14 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS JULY 2014 Editorial | Expert Point of View | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events The Faculty of the symposium in Karachi on 29 May. to combat the disease effectively. Eliminating the certain gas producing products from the diet can help to do away from gas and bloating. Dr. Mudassir Laeeq gave a talk on the concept of Fecal Transplant. It is a new, emerging technique for reducing the duration of antibiotics in certain diseases. It is also helpful for restoring the normal friendly gut microflora. The lectures were followed by a comprehensive session of questions and answers conducted by Dr. Nasir Hassan Luck, in which the audience actively participated. A large number of doctors, nurses, physician assis-tants, and medical students partici-pated in the symposium. POLAND Since the discovery of a mysterious new world of bacteria by Antony Leeuwenhoek, through laborious efforts of Lazzaro Spallanzani who proved the origin of bacteria – the science of microbiology began. Robert Koch and Louis Pasteur told us that bacteria are a menace. Ignaz Sem-melweis taught us that bacteria are deadly. The twentieth century medical thinking had been focused on the search for and a fight against a single microbe responsible for the cause of a disease. This bad microbe can be viewed as a psycho. Who of us does not remember an American movie classic directed by British director Alfred Hitchcock – “Psycho”? If a psycho is alive and acts, it can take us to the realm of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and further to the realm of Hitchcock’s Birds. Mad birds not knowing why and without any reason suddenly attack innocent people – we move to the realm of sepsis. Is a psycho able to make a rebel or cause panic in a society – is a single microbe able to evoke quorum sensing and induce sepsis? According to that analogue - shall we wait for sepsis to occur or is it better to prevent it and kill the psycho first? With the discovery of antibiotics we got the powerful weapons to get rid of many bad microbes. The cure for many infectious maladies as well as diseases previously not associated with microbial factors (e.g. peptic ulcer) was found. Unfortunately, antibiotics do not choose which bacteria to kill, but without any selection wipe out the whole microbial populations in our guts. Until recently our knowl-edge about diverse microbial world thriving in our digestive tract was scarce. With the advent of sophisticat-ed molecular techniques we found out how rich and important this world is to our health and wellbeing. In the last decade the large body of evidence concerning the micro-biota has been mounted, published and spread among scientists. Today the time has come to bring this new knowledge into practice. Together and under the auspice of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) we sought to raise awareness of the role of microbiota in health and disease among medical practitioners, dietitians, and most importantly, among the lay public. The West Pomeranian Division of the Polish So-ciety of Gastroenterology, in collabo-ration with the Polish Association of People on Gluten Free Diet and with Coeliac Disease, on 17 May 2014, held an International Day of Gut Microbiota and Celiac Disease. “Gut Microbes - Importance in Health and Disease” was the main theme of this conference and part of a campaign for World Digestive Health Day 2014. West Pomeranian Voivodeship, City Council, Regional Chamber of Physi-cians, Pomeranian Medical University, SPSK1 University Hospital and the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA Poland) were among Honorary Patrons of the conference. This event gathered more than 150 participants to whom state of the art lecturers were delivered. Medical practitioners and key opinion leaders of different medical fields presented Faculty at the World Digestive Health Day 2014 event –SPSK 1 Szczecin / Poland. From the left: A. Grzechowiak, J. Dabrowski, A. Sztukowska, W. Marlicz, R. Kurzawa, P. Tybura, J. Meller, O. Platek, Z. Hamerlak, G. Czaja-Bulsa, R. Bożyk, and our GI endoscopy nurses: G. Nowacka, L. Karaszewska, and A. Dziergas.
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