is not only completely redefining what it means
to be human, to have a body, to live on this earth,
but is overturning belief systems and institutions
that have enjoyed global penetrance
This shift is underway
and yet, despite popular interest in our gut ecology, the true
implications remain unacknowledged.
That is, if we are
focusing on the size of its importance rather than physical
One percent isn't that much for the ego to work with, especially considering it now has to thank what were formerly believed to be mostly "infectious agents" for the fact that it exists.
Even more perplexing, the remaining 1% of our contributed DNA to the collective gene pool of the holobiont is at least 8% retroviral (yes, the same category as HIV) in origin...!
The rationale, of course, is that deadly germs can only be prevented from killing the presumably germ-free host through injecting dead, weakened or genetically modified germ components to "prevent" theoretical future exposures and infection.
This concept is of course
intellectually infantile, and if you do some investigating you'll
find it was never quite grounded in compelling evidence or science.
The microbiome, however, changes everything in favor of amplifying this asymmetry of hereditary influence.
Since we are all designed to gestate in the womb and come through the birth canal, and since the neonate's microbiome is therein derived and established thereof, it follows that most of our genetic information as holobionts is maternal in origin.
Even when the original
colonization eventually changes and is displaced through
environmentally-acquired microbial strains as the infant, child,
adolescent, and then adult, develops, the original terrain and
subsequent trajectory of changes was established through the mother
(unless of course we were C-sectioned into the world).
Moreover, the conditions surrounding gestation (important because of maternal-to-fetal microbiome trafficking in utero), her general health, and the way in which she gives birth (home, birth center, or hospital) now take on vastly greater importance than previously imagined.
In other words, being
born in a hospital via C-section
and vaccination, will produce,
genetically and epigenetically, a human that is so different -
qualitatively - from one born at home, naturally, that they could
almost be classified as different species, despite sharing nearly
identical eukaryotic DNA (remember, only 1% of the holobiont's
Protecting health and
preventing disease has now been traced back to the origins of the
microbiome, best expressed through natural birth in the home, which
has been estimated to be as much as 1,000 times safer than a
hospital birth despite propaganda to the contrary.
First, it is interesting
to look at the ancient roots of the biology-based psycho-spiritual
disparities that exist between men and women, and which still
influence today's practice of medicine.
Erich Fromm also described the psycho-spiritual implications for men of this biologically-based existential disparity in terms of the phenomena of womb-envy, exemplified by the biblical passage where God takes a rib from Adam to "create" Eve - an obvious reversal of the natural order of things, reflecting the inherent impotence men feel knowing their creative potency is secondary importance.
It has been said, rightly, that the most powerful thing in the universe is to create life (is this not why we attribute this to "God"), and the second most powerful thing to take it.
It is no coincidence that history, since it's inception as recorded, is largely a documentation of the history of wars, of men "creating meaning" by killing men, and establishing symbol systems intended to capture by proxy the creative power latent within every woman's body and experience.
And so, 10,000 years later, the world ruled by monotheistic, male-principled religious and cultural systems, both in secular and religious form, it seems that the facts of our biology are now intervening to shake up these largely subconscious belief systems in favor of an ancient truth:
(Though it is not a type
of superiority to be used against the "weaker sex": men, rather but
to denote a higher responsibility, and perhaps greater need to be
supported by men to get the job done, together, as inscribed in the
natural order of things and its inherent design.)
Indeed, ensuring the health of our offspring is perhaps the most fundamental evolutionary imperative we have. How do we accomplish this?
What is the microbiome but ultimately a selective array of commensal microorganisms that ultimately originated from the environment:
This means we can't simply live in a hermetically sealed bubble of shopping for organic, non-GMO certified foods at Whole Foods, while the entire planet continues to go to post-industrial hell in a hand basket.
Our responsibility becomes distributed across everything in the world, and every impactful choice then becomes relevant to the fundamental issue and imperative at hand.
With the microbial
biodiversity in Big Ag,
GM-based agricultural zones fire-bombed with
biocides, by the very same corporations that either own or
distribute the "organic brands" we all love to think will save our
bodies, if not the planet, we need to step deeper into our activism
by stepping out of the diversions and palliative measures that don't
result in lasting change.
When we engage technologies positioned in the war against germs and organisms, however, we are doomed to fail and to cripple not only our species but our home.