Consider this a partial repost of Moral Fiber:
“We are all self-reproducing bioreactors. We provide an environment for trillions of microbes, most of which cannot survive for long without the food, shelter and a place to breed that we provide.
They inhabit us so thoroughly that not a single tissue in our body is sterile. Our microbiome affects our development, character, mood and health, and we affect it via our diet, medications and mood states.
- Affects our thinking and our mood;
- Influences how we develop;
- Molds our personalities;
- Our sociability;
- Our responses to fear and pain;
- Our proneness to brain disease; and
- May be as or more important in these respects than our genetic makeup.
Dysbiosis has become prevalent due to removal of prebiotic fibers from today’s ultra-processed foods. I believe that dietary shift has created a generation of humans less able to sustain or receive love.
They suffer from reduced motivation and lower impulse control. They are more anxious, more depressed, more selfish, more polarized, and therefore more susceptible to the corrosive politics of identity.“
Other recent blog posts by Dr. Paul Clayton and team include Skin in The Game and Kenosha Kids.
Image from Thomas Cole : The Consummation, The Course of the Empire (1836) Canvas Gallery Wrapped Giclee Wall Art Print (D4060)