Growing My Gut Garden

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Microbiome, it’s the new buzzword in the medical community, and it should be. Do you know the bacteria in our gut comprise 10 times the number of cells than in the rest of our entire body? It only makes sense to treat the gut in order to heal the rest of the body. This has been my hypothesis for years, but no one seemed to listen…until now.

We have become so over-sanitized in today’s world with the overuse of antibiotics, NSAIDs, hormones, steroids, and hand sanitizers in soaps and cleaners. I was very inspired by Dr. Chutkan’s speech and I’ve embraced her parting comments, “live dirty, eat clean”.

Why The Microbiome Is The Future Of Medicine – Dr. Robynne Chutkan

Live Dirty, Eat Clean

The best nutrients in our food aren’t there anymore, the trace minerals, micronutrients and the precursors for our bodies to make amino acids. So what happened to them?

Industrialized farming and the use of pesticides, herbicides and other toxic materials have diminished the health of the soil. The agricultural practices that include GMOs and Round Up with it’s key ingredient of glyphosate, a patented chelator of minerals in the soil that prevents conventionally grown food from access to things like magnesium, potassium, and iron, just to name a few, have changed the nutritional content of our food. We aren’t eating the food our grandparents ate.

Chemically, glyphosate is a strong chelator (binder) of metal ions, rendering these essential nutrients unavailable in the soil and within the plant. Glyphosate was patented as a strong chelator in 1964. In contrast to many chelators that bind specific metal ions, glyphosate is a broad spectrum chelator that binds both macro and micronutrients such as Ca, Mg, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni and Zn. It is that which makes it a broad spectrum herbicide as well as a potent antimicrobial agent, as the function of numerous enzymes depends on specific metal co-factors.¹

Organic foods contain more nutrients due to the agricultural practices used when growing the food. However, when we wash and peel the fruits and vegetables we lose some of the best nutrients. I recommend either growing your own or buying organic and washing, but not peeling the fresh fruit or vegetable before eating or cooking. The most beneficial part of the lemon is the limonene, found in the zest, that comes from the outer peel of the fruit.

Even a little dirt is good for you. It builds up your immune system and you get happy. One of my favorite gardeners, says everyone should eat a peck of dirt before they grow up. He’s from the UK.

Fermented Foods

In March, I made a variety of sauerkrauts to have some fermented foods available to eat. I also included some homemade yogurt my neighbor made from her goat’s milk into my diet. I occasionally took a probiotic capsule but more often forgot, since they are kept in the refrigerator, away from my other supplements. One probiotic my cardiologist, Dr. Joel Kahn recommended, is Saccharomyces boulardii for cardiovascular health.

I’m currently taking several supplements to hopefully eradicate an overgrowth of Candida which has lead to significantly painful symptoms associated with SIBO (Small Intestines Bacterial Overgrowth). My cardiologist suggested I find a functional medicine doctor to help me manage my GI issues. Unfortunately I live in such a rural area I don’t have access to doctor’s on the cutting edge of medicine, such as a functional doctor. In the meantime, I found a SIBO protocol that included the Candida BR supplement which includes Berberine, beneficial for it’s cardiovascular effects. You see I had already been taking since my last visit to Dr. Kahn. I showed him the protocol and he didn’t see any contraindications for me to try it. But I was hoping to find a doctor locally to help me. So….

Yesterday, I stopped by the new office of an acupuncturist and naturopathic doctor in town. Conveniently her office is right next door to my primary doctor, so I was quick to notice her newly hung shingle when I drove past on my way home from cardio rehab at the hospital. I felt reassured to talk with her about MTHFR and SIBO and finally meet a medical professional (other than Dr. Kahn) who had heard of either of them, let alone provide additional references for me to explore.

Breaking the Vicious CycleShe mentioned Dr. Allison Siebecker’s website about SIBO, which I promptly visited to learn more.  I followed several links from her website and found more information regarding The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, outlined in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.

I understand that the newer version contains a chapter about the diet and people with autism. This version shows a 1994 copyright and indicates it’s the “revised edition”, although both books show the 1994 copyright date. A bit confusing, I know…sorry about that. You could always order it from Lucy’s Kitchen Shop. I might do that and get the Yogourmet Multi yogurt maker too. My last attempt at making homemade yogurt didn’t turn out to well, so I think I need the easy way.

I’m quite aware that I have had issues, not only with my gut but with cognitive issues that I believe are directly related to the dysbiosis of my intestinal tract. I could relate to what was discussed in the videos I’ve featured on the post. I encourage you to watch the following video by Elaine Hsiao about Mind-Altering Microbes.

Mind-Altering Microbes: : How the Microbiome Affects Brain and Behavior: Elaine Hsiao

Going with Your Gut, May Heal Your Brain Too

Suicide, depression and mental fogs that plaque our society now surely aren’t just a genetic mutation or some virus that just popped up. Have you ever considered that it might be what you eat or, it might be what’s eating you.

Psychology often baffled me since it is the only medical discipline that does not use pathological testing to determine the nature of the disease. However medication is prescribed based on assumptions of the behavior based on the perspective of the medical professional “evaluating” the patient. Is this really the answer to what angst us?

From Gut to Brain and Back Again – Psychoneuroimmunologist Kelly Brogan

How Does Our Garden Grow?

How we started out in life could have a significant effect on how our microbiome got it’s start too. Whether we have been taking antibiotic therapy and other influences can attribute to the state of the bacteria in our intestinal tract which can manifest and influence our state of mind.

Today’s society is full of violence and it seems that regularly we hear of mass shootings and social unrest. Are we really recognizing the basis of the “criminal” actions and why they continue? Gun control isn’t the answer, it’s understanding how to better diagnose, treat and truly rehabilitate people who suffer.

The Most Important Lesson from 83,000 Brain Scans – Dr. Daniel Amen

Let’s Eat – Mangiamo!

I don’t know about you, but for dinner I’m cooking a burger from my new book, “Go with the Gut” by Robyn Youkilis. I see a snack, Good Gut Gummies on page 132, I want to make too. I’m looking forward to trying more of her recipes and the ones on the Comfy Belly website. I also got the Kindle version of her cookbook, Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Hey I’m getting hungry….they look like they are “just what the doctor ordered”.

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¹ Glyphosate Tolerant Crops Bring Diseases and Death