BACTERIAL IMMUNITY: THE EVIDENCE JUST KEEPS COMING
It’s understood among science/medical researchers that you must always look for evidence that proves your theory wrong. This is how it should be done and it’s what I’ve tried to do since I began to research the physiological role of oxygen in the human body.
Back in 2000, when our company looked like it just might gain traction with a product that just might appeal to the American consumer, I started a journey that continues to this day. Research is easy. The problem arises when one truth hatches many questions. But those ‘many questions’ are becoming slightly fewer as I enter the twenty-second year of lonely discoveries about oxygen, the Rodney Dangerfield of gases because it gets no respect.
I’ve included a link below to an article about the study, published August 5, 2021, in PLOS Pathogens, written by Brian P. Dunleavy.
The article describes the outcome of a mouse test during which one group of mice were fasted for 48 hours prior to being orally infected with Salmonella bacteria, a severe stomach bacteria that causes vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps in humans.
“The fasted mice showed fewer signs of bacterial infection, including virtually no intestinal tissue damage or inflammation, the researchers said.”
The process of digesting food is the second most voracious demander of oxygen, after the brain. When you eat, so much oxygen is required – think of the work your stomach and intestines must do. All that work requires oxygen. When you fast or restrict your calories, there is more abundant oxygen for other cellular functions including IMMUNITY to viruses and bacteria.
The researches in this test points to the gut microbiome, which may indeed be the hero in this story. But we know oxygen has a hand in it, too. And we must discover how it all works.