Writing Exercise #14

Human non-infectious diseases that are influenced by microorganisms.

Irritable bowel syndrome, hearburn/gerd, diabetes, some autoimmune diseases are triggered by bacterial or viral infection, some kinds of cancer, obesity, heart disease, asthma, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, restless leg syndrome, dementia, Alzheimer’s.

Week 1, I included COPD and CHF and my understanding was so limited and my scope so broad. I only thought of the big nationally recognized “killers” in that sense. Sleep Apnea is also one of those but not in the context of this course, where we largely focused on the repercussions of mismanaged gut bacteria. These lead to diseases which lead to the bigger chronic diseases and deadly consequences. Now, I am able to understand the role of microbes in so many of these common every day diseases.

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