Since starting my nutrition practice, I have focused on establishing a healthy terrain. I understood that we are more of an "ecological environment" than isolated individuals, and that the prevalence of healthy gut flora was key to health, digestion and assimilation. The early "eclectics" told us that health starts in the intestines -- and so does illness. We now know that 70% of the immune system is in the "gut" and we now know that the gut is called the "second brain". Research has shown that when people re-establish a healthy microbiome (gut ecology) they bounce back from seasonal illnesses AND any tendency to depression or anxiety is mitigated.
Now, almost 20 years into my practice the human microbiome project is identifying the nuances of the gut and systemic ecology - but the basic health truths were already in the "palm of our hands." We have spent years fighting bugs and germs, but Claude Bernard, a Frenchman at the time of Louis Pasteur, said "The terrain is everything, the germ is nothing." I am honored to have learned about the true implications of cutting edge research from Nigel Plummer, Phd., of England who has informed my thinking on the subject since 2004.