, then the mark of the beast - worms.
Then we started looking at source: what caused these infestations. The answer was the stomach's firewall: hydrochloric acid. What starts the decay of gut ecology is two prime factors:
1. a weakening of the stomach's ability to produce HCl, and
2. the indiscriminate use of oral antibiotics.
It would be nearly 25 years before the terms bowel ecology, gut ecosystem, stomach ecology, dysbiosis, began to appear in medical and science journals, including Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and others. We barked with results, establishment reacted to their dismal failures. Now, probiotic advertisements are everywhere. We won!
The Digestive Tract is the cornerstone of true health, which is why gathered here together more than 30 gut health expert lectures from around the globe to share the evidence-based tools you need to regain control of your patients health!
Covered in this epic course:
Allergies & Food Sensitivities
Bassler's Epic Research on Gut Infectious Organisms (includes a rare copy (pdf) of his long, lost book
Candida & Chronic Yeast Overgrowth
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Depression & Anxiety
Irritable Bowel & Leaky Gut Syndrome
Weight Problems & Obesity
50 clocks hours