Quick, what do you know about Faecalibacterium, Lachnospira,Veillonella, and Rothia? Not much? Join the rest of us. But these four bacteria, FLVR for short, can really impact a child’s chances of developing asthma if given in the first three months of life.
Think of it as a bacterial gut vaccine or gut grass seed to avoid inflammation later in life. But why do we need them now? Asthma rates have been increasing dramatically in recent years. “Increased use of prenatal and perinatal antibiotics, increased urban living, and formula feeding in infancy may all play a role.”
The researchers were so impressed by their findings, they are hustling to patent their results. Currently, you can’t buy this mix anywhere, and your pediatrician is unlikely to know anything about it. Part of the problem is that we all have been taught to fear bacteria. “We need to revisit our relationship with bacteria,” Turvey says. “Our species have coevolved with them, and they’re really important for our health.”
My own contribution to increasing our knowledge has been a short book, Tending Your Internal Garden, in which I point out some current myths about our bacterial internal world and even some possible solutions.