In 1972, the New York Times reported that more than 3,000 people in the U.S. choked to death that year.
Enter: Dr. Henry J. Heimlich, whose “Pop Goes the Café Coronary” — an essay published in June 1974 — detailed what became known as “the Heimlich Maneuver.”
We’re not talking about your appendix.
We’re referring to microbes — a good bacteria that boosts your immunity, protects you from infection and produces the enzymes you need to digest your food.
But due to the overuse of antibiotics, C-sections and modern sanitation, humans in the U.S. have lost a third of their microbial diversity, mostly on their skin and in their stomachs and digestive tracts.
"Someone is dying aline in the night.
The hospital hums like a consciousness.”
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