Category Archives: Wellness Vendor (Microbiome focus)


WHY ADD Microbiome Modules to Corporate Wellness Programs?

There is more to the story!  Add Microbiome Modules to your Wellness Programs and supercharge your clients with the tools they need to understand the “why” behind diet and lifestyle, and equip them with real motivation for behavior change!  With Microbiome Modules, educated clients separate diet and lifestyle myth, hype, and truth to navigate the disease — diet, lifestyle, immunity link and move off (or stay off) diseasespan.  Unique practical challenges, texting, and closed Facebook pages answer ALL your questions on how to integrate diet and lifestyle changes for microbiome support.

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CME MICROBIOME Questions & Answers

SUMMARY CME MICROBIOME Questions is where the rubber meets the road!  I learn what you really take away from the evidence packed Introduction to Microbiome presentation!!!  Not only was it a great turnout for the CME MICROBIOME, DISEASE, THERAPEUTICS, NUTRITION held OCT 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, at Passavant Hospital (see this post for details), but the questions asked by these medical providers were spot on! Read below for some of the Q&A with focus on:  What to do if on the “Avoid Diet”,  the MIND Diet and Dementia Prevention, fermented foods, and the ketogenic diet — MACS, fruit and weight!  The Therapeutic Manipulation of Microbiome slide (see below) shows how microbiome nourishingly sick the Standard America Diet is.  Some call this diet void of MACs, or microbiota-accessible carbohydrates, leaving the microbiome to nosh on our carb-rich mucus gut lining, when dietary pickings get slim.  [Desai et al 2016]  This CME crowd took their first ever pass into the anaerobic world of this newly discovered organ and saw its systemic body-wide devastating health impact when the gut lining becomes compromised (see the below slide) ⇒ The next step is to learn my bolt on presentations of diet ⇔  lifestyle changes that can move this organ to health.   ♥ If you are a business (especially self insured) looking to reduce healthcare costs, CONTACT me because microbiome information is what  your employees NEED to hear to keep (or move) them off diseasespansee my SERVICES!  If you are an individual or other group wanting to hear this information,   CONTACT me to make that happen!!!  

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SUMMARY:  Friendly reminder to attend the  CME Microbiome, Disease, Therapeutics, and Nutrition at UPMC Passavant Hospital, Pittsburgh, October 25, 2017, Assembly Hall, noon–1PM!  See the last post here for specifics, but in general, THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY, and I will share those no-nonsense insights into microbiome associations for the hypertensive, atherosclerotic, obese, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s, and IBS conditions (and more) as well as therapeutic diets being used for those disease conditions.  What to eat information has been muddied by industry production of ubiquitous processed foods marketed as healthy foods.  This CME shares tools your patients can use now to turn around disease as well as recognize its role in increasing drug efficacy and prevention of medication failures.  Public Microbiome Awareness Education gives the why’ behind disease, and is patient Motivation for Action, not paralysis.   This CME will help establish your patients healthy relationship with food and turn around their disease status.   Listen too as local patients share how they use evidence–based microbiome therapeutics to induce and maintain remission for autoimmune disease, and learn about the Pittsburgh—based cohort forming for inclusion in upcoming leading light microbiome researcher, Dr. Rob Knight, UCSF  studies looking at ferment consumer gut microbiomes.

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“Introduction to Microbiome” presentation April 19, 2017

Summary:  If you are in the Pittsburgh area, stop in and hear the Introduction to Microbiome”presentation April 19, 2017 over at the Camelot’s Columbian Room.  Why is this presentation really important?  The microbiome is a newly discovered organ where over 70% of your immunity resides  AND many inflammatory and chronic diseases (from Type 2 Diabetes, to autoimmune, to dementia and Alzheimer’s) have been found, beginning about 2013, to have a microbiome inflammatory skew.  Diet and lifestyle hugely alters our microbiome  constituent members in pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory directions (see posts  here and here).  TheIntroduction to Microbiome” presentation  explains what the microbiome is and factors that impact it for the good and bad.  These findings are out of the key microbiome labs that have made pivotal contributions to our understanding of the microbiome.  To know where you are going microbiome-wise, you need to know where you’ve been microbiome-wise, and that means getting your arms around all the factors that impact it, good and bad.  You will better understand the state of your microbiome (and your families) and leave rethinking how food and lifestyle can better your microbiomes which it can, immensely.  The microbiome is a newly discovered organ we need to support for sure, and from the current disease epidemics, we are obviously not doing a very good job.  How bad are our microbiomes?  The National Institutes of Health’s “Human Microbiome Project”  was billed as a “road map” of human microbes.  But as Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, a microbiologist at New York University who is working to repopulate C-Section newborn skewed microbiomes said, the effort is “really the American  Microbiome Project; it’s not the “Human Microbiome Project.”  How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution?  Come… learn!

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2nd Pittsburgh Fermentation Festival

Summary:  Just sharing a fun educational event, that literally could change your health, wellness, and vitality, occurring this Sunday, February 26, 2017, in Pittsburgh should you be nearby.  The FREE event is the SECOND Pittsburgh Fermentation Festival or read the Ferment Festival Facebook page.  I’ll be attending and talking about how ferment consumers and vendors can become a cohort for upcoming American Gut fermenting microbiome studies!  Last year I profiled many for participation and if you missed that, but still want in, or to ask me ANY question on microbiome, ferments, diet, and health, stop by my table and let’s catch up!  Added onto this year’s Ferment Festival…  attend the potluck night Saturday night!   BONUS:  See below for Cleveland Clinic, “5 Reasons You Should Add More Fermented Foods to Your Diet.”  Share this post to pass on the info!

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Embriette Hyde, Knight Lab, Workshops, Portland

Summary:   Just sharing a fun educational event, that literally could change your health, wellness, and vitality, occurring Friday October 14 thru Sunday, October 16, 2016,  in Portland should you be nearby.  I especially highly recommend catching the keynote speaker, Friday October 14, 2016, Dr. Embriette Hyde present “Redefining Human: Living and Eating in a Microbiome World”.  Embriette is Program Manager for THE AMERICAN GUT PROJECT and works for KNIGHT LAB at the University of California San Diego.  Earlier this year I worked with Embriette and Knight lab on profiling Pittsburgh ferment gut consumers for upcoming Knight Lab probiotic studies.  Without a doubt, Embriette’s Keynote presentation will be awesome!  If you can make it, register for Embriette’s talk, Knight Lab, Workshops, Portland, here.  Please let us know in the comments your thoughts if you are fortunate enough to attend!

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Salad and Dressings WorkShop, microbiome focused

SUMMARY:  Following the May 26 Treesdale seminar, you wanted to know practically how to improve microbiome health.  You now understand it exists, it is changeable, and it is behind 70% of immunity.  So here it is:  attend the Salad and Dressings WorkShop in Wexford, PA! You know you have got to nourish your trillions of microbiome beasties and that certain fats are best till the dust settles on the other oils and their associations to disease.  For those unable to attend, read the prebiotic and probiotic discussion in this post for tips for those two true microbiome supporting salad components. If you are local, come learn how to put it all together!  

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Microbiome Awareness Conversation from Seminar

SUMMARY:  Sharing more Microbiome Awareness conversation from the May 26 seminar, so that all can benefit, even those unable to attend!  Learn great microbiome support tips!  Amaze yourself with how much you actually learned and know!  Comment if I don’t touch on your thoughts; lets continue the conversation! 

Background and more on our bio

Dana Grau and I spoke at the Microbiome Awareness Seminar.  We explained what the microbiome is and included discussion of diet and lifestyle impact to the microbiome which affects its health.  70+ percent our immunity resides in the health of the microbiome and that microbial community then plays a key role in determining your health:

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Microbiome Awareness TMAO Conversation

SUMMARY:  Microbiome Awareness TMAO was summarized in the May 26th seminar, and I suggested condiment size portions for red meat regardless of meat quality (pastured or confined feed lot operations).  Carnitine in red meat acts as an antioxidant and plays a crucial role in the mitochondria—the energy-producing structures in cells—notably in muscles, including heart muscle. But carnitine has a dark side — TMAO.  This post shares TMAO follow-up so that all can benefit, even those unable to attend!  A subsequent post will share more conversation from that evening, but TMAO is a lot of good information, and it deserves a post of its own.  

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Revised Date, Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar

Summary:  There has been such a great response to the Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar posted earlier today, that we have changed the date and time for the presentation to accommodate a larger than originally anticipated audience.  I guess this is a good thing!?!  

The Revised Date, Pittsburgh Microbiome Awareness Seminar is:

Thursday, May 26, 7:00 -8:30 PM,
the address remains the same:  Treesdale Community Center, One Treesdale Commons Drive, Gibsonia, PA 15044. 

The original post, PITTSBURGH MICROBIOME AWARENESS SEMINAR, has been updated to reflect the new date and time, but I am posting this separately to make certain all of you, especially those that have RSVP’d and are attending, are aware of this change.

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