This is a free introductory course to the full-length BodyEcology Course. It provides a basic understanding of the human microbiome. In this introduction, you will hear a lecture from Dr. John Veltheim on the microbiome and its implications in health, disease and the current medical paradigm. You will also hear an interview with John and course co-creator Laura Stuve, Ph.D. as they answer questions about some of the fascinating research on the microbiome and other topics we can expect to learn in even greater depth in the BodyEcology course.
“Microbiome is a fancy name that covers all the bugs in our body. They can be bacteria, they can be parasites, and many other forms of single-cell organisms that are there for a function. We all talk about bugs; in fact, a lot of us call them germs, and we tend to think of bugs as bad things... and that’s why we have to take antibiotics or do BodyChemistry techniques... but the fact of the matter is that [most] of the bugs we have in our bodies are good guys,” says Dr. John Veltheim.
This introductory course also provides insights into the Human Microbiome Project and provides a Sneak Peek into the 174-page BodyEcology manual.
Dr. John Veltheim
Laura Stuve, Ph.D.
“Every person is a collective, a vast and complex gathering of interdependent life. Any description of ‘human’ must acknowledge these intimate strangers. Our bond with microbes is such that they are not so much riders, parasites, and assistants as part human. And we, it’s becoming increasingly clear, may need to begin thinking of ourselves as part microbe.”
― Guy P. Harrison
While this is an introductory course, a number of topics are touched upon in the lecture and interviews with John and Laura. Topics addressed include: