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.
Everyone has a microbiome - you would be dead without it. It consists of about 100 trillion cells that are friendly microbes that keep us healthy in many ways. From our skin, mouths, nose, guts and more, these helpful microbes outnumber our body cells 10 to 1. The roles they play in our health are diverse and may be partly responsible for diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, asthma, cancer, and possibly even autism.
Research in this field is a new hot topic in health. Some scientists rank it with stem cells as one of the most promising areas of future research. Others equate our microbial inhabitants to a newly recognized organ that is involved in metabolism, brain chemistry, immunity, nutrition, and can be pharmacologically active. Join us exploring this exciting realm of new understandings.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.