SAM (Severe Acute Malnutrition) Prevention
Breastfeeding, food and water security are major protective factors against severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and critical factors in the maturation of healthy gut microbiota. A therapeutic diet and infection treatment may be unable to restore bifidobacteria and HMAGM (Healthy Mature Anaerobic Gut Microbiota. Non-toxic missing microbes and nutrients necessary to restore bifidobacteria and HMAGM, including prebiotics (colostrum and HMO’s are the premiere pre-biotics) and antioxidants, are warranted in children with severe or refractory disease.
“…foods that increase calories and nutrient density reduces deaths from malnutrition, but it does not fix persistent microbiota immaturity.”
The Father of The Microbiome
Dr. Jeffrey Gordon
Researchers found that malnourished children’s microbiota failed to follow the healthy pattern they identified in healthy children. Gordon’s work suggests the microbiota of malnourished children is immature, lagging in development behind that of their healthy peers. Supplementing these children’s meals with widely used therapeutic foods that increase calories and nutrient density reduces deaths from malnutrition, but it does not fix their persistent microbiota immaturity.
Perhaps more insidious than slowing growth is malnutrition’s effect on less visible aspects of health, including impaired brain development and dysfunctional immunity, which follow these children throughout their lives.
Renowned researcher Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Gordon has been called the father of the microbiome, arguably, the most influential human microbiome scientist working today.