GUT HEALTH AND OLD LADIES

By nature, I am an artist, not grounded by what is, but inspired by what could be. I know that what is considered factual (truth) changes daily as new discoveries about the gut are made and evaluated, and old data and evaluations are kicked to the curb. No, the world is not flat and maybe antibiotics ain’t all they’re cracked up to be.
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GUT HEALTH AND OLD LADIES

Over my 70 years of observing my own self, I have learned that I am an artist, not grounded by what is, but inspired by what could be. I began studying the research on the gut because I am interested in how medicine could be. I know that in most fields of science, what is considered factual (truth) changes daily as new discoveries about are made and evaluated, and old data and evaluations are kicked to the curb. No, the world is not flat and maybe antibiotics ain’t all they’re cracked up to be.

Consequently, I over the decades I have had to create my own point of view through which I perceive and analyze the world around me. As an idealist, my first action is always to get a firm picture of what is the best that any situation, action, product, etc. could be. But, stepping backward from that I must consider purpose before determining what is best.

WHY ANOTHER BLOG POST ON GUT HEALTH?

My purpose in writing this blog is to provide information that will help my peers become more healthy with less stress. Hm-m-m. How to do that-best? I broke down what my blog had to be to achieve this purpose. I looked at my own experience in trying to become more healthy with less stress, and the barriers that I encountered. Had I not encountered these barriers, I would not be blogging. I have no desire to parrot the words of others, nor to create a clone blog. Here are the barriers to both learning and sharing knowledge that I have found:

  1. There’s a great deal of information out there, but unless you want to spend hours reading it, but much of it is almost useless because it lacks the vocabulary of the business woman, the sales/marketing woman, even the tech savvy woman who is not in the medical field. It has terms and concepts that are not explained and leaps over Biology 101 to the complex terminology of med school data. These gaps can land you in an unscalable abyss when all you want is to learn enough to satisfy a curiosity or solve a problem.

So, I spend a great deal of time building information so that when I write about a study shows that shows that green twirplets (Yes, I made it up.) profoundly affect your zerko (Did it again!) – you are well-grounded in all necessary data on twirplets and know the function of your zerko as well as where you can find it. (You can’t! I made it up!!!!)

  1. The majority of data is unevaluated as to importance. It comes at you in torrents and some of it, you don’t really need to know. Some of it is life-saving or life-altering and should be almost memorized. (An example of this is my article on How to Survive in the Kitchen. This post is not a lesson on the subtleties you would learn at Le Cordon Bleu. It’s more like how to avoid setting your house on fire, having to dump the whole mess in the trash and then go to the grocery store to start over, or saying, “To hell with that!” and heading for Taco Bell. If I didn’t say bad words when making these mistakes myself, those points are not included. They’re not that important.
  2. The data presented is often also unevaluated as to – is it really true? This one is trickier. I am always on the alert for bias, both in myself and in others.

From Dictionary.com:

Bias- a particular tendency, trend, inclination, feeling, or opinion, especially one that is preconceived or unreasoned.

Wikipedia weighs in with- Biased means one-sided, lacking a neutral viewpoint, or not having an open mind.

Condensed from Medicine.net:

Bias- 1. When a point of view prevents impartial judgment on issues relating to the subject of that point of view.

  1. Any trend in the collection, analysis, interpretation, publication, or review of data that can lead to conclusions that are systematically different from the truth.

GUT MICROBES AND VERIFIABLE FACTS

I like all of these definitions. They all relate to having your eyes open to your environment and being true to what you see before you. It’s a brave concept because it means that you have to be willing to say, at any point in your life, “Everything I have so far said is incorrect. I’m starting over.”

Here’s how I am going to attempt to accomplish my purpose, helping all of us in my blog by staying clear of biases, and searching for and presenting truth. None of us has the time to follow unworkable paths.

  1. I am going to be aware of the tendency to hold onto ideas and rearrange my perceptions to fit these ideas, even when they clearly do not. It’s easy to look away from things that you don’t want to see. I am going to be braver!
  2. I am going to always be looking for new data from new sources.
  3. I am going to make sure that I understand each term, each concept, each datum so that I can evaluate it and align it to other data that I know. I will continue to add to my own knowledge and the glossary. I encourage you to print said glossary as you are reading my blog or any other data on human microbes. Using it will provide you with a great deal of information in a short amount of time.
  4. I promise to be honest to you about what I discover in my research. If I have to scrap the idea that the gut microbes are the white hats and are actually the root of all evil, I will let you know- in terms and concepts that the average, everyday super old lady can understand.
  5. I will apply all the data I learn to my own life. My husband and my friends and I are happy to be guinea pigs (though I oppose animal testing!) for my discoveries, my protocols and my recipes. Again, I will report what I see exactly as it happens.

I will help us all accomplish our purpose of being highly-skilled-in-achieving-health old ladies!!!