Peter Attia

MICROBIOME RESOURCES: Podcasts & Books

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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

Peter Attia

This is why you should listen to this Ted.com: It’s truths apply to ALL health.

In this Ted talk, the new thought: obesity is a PROTECTIVE MODE the body does in response to insulin resistance caused by excess glucose from grains, starches, sugars…, not the reverse (eat too much then become obese) as currently believed.

Current ideas of cause and effect is wrong. Lean exercisers can be insulin resistant, as he personally experienced.

Peter Attia has dedicated his medical career to investigating the relationship between nutrition, obesity and diabetes. A surgeon who developed metabolic syndrome himself despite the fact that he ate well and exercised often, Attia realized that our understanding of these important health issues may not actually be correct. He devoted himself to using vigorous scientific inquiry to test both our assumptions and new hypotheses through the “Nutrition Science Initiative,”  the nonprofit he co-founded in 2012. Attia also writes the blog over at “The Eating Academy, The Personal Blog Of Peter Attia” which charts his own adventures in nutrition and examines scientific evidence surrounding food, weight loss and disease risk. Overall, he hopes to convince others that sharp increases in the rates of obesity and diabetes — despite the fact that we are more culturally aware of these problems than ever — might be a result of people being given the wrong information.

Attia came to this calling through an unusual path. While he was studying mechanical engineering as an undergrad, a personal experience led him to discover his passion for medicine. He enrolled at Stanford Medical School, and went on to a residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute. After his residency, he joined the consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he worked on healthcare and financial system problems. The most valuable skill he learned along the way: to ask bold questions about medical assumptions.

Such a cool doc!

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  1. GUT MICROBIOTA & DIABETES. A selection of content from the Gut Microbiota for Health. Experts Exchange 2015. January 2016
    http://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/GMFHx-BestOf-GMDiabetes2015.pdf

    The role of microbiome in T2D and weight: Loaded report including functional metabolite differences and dietary novel treatments that address the microbiome. Bottom line: To combat T2D, you cannot ignore fixing the microbiome. Just a few of the studies included and attached: Dao, et al. showed for the first time that NOT all obese subjects have equal potential for weight loss-induced improvement of metabolic disorders when they adopt a calorie restriction diet. These researchers linked the presence of Akkermansia muciniphila with a more beneficial response to calorie restriction dietary intervention. Delzenne et al. focuses on the role of specific nutrients on the gut microbiota composition: prebiotics (inulin-type fructans), arabinoxylans, and polyphenols. Le Barz found that microorganisms can fight the gut microbiota dysbiosis that is frequently associated with metabolic disorders in humans:
    – There is no “universal strain” of probiotics that alone provides all the benefits associated with probiotics; rather, probiotic effects are often strain-specific
    – Probiotics can act by (1) restoring the disrupted intestinal barrier and therefore reducing endotoxemia, (2) producing short-chain fatty acids such as butyrate, or (3) decreasing lowgrade
    inflammation
    – Prebiotics can enhance the functionality of probiotics.
    So MANY more Pearls… anyone concerned with metabolic, weight, obesity needs to read the report!

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