Category Archives: Worthwhile Resources – Podcasts, Books…

Town Hall Medicine Microbiome Talks

SUMMARY:  I’m sharing two weeks of FREE access to the Town Hall Medicine Microbiome Talks from twenty-one key microbiome researchers and includes clinicians integrating microbiome into therapeutics!  This educational series is presented by University of Toronto’s Heather Boon PhD, Dean of Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and Stewart Brown, Founder & CEO, Genuine Health, a science based natural health company.  These talks are short and to the point, AND you can download the transcripts for later reading.  There has been a ton going on in the ivory towers of academia and science research uncovering just how important the gut microbiome is to health and wellbeing and its impact on the immune system.  Microbiome associations are now known for hypertension (34 percent population prevalence ), atherosclerosis (39 percent), anxiety and depression (10 percent), weight gain, obesity (29+ percent), autoimmune diseases (20 percent — mostly women), Type 1 and 2 Diabetes (36 percent), metabolic syndrome (34 percent), IBD (10 to 15 percent), asthma allergy, autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stress-induced and progressive neuropsychiatric diseases, AND prolonged low-grade inflammation which is behind most all disease (51% of adults have at least one chronic disease, 27% of kids have one or more chronic diseases).  Yet none of microbiome — disease impact is pouring down to us mere mortals none the less doctors — I would know; I teach Microbiome CME.  When twins having 100% identical human DNA only have 40 percent of the same gut microbiota, imagine how different your microbiota is from everyone else.  Spoiler alert:  Your gut microbiota is 99 percent different from everyone else and our microbiota explains why each and every one of our bodies (and minds) behave so differently!  Knowledge is power, and these talks share how microbiome understanding is being put on the forefront of therapeutic integration to reverse and prevent disease.  Now that is aggressive preventative medicine especially since 70 to 80 percent of our immune cells reside in the health of our gut microbiome.  Enjoy the listen, and Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, early!

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Fasano, FREE: Early Nutrition Influences Microbiome, Disease

SUMMARY:   Our food choices are fundamental for health.  The next Integrated Functional Medicine Grand Rounds installment with Cleveland Clinic is coming up on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Listen, for FREE as Dr. Alessio FASANO, MD speaks on How Early Nutrition Influences Microbiome, Disease.  This is an incredible opportunity officially titled:  How Early Nutrition Influences Gut Microbiome and Metabolic Profiles in Health and Disease: Shifting From a Disease-Centered Approach to Patient-Oriented Functional Medicine.  For background, I have followed Dr. Fasano’s work for ages.  He is a leading gut inflammation light who put Celiac Disease, and Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, on the map in the US when all US health agencies literally told him those were “across the pond”.  When that happens, you know you are about to make a major break thru that will ruffle lots of feathers.  He persevered, and his findings will re-write the medical books.  Those findings opened the doors for what is now understood as:  Gut permeability ⇒ immune stimulation ⇒ inflammation ⇒ gut and systemic  ramifications ⇒ autoimmune and chronic disease.   Listen in to Dr. Fasano, FREE,  Early Nutrition Influences Microbiome, Disease!

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Roundup in our food glyphosate and disease: autism, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, gmo, intestinal gut…

SUMMARY:  Roundup on your yard means runoff in your garden, from you or your neighbors use.  It’s ubiquitous in the restaurant and grocery food chain hidden in ingredients: corn, soybeans, canola, and cottonseed oil, and meat from alfalfa-corn-soy eating animals and their other byproducts. It’s found in our urine and breast-milk and cattle’s tissues: intestine, liver, muscle, spleen, kidney, and bone .  

What’s the harm of eating ubiquitous glyphosate?  Dr. Stephanie Seneff asserts that the glyphosate and disease link is: autism,  diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and the gmo intestinal gut having related    digestive system disorders leading to disease… In simpleton, glyphosate exposure impairs detox pathways through the microbiome including the liver’s P450 enzymes. Toxins taken onboard are not sufficiently eliminated from the body. Gyphosate kills beneficial gut bacteria allowing pathogens to grow; it interferes with the synthesis of amino acids including methionine which leads to shortages in critical neurotransmitters and folate; it chelates (removes) important minerals like iron, cobalt, manganese, and much more. 

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Catch Today, 1-4pm, Dr. Rob Knight Microbiome Talk

UPDATE:  You’ve missed the talk but can definitely catch the synopsis at “Optimal Microbiome Diet From American Gut Data.  Dr. Knight gave an “Eleven Point” punch list of factors that hugely affect the microbiome.  Totally intriguing and insightful data is now being generated!


Hey! I am copying yesterday’s Facebook post that shouted out today’s unique opportunity for all to hear FREE Dr. Rob Knight (bio is at end of post) speak on the human microbiome and diet implications.  Sorry for the late notice but I received the invitation email only yesterday.

Anyway, it is a great opportunity to hear one of the most leading edge microbiome researchers that I know.  You can catch it live free (this is a continuing education course) if you live near University of Colorado Boulder, and if not, you can catch a live stream online,, and possibly throughout the weekend.  I encourage all to take advantage of hearing Rob… he is amazing! If the links don’t work.. email me and I’ll forward the letter. Have a great weekend!

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Jaminet & Bailor on “Perfect Health Diet”

There’s a fellow health researcher that I respect;  his name is Paul Jaminet, creator and blogger over at “The Perfect Health Diet” site.  Jaminet has no hidden agenda.   He had a health problem, and used his science background to research.  What he found is nearly in line with everything that I speak of, which is SCD/GAPS/PALEO/ MEDITERANEAN… and so many other wonderful healing diets:

When you’re doing things the right way, usually you see results very quickly, so it’s well worth taking a little bit of time to read and think about these things and to do a personal experiment and see how they affect you.

When you’re doing it correctly, you should see results and you should feel good.”

To me, Paul is the epitome of: Here’s what the science and here’s what the research shows, and I hope it will help you.”   Paul has absolutely, no hidden agenda.

I’d be remiss to not mention Paul’s wife, Shou-Ching Shih, a coauthor of the book “Perfect Health Diet.”  This couple is beyond brains:  Paul was an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, became a software entrepreneur during the Internet boom, and now provides strategic advice to entrepreneurial companies while pursuing research in economics.  Shou-Ching is a molecular biologist and cancer researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, and Director of BIDMC’s Multi-Gene Transcriptional Profiling Core. Nuff said.

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Recipe: CLA Grassfed SCD Yogurt Benefits, CYTOKINE STUDIES

SUMMARYSCD yogurt is lactose-free due to its processing.  It can be grassfed if you choose to make it using grassfed milk.  You can also use a milk from A2 casein cows to make the casein less inflammatory.  Some use a milk alternative such as goat, coconut, or almond milk.  Last, there is growing concerns about the MAP suriviving dairy processing.  [Grant et al 2017] is study that published Dec, 2017 that raises growing concerns about MAP and  the safety of dairy products.  To ensure 100% kill of MAP, heat the milk to 194F (90C) for 60 seconds according to the author of the study.  The classic SCD yogurt recipe required heating to 180F with a two minute hold.  I’ve revised the recipe to require heating to 194F for two minutes to ensure MAP and other bacteria are killed.  Below the recipe find details for:  MAP implications for SCD yogurt processing temperature, What is the probiotic load of SCD yogurt, what probiotics can be in the starter and Lets talk about milk options, can I reuse my SCD yogurt as starter for another batch, and RECENT STUDIES FINDING PROBIOTIC YOGURT BENEFITS AND IT’S ANTI-INFLAMMATORY IMMUNE MODULATING PROPERTIES!  It is no wonder that SCD yogurt is the foundation of the healing diets: SCD/GAPS and some PALEO camps, if tolerated.

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Arthritis Microbiome & Gut Health: Diet

Summary:  Arthritis… Newly diagnosed with arthritis have an arthritis microbiome that is skewed having greater abundance of the intestinal bacteria Prevotella copri than people without the inflammatory disease, or those who have had the disease for a while but were managing it with treatment. Also found: nutrient deficiencies.  Diet can change up that microbiome.  Read on and learn.

One of the first insightful articles that expanded my understanding of the connection between gut microbiome, dietary impact, and arthritis, was “The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints,” New York Times Magazine, February 2001.  Anywhere from 0.5 to 1 percent of the general population is estimated to have the condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  If you are a reader of my work, you now know however, it isn’t just arthritis that the gut biome affects; literally all health and disease is affected by the gut microbiome, specifically the community of species present.

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Microbiome Changes from Diet & Enviro Affect Health_Alm

Summary:   Eric Alm’s MIT lab gene sequencing shows microbiome changes from diet & environment (antibiotics and international travel.) Changes to microbiome due to antibiotic was permanent.

I am the ninth viewer of this Microbiome Manipulation via Diet and Environment (YouTube), Eric Alm, PhD, MIT.  It doesn’t get much more current than that!  The study Dr. Alm discusses (daily stool sequencing for one year for several participants) can be read at Host lifestyle affects human microbiota on daily timescales

Dr. Eric Alm is one of my favorite researchers; our paths first crossed with Eric Alm: A year in the life of my gut microbiome (2012 GET Conference) (YouTube) which is re-discussed in the second section of his most recently published YouTube.  The 2012 GET Conference provides more insight though, if desired, into the second Pearl listed below.

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For more awesome microbiome resources and podcasts such as this, drop down the menu THE SCIENCE BEHIND FOOD AND DISEASE  located over on the top right sidebar and link to Blog: Resources – Podcasts, Books….  You can also head on over to the Page “USEFUL MICROBIOME LINKS.”

Awesome microbiome resources: Dr Peter Attia, MD:

“I dream of the day when our patients can shed their excess pounds and cure themselves of insulin resistance because as medical professionals we’ve shed our excess medical baggage and cured ourselves of new idea resistance sufficiently to go back to our original ideals: open minds, the courage to throw out yesterday’s ideas when they don’t appear to be working, and the understanding that scientific truth isn’t final but constantly evolving.”

Peter Attia: What if we’re wrong about diabetes? TedTalk

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SUMMARY:  Your gut microbiome allows you to live your life with health, wellness, and vitality, or illness and disease.  Without a doubt, the MICROBIOME RULES; WHAT IS MICROBIOME?

If you haven’t already done so, you should read the post, “Diet and other things Determines Our Microbiome” to be certain you are up to date not only with what this dynamic virtual organ is, but also are cognizant of the many factors that affect the microbiome.  
We can modulate this microbiome; the science is exploding daily with research that is unveiling the vast impact the gut microbiome has on all of our inner workings.
FOOD ALTERS THE MICROBIOME, with a focus here on celiac and autism, although the insight applies to all autoimmunes and chronic disease.

The post “Food Managing Autism and IBD: The Studies,” details the studies (and includes current ongoing clinical trials) showing dietary intervention (that heals the gut) can result in IBD remission or management of autism.  Such occurs through optimization of the microbiome since the food we feed the microbiome, determines the gut’s community of microbiota, whose role is to affect immunity, health, wellness, and vitality.  Thus, anyone looking to improve health needs to look first at optimizing the gut microbiome.

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