The professor of surgery explains how health emerges from a healthy microbiome.
BY REGAN PENALUNA
When I ask Jack Gilbert about the future of medicine, he tells me what he recommends to his graduate students before they head into surgery, “When you go to cut someone open, you don’t just have one patient on the gurney. You have 40 trillion patients, and you have to think of how your actions are going to affect them.”
Those trillions of patients are microorganisms, communities of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and in some unhappy cases—pathogens. But they’re not all free riders. A growing body of research is making the case that the microscopic creatures in our gut, ears, mouth, and on our skin—together called our microbiome—play an essential role in our wellbeing. And Gilbert, faculty director of the Microbiome Center at the University of Chicago, and his team are at the cutting edge of this research.
Gilbert chatted with Nautilus from Chicago about the microbiome revolution, what a future trip to your doctor might look like, how our microbiome can make us fat (or thin), and the advice he presents to parents in his new book Dirt is Good.
You’ve said there is a revolution happening in medicine. What is it?
For the last hundred years, doctors have tried to remove all sources of dangerous pathogens: Making sure that our apron is clean, our hands are clean, the air is clean. Then we pump [the patient] full of antibiotics with the understanding that we’ve then killed off all the bacteria, and therefore there is no chance that the patient can get infected. And when the patient does get infected, one of those two things must have failed. And we blame ourselves.
We will have the ability to tweak elements of their life and microbiome in order to treat them before there’s a problem.
Well, this [approach] stresses the bacteria in the body, and allows the body to almost select for organisms that are more prone to attacking it. So, instead of curing the patient and removing the dangerous sources, we’re actually creating an environment inside the patient that selects for organisms that are dangerous.
So, the paradigm shift is looking at medicine not only from the perspective of the patient, but from the perspective of the microbial environment inside the patient. In many instances, the next 10 years are probably going to be the golden age of discovery for the applications of clinical science in our field.
What will a visit to the doctor be like in 10 years?
Imagine you have a routine mammogram and there’s a lump. They will refer you to an oncologist who will sequence the genome of your cancer and your microbiome. You’ll plug this information into our machine learning algorithms, and determine the most appropriate personalized strategy for you to respond to therapy. Maybe the doctor will find that you’re missing certain microbes, which would make a given therapy most effective. So we also give you a biological probiotic to enhance the activity of your therapeutic…
Could it be that we are looking for something that has already found us? That very delicate, celestial room inside that seems to enforce our sense of connection, both out in this world (horizontal) and mostly our spiritual connection to whatever we perceive as celestial (vertical).
I have touched upon ‘stretching’ emotions before, so that what we experience emotionally can transcend into a state of mind. Emotion comes and goes; that’s why many call them illusions. If we can pin them, we can stretch them into a feel and the feel will settle and become a state of mind.
The feel of tranquility needs to be enforced by the same technique.
When we enter the realm of tranquility most would probably find that tranquility is triggered from the outside. An emotion of safety will rise due to outside circumstances. That can be a meditation retreat, that can be the safety in relationships or it can be nature, as in the healing gift of nature, that sends us into the zone of tranquility.
If the outside gives us the emotion, the feel of tranquility, it would mean that the same feel of tranquility is object oriented.
That is how we function and get to know this world, by deciphering, analyzing and becoming familiar with the world we are in and it is the very first steps, very necessary steps, in childhood. It is the programming we are exposed to as children and if we weren’t we wouldn’t be able to maneuver this world.
“This is round and its brown” – would be a way to describe a ball to a child. Learning shape and color of an object. This is mum and this is dad. This is sweet and this is sour and so on. We are object oriented and we have to know the objects and their nature in order to master them.
It makes a fluid world seem firm and it strengthens our position in it, because we learn to define ourselves within the definition of our surroundings.
Later we have to throw away vast parts of that programming or social conditioning and that can be very, very difficult since our idea of self is built around our ability to object orientate. If that is not present in childhood, we are lost. Obviously, a lot of false, emotionally biased programming steps in and that would be our teachers such as parents, friends, family, childcare system: “This person is black and not of the same stellar quality as a white person, and we do not like blacks.”
So, the genuine conditioning would leave emotions out of it and only decode the physical world to the child and not its biases based on prejudice.
When Ceaușescu in Romania fell from power, international helpers stepped into the foster care and children’s homes, where they found thousands of children confined in small beds as old as 10 years who hadn’t had any stimuli whatsoever into their tactile sense (touch) and knew nothing, and had no words for anything that surrounded them because nobody taught them what the objects were.
Needless to say, these children, born with a perfect brain, acted like they were severely brain damaged, had noises for language and could easily be mistaken for severely disabled. That this stuff goes on in so many countries still, is truly, truly sad.
I once visited a Greek insane asylum where the inmates, they couldn’t be called patients since they were chained out in the brutal Greek sunlight all day, were given a metal container with some baked beans as the highlight of the day, and brutally beaten if they acted out. Yes, Greece has had many warnings about this, still doesn’t care, and it was well before austerity kicked in.
If somebody cares to teach others about the world even down to “This is hot and this is cold,” it seems like an act of mercy. That’s the world we live in. Animals are kinder than that to each other, since they know they have to teach their kids in order to survive.
My point also being:
The more we know of this world, the better we can maneuver in it, and when we know the world and its objects, we can throw that knowledge away and become fluid again, since we know that the same world we see is a result of often biased conditioning and false statements.
The biggest one being:
This world is firm, as in Physically firm. No, it is not, it’s a quantum field that appears solid in our realm of dimensions, which would be 3D reality. Same Matrix with the concept of time. Concept of time has to be in a 3D world since it defines the 3D and vice versa.
That is probably why the System is so keen on teaching us the clock as soon as possible, which is both practical for obvious reasons and later it becomes an uninteresting Matrix, but we can still show up in time or deliver on a deadline and show up at the airport in order to catch our flight.
So we can decide independently, out of that programming, when it is important for us to take time in as an authority in our lives. Something we need to be aware of, or we will get nowhere. Being too dependent on time, we start seeing it as a control mechanism that the System uses.
Time is merely digits – nothing else.
When we truly understand that example, not only intellectually but emotionally, we can break the prison of time and in the space between the ticking of the clock, tranquility can kick in, simply because we are not haunted by time anymore…
What if I told you the people creating, pricing and selling us our groceries are the same people in-charge of researching, developing, dispensing, and promoting our most popular prescription medications?
Is it just bad luck or coincidence that in 2017 an American has a heart attack every single 34 seconds, while another has a stroke every 40 seconds? Is it just dumb-luck that over 37.7% of the U.S. population is currently obese, while 34% of the U.S. population has high blood pressure, with over 23.4 million Americans now suffering from diabetes?
Well, these are most likely not coincidences, as the heart disease sector of the U.S. healthcare market is already extremely lucrative—raking in over $318 billion in 2016—while currently rapidly expanding into the global marketplace. In fact, worldwide in 2010, the estimated cost of cardiovascular disease was $863 billion, and it’s estimated to rise to $1044 billion by 2030.
With numbers of this magnitude, it shouldn’t take long to understand why a group of greedy investors might want a piece of this tremendous growth. So badly, that it might even outweigh their moral burdens pertaining to how many people would have to die for them to do so.
Let me explain how this ingenious deception works.
Now, Albertson’s is the parent company of multiple other grocery stores, with their largest acquisition being Safeway, meaning that Cerberus currently owns & operates over 2,205 total grocery outlets. Inside the vast majority of these grocery stores, there are pharmacies being operated, often times under different names (such as Sav-On Pharmacies inside of Albertson’s Grocery Stores), but no matter what their name tag may read, all the pharmacies within these over 2,000 stores, are all owned by Cerberus. Along with owning the grocery stores and the pharmacies inside, Cerberus also owns the pharmaceutical research/production company: Covis Pharma.
Again, why not just call it Cerberus Pharma?
The very origin of the word Cerberus, itself, is disturbing: “Cerberus is the monstrous, multi-headed, greek mythological hound dog who guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving.”
Well, let’s take a look at what the top sellers are for Cerberus—via Covis Pharma:
Rilutek: Glutamate Blocker (covers up pains associated with MSG consumption)
As we can see, four-out-of-five of Covis’ top products are used to suppress the symptoms (not treat the causes) of heart problems, while the fifth suppresses the symptoms of MSG consumption (a commonly used preservative in processed meats and canned foods that can lead to a host of medical problems, including heart arrhythmia).
So, why just suppress symptoms of heart disease through chemical medications instead of getting rid of them by better promoting and selling heart-healthier foods?
According to the American Heart Association, by 2030, 40.5% of the US population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease, and between 2010 and 2030, the real total direct medical costs of cardiovascular disease are projected to triple, from $273 billion to $818 billion.
As one may hopefully now conceptualize, heart disease is a remarkably lucrative business, and therefore, Cerberus is executing an extremely lethal conflict-of-interest, as they are the people who are quietly stocking our grocery shelves while intentionally profiting so massively off our most debilitating modern-day diseases.
How is it not illegal that the same people who are able to own and sell us our groceries, are also allowed to be dramatically increasing their overall profits by creating and leading a constant supply of sick people directly down a path into their long-term, monthly recurring, heart disease medication payments?
Upon really analyzing the situation, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say this corruption runs so deeply that every time a consumer actually makes a heart-healthy selection in any of these 2,205+ stores, it literally compromises the future long-term potential profits of these grocery store/big pharma owners.
In contrast, from a business aspect, it makes sense to the bottom line, and it really is a genius plan. What better way to create a huge, passive, income stream than by secretly poisoning the public in low-dosages through remarkably priced, highly palatable, well-marketed, front-end food products, eventually making them feel ill enough to seek out medical attention, which conveniently generates recurring pharmaceutical sales?
Profit is what Cerberus is ultimately seeking—all the while operating under many different names, banners, and logos to leave the public so confused they wouldn’t even know where to begin tracing the origins of their health problems.
In short, a small group of chemists, business executives and even a former U.S. Vice President are diabolically working together disguised as Cerberus Capital Management Firm and have created a revolving door from food to pharmacy.
Do we really trust this group of individuals to own so much stake in the future of our global food production and health care?
About the Author
Cameron is an internationally-published vegan fitness model & writer who’s passionate about bringing to light the vast medicinal benefits of a whole-foods, plant-based diet, along with consistent exercise.