The Seed-Feed-and-Occasionally-Weed-Way Back to Health

Reversing Chronic Inflammatory, Immune, and Infectious Diseases

Majid Ali, M.D.

If you suffer from any chronic disease, please know that your gut is fermenting with overgrowth of fermenting microbes. Gut fermentation sooner or later will lead to leaky gut state, mitochondrial blockages, and cellular dysfunction. It is that simple. What symptom-complexes are produced in who is always a less important matter. To assists the reader to put my words in proper context, I add that as a hospital pathologist for 29 years, I examined and took responsibility for diagnosis in more than 14,000 biopsies. And that is a conservative estimate.


Disruption of bowel ecology and adverse changes in its flora altered occur in all chronic inflammatory, immune, infectious disorders, and cancer, as well as in chronic energy deficit states, such as fibromyalgia, the chronic fatigue syndrome, and polymyalgia. I coined the phrase seed- feed-and-occasionally-weed-way to bowel-health in “The Canary and Chronic Fatigue” (1992). My purpose was to underscore the importance of addressing the issues of disrupted bowel ecology for restoring health. It is an integral part of my holistic clinical approach for caring for my patients with the above-mentioned clinical disorders. In that volume, I also explained why restoring a battered bowel ecosystem is the centerpiece of my integrative plan for reversing the chronic fatigue syndrome.

Seeding is the repopulation of the gut with microflora that have been destroyed by indiscriminate use of antibiotics or crowded out by the unrestrained proliferation of yeast and bacterial organisms such as the Proteus and Pseudomonas species. The “guardian angel bacteria” for bowel ecology belong to the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species. Some other species also play protective roles. In health, these organisms provide the necessary counterbalance to the growth of yeast and pathogenic bacterial organisms. Beyond this, these organisms produce several molecules that play critical roles in our molecular defense systems.

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