When we first came across this new technology we were so excited. We thought to ourselves, ” Finally, we’ll have a quick and easy diagnostic tool to help us pinpoint Annie and Brody’s health problems, just by looking at their poops!”
We’ve noticed, that for our children, there is a strong correlation between bad poops and regression (crying, stimming, anger, brain fog, loss of skills, etc.). We can often tell what kind of day is in store for us just by looking at what’s left behind in the toilet. The poop texture and color tells us whether Annie and Brody’s candida is flaring, if they ate something they shouldn’t, or if their liver is in distress.
So, we were excited to think we could finally remove the guesswork and take a break from google research. Instead, we envisioned ourselves simply comparing Annie and Brody’s poop to a color coded chart that would tell us what’s going on (e.g., if they have bacterial issues, parasites, etc.). An added bonus is that this test would be totally non-invasive.
But as we read more, we were left with more questions than answers.
Here’s how it would work. Your child would drink a probiotic shake containing E. coli. Okay, wait a minute… we both turned to each other and said, “Isn’t E. coli bad?” When we looked it up, we read the following, “The presence of E. coli and other kinds of bacteria within our intestines is necessary for us to develop and operate properly, and for us to remain healthy – E. coli, along with other species of bacteria, provide us with many necessary vitamins for example.” http://people.ku.edu/~jbrown/ecoli.html We also learned there are different types of E. coli. The bad one, that makes people sick is called E. coli O157:H7. Supposedly, this newly engineered form of E. coli (E. chromi) will be safe to consume.
Another application for E. chromi is the ability to test groundwater safety. We have no concerns about this and can’t wait for it to be available as we think it could be life changing, especially in third world countries. Let’s say you wanted to know if drinking water is contaminated with arsenic or lead. You could put some of the water in a petri dish and add E. chromi bacteria to it to see what color the water turns. Again, the color coded chart would tell you what’s in the drinking water.
This lead us to question, why couldn’t you just put E. chromi on poop and see what color it turns? Why do people have to ingest the bacteria? We have yet to find the answer to that question. We assume there must be certain chemical reactions that can only take place in the body but we would still like to hear the explanation. If anyone out there can fill us in, please let us know.
Our bottom line is that we question the safety of ingesting anything that is genetically engineered. Is it safe to ingest? How will it interact with the natural forms of E. coli already in our guts? What are the long-term implications? Could this lead to a Franken-Coli (Frankenstein form of E. coli)?
We don’t have the answers to these questions. So, for now, we’ll have to sit back and watch how the technology unfolds and keep an eye on the safety of human trials. The groundwater application may be available very soon, however, they are targeting 2039 to have the probiotic shake available on supermarket shelves. With 27 years, we should have enough time to decide whether this is safe for Annie and Brody. In the mean time, back to Google we go!