An expert on the gut microbiome says it’s important to stop seeing bacteria as an enemy and instead as a partner in our good health.

The vast majority of bacteria that live inside us are not invasive, but rather quite the opposite.

They are partners in our lives, helping us to metabolize difficult to digest foods and even to fight infection.

Ami S. Bhatt, MD, PhD, is a hematologist and geneticist who studies these important bacteria — the so-called “microbiome.” It is possible, through disease or excessive application of antibiotics, for the microbiome to become out of kilter, affecting human health.

 

Intestines with Gut Bacteria on Blackboard

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