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At birth, we are given our very own life encouraging bacteria - billions of micro-organisms, thousands of different strains.

According to Gastroenterologist Dr. Gerald Dryden, "The gut bacteria are kind of the hidden organ."

Yet, we give a lot less attention to our tummy than we do our heart, lungs or kidneys.  But 80 percent of our immune system is in our gut.

"There are 10 times more bacteria in our body than there are cells in our body. So they can affect your weight, they can affect your immune status, they can affect inflammation in your body," said Dr. Dryden.

It may sound a bit cliché, but that old statement "you are what you eat" is correct.

"Culturally, we've lost a lot with grandma sitting at home cooking the meals for the family," said Dryden.

Our fast-paced, fast food lives are slowly wreaking havoc on the number one system protecting us from disease.  That has forced physicians to find contemporary ways to fix our gut-wrenching problems.

In a clinical trial, a watery mixture of roundworm eggs is given to patients with inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

As the body fights to get rid of the worm, the worm fights to stay in the gut. The mechanism the worm uses to stay seems to be good for the gut.

"They have the ability to influence the immune system," said Dryden.

Another tool that's far from glamorous that has been useful in treating intestinal diseases and fighting those newer, stronger breeds of so-called super bugs is family and, according to Dr. Dryden, "The good bacteria from a relative, a close relative, and putting those bacteria into the person, and that stool transplant can actually change the makeup of the bacteria of person that's affected."

We pay a huge price when we don't trust our gut and take care of the billions of little helpers that kill off the bad bacteria that can do us harm.

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