I posted the latest episode of my Defiant Health Podcast. You can find it here or through your favorite podcast provider.
It is estimated that, as modern humans, we have lost about half of the microbial species we used to harbor in our intestinal microbiomes. The loss of the microbial species Lactobacillus reuteri, in particular, by nearly all modern humans has led to a reduction in production of the hormone oxytocin and thereby a loss of empathy, reduced desire for social connection, an increase in social anxiety, and may be a contributing cause to troubling social phenomena such as social isolation, divorce, and suicide. Restoring this intestinal microbe may be part of a solution to these phenomena.
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