Hi, my name is Victoria and I am a medical student at the university of St Andrews. “Medicine?”, people repeat, followed by a list of adjectives relating to ambitiousness, warnings about the arduous hours of work lying ahead or maybe even a plea for a brisk diagnosis. I love the subject to bits- the complexities of the human body are all part of vast enigma still waiting to be solved.
What puzzles me the most though, is the outdated symptom focused approach still held about healthcare. Headache? Upset stomach? Pop a Paracetamol! Do not for one second think that I discourage medical treatment for any malady, but I do think that our paradigm is too skewed to the symptom side rather than the elemental problem. The problem concealed beneath a world of distractions that has left us out of tune with our bodies. I love the quote by author Annemarie Colbin “health comes from integration of our various levels of function”.Health is not just an illusion of our external physical appearance and physique. It is an intricate marquetry of our physical, physiological and psychological measures which if nurtured appropriately manifest themselves into longevity.
So how do you achieve this supposedly inaccessible balance in the body? This question puzzled me for a while until I came across “The Psychobiotic Revolution” by S. Anderson which introduced me to a new window of preventative medicine- the microbiome. Think you have full control over your mood, choices and metabolism? Think again! Your gut essentially is a second brain controlled by a separate nervous system to the rest of your body and is constantly manipulated by microbes which overall outnumber the cells of your body 3 to 1. Health is a good symbiotic relationship between ourselves and our microscopic inhabitants, so both sides benefit- we keep them happy, they keep us in check- it’s nothing other than a win win system. But dysbiosis- so imbalance in microbial species, has been an apparently invisible issue.
Having to be unveiled recently under the light of spell-binding experiments, it is revealing bewildering associations between our microbiome and many chronic and acute illnesses. So, I’ve decided to go with my gut feeling and dedicate a blog transcribing information from oftentimes illegibly written academic literature to condensed and concise science, science you need to know. Follow my weekly posts and be inspired by how these tiny microbes can transform your emotions energy and biology itself!
 Annemarie Colbin Food and Healing pg 23