Subject: Re: Ted Talks vid: Sleep
Hi Chris - Yes I actually am quite taken with this guys story and attitude - I found quite a few more talks on YouTube by him. There was a junior TED Talk where Larry Smarr says that before this journey he knew more about the surface of Mars than his own body.
They should show this in all schools (I made my kids watch this this morning :) -
Being a bit of skeptic - I did and do worry that he has a financial agenda but when I see other talks he has done I see that he tries not to endorse any one service or product.
He seems to believe that within 5 years companies such as UBiome will be able to explain what microbial gut balance really means to different diseases and be able to diagnose and help treat diseases using this. To think that just 1% of the DNA that we carry around is investigated as the possible "cause" of disease rather than the 99% carried in the cells of the bacteria that support us is incredible - love his attitude to working with his doctors too!
I havent done the sample thing yet - but am sure that it would reveal stuff about my disease (to an expert). I have very weird digestion! Since seeing this sort of stuff in the last year I have a quite different approach to flare ups with my favorite being a radical gut support diet by taking a huge pot of organic Sheeps milk yoghurt with honey, blueberries and omega seeds for breakfast and through lunchtime.
If I had heard about UBiome before seeing his talk then I think I might have signed up for a $79 analysis - to see what species / balance was in my gut. Larry Smarr mentions this "citizen science" project in his talk and I have to say when I saw this I think talk from Jessica Richman that the future is bright -