Gut Bacteria May Cause And Fight Disease, Obesity : Krulwich Wonders... : NPR
Matt Nunogawa stashed this in Health
Nature vs Nurture vs What the heck did you put in your mouth?
Short but fascinating article from way back in 2008:
Imagine a Cheerio sliding down the digestive tracts of an Inuit and an Argentine. The Inuit's intestinal bacteria are great at digesting oats; the Argentinian's bacteria don't much care for oats. What happens? The Inuit gains weight. The Argentine makes more frequent visits to the restroom.
So basically everyone has to figure out our own gut.
There's a profound Intuition insight in there somewhere.
An Inuit and an Argentine walk into a bar ....
An Inuit and an Argentine walk into a food court ....