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The role of the gut microbiome in systemic inflammatory disease

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 08 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:j5145

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Re: The role of the gut microbiome in systemic inflammatory disease

I started to read the article with great scepticism. It was also clear to me that my ability to understand this article is severely limited. I call it a type of Oligophrenia.
However, I persevered and reached some tentative conclusions:

1. Truly there are more unexplored “unscientific” therapeutic procedures in primitive cultures which deserve respectful investigation.

2. I recollect - from some seventy years ago - that in some villages, a stye was treated with a tiny spot of the patient’s own faeces. It was reputedly successful though it was believed by a couple of doctors of my acquaintance that it was “coincidental”.
Reading this article makes me wonder whether the auto-faecal bacterial plantation might have a curative effect after all.

3. The renal excretion of Bos taurus var indicus has for centuries, maybe thousands of years, been credited by its devotees with heath giving benefits.
Bubalus bubalis, on the other hand, is not believed to be of any such properties.
I ask: Are any practitioners of comparative medicine carrying out relevant studies?

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 August 2019
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit