Innate Immunity: The Microbiome
Hello Hilltop Family! We are going to continue the topic of germs today, in particular the microbiome or your innate immunity. Germs are not the enemy. Not all of them anyways. In fact, we need germs to help support a normal immune system response. Your microbiome is the normal bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses, both good and bad, that are present on the surface cells of the body systems that are connected to the outside environment: this is your skin, digestive tract, urogenital tract, and respiratory system. These non-human cells actually outnumber the human cells in/on our bodies (about 5-10 times more microorganisms than human cells). Function of the Microbiome
Immune support- As we move through our world- touching things, breathing, eating things- pathogens (microorganisms that correlate to a specific disease or set of symptoms- the bad germs if you would) that touch the surface cells on the skin and within the digestive, urogenital, and respiratory tracts will be filtered out by the microbiome. This means that the microbiome is the first deterrent to infection, your first line of defense.
Digestion support- The microbiome is part of the final process of digestion, breaking down the smallest pieces of food after the stomach acid and enzymes do their job.
Exchange of information- There is information that gets passed from the organisms of the microbiome to our human cells which adjusts the genetics of the cell (we will talk about how this works eventually). This is part of the sensory system your body has to know the health status of the body.
Hormone support- The organisms of the microbiome have the ability to release hormones (serotonin, dopamine, cortisol, etc) that aid in the overall hormonal balance of the body.
Development of the Microbiome
Some of the microbiome is established before birth by passive immunity from mom through the placenta but the majority of it is established during the birth process itself: from baby getting exposed to the urogenitcal tract microbiome of mom. C-section babies do not get this and therefore are at a disadvantage protection wise starting from day one in this world. Of course if moms microbiome isn't healthy, neither will baby's.
Breast feeding gives baby a healthy microbiome due to skin to skin contact and antibodies that get passed through the milk. Bottle fed babies do not get this- that's bottle fed both formula and breast milk if there is more pumping than actual breast feeding.
Also, as baby gets exposed to more germs in their environment when they grow (adaptive immunity- this topic will be discussed next), the consistency of the breast milk changes to better protect the child. Formula fed babies do not get this. Actual breast feeding is also necessary for this to happen as there is an exchange of information between the cells of baby and cells of mom with skin to skin contact.
Maintenance of the Microbiome
Touching things- people, animals, things, surfaces, building parts
Breathing in air- inside and outside
Ingesting things/putting hands in mouth- food, taking meds, objects (kids put things in their mouths to learn better)
What Disrupts the Microbiome
Subluxations- can prevent nerve flow to areas where microbiome is present (not following Essential number 1 which is proper nerve supply)
Stress (we will talk more about this later)... (not following Essential number 2 which is positive and healing mindset)
Drugs- prescriptions (especially antibiotics), over the counter, recreational (alcohol, smoking)...
Toxins- personal care products, plastic use, pollution, vaccines (we will discuss this in the future)...(not following Essential number 5 which is minimizing toxins)
Bad diets- processed food, sugar, pesticides, GMOs, not eating fruit or vegetables... (not following Essential number 3 which is quality nutrition)
Wearing gloves for an extended period of time- eliminates you touching things with your bare skin which eliminates you maintaining the skin microbiome. Side note: wearing the same set of gloves everywhere negates the point of wearing them as that is exactly like not wearing gloves in the first place.
Wearing masks for extended periods of time- eliminates you breathing in these normal microorganisms to colonize the respiratory and digestive tracts.
Antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers- strip away all of the bacteria on the skin (not just the bad ones).
Excessive cleaning and disinfecting- strips the environment in your home and work (surfaces and air) of these necessary organisms. Not to mention most conventional cleaners have toxins in them so if you use them more often than you normally do, then this will give you extra shots of toxins.
Invasive pathogens- can trigger the diarrhea response, cleansing the entire digestive tract of good and bad microbes(Have you ever had food poisoning?).
If the microbiome of the body is not healthy or if there is dysbiosis (an unbalance of good and bad microbes of the microbiome), then there is more opportunity for opportunistic germs (like COVID) to lead to an infection.
COVID Update Now that we are about 5 months into this COVID crisis, new data has been coming to the surface. We finally have data from the front lines as to how risky this disease truly is. Tony Robbins interviewed several front line doctors last week and discovered that the numbers being reported by the mainstream media and the CDC and WHO have not been accurate (in particular the death rate, which is much lower than we have been told): hospitals have been ramping up the death rate because they have been coached to mark "death caused by COVID" on the death certificate, even if there wasn't a positive test for COVID. Listen here for what these experts have to say about this.
As always, we are here for you and we will continue to do our best to keep you as up to date as we can with what's going on with the COVID situation and of course provide you with everything you need to know to be truly healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know. We are open for normal hours next week. Stay safe. Stay well. Love, Dr. Brittany and Coach Anna