Autism, Biological Sustainability and the War on Bugs
~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~
A concept all of my indigenous shamanic teachers held was being mindful of all of our relations. Nothing was too large or too small to be considered a relation. As it turns out, my teachers may have been on to something.
The relationship between germs and disease was explored by Louis Pasteur between 1860 and 1864. From that time forward, germs were deemed “the enemy” and the war on bugs began.
Given that the human body hosts trillions of not only friendly, but necessary, microorganisms – outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1 –in effect, we are raging war on our own community – on our relations.
The very organisms we are recognizing as instrumental in maintaining health and balance, have become collateral damage of this war.
Are we are now reaping the rewards of our folly?
What is the hidden result of nearly destroying our biological community?
With us this hour to delve into the scientific aspect of this most important issue is Dr. Derrick MacFabe MD FACN the Assistant Professor and Director of the Kilee Patchell-Evans Autism Research Group, Depts. of Psychology (Neuroscience) & Psychiatry (Division of Developmental Disabilities), at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. He is also a Core Member of the iTARGET Autism Initiative, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Dr. MacFabe is currently a Visiting Professor, Centre for Healthy Living and Food Innovation (HEFI), Faculty of Medicine, Maastricht University, Netherlands. His research examines the role of the role of gut- microbiome-brain interactions on the identification and possible treatments of autism spectrum disorders.
His website: kpearg.com