Research is continually discovering how more and more health problems are associated with imbalances in the microbial population living in our intestines, a situation referred to as intestinal dysbiosis.
I have reported about links between imbalanced gut microbes and diseases as diverse as acne, diabetes, anxiety, depression, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease. But there’s more.
Once we went to a woman’s house where we had arranged to board our dog for a few days. When we got there, the stench of cat urine was overpowering. It was incredibly vile. We were choking. We could not imagine how anyone could stay in that environment for more than a few seconds.
The woman smiled and invited us in. It was obvious that, for her, nothing was out of the ordinary. She not only didn’t have a problem with the stench, she didn’t seem to know it was there. She had several cats. We never found out how many. She petted one idly as we spoke. We made excuses and left.
Dear Dr. Berger,
I have heartburn and stomach reflux. My MD recommended a drug to reduce the acid in my stomach. You told me that you have found that actually increasing the acid in my stomach helps these kinds of problems. I don’t understand. How does this make sense?