Why- is my bacteria very high or low

I have added an educational page to the site. The purpose is to illustrate why focusing on a single bacteria may fail to produce results. You must also focus on the bacteria that support and contribute to it.

Where the new page is located

New button on the Available Samples Page

When you click this, a new page will appear as shown below

High bacteria slow other bacteria which may be low or very low

There are arrows pointing between the bacteria, labelled with their influence. Some examples;

  • High Alistipes slows / inhibits bifidobacterium. In this case, so very well that it is very low.
  • Alistipes feeds / encourages Odoribacter, Dorea, Peptococcaceae. so high amount of Alistipes results in higher amounts of these.
  • Alistipes also inhibits other bacteria… and we see many that are low.

To keep complexity down, I do not display bacteria in the middle range.

The Outliers list includes only the bacteria that are outliers AND which have known relationships with other bacteria.

oseburia faecis is low, but Odoribacter is high! (read below for why)

A few things to remember:

  • A low bacteria may feed a bacteria that is very high. What this means is that OTHER things are feeding. For example, Roseburia faecis feed Odoribacter – so we would expect it to be low, but if you look above, we also see that Alisipes also feed it. Think of it this way: corn feed people, wheat feed people, barley feed people. If you have no corn, you may still have a lot of fat people.
  • Similarly, a high bacteria may feed other bacteria. Some of those may be low. To return to the food analogy: the bacteria may be producing pork — a lot of fat people, but none of them are Jewish or Vegetarians.

For those who do not have a ubiome sample available, I created a quick video showing the page.