It’s said that George Washington was bled to death by his doctors. The current state-of-the-art in medical science was to ‘bleed’ and blister patients to cure their ills. It killed The President. And you can bet your bottom dollar he had the best available physicians.

Nicolaus Copernicus, who studied medicine in the late 1400s early 1500s, focused on astrology – that being the basis of medicine back in the day! As a result he came up with the crazy idea that the world wasn’t flat. The Church went a bit bonkers about that, and to this day there are folk who still insist it IS flat.

Today 97% of scientists agree that climate change is a Thing. A Really. Really. BIG. Thing. But listening to the news you’d never think so. You get the impression that the scientific community is divided about it. Maybe it is, as Al Gore said, An Inconvenient Truth. 

There’s big money at stake in tackling climate change. Big Oil and Big Chem depend on fossil fuels – the main contributor to climate chaos – and so they really want there to be another way. Probably we all do. Not changing is much easier than changing (if a lot less interesting…and a whole other conversations)

The human microbiome has an estimated 100 trillion microbes. Understanding the human microbiome has, in recent years, become a hot research topic . Advances in genome sequencing technologies have enabled scientists to study microbes and their function and to research microbiome–host interactions both in health and disease.

Our micobes form into dynamic communities, and are much more complex than the human genome.  The Human Microbiome Project, reported 3.3 million unique protein-encoding genes compared with the entire human genome, with around 23 000 genes. The same project reported:

“The human microbiome has extensive functions such as development of immunity, defence against pathogens, host nutrition including production of short-chain fatty acids important in host energy metabolism, synthesis of vitamins and fat storage as well as an influence on human behaviour, making it an essential organ of the body without which we would not function correctly.”

It’s very, very complex. Science is expensive and getting funding for it isn’t easy.

It might also be worth considering that Big Pharma might not want us to be really healthy as it could have a bad effect on their profit margins.

And that’s for humans. Science on the horse’s microbiome – which is enormous – the size of several tennis courts according to Ernst Hammes whose book you can buy here – is also in need of more funding. And some way down the list of priorities.

As intelligent humans we get to make decisions, to weigh up the available evidence and do what we believe to be best.

Science is often ignored. We carry on using fossil fuels and we make rockets to check out the edge of the earth. Despite lots and lots of very strong evidence suggesting this is lunacy.

Science is a perpetual journey into the unknown. If we wait until we are absolutely CERTAIN we’ll have to wait forever.

For me there was sufficient scientific evidence here, here, here, for me to try Microbz for my own horses. I started with Stable Bio-Fresh and discovered that it was really effective in eliminating smells (which in this heat is especially welcome). It gave me confidence. I read Ernst’s book – an accessible explanation of how microbes work – and began to use with my horses. 

My dear old friend Tess had a lifetime of gut issues after starting early in racing. For the last few years of her life we gave her Micorobz and she enjoyed her old age, here she is at 28, with few health issues. My old pony Charlie seems to be managing laminitis/Cushings much better on Microbz.

There’s a lot we don’t know – which of the 5 billion microbes work best? I don’t know for sure. But. I’ve done my own research. My horses seem better (the trouble with ‘better’ is we don’t know what might have happened. I know I am experiencing fewer health crises). Microbz work for me and my human and equine family.

In the end you have to trust your gut.

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