As you know, I treat a lot of patients with gastrointestinal issues. Two of the most challenging conditions to treat are methane-predominant SIBO and constipation-predominant IBS. Join me as I talk with Dr. Kenneth Brown, a practicing physician and clinical researcher who has been specializing in treating these conditions for the past 15 years. We discuss the drawbacks of existing treatments and a new product that Dr. Brown has developed, called Atrantil.
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The intestinal barrier plays a critical role human health and disease. It allows for the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat, while at the same time, it protects against the entry of allergens, as well as bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Essentially, it plays the role of a gatekeeper. When this barrier malfunctions, it can cause allergies and autoimmune disorders. This is a condition we call “leaky gut.” But how do you know if you have it? Read on to find out.
Did you know that many traditional hunter-gatherer societies ate as many as 100 different species of plants? For several years, I’ve known that the biggest difference between my diet and the ancestral diet was not the meat that I was eating, or the eggs, or even the nuts and seeds, but that it was the vegetables—specifically, the lack of diversity in the plant foods I was eating. This lack of diversity not only affects our phytonutrient intake, but it also affects our microbiome because different types of gut microbes prefer different types of nutrients. Today I’m talking with Dr. Thomas Cowan about his unique solution to adding more plant phytonutrients to every meal.
Dr. Justin Sonnenburg makes a powerful argument for viewing our microbiota as the control center for human biology—that our microbiota are not just impacting digestion and absorption, but having systemic impacts on our immune system, our metabolism, and our brain chemistry. We discuss the latest research on the microbiome, the strong connection between low microbiome diversity and modern Western diseases, and how people can support their own microbiome health.
If you’ve been listening to my podcast for a while or following my email list, you’ll know that the topic of chronic inflammatory response syndrome, or CIRS, is of great interest to me both professionally and personally. Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker is one of the pioneers in the field of low-dose biotoxin exposure, and today we discuss a new type of genomic testing that may quite dramatically improve our ability to diagnose CIRS and get a lot more specific about how to treat it. This could be a major breakthrough for anyone dealing with a mysterious undiagnosed chronic disease—not only chronic inflammatory response syndrome, but also post-Lyme syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
What’s the key to mastering endurance training without ruining your overall health? I talk with Mark Sisson, author of Primal Endurance and publisher of one of the world’s most trafficked health blogs, MarksDailyApple.com. We discuss how he applies his primal health philosophy to endurance athletes—why fat-burning is critical, why you should keep your exercise patterns unpredictable, and how weight training can really make a difference. We’ll also talk about Mark’s early years, his progression towards a primal diet, and what he’s got cooking in his Primal Kitchen.