Science has taught us that we have TRILLIONS OF MICROORGANISMS that live inside and around us. In short, everyone has their own unique microbiota, or microbial communities within them. Even more amazingly, as we walk around with our own internal microbial families, we also emit millions of bacteria into the air around us. In other words, each of us has our OWN “MICROBIAL CLOUD” that we individually carry around.
These MICROBIAL CLOUDS are made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other particulates. Most of the microbes are harmless and different types of bacteria adapt better to specific parts of the body.
Science has studied microbiome in the body and on the skin and microbial clouds of specific geographical areas, such as the Sahara Desert, and now, they have begun to place more focus on the individual... what exactly makes up the MICROBIAL CLOUDS that surround each of us individually? This new field of study is called Exposome, first coined in 2005 by cancer epidemiologist Christopher Paul Wild. It is the study of particulates that enter a person’s personal space, the composite of everything that one has been exposed to since conception. It is projected to become a respected platform for studying all outside factors that affect our health and lives.
To study exposome, scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine, who were led by Michael Snyder, Ph.D., a professor and the chair of genetics at Stanford, began a study where they monitored the personal air space of about 15 participants. To do so, they created a tiny air-monitoring device that is about the size of a matchbox that can be worn by individuals to ‘suck in’ tiny puffs of air, in order to collect particulate matter for analysis.
They discovered, as described by Dr. Snyder, a “smorgasbord of biological and chemical minutia that swirls in, on, and around us.” Specifically, they found: bacteria, chemicals, plant particulates, viruses, fungi, and even microscopic animals that bombard our personal space.
With the explosive emergence of this new area of science, this opens our eyes to the reality that we are much more than what we eat. We are what we eat, breathe, where we live... and possibly with whom we associate, given that our microbial clouds are unique.
Not only that, but we are affected by the air around us that comes from our homes, our backyards, our neighborhoods, our communities, and beyond our communities, such as from chemtrails and other particulates that move within our weather systems.
The realization of all that affects us can be overwhelming when we look at it from the bigger picture. But, it also shows how we are more interrelated and interdependent. It is the World of Living Medicine. What do you think? Please share your thoughts with us.