OSHR 1631 - The Zoo in Your Body or The Body’s Ecosystem

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

You have your own ecosystem! Even though you can’t see it, you would be a very unhealthy person without it. It consists of about 100 trillion bacterial, fungal, and other cells and your own body cells. These microbes keep us healthy in a multitude of ways. The roles they play in our health are diverse and are thought to be partly responsible for diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, asthma, cancer, and possibly autism.

Research in this field is the new hot topic in health. Some scientists rank it with stem cells as one of the most promising areas of research. Others equate our microbial inhabitants to a newly recognized organ that is involved in metabolism, brain chemistry, immunity, nutrition, and that can be pharmacologically active. Find out about your new friends and how you can help them as they help you!

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.