Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'
Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but "we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this."
Ed Yong is a researcher who studies the microbiome. Hear his current thinking on probiotics and fecal transplants. Great interview. Ed Yong just released his new book this month: "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life."
A couple teasers from the interview:
...probiotics are products that contain beneficial microbes, and they have all sorts of health claims attached to them, but actually if you look at the evidence behind these products, they tend to be a bit medically underwhelming.
A lot of these species are being chosen for historical reasons because they're easy to manufacture and package, not because they're excellent at establishing themselves in the gut. And often they're very industrialized, very proprietary strains. You know, they enter and then they disappear or they pass through. They don't have a huge amount of impact.
If anyone reads the book, let us know what you think!