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SIBO Made Simple | EP 21 | East vs. West: Using Acupuncture, Gua Sha and Other Tenets of Chinese Medicine to Treat Thyroid and Gut Issues with Dr. Heidi Lovie

A lot of integrative medicine these days blends practices from Western science and ancient cultures. But rarely do we get to fully understand the principles of the Eastern approach and how we can apply them to our healing journey.

In today’s episode, I have one of my personal practitioners, Dr. Heidi Lovie, discussing the tenets of Chinese Medicine, including modalities like acupuncture, herbs, moxabustion and gua sha, and what they teach us about thyroid and gut disorders. Heidi is a member of the HashiPosse herself, so we go deep on how acupuncture, manual therapy and dietary changes can make up the secret sauce for Hashimoto’s healing.

If you’ve be wanting to try acupuncture, or are curious why it works so well for chronic conditions like Hashimoto’s and SIBO, this episode includes so much wisdom.

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:

  • How Chinese Medicine teaches us to live in harmony with nature and what this means in our modern world
  • What changes our bodies have undergone between 2019 BC and 2019 today
  • Why gua sha and manual work is so essential for thyroid therapy – all you need is a ceramic soup spoon!
  • The best diet for Hashimoto’s and why keto + a low carb approach isn’t the best fit
  • SIBO, parasites, and opportunistic viruses – the category they all fit into and how to treat them
  • When to use herbs and when to use acupuncture to treat a gut issue
  • How to detox properly according to Chinese Medicine and what the seasons mean for our diet
  • And so much more…

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SIBO Made Simple | EP 20 | Hemp & Digestive Health: CBD, THC and How to Use Them with Chloe Weber

CBD has become a big buzz word in the wellness world, as a salve for everything from anxiety to gut issues to period pain. But what is it and how does it actually work? In today’s episode, I’m joined by Chloe Weber, a trained herbalist, acupuncturist and founder of Radical Roots, which combines the power of Chinese herbs with full spectrum hemp.

Chloe got into the world of hemp because of her son Remy, who has been using various CBD formulas to ease a neurological condition. She’s a wealth of knowledge about how the endocannabinoid system works, what deliveries best serve digestive disorders, and how to use both hemp and cannabis as part of your SIBO plant medicine cabinet.

If you’ve been wondering whether hemp-based extracts are worth all the anti-inflammatory hype, this episode has so many incredible takeaways!

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:

  • The difference between CBD and THC
  • How to use CBD and THC to treat anxiety, insomnia, SIBO, neurological issues and epilepsy
  • The best formulas and delivery methods for gut health
  • Why smoking hemp or cannabis might be a better choice in certain situations than taking an oil or edible
  • Product terminology to beware of and what you want to see on a package to ensure its therapeutic grade and not snake oil
  • And so much more…

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SIBO Made Simple | EP 19 | The Power of Poop: Are Fecal Transplants the Future of Gut Health? FMT and Its Potential For Treating IBD, SIBO and More with Dr. Andrea McBeth

Is it possible that the most potent medicine in your bathroom is what’s getting flushed down the toilet every day?

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) – taking stool from a healthy person and using it to recolonize the colon of someone with a dysbiotic microbiome – has been one of the most exciting areas of medical research in the last five years.

The simple power of poop has been found to be 92 percent effective in treating the opportunistic and antibiotic resistant bacteria C. difficile, with patients reporting dramatic recoveries within 12 hours.

Though these “ick factor” therapies remain experimental, having not yet received full FDA backing, hundreds of trials are underway across the country to determine their future in treating IBD, SIBO autism, obesity and other inflammatory conditions. And plenty more people have taken matters into their own hands to try their luck with fecal transplants at home.

Today on the podcast, we talk about all things stool transplants: how they work, who might benefit most, and what we still don’t understand about their efficacy within the whole microbial ecosystem in all its complexity. Joining me is Dr. Andrea McBeth of Flora Medicine, who is one of the leading experts in the field.

Make sure to listen to the end of the episode as she also addresses the recent controversy over the FDA halting several trials using fecal transplants and what the future might hold for Big Pharma and every day sufferers.

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:

  • How FMT works and the best mechanisms for delivery for various gut issues
  • Why all the other matter in your poop is equally if not more important than the bacteria when recolonizing your microbiome
  • SIBO, IBD, autism, obesity and other inflammatory conditions that are being explored right now with FMT treatment

SIBO Made Simple | EP 18 | Getting Dirty: The Rules of Greater Gut Health to Teach Our Children and Heal Ourselves with Dr. Maya Shetreat

Research shows that so much of what sets us up for good gut health later in life happens during early childhood. And yet, it’s often when we take our biggest missteps. In today’s episode, we go beyond SIBO to talk about the rules of greater gut health, why our detachment from the earth is making sick, and how by simply getting dirtier we can correct some of the microbiome mistakes from our youth.

I’m joined by Dr. Maya Shetreat, who is a pediatric neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, and bestselling author of The Dirt Cure: Healthy Food, Healthy Gut, Happy Child. In our chat, we discuss what’s happening in a developing gut and how some of the popular ills of childhood – like ear infections, fever, rashes, colic, hyperactivity – relate to food sensitivities and a damaged microbiome. More importantly, Dr. Maya gives us some concrete advice on natural alternatives to conventional over-the-counter drugs that might be damaging your kid’s microbiome further.

If you’re someone who is still putting together all the pieces of your health puzzle (or a child’s) this conversation will bring a lot of aha moments, and offer plenty of suggestions for moving forward. 

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:

  • How the genetic vulnerabilities we’re born with play out via our lifestyle and environmental triggers
  • What being out in nature does for our nervous system and biodiversity
  • How the microbiome interacts with the microvirome – our body’s ecosystem of viruses
  • Why childhood fevers are so important for immune development
  • How gut health impacts the nervous system and why certain children present with neurological issues like ADHD or Autism, and others will get an ear infection
  • Why early childhood emotional or physical trauma can affect gut health later in life
  • Cranial-Sacral Therapy, reiki, chiropractic adjustments and how you

SIBO Made Simple | EP 17 | The Great SIBO Breath Test Debate: How to Prep, Interpret Your Results, and Look at the Bigger Picture with Dr. Patrick Fratellone

SIBO breath testing has been the subject of some pushback in the wider medical community. Today’s episode discusses some of the controversy around the effectiveness of breath testing, when it’s worth doing, how to make sure your results are accurate, and what other tests might be better at getting to the bottom of your gut issues.

Joining me is Dr. Patrick Fratellone, a functional cardiologist and herbalist who used to practice with the late Dr. Robert C. Atkins. He takes us through how he does his gut detective work as a functional medicine doctor, including what comprehensive tests on genetics, vitamin levels and intestinal permeability can tell you about your bigger gut picture.

If you’re someone who’s been debating whether or not to get a breath test for SIBO, this episode might help you weigh that decision.

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:

  • Whether doing a SIBO breath test is worth your time, money and energy
  • What other tests are necessary to determine how your small intestine is functioning
  • Why vitamin D levels are great indicators of your gut health
  • How Dr. Fratellone goes through his process of elimination (hint: SIBO is not the first condition to rule out)
  • MTHFR genes and what they tell you about your health picture, including SIBO
  • Genetic origins of IBS and how to test for them
  • Candida versus SIBO: how to tell the difference
  • Testing for leaky gut / intestinal permeability and why it’s important
  • How to prepare properly for a SIBO breath test so your results are accurate
  • IGG reactivity testing and what it actually tells you

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SIBO Made Simple | EP 16 | IBS & Anxiety: Free Your Mind with Hypnotherapy, Your Gut Will Follow with Dr. Megan Riehl

We’ve all experienced some telling signs that our gut is connected to our mood. Think butterflies in your stomach before a big presentation, that last minute urge to pee before going on stage. And if you’re someone with SIBO or other digestive issues, you might be dealing with some of the other downwind symptoms that occur when we let our anxiety get out of control.

On today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Megan Riehl, a GI psychologist (yes, it’s a thing) who specializes in tactical approaches to relieving visceral hypersensitivity, food fears, and anxiety related to our gut. We talk about how anxiety around your meals or symptoms can become a self-fulfilling IBS prophecy, and explore a really powerful data-backed approach: hypnosis for anxiety, IBS, and other digestive issues.

If you’re someone who’s prone to both anxiety and gut issues, this conversation is a must-listen.

Also, I have a BIG announcement about a secret project I’ve been working on all spring and ways for you to get involved. Don’t miss it.

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and how it helps with anxiety and gut issues
  • Breathing exercises to dial down our body tension
  • Gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS, IBD, GERD and other issues
  • Why people get visceral hypersensitivity from nerve endings
  • Why you should see a GI doctor in addition to a therapist, and vice versa
  • Cognitive restructuring around food fear and anxiety
  • How to tell the difference between SIBO-induced food fear and disordered eating
  • Strategies for approaching a meal when you have food anxiety

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