The microbiome is an important area of health research, and marketers are jumping in to take advantage ($$$) of the hype. The microbiome refers to all the natural bacteria that make up the human body, especially the digestive tract. The marketing hype usually has something to sell…and makes it all sound so sensible – but it is just hype and unscientific profiteering. Buyer Beware!!
The frustration around this marketing hype is so well expressed by Jonathan Eisen, professor and biologist at UC Davis, and author of the blog Tree of Life, in the following article that I have reproduced from his blog article:
Well this article by Dr. Raphael Kellman has just lots of overstatements about the microbiome: Why The Microbiome Is Your Key To Glowing Skin & Healthy Weight
For example, he writes:
Have you and your boyfriend or girlfriend ever gone out for a feast of delightfully unhealthy proportions only to then find yourselves picking fights with one another once you’re back home and digesting? Fueling your body with unhealthy bacteria, and then feeding it with more unhealthy bacteria, is a sure-fire way to destabilize your mind-body connection. Instead, focus on supporting the positive bacteria in your belly with fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kefir and watch your spirits soar.
This implies that somehow the microbiome has some role in such situations and in mediating the relationships between two people. And it implies that that can be fixed with fermented foods. And this is without any shred of evidence …
Then there is a discussion that makes the microbome sound like the master controller of all that is human:
Our bodies are cohesive entities, yes, but within each there are several languages spoken.
The microbiome works like a translator for all of these systems, deciphering and decoding so that one process can communicate with the other for more efficiency and effectiveness (helping our systems to work as a team instead of independently alongside one another).
And then there is evidence free claims about fatigue and the microbiome:
I’ve found that this kind of unexplained fatigue is often linked to a lack of diversity in the microbiome and can be remedied, despite what conventional medicine says
Whenever someone critiques “conventional” medicine and then presents no evidence for their claims, one should be wary, very wary.
And it ends with
Your inner ecology, your microbiome, is influential on your physical health, and that shows through glowing skin, a balanced weight and a youthful essence.
So – if you want to be youthful and glowing and have good sex and relationships and get rid of your fatigue and fix your automimmune disorders and obesity and connect all of your systems together, all you have to do is fix your microbiome. Simple. Oh and how do you do that? Why funny you asked, because I am selling this new book on the Microbiome Diet to solve all your problems. Ridiculous. And dangerous.
And thus I am giving out an Overselling the Microbiome award to Dr. Kellman.
I have referred to skin bacteria and digestive bacteria in previous blog entries of mine, and, by the way, being a bacteria-phobe is not smart on any level of body and skin health. And of course, I continue to promote a healthy diet of 5 fruit and 5 vegetable servings every day, because it will naturally fortify the way your body is supposed to work. A healthy and balanced body will result in a healthier and more balanced skin (baring genetic and acquired serious skin conditions). Simple!
Apart from treating your body right by way of a healthy diet, you should also treat your skin sensitively.
The information provided here is not meant to diagnose or cure any medical conditions. Please see your doctor or a trained medical professional should you have any concerns.