Gut Instinct

By New You Editorial
Posted On Jan 04, 2017
Gut Instinct

Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggests that an imbalance of bacteria in the intestinal tract can trigger multiple sclerosis (MS), a regenerative autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. The tract of a person with MS is very different from that of a healthy person. MS sufferers have high levels of the pathogenic microbe Archaea, which triggers inflammation and low levels of the microbe Butyricimonas, which possesses anti-inflammatory effects. Scientists hope to manipulate intestinal tract microbes to advance the treatment of autoimmune disorders. Studies are underway.