Cancer and Gut Health
Mitochondria are the “energy factory” of our body. Several thousand mitochondria are in nearly every cell in the body. Their job is to process oxygen and convert substances from the foods we eat into energy. Mitochondria produce 90 percent of the energy our body needs to function.
In the last decade, researchers have uncovered that the human microbiome, the collection of microorganisms that live in our bodies plays an important role in many aspects of our health. Including cancer. The microbiome plays a role in suppressing an overactive immune system in inflammatory diseases, and in boosting a suppressed immune system in cancers.
Small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO) is too much bacteria in the small intestine. Everyone has bacteria in their gut; they play a key part in digestion. But if things get out of balance, problems can happen. Such as diseases including not only inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), allergy but also obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancers. SIBO can be treated, and luckily lifestyle changes are effective.
Our care is based on knowledge of the interaction between the immune system and the gut microbiome. We know that tumor cells are often invisible to the immune system. We also know that within the microbiome there are peptides that mimic antigens on the surface of tumors. These can be used to make the tumor visible to the immune system again. The body needs to “see” what it needs to heal. If it can’t do that, we need to help our patients have the best immune and gut health possible to prevent or reverse the inflammatory process.