Is Your Home’s “Dirty Electricity” Wrecking Your Health?

Sit back and prepare for a wild ride, because it’s finally here: The official, fully updated, EMF-shielding “building biology” analysis of my biohacked home in the forest.

Are your sleep-enhancing devices potentially hurting your brain and sleep patterns due to the dirty electricity they emit during a night of sleep?

Is a “low-EMF” office really low EMF?

Do “healthy” saunas produce EMFs or dirty electricity?

Is it OK to use popular grounding or earthing devices?

Do any of those fancy EMF personal protection devices actually work?

How big a deal are cell phone towers or 5G panels, even if you don’t live directly nearby one?

We’ll tackle these questions and plenty more as you get to listen in (and watch, using the video here on this page) during an entire building biology analysis of the Greenfield home.

My guest on today’s show, Brian Hoyer, first joined me on the show “The Intriguing Science Of Building Biology (Along With A Complete Analysis & Surprising Results From Ben Greenfield’s So-Called “Biohacked Home”)”.

Brian’s dive into health started when he became a father wanting to provide the most optimal growing environment for his family. His desire for them to thrive—and his devotion to discover the truth—drove him to find the most insightful and effective cutting-edge methods for addressing what’s really going on in our bodies and environments. This led Brian to become a functional nutritional therapy practitioner, train with The Klinghardt Academy, and become a certified geobiologist trained by a pioneering naturopathic and environmental medicine clinic in Austria that’s been addressing EMFs and geopathic stress since 1983.

Brian and his wife, Lindsey, built an EMF shielded tiny house in the summer of 2017. Brian travels all over the country doing EMF assessments, speaking at conferences and on podcasts, and helping families install shielding solutions. After testing many homes for EMF around the country Brian founded Shielded Healing in 2017 with the goal of helping modern humanity recreate electromagnetic environments that more closely mimic our historic human habitats.

According to Brian, EMF testing and mitigation has been stuck in the same pattern for 20-30 years. The last 10-15 years professionals all around the world have been recommending the same solutions even as our exposure has increased 500-1000 times or more. The same fabrics, the same meters, the same recommendations, and saying pretty much the same things, despite the drastic increase in exposures and chronic illness.

Here’s the entire video of Brian’s walkthrough of my home:

Here’s what you’ll hear in the podcast:

-The difference between a “building biologist” and an EMF shielding expert…7:00

  • Brian began as a health practitioner
  • A biohacking way to fix:
    • The house
    • The person
    • Earth frequencies from external stimuli (cell towers and the like)
  • Book: Healing is Voltage by Jerry Tennant
  • Book: The Body Electric by Robert Becker
  • Brian’s first podcast with Ben covered the basics: Building biology, WiFi routers, cell towers, smartphones near the head, etc.

-The protocol Brian follows when evaluating a home or office…11:00

  • 6 basic stressors explored and measured:
    • Magnetic fields – Tests on devices with motors running (refrigerators, induction stoves, etc.), unbalanced current in the wires, outside power lines near big substations with transformers. Test using the NFA-1000 Gauss meter. The ESI-24 ($300) could also be used (use code BEN5 to save 5%)
    • Electric fields – Test the body’s current, dirty electricity that’s on the ground using the ESI-24
    • Dirty electricity – Test the lines for thousands of different frequencies that are riding on the 60Hz electrical system; (spikes, surges, etc.)
    • Wireless frequencies – Test using the Spectran V5 and the ESI-24 (wifi routers, cellphones, cell phone towers, etc.)
    • Artificial light – Test flicker and spectrum of the light, match the indoor environment to the outdoor environment
    • Geopathic stress – Naturopathic/homeopathic term for the energy coming out of the earth; scientific term is Telluric current
  • Difference between electric and magnetic fields: Electric fields travel along anything conductive; magnetic can travel through anything
  • Pulsing electric or magnetic fields are the concern; they are not found in nature
  • Pulsing causes the cells to “jostle” in several different directions at once; affects the mitochondria
    • Magnetism affects almost every mineral in some way
    • Electro-hypersensitivity in people with metal overload, mold, mycotoxins, biofilm, poor methylation
  • EMF frequencies are not modulated to be healing frequencies
  • Robert O. Becker research on PEMF, electromagnetism, electric current, etc.
    • How the fields can be used in beneficial ways therapeutically, and have an effect biologically on the tissue
  • Issue between a cellphone and a PEMF device: cellphones are not modulated in a way to be healing frequency or any kind of healing therapy
  • Faraday bags available on Amazon
  • Defender Shield smartphone case (use code BEN20 to save 20%)
  • Open Signal app tests the connection speed of mobile phone and wifi signals
  • iPhone to ethernet cables

-Living Room and Kitchen…31:45

  • Starting with the magnetic field, wiring issues can be discovered right away
    • Living room measured 0.35mG (daytime – 0.5mG or lower)
    • Bedroom 0.3mG or lower
  • Brian’s tests – making the invisible visible, and the inaudible audible
  • Light Rhythms Concerto EMF protection device
  • Testing the body’s micro-voltage for radiofrequency radiation
    • Acceptable measurement:
      • Under 1000μV in daytime areas (it was over 10,000μV with the cell phone turned on)
      • Under 100μV in nighttime areas
    • 2 lav mics and a cell phone maxed out the measuring device
  • Devices that claim to block or cancel EMF often do not offer much protection (read the fine print)
  • Book: The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
    • Double-blind placebo effect
    • Engaging in behavior you know is unhealthy can be more harmful than blissful ignorance (psychological stress)
  • Set up a protocol, act on it, then stop stressing out about it; you can’t fix everything at once
  • BGF podcast with Joe Mercola on EMFs
    • Carb mitigation
    • Ketone bodies having protective effects on some of the inflammatory pathways
    • High magnesium (use code GREENFIELD10 to save $10)/mineral (use code GREENFIELD10 to save 10%) intake has a positive effect on some of the deleterious effects on calcium channel influx
    • Diet rich in sirtuins
    • Supplementing with NAD protecting against ionizing radiation damage
  • Real-time radio frequency spectrum analyzer
  • FM radio frequencies resonate with human body more than other frequencies
  • Book: The Invisible Rainbow by Arthur Firstenberg
    • Correlation between EMF exposure to diseases
    • “Perfect storm for chronic illness”
  • The body can act as an antenna for cell phones, TV’s, etc.
  • EMF-blocking underwear may conduct EMF if in a high-density EMF area (use code BEN to save 20%)
    • Get an EMF meter, know what’s going on in the environment (use code BEN5 to save 5%)
  • Book: Electromagnetic Field Measurements in the Near Field by Hubert Trzaska
  • Wired keyboards, trackpads, etc.
  • Make sure the computer is grounded (third prong)
  • Grounded charging cable and charger
  • Use a wired mouse rather than wireless
  • Himalayan salt lamp

-Boys’ Bedrooms…1:09:50

-Master bedroom…1:51:45

  • Things running during the night to test:
  • Measurements with all devices running:
    • Electric field at 1200mV
    • Slightly elevated magnetic field but not necessarily a concern
    • Some voltage coming from the diffuser; a battery-powered diffuser would be way better
    • BluShield actually producing more EMF than it is blocking
    • chiliPAD controller should not be under the bed
    • Belkin grounded power strips are good
    • Bluetooth of the Molekule air filter should be disabled (use code BEN to save 10%)
    • To accurately test, the Dreem should be worn while inside Dr. Mercola’s Silvershield EMF shielding tent; as it is, the Dreem is emitting flicker (100Hz)
    • Studies show that flickering light can be beneficial with PBM at specific frequencies
  • A grounding mat under the bed can be problematic if the rest of the room is not properly protected

-Smart Meter and Solar Panels…2:13:30

  • Smart meters operate around 900 MHz; can go as high as 2.4 GHz
    • Magnetic field reading of 20~30mG
  • Shielded Healing power conditioner
  • Power Perfect dirty electricity filter near the solar storage battery
    • Switched on: less than 40mV, switched off: 190mV

-Testing Wearables In the Faraday Tent…2:21:30

-Biohacking Room…2:31:15

  • PEMF Chair measurements:
    • 0.4mV and 29μA
    • On PEMF device: 7.8pps(Hz) and 103mG; reading on Brian’s meters: 16.7Hz
    • Body current: 26μA at 44kHz (device is producing dirty electricity)
    • Dirty electricity filter cut the dirty electricity in half
  • Some ground current is measured from the difference between foundation ground and house-ground potential
  • BioCharger has more or less similar frequency to the infrared sauna
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) chamber (use code BEN to save $500)
    • With device off: electric field at 2000μV

-The Office…2:57:45

  • Desk space
    • Ultimate Longevity grounding mat and Ultimate Longevity grounding patches
      • Plugged in: 130mV, 7μA (dirty ground)
      • Patches unplugged: 400mV
      • Unplugged: 93mV
      • Grounding mat increases body voltage
      • Not grounded at all: 1900mV, body current not changed much
    • NanoVi running: 4.8V, body with 1.3V
    • Micro amps measure dirty ground
    • Patches help drop the body voltage
    • Replace power cords with E-shielded power cords
  • Testing continuity or resistance of Ben’s skin: 0.6MΩ
  • House grounding versus outside grounding: outside has lower voltage potential
    • 380mV, 3.8μA, DC voltage and current: 860mV, 8.0μA
  • Grounding via mat and patch is counterproductive
  • It is always recommended to ground everything at one point/location. Different locations have different voltages.
  • Eizo Flex Monitor with Iris Blue Light Blocking Software
    • Monitor flicker: 200Hz with the lights off
    • Flicker is less with the lights on (incandescent bulb lights are filling in the gaps of the flicker)
  • Brian uses and recommends ASUS Eye Care Monitors or Acer VisionCare Monitors
  • Blood Glucose Monitor
  • Morozko Forge (use code BENFORGE to save $150)
    • There is some electrical current in the water; 0V on the tank and in the water
    • 7.8μA DC current near the Forge
    • Good grounding in the water
  • On the grounds: from the house ground to the outside ground current
  • Book: Dirty Electricity by Sam Milham, epidemiologist on dirty electricity and all things EMF

Closing Ceremony…3:30:00

Resources from this episode:

Brian Hoyer:

Luke Storey’s EMF Home Safety Masterclass

– BGF Podcasts:

– Books:

– Gear and equipment:

– Supplements:

– Other resources:

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Why Your DNA Is Worthless (& What You Need To Focus On Instead).

Your DNA alone is worthless.

So claim my guests on today’s show, Dr. Matt Dawson and Dr. Mike Mallin of Wild Health, with locations in Versailles, KY and Bend, OR. I first interviewed these guys in the episode “How To Use Precision Medicine To Enhance Athletic Performance, Defy Aging, Balance Hormones, Fix The Heart & Much More.” and now they’re back to talk all things DNA and genetics.

Dr. Matt Dawson is a precision medicine physician in Lexington, KY, co-host of the Wild Health Podcast, and has been obsessed with performance optimization as long as he can remember. He received scholarships to play two sports in college even with “minimal talent” because of his voracious reading and implementation of any fitness or nutritional techniques that would give him an edge. Dr. Dawson continued that obsession in medical school, and as a physician, he has won national awards for education, innovation, and leadership. He has lectured in over 20 countries and trained thousands of other physicians through live lectures, online education, two textbooks, and an educational app.

Dr. Dawson combines his training in genomics and functional medicine to give personalized, precise medical guidance. His obsession with performance optimization has morphed from, initially athletic, to now mental performance and longevity. Whether it’s a professional athlete or a grandparent optimizing their mental clarity and mobility to keep up with their grandkids, Dr. Dawson is passionate about helping everyone perform at their absolute peak.

Dr. Mike Mallin is a physician in Bend, OR who is obsessed with health performance and precision medicine and is co-founder of the Wild Health Podcast. He completed medical school in South Carolina and trained in Emergency Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT where he competed in several ultramarathons and found his love for the mountains and performance.

Mike currently practices in Bend, OR and Lexington, KY in his precision medicine clinics. He is also co-founder of the Ultrasound Podcast, an educational podcast that has taught thousands of physicians all over the world how to use ultrasound.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-Why DNA data in and of itself is insufficient…6:30

  • Epigenomics: Genomics taken in context of the whole person
  • Get a sense of what a person’s genes are transcribing via lab values
  • Understand how lifestyle and habits can affect specific genes (ex. PGC1A)
  • Needed a simplified means of interpreting genetic results
  • Falsehoods have been noted in DNA reports
  • A comprehensive analysis includes lifestyle, preferences, microbiome, etc.
  • DNA reports will occasionally translate RSID’s wrong
  • Misreading data can lead to unhealthy lifestyle decisions

-What sets Drs. Dawson and Mallin’s new software apart from other DNA software…13:26

  • Lifestyle and patient preferences factor heavily
  • Microbiome data is important
  • Looking for a more comprehensive picture of a patient than simple data
  • Cholesterol levels, cardiovascular conditions, etc. are taken into account

-The results from the software thus far…18:11

  • “Whole picture” approach allows for more accurate diagnoses and appropriate recommendations
  • Cardiovascular risk down  by over 50% in less than 6 months on average
  • LP(a) decreases more than 2 years of statin treatment
  • LDL-P down an average of 357 points per patient
  • CRP down over 50% in patients who start off with it elevated
  • Average HRV increase of 15 from genomic-based training programs
  • All mostly without pharmaceuticals

-How Matt and Mike test for aging and their “gold standard” longevity protocol…23:32

  • Get the basics right first: sleep, environment, exercise, sunlight, etc.
  • Personalized: genomics, preference-based
  • Get biological age first:
    • True Age Test
    • DNA Age Test
  • Horvath Clock tests methylation in the body; telomere test results have been erratic
  • Pulse press cycle is important
  • MOTS-C
  • Resveratrol
  • NAD
  • Article: Growth hormone, DHEA, and metformin reversed aging
  • Use peptides w/ caution; opt for natural treatments first
  • Exercise protocols used during anabolic phase of treatment
  • Dr. John Douillard’s Colorado Cleanse
  • Dr. Valter Longo’s Prolon Kit

-NAD protocols used by Mike, Matt, and Ben…43:00

-Peptides used in the Wild Health practice…50:23

  • Semax for neuro-cognitive  strength
  • Selank for anxiety
  • Dihexa for neural optimization
  • CJC-1295
  • Ipamorelin
  • Epithalon
  • GHK
  • Zinc Thymulin
  • Tailor Made triple (zinc, copper and minoxidil)
  • BPC 157 and Thymosin Beta 500 for injury recovery

-Goings on at the Kentucky Castle…53:48

  • Spa, float tank, cryotherapy, sauna on site
  • Food and farming on site
    • Organic garden
    • Sheep and goats
    • Chickens
  • April 7-9 conference
    • Ben will be speaking
    • Teach how to apply what’s been discussed in this episode
    • Open to the public, but focused on physicians and practitioners

-How Mike and Matt practice what they preach on an individual level…56:45

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

Wild Health MD website

April 7-9 event at the castle (Stay tuned to my calendar for details.)

DNA methylation age of human tissues and cell types

Growth hormone, DHEA, and metformin reversed aging


Dr. John Douillard’s Colorado Cleanse

Dr. Valter Longo’s Prolon Kit

Quicksilver Push Catch Liver detox

Weston A. Price diet

Thorne Resveracel

Tailor Made Compounding

MiCacao cacao tea

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Dr. Gundry and Darin Olien discuss the world’s most powerful “superfoods”

Ever wondered what makes a “superfood” super?

My guest on today’s episode of The Dr. Gundry Podcast, Darin Olien, has traveled to over 40 countries in search of the most powerful and nutritious foods on earth. His travels have even earned him the nickname “Superfood Hunter.”

And recently, Darin has come across one of the most nutritious (and tasty!) foods on earth — and it’s now available in grocery stores across the country.

On this episode, Darin and I chat about some of the world’s most powerful foods, five secrets to a longer life, and the “snack food” you should be eating A LOT more of.

So listen in — you won’t want to miss this episode!

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The shocking “exotic” secret the food companies DON’T want you to know (6:00)
  • How stress has produced one of the most potent and powerful olive oils in the world (you won’t believe where these olives are growing) (7:15)
  • How one tiny nut nearly sparked a war (14:15)
  • My “go to” low-calorie snack that is WAY more nutritious than an almond (17:00)
  • One “brain-boosting” fruit that you’re probably NOT eating (and why that’s actually shocking) (28:05)
  • Darin’s 3 “desert island” superfoods and why you should be consuming more of them (29:50)
  • Five “globe-trotting” secrets for a longer, happier, and more vibrant life (32:00)
  • The “dangerous” secret buried in the label of your kombucha (38:35)

Mentioned on this episode:

SuperLife: The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit, and Eternally Awesome


SuperLife Living (Twitter)

Daren Olien (Instagram)

Baruka Nuts (official site)

Baruka Nuts (Facebook)

The Longevity Paradox 

If you like this episode, you may also enjoy:

172 Marathons, 16 months in prison – but THIS was the hardest thing he did.

Biohacking — Bulletproof Style

Are we addicted to chemicals in soil? l Eugenia Bone

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7 Crazy Biohacks You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!

Strap yourselves in for a wild biohacking ride full of new biohacks—some of which I hadn’t even heard of.

My guest on today’s podcast is named Marc. That’s it. That’s the only information I’ll release about his identity.

He started his career in investment banking and financing renewable energies and now arranges financing for various government projects—from hydro dams, to farms, to airports—and is now heavily immersed in the fields of biohacking and researching emerging health-enhancing technologies, primarily inspired by managing an incurable genetic defect in his kidneys.

In this podcast, we delve into a host of new biohacking technologies you’ve probably never heard of, from NAD boosters, to stem cell enhancing protocols, to longevity and anti-aging molecules, and much more!

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-How Marc got interested in these biohacks…8:03

  • Doing due diligence for banking investments revealed a lot of flaws in technologies such as solar and wind power
  • Became a trusted voice among his partners and investors due to his findings

-How to change the gravitational pull inside your cells to speed up the healing process…11:38

  • Marc was diagnosed w/ polycystic kidney disease (PKD)
    • Defective on PK-1 protein; cysts develop on the kidney
    • Standard medicine considers it incurable
  • Began ketogenic diet (low glucose slows the growth of the cysts)
  • Increase in klotho protein halts the disease
    • Changes the gravitational pull inside the cells, thus changing the time perspective in which they can heal (40 hrs of healing w/in a 24 hr time frame)
  • Immortalis probiotic
    • Very expensive: ~$2500/month
    • Extremely detail-oriented protocol
    • Use olive oil or yogurt as a precursor approx. 3-4 days before ingesting
  • How the klotho protein is activated and suppressed
    • Psychological stress, inflammation, oxidative stress and depression mitigate its production
    • Angiotensin decreases klotho
    • Vitamin D, insulin, exercise (resistance training), cordyceps, ginseng extract, activated charcoal increase klotho
    • Vitamin D transport system activates immune system
    • Nagalase enzyme suppresses the immune system by suppressing immune cells
    • GcMAF mitigates damage done by nagalase

-Ways to protect from harmful 5G technology…32:15

-The skinny on V-cells…44:30

  • V-cells are totipotent cells
  • Different types of cells:
    • Totipotent cells can become any type of cell (the crème de la crème of stem cells)
    • Pluripotent can be a variety of different cells
    • Multipotent cells, less variety
    • Singular potent – only one type of cell
  • Embryonic-like stem cells
    • “Non-activated”—dormant, body doesn’t know what to do with them
  • Device in the works to increase bioavailability of V-cells
    • High-frequency pulse laser
    • Very small margin of error for it to be efficacious
  • BGF podcasts mentioned:
  • Increased exercise and caloric restriction will mobilize small v-cells

-A mostly unknown way to boost NAD levels…58:02

  • Change the environment so that cells produce NAD sans precursors (such as nicotinamide riboside, NR)
  • NAD increase of 242%
  • NAD+ is used by the body, then converted into NR
    • This becomes downregulated w/ age
  • Nuchido for boosting NAD

-A natural way to upregulate endothelial stem cells…1:03:55

-Interesting biohacks related to water…1:07:42

-A device that increases the mineral density of plants…1:18:03

  • Ark Crystals
  • Lab-grown
  • Placed close to organism w/ water, allows water to come back to its original structure
  • Pesticides are not necessary
  • Water becomes 100% coherent
  • Water and Wellness deuterium-depleted water

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

Endocrine function and neurobiology of the longest-living rodent, the naked mole-rat

The secreted Klotho protein restores phosphate retention and suppresses accelerated aging in Klotho mutant mice

Immortalis (Klotho supporting probiotic)

Theory Of Relativity Video by Dr. Marco Ruggiero from RAADFest

5G Bio Shield

Impact of EMF on the microbiome

The BluShield device (code: BEN)

Flula Borg’s YouTube channel

– Book: The Human Photosynthesis

– Book: Boundless

Nuchido for boosting NAD

Water And Wellness hydrogen water drinking tablets (code: GREENFIELD)

Water And Wellness hydrogen bath tablets (code: GREENFIELD)

HBOT chamber Ben uses

Ark Crystals

Water And Wellness Deuterium Depleted Water (code: GREENFIELD)

Dr. Halland Chen

Dr. Neil Riordan

Get Instant Access to the ARK crystal Human Study Report

– BGF podcasts mentioned:

The following links are research articles and reports sent to Ben by our guest.

– Reports on Low Deuterium Water

Advanced Resonance Kinetics Crystal Technology

Effects of Pre-surgical Vitamin D Supplementation and Ketogenic Diet in a Patient with Recurrent Breast Cancer

Molecular Hydrogen Increases Stress Resilience in Mice

Aqua Cure brochure

The Ruggiero-Klinghardt (RK) Protocol for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Conditions with Particular Focus on Lyme Disease

Advanced Resonance Kinetics Crystal Technology

Antioxidant Bioactivity of Molecular Hydrogen Gas Produced by Intestinal Bacteria with Undigested Carbohydrates

Serotonin and dopamine graphic

Fecal microbiota and brain microbiota in neurological diseases

Could hydrogen sulfide hold the key to a longer life?

Phospholipase C activation induced by noradrenaline in rat hippocampal slices is potentiated by GABA-receptor stimulation

A new methodology of viewing extra-axial fluid and cortical abnormalities in children with autism via transcranial ultrasonography

Commentary: Structural and functional features of central nervous system lymphatic vessels

A Novel Approach to Klotho Aimed at Delaying and Reversing Aging

The Human Microbiota and the Immune System; Reflections on Immortality

Alzheimer DNA Activation and Relativistic Time Dilation

Molecular hydrogen: a therapeutic antioxidant and beyond

Emerging mechanisms and novel applications of hydrogen gas therapy

Hydrogen Sulfide, the Next Potent Preventive and Therapeutic Agent in Aging and Age-Associated Diseases

A New Approach for the Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disorders. Molecular Hydrogen Significantly Reduces the Effects of Oxidative Stress

On the impact of quantum biology and relativistic time dilation in autism

Effects of Vitamin D3 and Paricalcitol on Immature Cardiomyocytes: A Novel Role for Vitamin D Analogs in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases

Molecular hydrogen: A preventive and therapeutic medical gas for various diseases

Independent expression of human a or B platelet-derived growth factor receptor cDNAs in a naive hematopoietic cell leads to functional coupling with mitogenic and chemotactic signaling pathways

Protease and cyclooxygenase inhibitors synergistically prevent activationofhuman platelets

Klotho: a humeral mediator in CSF and plasma that influences longevity and susceptibility to multiple complex disorders, including depression

Recent Advances in Studies of Molecular Hydrogen against Sepsis

Modification of plasma glycosaminoglycans in long distance runners

Hydrogen sulfide increases thermotolerance and lifespan in Caenorhabditis elegans

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Gina Hill tells Dr. Steven Gundry how going lectin-free changed her life.

If you eat right, make healthy choices, and STILL feel lousy… you’re not alone.

Not too long ago, my guest Gina Hill suffered from migraines, cystic acne, joint pain, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, pulsatile tinnitus, chronic fatigue, and depression — all while eating what she THOUGHT was a healthy diet.

But when she learned how to cut lectins from her diet, she was able to turn things around. “Since going lectin-free, I’ve reversed my Hashimotos and my thyroid levels are normal for the first time in 10 years,” says Gina Hill about her incredible results of going on the Plant Paradox program.*

As a result of her newfound health, she created “Lectin Free Creations by Gina,” a website and Instagram account with tasty lectin-free recipes and has even launched a lectin-free revolution in own community in Warrenton, Virginia. 

On this episode of the Dr. Gundry Podcast, we discuss what it takes to go lectin-free, and how to eat right without feeling deprived.

We also discuss the almost instant benefits that can come with going lectin free.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What your doctors aren’t telling you about your adult acne (4:30)
  • The nightmarish symptoms of Rocky Mountain Fever (5:17)
  • Gina’s grocery bag tip for cutting out lectins “cold turkey” (12:40)
  • The truth about Ezekiel Bread (it’s not all it’s cracked up to be) (13:20)
  • The “dangerous” meal Gina was eating every day (you might be eating it too!) (14:20)
  • The instant benefits of going lectin free. (17:00)
  • Why the idea of “everything in moderation” needs to die (19:50)
  • What your fingers and toes say about your gut health (24:00)
  • An easy starter meal for lectin free “newbies” (30:00)
  • Gina’s no-nonsense secret for being successful on The Plant Paradox diet (34:20)
  • The connection between cutting lectins… and your eyebrows. Yep, really! (35:15)
  • The best lectin-free influencers to follow on Instagram (37:20)
  • What cheese and hard drugs have in common (41:20)
  • The food you should eat at night to help alleviate muscle cramps (46:30

*The Dr. Gundry Podcast does not offer medical advice.

Mentioned on this episode:

Rocky Mountain Fever

Ezekiel bread

Study on addictive foods 

Lectin Free Creations Instagram page

Lectin Free Creations by Gina website

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Natural Birth Control Alternatives & The Dangers Of The Pill

My guest on today’s show, Dr. Jolene Brighten, is a functional medicine naturopathic doctor and the founder of Rubus Health, a women’s medicine clinic that specializes in women’s hormones. She is recognized as a leading expert in post-birth control syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives. Dr. Brighten is the best-selling author, speaker, and regular contributor to several online publications including MindBodyGreen. She is a medical advisor for one of the first data-driven apps to offer women personalized birth control recommendations.

You might be familiar with her also as the author of Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill.

Out of the 100 million women (almost 11 million in the United States alone) who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences. Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging drive, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse.

Dr. Brighten specializes in treating women’s hormone imbalances caused by the pill and shares her proven 30-day program designed to reverse the myriad of symptoms women experience every day—whether you choose to stay on the pill or not.

Featuring simple diet and lifestyle interventions, this podcast will be a crucial step to reversing the risky side effects of the pill, finally finding hormonal health, and getting your badass self back.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-An overview of how the pill works…9:38

  • Dr. Brighten is a former user of the pill; didn’t understand the ramifications until studying in natural medicine
  • It works at your brain level
    • How do the ovaries know when to ovulate?
    • The pill distorts FSH/LH levels, thus affecting ovulation, menstrual cycles, etc.
    • Causes mood alterations and even difficulty getting pregnant once off the pill
  • What normal FSH/LH levels should be sans the pill
    • Day 1 of the period begins the “flow” of maturing eggs
    • FSH and estrogen rise
    • Once ovulation occurs, the corpus luteum secretes progesterone
  • Every form of birth control produces progestin, not progesterone
    • Weight gain is common
    • Water retention due to lack of progesterone
    • Moodiness is common
  • Key point: A woman stops ovulating because the pill is affecting her body at the brain level

-Dr. Brighten’s thoughts on supplementing w/ progesterone…16:03

  • There’s a time and place for it, but first ask “why” you need it
  • Can help w/ anxiety, sleep quality,
  • Women need progesterone to strengthen the myelin sheath in the brain; also w/ neuroplasticity
  • Important for bone health and the immune system
  • Book: Adrenaline Dominance
  • Book: The Warrior Diet
  • Some men can benefit from progesterone supplements
  • A safe environment is vital for progesterone levels
    • Stressful environments affect natural progesterone levels
    • The body will produce cortisol rather than reproductive hormones

-Why women are not equitably represented in the scientific community…23:43

  • Lean females should use caution while participating in intermittent fasting
  • Laws forbidding women from participating in studies have inhibited accurate data
  • Basic economics: it’s cheaper and easier to study males, be it humans or animals

-Real-time consequences of being on the pill…33:30

  • It affects which partner a woman is attracted to
    • Makes a woman less attractive to ideal partners
    • A woman may not be attracted to their partner when they come off the pill

-Effects of the pill on athletic performance…45:20

-How to go about getting off the pill…57:15

  • “All or nothing situation”; don’t wean yourself off
    • The brain is confused w/ reduced amounts of the pill if taking smaller quantities
  • Women use the pill for symptom management, vs. birth control
    • The symptoms will return if you don’t adjust your lifestyle
    • Prep the body for 90 days before going off the pill
  • Protocol  for Post Birth Control Syndrome, like addressing leaky gut issues, like slippery elm bark, marshmallow, aloe vera extract, colostrum, CoQ10
  • Organ meats are good (nature’s multivitamin)
  • Focus on every system in the body
  • Women have been able to save their own lives, advocating for themselves w/ doctors, in the ER, etc. (medical gender bias)

-More natural birth control alternatives…1:08:38

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

– Book: Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill by Jolene Brighten

Birth Control Hormone Reset™

– Book: Adrenaline Dominance by Michael Platt

– Book: The Warrior Diet by Ori Hofmekler

– Article: Science is male-dominated

– Article: Women aren’t properly represented in scientific studies.

– Book: ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life by Stacy Sims

– Book: In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life by Alisa Vitti

Organ meats by U.S. Wellness meats

Ancestral Supplements organ capsules

Oova birth control tracking method

Natural Cycles app

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The Link Between Air Pollution, Glyphosate & Pandemics

Zach Bush, MD is a physician specializing in internal medicine, endocrinology, and hospice care, who first joined me for the episode “Why You Can’t Get Away From The Toxin Glyphosate (& What You Can Do About It).

He is an internationally recognized educator and thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease, and food systems. Dr. Zach founded Seraphic Group and the non-profit Farmer’s Footprint to develop root-cause solutions for human and ecological health. His passion for education reaches across many disciplines, including topics such as the role of soil and water ecosystems in human genomics, immunity, and gut/brain health. His education has highlighted the need for a radical departure from chemical farming and pharmacy, and his ongoing efforts are providing a path for consumers, farmers, and mega-industries to work together for a healthy future for people and planet.

During this show, we get into the viral pandemic, the George Floyd crisis, how we can save our planet, your microbiome and how to treat it properly, and much, much more.

Hand-in-hand with this podcast, I highly, highly recommend you listen to the four interviews that my friend Rich Roll conducted with Dr. Zach Bush:

Zach also recently recorded an excellent interview about viruses with Del Bigtree of The Highwire, which you can listen to here.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-Zach’s thoughts on the global reaction to the coronavirus pandemic…7:30

  • The reaction in Fiji (where he was living) was on community
  • Awareness that the focus was mostly on Italy, the U.S., China, etc. not on them
  • The effects of COVID-19 pale in comparison with respiratory disease in developing nations

-Whether or not we should fear viruses…10:00

  • The “demonization” of the current virus was inaccurate scientifically and extremely harmful to the response to it
  • More were killed by the response than by the virus itself
  • Viruses are incorrectly labeled as a part of the microbiome
  • Microbiome = “small living organisms”
    • Viruses are not “alive” like the microbiome is alive
    • None of the genomic workforces, even found in seeds, are found in viruses
  • A minuscule amount of genetic info is contained in a virus
  • Viruses alone cannot kill people
  • Much more dangerous to be admitted in an ICU with COVID than to have the Ebola virus

-The importance of viruses to life as we know it…18:30

  • The number of viruses in the air (1031) is 10 million times the number of stars in the universe
  • There’s a similar number of viruses in the ocean, and the same number in the soil
  • If viruses could kill human beings, we never would have proliferated as a species
  • Viruses predate multicellular life by billions of years
  • 50% of the human genome is shown to be the result of viral insertion
  • Retroviruses perform critical functions to life
  • Adaptation and biodiversity are the codes of life on the planet
  • There’s no such thing as static biology; always looking for the next best adaptation
  • The biohacking community is forcing biological adaptations in the human body via change in lifestyle, environment, etc.
  • Knowledge of the viral kingdom in and around us is crucial to understanding how we can foment these biological changes
  • Viruses that affect humans originate in humans
  • We do not produce antibodies to viruses; we produce antibodies to proteins made by genetic info held by viruses

-How dramatic changes in the production of food in 1976 led to the current pandemic…26:25

  • Viruses are engineered by the human body to have a specific target
  • A virus in the body doesn’t cause sickness unless it reaches a concentration level that overwhelms the genomic data
  • Between 1976-81, the understanding of viruses related to the human body changed
  • Coronavirus events 1200 and 700 years ago
  • Human blood banks contain HIV virus as far back as 1967; first case of AIDS wasn’t until early 1980s
  • 12,000+ pandemics worldwide since 1976 (influenza, flu, other viruses)
  • We need to be plugged into nature in order to be resilient and balanced with nature
  • We’ve been separating from nature via technology for hundreds of years
  • Millions of people have HIV latency; carry the virus and show no symptoms
  • Glyphosate is rampant via pesticides and herbicides; spreads genetically modified seeds throughout the agricultural ecosystem
  • Essential amino acids cannot be produced by the body
  • They are processed via the Shikimate pathway, which is blocked by Roundup; inhibits the production of other essential amino acids
  • Rise in Hepatitis C cases in 1992, the same year wheat began to be sprayed in the U.S.
  • A genomic update occurs as a result of genetic modification of food
  • Map showing glyphosate use in the U.S. between 1992-2012
  • COVID-19 hotspots are synonymous with high glyphosate spraying
  • Clumping of the COVID virus leads to high mortality rates
  • Hubei Province in China is the highest spray of glyphosate as well as the highest use of antibiotics in pork production in the world
  • COVID-19 does not cause the illness; it is the dramatic changes in the environment that create toxicity when exposed to the virus
  • Histotoxic hypoxia
  • PM 2.5
  • ACE2 receptor
  • Changes in the lung as we age, which upregulate ACE2 receptors beyond normal functions
  • People with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease are most susceptible; all 3 are treated with ACE inhibitor and statin drugs
  • A more sensible approach would have been to promote a plant-based diet, remove statin drugs from seniors, and halt influenza vaccines

-Why COVID-19 became a global pandemic…53:49

  • Viruses are crucial to life on the planet; have always been around us
  • Glyphosate exposure inhibits scissor mechanisms in our genes
  • Air pollution causes viral “clumping”
  • Medications increase expression of ACE receptors
  • COVID-19 became a much bigger issue than a typical coronavirus for all the reasons listed above
  • “We’re dying of our own toxicity”
  • Flu season occurs during high carbon exposure (typically in mid-November after leaves fall off, harvest is completed, etc.)
  • It’s not the virus; it’s the body’s relationship to the virus in relation to the amount of carbon in the environment
  • Coronavirus peaked in March-April, when carbon levels are at their highest globally
  • Herd immunity = balanced genomic relationship to the virus (exposure to the coronavirus is a good thing)
  • We don’t need a vaccine; the human genome will be in balance with the coronavirus in due time (as with SARS, MERS, etc.)
  • The reaction to the current pandemic is contradictory to what science has been revealing for the last ~30 years

-An informed and rational response to the current COVID-19 pandemic…1:03:00

  • A sterile ICU is the worst place to be after exposure to a coronavirus
  • An ideal ICU: breathing natural air, allowing bacteria to proliferate, bringing the body into balance with nature
  • The microbiome is a gift to prevent and treat infection
  • Need to create cities that are integrated with agricultural settings
  • Farmer’s Footprint
  • The future will be a regenerated planet; learn to build and engineer within the context of life
  • A paradigm shift of perspective regarding human life and the environment is necessary for our survival
  • Species are going extinct at alarming rates (10k fold increase in the last 35 years)
  • Scientific orthodoxy is not prepared for the changes that need to occur for life on the planet to proliferate
  • Consciousness is rising; evident through both the positive and negative responses
  • The current pandemic caused the entire world to focus on one thing (similar to how meditation causes you to focus on one thing)
  • Air pollution in Hubei Province (ground zero for coronavirus) went down to lowest levels in 40+ years due to a reduction in air pollution
  • Mortality often goes down when access to pharmaceuticals or access to sterile ICU’s is restricted
  • Only use oil and fossil fuels when the earth can handle it (summer months)

-How regenerative farming differs from organic farming…1:17:15

  • Organic farming is a list of “don’ts”
  • Change in focus from the highest yield of product to highest quality and nutrient density in the soil
  • Healthy soil makes healthy plants which don’t need herbicides and pesticides
  • Change demand and relationship between humans and the land where food is grown
  • Taking care of biology can reverse years of dysfunction in a short time (days, weeks, months)
  • Halting spraying of herbicides and pesticides can renew life in the soil as early as the next planting season

-What the Black Lives Matter movement can teach us about the earth’s microbiome…1:23:00

-And much more!

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

Dr. Zach Bush:

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Is JOOVV’s red light therapy the next big thing in medicine?

It can improve the appearance of your skin, help you deal with pain and inflammation, and even boost your mood…

What I’m describing isn’t some previously undiscovered nutrient — I’m talking about red light.

My guest on today’s episode of The Dr. Gundry Podcast is Scott Nelson, the cofounder of JOOVV, a red light and near infrared light therapy startup. Just a few years ago, Scott was a self-admitted skeptic of the benefits of red light… until he started reading the science.

On today’s show, Scott and I are going to dive into the science behind red light therapy, how and why it could help YOU slow aging and heal faster, and a simple and free way to get many of those benefits today.

So tune in to this episode and learn all about the next big thing in health and longevity.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why light can actually give you MORE energy (2:45)
  • The proven beneficial effects of red light on your skin and on pain and inflammation (4:00)
  • What the San Francisco 49ers know about red light therapy — and why everyone else is finally catching up (5:00)
  • Why red light and near infrared light are nothing like the “scary wavelengths” you find in 5G and other electronic devices (10:00)
  • You spend a shocking 93% of your entire life doing THIS (13:45)
  • The free and abundant source of healing energy you’re not getting enough of (16:30)
  • The “Home Depot solution” for red light therapy and why you SHOULDN’T try it at home (18:45)
  • How one big skeptic came around on the science of “woo woo” red light therapy (21:15)
  • The 1 type of light you MUST avoid to improve the health of your entire body (27:45)
  • What happened when I tested red light on my own body (and why my dogs absolutely loved it) (31:30)
  • The “forehead trick” for using near infrared light to improve your sleep (35:00)
  • Why aiming red light at a certain part of the male anatomy can have a DRAMATIC effect on testosterone levels (38:15)
  • Why you should ditch the “happy lamp” and get “more bang for your buck” with red light (38:15)
  • How much wine you’d need to drink to get 100mg of resveratrol (it’s A LOT more than you think) (40:45)

Mentioned on this episode:

JOOVV (official website)

PubMed search for red light therapy

Chromophores (definition)

Source of that 93% statistic

Red light therapy and increasing testosterone in men (from JOOV)

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Overcoming Addictions with Plant Medicine – Gerard Powell – #650

In this episode of Bulletproof Radio, I’m talking to a guest who by all outward appearances had it all. A member of the “one-percent,” Gerard Powell made his millions from creating and selling multiple companies. But his life was a mess in many ways, and he battled multiple addictions.

In his new book, “Sh*t the Moon Said: A Story of Sex, Drugs, and Transformation,” he says, “My many addictions during those years—drugs, alcohol, sex—were certainly destructive to myself and damaging to the people around me. But if there was anything good about that behavior, it would be the fact that I was seeking a different state of consciousness. I was seeking it in all the wrong places, but at least I was a seeker.”

Through plant medicine he mapped a psycho-spiritual path that helped him overcome his addictions and achieve lasting peace. Today, Gerard shares his journey and life-changing experience with ayahuasca—as well as how he now brings what he’s learned to others.

Gerard now is a consciousness thought-leader, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and inspirational speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica, which is a go-to destination for a spiritually awakening experience.

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Overcoming Addictions with Plant Medicine – Gerard Powell – #650


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Key Notes

  • Gerry had a “very bad start” in life 00:06:45
  • How Gerry used plant medicine to heal 00:15:55
  • Does Gerry worry about mind control aspect of these drugs? 00:20:00
  • People can go crazy from meditation 00:21:30
  • Having visions during breathwork versus plant medicine 00:23:4
  • How do you come back from a trip like this? 00:25:00
  • Why Gerry doesn’t vote 00:30:30
  • How do you know you are “merging with your soul?” 00:32:15
  • What the skeptical science minds say about shamanic practices 00:34:00
  • You don’t have to do drugs! 00:38:30
  • The relationship between addiction and trauma 00:42:00
  • The breathwork that Gerry does 00:46:20
  • Is this really happening or is it a placebo? 00:49:30
  • What are “machine elves” 00:54:20
  • Do people like what they find when they do this work? 00:57:45

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What The Mycobiome Is & What You Can Do About Fungal Overgrowth

Most people understand the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for digestive health and overall wellbeing. But what about the mycobiome―the fungi that live inside our bodies? This podcast introduces this important component of the microbiome and explains how diet affects this population and how its balance or imbalance can make you feel. A poor balance of fungi can lead to weight gain, pain, bloating, low energy, and can even worsen symptoms for those with IBS or Crohn’s.

Good news: Gut fungi respond quickly and dramatically to dietary and lifestyle changes. Within 24 hours, you can remake your mycobiome—supporting a path to weight loss, better digestion, and more energy. Alongside this accessible gut science, my guest, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, author of the new book “Total Gut Balance: Fix Your Mycobiome Fast for Complete Digestive Wellness” outlines fast changes for fostering healthy fungi. In it, you’ll discover 7- and 20-day diet plans—with more than 50 dietician-tested recipes—to cultivate a thriving mycobiome as well as methods for tweaking your lifestyle for long-term gut health.

Dr. Ghannoum is a tenured professor and director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Educated in Lebanon, England and the United States, he received his PhD in microbial physiology from the University of Technology in England and an Executive MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He has spent his entire career studying medically important fungi and publish-ing extensively about their virulence factors, especially in microbial biofilms.

Over the past decade, Dr. Ghannoum recognized the role of the microbial community (both bacterial and fungal) in human health and published the first study describing the oral fungal community, coining the term “mycobiome.” He described the bacterial microbiome (bacteriome) and the mycobiome in HIV-infected patients and led the characterization of the interaction between bacteria and fungi as they relate to health and disease. In 2016, he published an opinion piece in The Scientist on the contribution of the mycobiome to human health and was consequently invited to speak at a number of meetings organized by the National Institutes of Health. He conducted a study characterizing the bacterial and fungal communities in Crohn’s disease patients that resulted in the first model of microbiome dysbiosis that implicated cooperation between bacteria and fungi in biofilms. This work resulted in a publication that received national and international coverage.

Dr. Ghannoum is also a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and a past president of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA). He has received many distinguished awards for his research, and in 2013, he was selected as “Most Interesting Person” by Cleveland Magazine. In 2016, he received the Rhoda Benham Award presented for his continuous outstanding and meritorious contributions to medical mycology from the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas and the Freedom to Discover Award from Bristol-Myers Squibb for his work on microbial biofilms. In 2017, he was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He continues to be a pioneer in the characterization of the human microbiome.

With over 400 peer-reviewed publications to his credit and six published books on antifungal therapy, microbial biofilms, Candida adherence, and related topics, Dr. Ghannoum continues to be a prominent leader in his field. The National Institutes of Health has continually funded his research since 1994, and he recently received a large NIH grant to study the mechanisms of bacterial/fungal interaction in intestinal inflammation, such as in colitis and Crohn’s disease. He has also consulted for many international pharmaceutical and biotech companies and co-founded multiple successful and profitable companies, including BIOHM Health, launched in 2016, that engineer products and services to address the critical role of the bacterial and fungal communities in digestive and overall health and wellness. BIOHM Health was just awarded the Science and Innovation Award by Nutrition Business Journal. Dr. Ghannoum lives in Cleveland with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

During this discussion, you’ll discover:

-The story behind Dr. Ghannoum coining the term “mycobiome”…7:40

  • Mycology is the study of fungi; mycobiome refers to the fungi in our gut and parts of our body
  • Focusing just on bacteria leads to overgrowth of candida
  • Showed through research that over 100 fungal species exist in a typical human mouth

-Why the human body benefits from having fungus inside it…10:15

  • We need fungi in our gut; good fungi, even candida in low doses, helps the body
    • Helps in breaking down, fermenting food
    • Candida or fungi at colonizer level cleans the immune system
  • Gut Report to test fungus levels in the body
  • Other microbiome tests examine the bacteria only
  • biohmhealth.com

-What good and bad fungi are…14:18

  • It varies by the species
  • Saccharomyces boulardii and Pichia are good all the way around
  • The level of candida is the determining factor, good or bad
    • There are different strains of candida

-Signs and symptoms of a fungal overgrowth…18:32

  • Diarrhea
  • Allergies
  • Pain in the GI tract
  • Damage to gut lining results

-How biofilms protect the gut…21:38

  • Candida cooperates w/ E. coli and Serratia Marcescens (both pathogens) to make a biofilm
    • Plaque on teeth is an example of a biofilm
  • Organisms in the gut are not free-floating; they stick to the gut
  • Complex polysaccharides form around organisms; shields from drugs or immune cells
  • Biofilms are resistant to being broken down
  • Echinocandins inhibit the synthesis of the fungal cell wall:
    • Caspofungin
    • Micafungin
    • Anidulafungin

-How people get fungal infections…29:00

  • Immunocompromised patients typically have lots of antibiotics (killing useful bacteria and allowing candida overgrowth)
  • Goes through GI tract and attacks blood
  • Nurses and doctors are carriers
  • Surgery
  • Steroids exacerbate susceptibility to candida infections

-Differences and similarities between SIFO and SIBO…35:40

  • Similar symptoms
  • Nausea is more prevalent and severe in SIFO patients
  • Abdominal pain and gas is more prevalent in SIBO
  • SIFO patients grow candida
  • 19% of patients can have both SIBO and SIFO

-How popular diets may contribute to fungal overgrowth…39:05

  • Mediterranean diet:
    • Lots of grains, carbs, pasta (can encourage growth of candida)
    • Follow the diet, provided you consume alcohol in moderation (sugars are problematic)
  • Paleo diet may contain too little prebiotic content
  • Mycobiome diet is customizable to the individual

-What life looks like on the mycobiome diet…46:10

  • Goal is to limit growth of candida, and pro-inflammatory bacteria
  • People low in Vitamins A, B, C are vulnerable
  • Encourage beneficial bacteria (fibers, resistance starches)
  • Stop biofilms (harming gut lining and causing inflammation)
  • Cruciferous veggies are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
  • The best food can still result in imbalance in the gut
  • Lifestyle factors:
    • Exercise, walk, hike, etc.
    • Blood can divert from the heart, lungs during extreme exercise
  • No full-fat dairy
  • Herbs and spices that are particularly efficacious:
  • Supplements
  • Sample breakfast:
  • Sample lunch:
    • Lentil soup, spring onions, lemon, chicken
    • Salad w/ cucumber, spring onion, garlic, lettuce, salmon
    • Pistachios are great for the biome
  • Sample dinner:

-How to find a physician who is knowledgeable in treating SIFO…1:05:11

-And much more…

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode.

Resources from this episode:

– Book: Total Gut Balance: Fix Your Mycobiome Fast for Complete Digestive Wellness

BIOHM Health testing

Great Lakes Pharmaceuticals B-Lock for biofilms

Fiber and Colon Health On A Well-Formulated Ketogenic Diet: New Insights Question Its Role As An Unconditional Requirement

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