We all have our own microbiome cloud that we’re schlepping around and spewing out.

We are bombarded by thousands of diverse species and chemicals

What is exposome?

Exposome is a profiling output showing how many chemicals and microbes are surrounded  to an individual due to his/her environmental interaction.

We are all exposed to a vast and dynamic cloud of microbes, chemicals and particulates that, if visible, might make us look something like Pig-Pen from Peanuts.

Using a re-engineered air-monitoring device, scientists from the Stanford University School of Medicine have peered into that plume and discovered a smorgasbord of biological and chemical minutia that swirl in, on and around us. Their findings show, in unprecedented detail, the variety of bacteria, viruses, chemicals, plant particulates, fungi, and even tiny microscopic animals that enter our personal space — a bombardment known as the human “exposome.”

“Human health is influenced by two things: your DNA and the environment,” said Michael Snyder, PhD, professor and chair of genetics at Stanford. “People have measured things like air pollution on a broad scale, but no one has really measured biological and chemical exposures at a personal level. No one really knows how vast the human exposome is or what kinds of things are in there.”

That curiosity — to see, for the first time, what a person’s exposure looks like at an individual level and how much it varies among people — was what motivated the study, Snyder said. But studying the exposome also provides an opportunity to clarify environmental influencers of human health that are otherwise obscure, he said. For example, rather than simply blaming pollen, those with seasonal allergies would be able to identify exactly what they’re allergic to by monitoring their exposome data and symptoms throughout the year.[1]

This was about modern research. We have discussed about our own personal microbial cloud here in past:

Man is known by the company he keeps : We all have individual microbial cloud

What is missing in this view of profiling personal signature of microbial and chemicla cloud surrounded to us is neglect of other body layers and body’s internal environment effects on it.

The three doshas are combinations of five elements (*पञ्च महाभूत). ओजस,तेजस,प्राण are the subtler, energetic forms of the doashas. Ojas is pure essence of Kapha. Tejas is pure essence of pitta and prana is pure essence of Vayu dosha. Their quality and quantity are measure of optimum health and individual’s immunity. The word प्रभावशाली which we use for someone who can easily influence others, has great प्रभा/आभा and it is outcome of good quality and quantity of tejas. What modern science describes as microbial cloud or chemical cloud, is not only because of external environment but also due to level of ojas, prana and tejas. They decide, what is identified as part of this body in non-organ form i.e. microbes or free-radicals.