This is particularly important when discussing ginseng since it helps explain why previous studies have yielded contradictory or inconclusive results when studying the affects of ginseng on a study group. Not only does American ginseng itself vary significantly based on its genetic lineage and environmental rearing, but the study subjects themselves have variant microbiomes that produce different, sometimes opposite, results. Undoubtedly this process is it play in other herbs and medicines as well.
Doctors and patients alike should be thoughtful about starting antibiotics—not only because of the well-publicized resistant bacteria that are proliferating thanks to overuse of those drugs, but also because, a new study illustrates, there could be serious consequences for the individual. As well as for, you know, humanity in general.
Scientists suspect our intestinal community of microbes, the human microbiota, calibrates our immune and metabolic function, and that its corruption or depletion can increase the risk of chronic diseases, ranging from asthma to obesity. One might think that if we coevolved with our microbes, they’d be more or less the same in healthy humans everywhere. But that’s not what the scientists observed.”
The data analysis revealed a high level of variability in glucose responses to identical meals among participants. Because they standardized some of the meals, the researchers were able to verify that the glucose response to the same meal for the same person at the same time of day was consistent—yet between participants, responses to the same meal could be very different.
The patient presented with a complex array of symptoms that could easily overwhelm a practitioner or confuse the diagnosis. However, the presentation painted a clear picture of weakened Center Qi and an accumulation of dampness and heat in the Liver and Gallbladder systems. The tongue color confirmed the illness and the pulse its location. When treating the Liver one cannot address it solely or directly – restoring the Spleen is paramount. Akin to growing a garden this process takes time, the efficacy of which is clearly portrayed in the case history.
Here we have an excerpt on fats and oils from the book Food as Medicine by Todd Caldecott. It is a superb book for the modern physician and recommended reading for my patients.
“Meal times have more effect on circadian rhythm than dark and light cycles … and circadian rhythm in turn affects the function of many genes in the body”, is a line from the previous article I shared on the importance of eating on a regular schedule.
Of all the health management practices one could consider there are few more important than observing this regularity.