Additionally, the diet most Americans consume...one low in fiber, fruits and vegetables....but filled with processed, "fast" food....does us no favors. Rats fed more fiber eat less than their fiber-free counterparts, are thinner, faster and live longer. Studies in real live people show that the fiber does that in an obvious way, but also changes the microbes in our gut as the "good" germs like to eat the fiber!!! If there's no fiber there for them to eat, they aren't there!!! So, along with obesity prevention, scientists are now touting the benefit of good germs in our gut to promote brain development, improved cognitive behaviors, and prevent neurologic disorders. The latest reports also seem to show that good bacteria in our intestines can promote the beneficial effects of immunotherapy....
The Atlantic: 11/2015 - Immunotherapy cancer drugs depend on gut microbes
Commensal Bifidobacterium promotes antitumor immunity and facilitates anti-PD-L1 efficacy.
None of this is really surprising. We already knew how much difference the microbes within our intestines made in the presence of allergies and immunologic based diseases. And, yes, in some medical cases, like the treatment of c. difficile, we have even found that fecal transplants are needed!!! Of course it makes sense that this "background note" would affect drugs and treatments that work by stimulating the immune system!!! However, once again....it is important to remember that this is not the end all, be all, to cancer and all sorts of diseases. It goes back to the same old song. There is no miracle drug or diet. Doing something extreme or bizarre with your diet is not going to change your world or your cancer. But....if you will exercise, eat your fruits and veggies....you will set yourself up to be the healthiest you can. Want to increase the bifidobacterium in your gut? No problem. Eat yogurt with live cultures. Drink kefir or buttermilk. Enjoy kimchi (Korean fermented cabbage), sauerkraut, miso, and other fermented fruits and veg. And after that...take a walk...preferably while holding hands with a good friend.
Love and luck - c