The Microbiome Revolution
The microbiome research leaves us by sudden with a lot of answers and at the same time puts more thrilling questions about health and life itself.
In the last few years science and research have increasingly contributed to and created the knowledge of the emerging concept of the “animal” concept in evolution of life. The details from various research approaches have been pieced together meticulously. They have now reached a state at which some paradigms are at the verge of breakdown to be replaced by new ones. These kinds of culmination points in the history of medicine development have been observed several times in the past when the density of convincing elements becomes critical. Emergence then causes an emergency regarding the preservation of what everybody believed before and was held as true.
The microbiome revolution has brought us to a point of understanding, where we can clearly see what is happening in medicine and health management, so that we are either running against a conservation wall of unwritten dogmas or we dare to look to the new, the hardly believable, opening the window of opportunities for health achievement in another revolutionary way.
Terms like “rehabilitation, recovery, regeneration, recuperation, healing” all get a huge wake up call and seem to lose their value as being discerning terms for capturing the phenomenon of simply just balancing an organism to live its full functionalities. In parallel, some magic words have become fashionable in recent times, like “integrative healing”, “holistic medicine”, “alternative medicine”, and many more... These seem to start a career now, having been fragmented perspectives and always competing vehicles, some of them highly ideological, posing as temporary mind crutches to explain the obvious systemic and holistic construction of the animal. Man is part of the animal world, but as man displays a number of different diseases and imbalances in his state of “health and well-being” compared to other, “older” animals, we still have to deal with man as a fragile but, on the other hand, quite flexible experiment of evolution.
If, for a moment, we put aside all explanations given by religion as to why man is here on earth and instead count together just what we can see that happens with and without the extended eye of science, then we are close to accepting that the microbiome is not only the driving factor of evolution but also controls the life of a single human being. Maybe the microbiome totality together with the genome which it occupies is the “corporate identity” of a given single individual? So the person is a framework, a corporation, of about 180 and more different microbes which have not changed the principle of their life granting metabolism? They just may have found a morphological hull which, determined by genes, creates the animal and allows them to live in - and onside - in peace and comfort regarding what their individual and integrate metabolism requires? So our will and mind, our behaviour, our replication patterns and sex behaviour are all being determined and ordered by the hidden society of microbes in us? Because they want to survive? In the end, the so called primordial soup would have done nothing more than to create a structure and protective dress around their own symbiosis and optimized it over time. Yes, could be.
And then: who am “I” and who are “you”? Apart from the fact that these words are used professionally by psychologists and philosophers, we are confronted with a very new spin and paradigm for the explanation of the animal´s life.
If this microbiome explanation concept for life gets more substantiated we will see a lot of irrational resistance by the so called human sciences who, as they always have throughout history, will run behind the facts created by natural science …
For several decades now, since the 80´s, scientists have been happy with the PNI concept to explain the interconnections for internal health management of the human body. The mechanisms and dynamics associate with it in order to regain a homeostatic balance to which niche of whatever phenotypic outcome - but still alive at least and preserving the essential functionalities of the organism as well as possible. With the detection of many powerful molecular communication pathways inside a human, interacting closely with the microbiome, central nervous cell system, immune regulatory functions and even the genome, the pure PNI based concept seems to be too small: it needs to be considerably expanded and looked at with the eye of the microbiotic phenomena.
When trying to do a “gentle” attempt to bring the life of microorganism together with the animal concept in evolution, one cannot exclude a scenario in which we are just the habitat which was created by our, up to 180 (?), friends within us to make their living conditions and replication perfect. The “animal” is just the vehicle, the useful idiot. And as the “house of the living germ society” – we are going for replication with species partners, of course it needs to be noted that we avoid the genomic and microbiomic entities of the sex-having individuals being too far away from each other and we can expect offspring as a “model” with somehow enriched, altered microbiomic societies, but good enough or even better in controlling their survival again. This means how the microbiome of an individual communicates inter-individually, for example with another potential sex partner, is under detection as well and one of the most revolutionary aspects in the game. Before the gene is allowed to merge with another gene, many behavioral, immunological and humoral mechanisms will have to create exchangeable memes in order to ensure that, by interindividual communication, the relevant interaction is allowed to take place – flirt, leading to fertilization.
By tradition, we think that the channel of love is the most important and that love is the key to making substantial changes in the world. In the light of microbiomics, this seems to be a very effective evolutionary trigger in human societies. Human societies can be regarded from now on as meta-societies anyway, on the grounds of the individual microbiomic societies in each and every human being. The fact that the microbiome is influencing mood and activity parameters should be enough to accept that a certain microbiome pattern is also one of the reasons for certain political opinions and movements. Gut driven.
It could be argued that a strong and functioning, well trained, crisis-approved and “self-confident” immune system seems to be the fertile soil on which we can grow the concept of democracy even. Thus health is important for democracy.