Writing Exercise #5

There are many choices that can be made in terms of food products and how it affects your personal microbial biome. Choosing to incorporate foods such as yogurt or kombucha can affect probiotic count and your overall internal environment. Some consumptions that may be harder to regulate are processed products and the unknown ingredients that… Continue reading Writing Exercise #5

Writing Exercise #4

Authors Lauri Markowitz, Susan Hariri, and in joint collaboration with other researchers, collectively published journal article “Reduction in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Prevalence Among Young Women Following HPV Vaccine Introduction in the United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, 2003-2010” (2013) detail that the HPV numbers in young women decreased after the introduction of the… Continue reading Writing Exercise #4

Writing Exercise #3

Behaviors that an individual could engage in that could cause changes to their gut microbial community include taking prebiotics, probiotics, fecal transplants, antibiotics, and using antimicrobials. Prebiotics are beneficial in terms of the growth of microbes in the system, fecal transplants are also beneficial to relocate communities of microbes from one person to the other.… Continue reading Writing Exercise #3

Writing Exercise #1

Human non-infectious diseases that I can think of that are influenced by microorganisms include Asthma, Diabetes, and some cancer types. Honestly, I cannot think of many non-infectious diseases that are associated with microbes. I find that I connect microbes more with infectious diseases such as Influenzas, Measles, and other illnesses that are cause by bacteria… Continue reading Writing Exercise #1


My name is Maria and I am currently a third year student majoring in BioHealth with a Psychology minor and Pre-Med option. This blog was created as a way to complete class assignments in my BHS 323 Microbial Influences on Human Health class at Oregon State University. Hope you enjoy my somewhat educational posts and… Continue reading Hello!