Beware the doctor who claims to ‘know it all’.
It’s impossible, and no matter how hard we try we can never know it all.
That’s why Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, said “the art [medicine] is long, and life is short…” But still we try.
One good litmus test for your doctor or healthcare provider is to ask how many hours of CE (continuing education) they did last year. None, would be a very bad answer. Most of us are required to do at least 20 hours each year, and it would be a good sign if your provider did more. Last year I did around 70 hours of CE, in addition to regular daily reading.
One ‘new’ thing I stumbled upon recently is the importance of sulfur and sulphate reducing bacteria. I’d like to share it with you. I hope you find it as interesting as I do.
Sulfur is an essential mineral found primarily in proteins (sulfur containing amino acids like cysteine and taurine; found heavily in animal proteins) and in Alliaceae vegetables – garlic, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and a few others. Sulfur is also found in varying amounts in grains and nuts.
Sulfur is an essential element in:
The big three that I’d like to focus on for this article are:
So if you don’t have enough sulfur in your body you can’t do those three things, and that makes life tough. Why might you be low in sulfur?
The problem with gut bacteria
If you’ve read much of this blog you know I’m a huge fan of good gut bacteria. They make health possible, and when they go bad they cause disease. But here’s a new twist.
Bacteria, especially Streptococcus, Enterococcus and Prevotella, can turn sulfur into hydrogen sulfide gas. Hydrogen sulfide gas smells like rotten eggs, and is toxic to our nervous systems and our mitochondria (the engines of our cells).
So if we have a dysbiosis (messed up gut bacteria) with an excess of sulphate reducing bacteria, we have problems!
Deficiency of sulfur which means:
Excess levels of hydrogen sulfide which is:
How do you know if you have this dysbiosis?
Here are some ways you might know you have a sulfur-reducing dysbiosis
What to do about it
In a nutshell, treat the dysbiosis!
Hydrogen sulfide is not a villain
And as a counterpoint, while researching this article I came across some recent research showing that the body does actually use hydrogen sulfide in very low doses to help communicate and run things, in addition to nitric oxide and carbon monoxide – all ‘toxic’ gases. So it’s not that we want to get rid of all hydrogen sulfide, it’s that we want to get rid of overproduction which causes problems.
This subject is still very new to me, but adds another piece to the puzzle. I hope you’ve found it interesting. I’ll let you know as I continue to learn more.
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