*Before we begin, be sure to read my post on the naturalistic fallacy. Science cannot condemn or justify any behavior — it can only identify the behavior and explain why it exists.
Earlier this month, Dr. Kristina Martinez gave a wonderful talk as part of our C2ST Speakeasy series on the bacteria that live in our gut and how they might affect us. I caught up with her afterwards for some follow-up questions.
C2ST: What do you think was the most important takeaway message from your talk?
You just received news that your best friend has a “chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences” (1). Would it surprise you that this is just a lengthy definition for addiction?
As we go about our days, it’s easy to forget the cells, molecules, and organs silently ticking, keeping us alive and hopefully well. One of the most intricate of these biological teams is our immune system.
Around the turn of the 20th century, the world witnessed the birth of what they thought was an almighty cure: the antibiotic. "We became convinced overnight that nothing was beyond reach for the future. Medicine was off and running," wrote Lewis Thomas, a physician and essayist, in his autobiography.