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More guts.


In the thread below, Feymangroupie asks “Wait, if everyone has pretty much the same baseline gut bacteria…” I’m’a stop you right there, FMG. Because everyone doesn’t have the same baseline gut bacteria, apparently, AT ALL. According to the intro video to this course, you likely only share 10% of your gut microbiome with the person sitting next to you. I have to assume “sitting next to you” includes people who live with you and share a large part of your diet.

It’s not just antibiotics that mess with your get critters, it’s everything you put in your mouth – every aspirin and ice cream and habanero pepper. But also, I assume, your own genetics, the microbes in your environment, the ambient temperature. I think. I guess. I’m only at Week 2.

The diagram above is from a very interesting video about childbirth. Turns out, there’s a good reason for those hours of labor: once the amniotic sac breaks, contractions swish babies around in mama’s vaginal biome until they get a proper dose. In European women, this includes a heaping helping of Lactobacillus which, among other things, helps baby digest milk.

Babies born by C-section don’t get this; their initial gut microbes appear to be derived (unhelpfully) from mama’s skin. They think (it’s still early days) that may account for some of the health problems C-section babies have for the first few years. They’re doing a huge study of this in Puerto Rico, where cesarean births outnumber natural births “for cultural reasons” (they didn’t go into it, but we can imagine what those are).

Uncle B sent me this timely link from the Daily Mail: a common diabetes drug apparently works not by affecting you, but by affecting your gut microbes.

He also sent me this link to OH MY GOD ADORABLE ERMINE IN A LOG!!!

And no. Nobody had Roger Moore in the DeadPool. He was 89?? Really???


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 23, 2017, 9:34 pm

When I worked in OR they started making the women wear panty hose, regardless if they wore scrub pants. The reason was “vaginal fallout” So, even though you have underwear and pants they wanted another barrier due to “vaginal fallout.” Seems excessive and no, I’m not sure what it means. Cooties?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 23, 2017, 9:44 pm

James Bond dies, you’re talking about “vaginal fallout”?
Are you telling me you don’t see an evil world dominating super villain link there?

You can bet they weren’t going to tell us about THAT back during the Cold War!

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: May 23, 2017, 10:12 pm

That explains Montezuma’s Revenge, to a large degree. I know people who get sick wherever they travel. Doesn’t matter what they eat or where, for two or three days they’ve got some gut grumbles.

Me, on the other hand, can go anywhere and eat anything.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: May 23, 2017, 10:22 pm

Thanks, Stoaty! I was hoping you’d weigh in.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 23, 2017, 10:43 pm

Technical question answered with the Daily Mail link:
“The new findings add to the ever-growing body of scientific research focusing on the crucial role our gut flora plays in our overall health.”

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: May 24, 2017, 12:02 am

Previous post didn’t post.
Disregard this post if previous post shows up.

Wasn’t interesting anyway.

Not that gut bacteria isn’t interesting.

Ok, I’mma gonna slink off toward an exit.

Comment from Niña
Time: May 24, 2017, 9:01 am

Chemo has messed up a lot of things for me, but my gut biome I miss most. I can’t eat dairy of any kind, which is a real hardship. And I never know if the seems-fine meal I just ate is going to stay where it is or not. I’ve always pitied people who have true food restrictions, double that now that it’s me.

But it’s fascinating nonetheless.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 24, 2017, 11:51 am

Obviously, the brother knew what the terrorist was up to. I have to believe the rest of the family did, too. So, why arent they in jail? They knew he went to syria. Who the hell goes to syria and comes back except for one thing.

And what’s up with all these missing people? They are either hospitalized or sadly, in the morgue. Those not contacting their families are staying with people. Weird.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: May 24, 2017, 1:04 pm

What puzzles me is why “the authorities” think they should get some kind of credit for knowing about these sorts and dismissing them as not dangerous.

Perhaps it would be best If we insisted the people who craft these immigration rules were made to associate with “the immigrants” on a daily basis without armed guards between them, instead of dropping them off with the populace before heading off to their walled estates to feel good about themselves and their noble non sacrifices.

From what I can see, they all think of themselves as nobility, both the elected ones and the real nobility.

Comment from Mad Ivan
Time: May 24, 2017, 2:04 pm

> And no. Nobody had Roger Moore in the DeadPool. He was 89?? Really???

Dayum! I hope *I* look that good at 89! Hell, I hope I *last* to 89!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: May 24, 2017, 2:47 pm

The ermine . . . isn’t that the fur that medieval kings wore (or are always pictured wearing) to trim their robes? And in heraldry there’s a color, “ermine,” white with black spots.

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: May 24, 2017, 4:30 pm

Wolfus, ermine always puts me in mind of Spock and McCoy arguing about tribbles. McCoy says they are soft and make a pleasant sound, to which Spock responds “So would an ermine violin, but I see no advantage in having one.”

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 24, 2017, 4:38 pm

Had Checkov been present he would have noted that the Russians invented ermine violins.

The Russians….AGAIN.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: May 24, 2017, 5:51 pm

When I hear ermine I think of BlackAdder and his “ermine” cape with all the kitty collars. 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 24, 2017, 7:40 pm

Things we’ve heard once and not again on local news reports: according to some, the bomber’s family ratted on him to the police beforehand (if true, I hope Manchester Police get into a world of hurt). As for the identifications, some sources say the people closest to the bombers were vaporized and not expected to be recovered in any qantity. Seems odd, when the bomber himself left legs behind.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 24, 2017, 9:09 pm

Probably because the blast mostly went out (and back in on itself) on a horizontal plain, not down.
And it vaporized the pig meat wrapped in the vest, but not the trotters attached to said pig.

I see our “intelligence” agencies have helpfully revealed the information the British services asked NOT to be revealed.

This is what friends are for, making the already bad even worse.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: May 24, 2017, 11:02 pm

Besides the intelligence agencies not revealing info, maybe the MSM should not publish it?

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 24, 2017, 11:03 pm

That’s me.

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