Skip to comments.Scientists link obesity to gut bacteria
Posted on 12/19/2012 5:45:56 AM PST by upchuckEdited on 12/19/2012 5:48:00 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Obesity in human beings could be caused by bacterial infection rather than eating too much, exercising too little or genetics, according to a groundbreaking study that could have profound implications for public health systems, the pharmaceutical industry and food manufacturers.
(Excerpt) Read more at ft.com ...
Pardon my skepticism.
Voting for 0bama is caused by bacteria in the brain.
Go read the article comments. Lots of skeptics.
It is quite possible.
IIRC, some types of pneumonia, stomach ulcers, and heart murmurs have been said to be caused by certain kinds of bacteria.
One of the treatments for stomach ulcers is high doses of the bismuth in products like Pepto Bismol.
And we all thought it was due to 32 oz. sodas.
I couldn’t get to the article; I just kept getting pop-ups and being routed back to the front page. So I’ll content myself with observing that if this is the case, why hasn’t anyone noticed that obese people on antibiotics suddenly lose weight? (I’m guessing they don’t.)
Moochelle might disagree with this study.
That’s what happens when you have s**t for brains!!!
>>Obesity in human beings could be caused by bacterial infection rather than eating too much, exercising too little or genetics<<
Interestingly this bacteria is found in:
* Sugary snacks
* Colas and other high-fructose drinks
* Carbohydrate-laden fast foods
The natural repellents to these bacteria are found in:
* Running shoes
* Gym equipment
* The local YMCA
Could you post the article instead of an excerpt? It wants you to register to see it and I’d rather not.
Can you please give us a recap?
A few years ago some smart doctors in Australia determined that loads of ulcers too were the result of stomach viruses..
I’m sorry, but I think this is mostly nonsense. Bacteria might make you gassy or bloated, and maybe they could make you constipated so you pack some weight on because of that. However, they can’t magically materialize matter that you do not stuff down your throat in the first place. You simply cannot attribute the gross obesity common in America to bacteria.
Might be something to this. If you kill off certain types of gut bacteria, you don't have those bacteria helping to break down that much food and it just passes through.
Not saying this is healthy. From what I understand, this is how your guts are supposed to work...
The links are useless. Here’s one to a different article on the same subject. Amish are involved;
Also, Rheumatoid Arthritis has been linked to gut bacteria. Some doctors prescribe antibiotics for RA, and in some cases it works.
“why hasnt anyone noticed that obese people on antibiotics suddenly lose weight? (Im guessing they dont.)”
Well,,,, people don’t usually take antibiotics for a very long time. Mine is 3X/day, for 7 days. Might not be long enough to see much difference. And bacteria can grow back at a very high rate. May need to “target” the meds differently,,, say with an enteric capsule that doesn’t dissolve in the stomach? I’m not really a doctor, but when I was a kid, I played doctor with the neighbor’s daughter.
Mouth bacteria is now being related to cardiovascular disease.
This is interesting to me.
I adopted a little fat baby and over a year the formerly thin vegan vegatarian became fat.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.