The Huffington Post ( – by Leonard Smith, MD

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The gut connection to overall health, a connection Dr. Brenda Watson and I have been exploring and educating about for many years, is growing stronger every day. Week after week, researchers around the world are linking digestive function — usually gut bacterial balance — to a range of health conditions in many different areas of the body. Particularly interesting have been the links between heart health and gut health.

The connection between the gut microbiome and human health is currently being explored as part of the Human Microbiome Project, which I blogged about not long ago. This project has inspired a new wave of research into the effects of the gut microbiome and is delivering interesting findings.In a new study from Sweden published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers compared the gut microbiome of stroke patients to that of healthy subjects, and found some major differences.

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