I've learned a lot during the past few weeks on this BBS, and seem to have wrestled my flareup into submission by eliminating fruit from my diet. So, what's the elephant connection?Sometime in the past year, I saw a show on one of the nature channels about elephants. During one segment of the show, they featured a newbown calf(?) romping in its mothers recent "deposit", and even eating some of it. The narrator stated that elephants were born without the proper digestive bacteria, and the only way they could obtain it was to eat some of their mother's stool. I believe it is related to two things: 1. they have a very poor digestive system, with only a small percent of their food being fully digested, and 2. the vegetation they eat is by its nature very hard to digest.I keep thinking about this intestinal bacteria thing. Humans have a much more diverse diet than elephants. It would seem to follow that we would require a bigger variety of bacteria to digest our greater variety of food, i.e. veggies, fruits, meat, whatever, than elephants. However, I only ever hear of lactobacillus as the bacterial replacement therapy. Is lactoB really so versatile, that it can aid in the digestion of carrots, pears, and beef?On the same note, I see the veterinarian shows where they prescribe a specific diet to manage some pets' problems. How is it that vets have a better handle on animal's dietary needs than all of modern medicine has for mankind? Is it because the genetic diversity in each breed of dogs is much narrower than that in mankind? Could it be that the backlash of ###'s Eugenics "research" has blinded us to the fact that our digestive systems have diverged due to some factor, possibly regional origin or something else. Not enough to be speciated, mind you, (and I don't think that what we consider "race" has any impact on this proposed diversity) but just diverse in some way or other that causes some of us to be unable to tolerate, say, fruits or onions.Add to this the fact that many of us eat canned/sterilized vegetables. Perhaps the canning process kills off potentially beneficial bacteria. Perhaps, by having a long history of eating canned foods, along with the occasional antibiotic treatment, we have become bereft of the very bacteria that we need to process many of the foods we like.I seem to remember that it took a long time before the genetic reason for sickle cell anemia to be realized. I also think there are some other diseases that, in the main, strike a particular race. Perhaps we all have something in common that just hasn't been discovered yet, because there is no obvious way to classify us as a group.Or maybe not. In any case, maybe we'd benefit if we had some animal researchers working on our disorderPerhaps the human genome research will eventually turn something up.