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|Title:||Consequences of colonialism: A microbial perspective to contemporary Indigenous health|
|Citation:||American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 2018; 167(2):423-437|
|Emily Skelly, Kostas Kapellas, Alan Cooper, Laura S. Weyrich|
|Abstract:||Nearly all Indigenous populations today suffer from worse health than their non-Indigenous counterparts, and despite interventions against known factors, this health "gap" has not improved. The human microbiome-the beneficial, diverse microbial communities that live on and within the human body-is a crucial component in developing and maintaining normal physiological health. Disrupting this ecosystem has repercussions for microbial functionality, and thus, human health. In this article, we propose that modern-day Indigenous population health may suffer from disrupted microbial ecosystems as a consequence of historical colonialism. Colonialism may have interrupted the established relationships between the environment, traditional lifeways, and microbiomes, altering the Indigenous microbiome with detrimental health consequences.|
|Keywords:||dysbiosis; Indigenous peoples; microbiome; public health; social-cultural change|
|Rights:||© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.|
|Appears in Collections:||Australian Centre for Ancient DNA publications|
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