Writing Exercise #14


Set a timer for 3 minutes, and make a list of as many human non-infectious diseases that you can think of that are influenced by microorganisms.

  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Epilepsy
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Obesity
  • Mental Disorders

Refer back to your Writing Exercise #1 that you completed the first week of class. Reflect and discuss how your responses have changed from week 1 to week 10, and what the most important topics you will take away with you once you have completed the course.

I have been able to come up with more non infectious diseases, but I now know the impacts microbial organisms have on those diseases. The biggest take away from this class is that your gut is very powerful and ultimately affects many aspects of your health. I have learned about the importance of probiotics and to be aware about the downsides of antibiotics, while also keeping in mind that the healthier your habits are (low stress level, good diet, adequate sleep ect.) the healthier and diverse your microbial community will be.

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