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The Microbiome: New Territory" with Janet Ludwig, PhD

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Is the microbiome the answer to the many diseases that plague us today? It is certainly an interesting possibility that a fecal transplant from a healthy person to an ill person could bypass the use of antibiotics and other medications that have become commonly used in today's medicine. What about the development of your microbiome? Are you from a family that is prone toward weight gain? Could it be that your microbiome predisposes you to being unable to lose weight? Environmental toxins and how they alter the genes of your microbiome could also account for health issues that may affect you. The presentation, "The Microbiome: New Territory" will address these issues. It is new and exciting information that will be explored to answer the following questions about the microbiome: •What is it? •Why do we care about it? •Can we change it? •How does it influence our health? •Where can a person have his/hers determined? •Can a person be a fecal transplant donor or recipient? Similar to the earlier project of elucidating the Human Genome that was completed in 2003, the Human Microbiome Project was launched in 2007. Results from these studies have shed new light on chronic diseases and many conditions that have not responded to traditional treatment. Of interest are the many laboratories and studies that are being done on individuals specifically to elucidate their unique variation of the microbiome and possible predisposition to diseases. Janet Ludwig, Ph.D. has worked in the area of inflammatory diseases for more than 25 years. She was at the Division of Surgical Biology at the Arizona Health Sciences Center studying zinc and cell injury induced by alcohol and carbon tetrachloride, an effective hepatotoxin. Additionally, she studied the mechanisms and structural identification of the potent class of inflammatory mediators, Platelet-Activating Factors (PAFs), at the Department of Pathology, University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She is author of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has presented her findings at National Symposia. She has been Dean of Sciences at a nurse anesthesia school and she has taught courses in inflammation, biochemistry and nutrition at various Universities. She also travels to Bangkok, Thailand to give nutritional advice in a non-governmental organization that aids in improving the conditions for impoverished women and their children. Currently she is on the Hawthorn University faculty in the Doctor of Science in Holistic Nutrition program (DSC) as well as the Director of Doctoral Studies and Education Director at Hawthorn.

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