Microbial nutrition against malnutrition NEJM

Hippocrates wrote: “Let food be your medicine.” While access to nutritious food appears to be an obvious solution to the global child malnutrition health crisis, the solution is not straightforward from a social, metabolic, or even a microbiologist’s perspective. To effectively combat malnutrition in children, doctors need to take into account that both our human and microbial selves require specific nourishment to restore and maintain healthy development and growth. Dr. Jeffrey Gordon has provided fundamental insights into what constitutes healthy microbiota in children around the world1,2 and demonstrated this at moderate intervals. . .

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