Microbiome Restoration: Repair and Diversify Your Microbiome

Microbiome restoration should be the number 1 priority of our health-care system! Unfortunately, it isn’t. Instead of advising their patients on how they can repair their microbiome and eat healthier, doctors typically prescribe various drugs that cover up symptoms of disease, but do little or nothing about the underlying causes of illness. This approach to medicine rests on a foundation built by pharmaceutical companies and people who know little or nothing about human biology or evolution, but seem to view the human body as a machine that’s composed of various components that can be repaired with tools in the form of pharmaceutical drugs if they are damaged.

The patients are swallowed whole by the medical/pharmaceutical system and digested, gradually broken down. Most never make it out intact.

Obviously, I’m exaggerating to make a point here. Not all drugs are equally bad, and not all doctors are slaves to the pharmaceutical industry – there are some good guys out there. However, as a whole, I think it’s pretty clear that our health-care system is broken (Was it ever unbroken?). There are some sections of it that work pretty well, but unfortunately, most don’t. At the moment we’re not doing a good job of preventing or curing disease; we’re mainly treating symptoms of disease. This is particularly true for the chronic diseases of civilization.

So, what can we do about this? Darwinian medicine may not hold all the solutions we need to fix this faulty system; however, it probably holds many. One of the key tenets of this emerging field of medicine is that genome-environment mismatches are at the root of many of the illnesses and health problems that affect contemporary humans.

Microbes are a key component of humans’ environment. Humans’ microbial milieu, including the microbes that colonize the human body, has changed dramatically over the past 12.000 years (1, 2, 3). A large body of evidence shows that these changes have provided a platform upon which a long range of chronic diseases and health problems have been allowed to develop (1, 4, 5, 6).

The key principles of microbiome restoration

It’s not 100% clear what constitutes the best course of action for repairing a damaged microbiome. We’re still tweaking things and figuring out the details. With that said, there is a lot we do know.

In a recent article here on Darwinian-Medicine.com I laid out 12 science-based strategies that are useful for repairing and diversifying a dysbiotic microbiota. That post was long and comprehensive. I realise that a lot of people may have found it to be too long and complex. To make everything clearer, I’ve now created an infographic that depicts some of the key principles of microbiome restoration.

Keep in mind, the main focus of this infographic is on microbes. Other organisms that have been known to colonize the human body (e.g., worms) are not included in the mix. Moreover, it’s important to point out that all of the strategies are general in nature; they are obviously not tailored specifically for you. You may have to make some adjustments based on your current health status and living conditions.

I hope you find the infographic useful! Please share it with your friends and family!



  1. Whether you were exaggerating or not, your first paragraph pretty well describes the reasons why I avoid doctors as much as I possibly can. And no, I don’t think the allopathic health care system was always broken. I remember a time (back in the stone ages) when doctors were much more naturopathic in their approach than they are now, and most of them actually made house calls. They mainly delivered babies, set broken bones and stitched up cuts. Almost everything else was handled by imparting a dose of common sense instead of a prescription.

    The pharmaceutical industry has changed all that, and not for the better. I realize this sounds very cynical, but I’ve had enough bad experiences to be convinced that the practice of medicine is mostly about profit these days, not health. In the unlikely event that the pharmaceutical companies come up with something that actually cures, instead of merely addressing symptoms, the cost is often so ridiculously high that it’s completely unaffordable.

    • Dave Sill says:

      I remember those days… There was also no medical insurance, and no need for it. I think once we accepted the need for medical insurance, the costs skyrocketed.

      • Absolutely, Dave. There have been times when I’ve paid privately for medical treatment (including physical therapy), and let me tell you, it’s a real eye opener. The insurance companies are routinely billed many times more than what is charged if paying out-of-pocket. I have also been stuck a time or two with large medical bills that weren’t covered by insurance and was able to negotiate them down to a far less amount.

        • (Continued)… This is not to say the insurance companies are hurting. Quite the contrary. It just points out that they drive the entire, out-of-control system that keeps right on escalating. I was also pointing out what most people don’t know: If you don’t have health insurance (at least in the U.S.), let the doctor know up front. Frequently they will work with you as to cost. If not, look around for a practitioner who will.


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