Our bodies are composed of 90% bacterial cells and just 10% human cells, meaning the bacteria living within us has a tremendous effect on our health. Further, this extends to parasites, yeast/fungus, and even viruses. Current research exploring the human virome suggests that viral composition in the gut directly affects one’s risk of autoimmune conditions (1). Conventional treatment plans focus on total annihilation of microbes, often times causing irreversible damage. This outdated approach can no longer stand among the convincing evidence demonstrating the need for diverse and abundant microbes to thrive (2). It is clear that a balance must be established in order to promote optimal health.
There are, however, rare circumstances when antibiotics are life-saving and must be used. It’s important to consider all factors when determining the most effective, least harmful, and most sustainable treatment plan.
We are constantly bombarded by environmental pressures that can cause imbalance and throw the immune system out of sync. Thankfully, there are many strategies to move the body towards a balanced state. This can include eating organically, avoiding toxic home products, consuming fermented foods, taking probiotics, and anti-microbial and/or immune boosting herbal protocols. After considering your specific case, we will determine the best steps for correcting underlying immune dysfunction and infectious conditions.