The Phylum levels had 12 items reported. The Class level is the next layer down. Class level has 19 items reported for these people. The links are to Wikipedia articles with their [Phylum] after the name. Quotes are from the Wikipedia articles.
First starting with items that were seen by 75% or more of the results
- Actinobacteria [Actinobacteria]: 66% for the group, middle value was 46%
- Bacilli [Firmicutes]: a low 39%. Only one had above 68% (and that person could have been taking Bacilli probiotics prior), middle value was 21%. This is consistent with published reports.
- Bacteroidia [ Bacteroidetes]: 120% – middle value 95.5% — effectively normal
- Betaproteobacteria [Proteobacteria]: 70%. middle value 21% “often highly versatile in their degradation capacities,”
- Clostridia [Firmicutes]: 96% – middle value 103% — effectively normal
- Deltaproteobacteria [Proteobacteria]: 75%. middle value 49% “Sulfate and sulfur-reducing bacteria“
- Erysipelotrichia [Firmicutes]: 99% – middle value 71% — probably normal
- Gammaproteobacteria [Proteobacteria] : 126%. middle value 12% — looks like one that will swing to one extreme or the other. Only 16% had between 60% and 140%. E.Coli belongs to this class.
- Negativicutes [Firmicutes]: 71% for the group, middle value was 59%
- Verrucomicrobiae [Verrucomicrobia]: 223%. middle value 70% — looks like one that may swing to one extreme or the other in some patients. About 50% were 60%-140% range.
The Rare Items
As I suggested in the prior post, these may be bad bacteria, so having none is good. Alternatively, some may be from having fermented foods regularly in the diet (although these bacteria will not persist, they may show up in the sample).
Having low levels may result in some symptoms.
- Alphaproteobacteria [Proteobacteria] – includes Rickettsidae. 25% have high values. may be a subset.
- Anaerolineae [Chloroflexi] – likely just “noise” only in one patient, disappeared on the next test.
- Epsilonproteobacteria [Proteobacteria] “Autotrophic Epsilonproteobacteria use the reverse Krebs cycle to fix carbon dioxide into biomass” likely just “noise”
- Fibrobacteria [Fibrobacteres] likely just “noise”
- Lentisphaeria [Lentisphaerae] likely just “noise”
- Mollicutes [Firmicutes]: “Mollicutes are parasites of various animals and plants, living on or in the host’s cells. Many cause diseases in humans, attaching to cells in the respiratory or urogenital tracts” – may be a tag along to other bacteria. 25% have low levels.
- Synergistia [Synergistetes]: may be a tag along to other bacteria. 33% have low levels.
I was actually surprised about the number of Classes that had distinct shifts! Two classes appear to be “either/or”, that is people go high or people go low. I suspect we may find specific symptoms associated with the direction.
For the rare items, there is too much speculation to be comfortable. I would love to know the percentage of healthy individual that have these rare classes.
A comment from Result L who results were not typical (one of two people that are high when most people are low):
” I was eating about 1+/- 0.5 cup a day of pseudo-natto at the time (ie natto made with legumes other than soy). Of course I was also eating yoghurt and other lacto fermented foods”