What’s happening! It’s another end of the week, and I thought it would be great to do a little re-visit on an old topic that is making the headlines once again. That’s right, the good old “Hygiene Hypothesis”. As you might have guessed, it is pretty controversial like most “new” ideas in the world of medicine, some doctors buy into the thinking, others not so much. And the same goes for the scientists who don’t always agree with the medical world’s thinking(but that’s a whole other story).
As you might recall from two years ago now, when I recorded the “Gut Bacteria” videos with the gut biologist/immunologist from Stanford Univerisity, we had some discussion about the hygiene hypothesis. It was total news to me back then. It was the first time I’d ever heard of it before(the video clip from that discussion is below, there’s some other pretty interesting stuff included in the clip too which you might enjoy learning about).
Well, some news is out, and some of the good old folks down at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have come up with some research that was published today. To sum up the idea and current thinking of some of the researchers: bacteria and some germs are actually a great thing for our immune systems. By introducing the body to bacteria, the immune system becomes stronger. Now that’s a very short summary, and I would encourage everyone who is interested in learning more to read a very simple news article and watch the video below. The news article below makes a direct reference to ulcerative colitis and the immune system which you just might find interesting and intriguing if you’ve never thought about this topic before. I find it fascinating!
If you want MORE related articles, well, you can get a ton more on the subject here: More Scietific Articles
Have a great weekend, and more UC Venting Stories to come soon,
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