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Just like our skin, gut and mouth, vaginas also have a unique microbiome that impacts everything from comfort to sex to birth, and beyond. Andrea talks to Takiya Ballard, a Certified Nurse Midwife, about how to keep a vagina happy during all phases of life. They discuss differences in microbes across racial groups, how microbial diversity influence…
 
Andrea (@dreeats) is joined by Afif Ghannoum (@biohmhealth) to chat about the state of microbiome research and the cool products hitting the market. First up is Perfect Day, a vegan dairy milk made with microbes, then the two talk about COVID and the microbiome connection, increased COVID risk with stomach acid inhibitors, and advances in therapeut…
 
During COVID-19, the rates of depression and anxiety have skyrocketed to unprecedented numbers. But for those suffering, there's little talk about how the microbiome drives the brain's wiring for mental health (or illness). Andrea talks to Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum about the strength of the gut brain connection, plus a new study on the power of benefici…
 
Introducing a new monthly segment that we’re calling "Straight From The Gut" where Andrea is joined by Afif Ghannoum to talk shop about the microbiome space. On this episode, they discuss: autism and big data, drug interactions and non-responders, the push for personalized medicine, and resurrecting ancient microbes.…
 
It's not only your body that's home to various microbiomes -- your home also harbors countless species, big and small. Rob Dunn, "daily life" biologist and the author of five books, including his most recent, award-winning title "Never Home Alone," joins Andrea to talk about how everything from water filters to sourdough bread inform what's taking …
 
Today, we’re taking a step back from the nitty gritty details of the microbiome and focusing on something we talk about a lot: FIBER. Fiber is the key to making this whole engine of the gut work -- but if we’re not doing it right, it can also cause us a lot of...ahem, discomfort. On today’s show, Andrea talks to Meghan Telpner, a Toronto-based auth…
 
Ever wonder what it actually means to "boost your immune system"? Or have you thought about the measures of good immunity beyond just not getting sick? On this episode, Andrea talks to clinical nutritionist Josh Gitalis about how 70-80% of our immune system lives in the gut and what we can do in our daily lives - both short- and long-term - to supp…
 
We're talking about (what else?) COVID-19. Dr. Dennis Carroll, former Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Threats Division, joins Andrea to discuss the current pandemic and how our immune systems may have evolved to need viruses. They also talk through the potential paths forward and what individuals can do …
 
Would you give yourself an intestinal worm if it meant you'd no longer have allergies or symptoms of an autoimmune disease? Would you give a few to yourself if it meant preventing those conditions altogether? Duke researcher, Dr. William Parker, talks to Andrea about the groundbreaking field of helminth therapy. On this episode, Andrea talks to Dr.…
 
On this show, Andrea and Tiffany Weir, Associate Professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, discuss her research work, including one of her latest projects that examined what happened to the microbiome when participants ate crickets. They also talk about how the same microbes interact in different …
 
Andrea talks with Dr. Theresa Lyons, an international autism educator, a Yale-trained scientist and autism parent. Dr. Lyons is the premiere voice of scientific reason in the world of autism and has become known as “The Professor of Healing Autism.” They discuss early warning signs and common gut symptoms associated with autism diagnosis, preventat…
 
Have you ever considered how your daily multivitamin contributes to your gut health? Which micronutrients are critical for microbiome balance? And is it possible for a doctor to decipher whether you have gut dysfunction merely by looking at a blood nutrient panel? On this episode, he talks to Andrea about why micronutrients are imperative for optim…
 
Following his groundbreaking research that showed bacteria and fungi work together in our gut’s microbiome, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum discovered that within 24 hours, it's possible to remake your mycobiome, setting yourself on the fast track to weight loss, better digestion, improved health, and more energy. On this show, he discusses his diet and lifes…
 
Recently, scientists discovered strains of fungus in pancreatic cancer patients. This sent shockwaves through the media, but fungi causing disease is nothing new to today’s guest. Doug Kaufmann, host of the popular TV show, Know The Cause, talks to Andrea about how he first discovered the link between fungi and disease, plus breaks down the differe…
 
Would you buy a food or supplement that promised to do all of this daily: Develop antibodies against pathogens you’d been exposed to Change based on the weather Alter itself to support your current level of wellness Provide all of the macro and micronutrients you need to survive and thrive Bolster your immune system - for life Support your microbio…
 
Pre- and probiotic foods and beverages are all the rage...but at what cost? On this episode, microbe lover and Olipop founder Ben Goodwin comes on the show to talk about how consumers can shop smartly at the grocery store, including how to think about proper product formulation. This episode is powered by Total Gut Balance and DrMicrobiome.com.…
 
Have you ever wondered why it seems like the same issues get passed down from generation to generation? Turns out, it’s not a family curse but instead a hard-wiring of trauma that researchers can now see on our DNA. Through the study of epigenetics, scientists are learning that our ancestor’s traumas can have profound health implications for those …
 
Andrea speaks to Dr. Amy Killen about why sexual health is the "canary in the coal mine" for larger issues. They discuss the importance of nitric oxide and how what's happening in your mouth directly impacts not only the gut, but also what's going on between the sheets. This episode is powered by the book, Total Gut Balance by Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum,…
 
Dr. Jolene Brighten is on the show for an eye-opening conversation about how birth control, something women have been told is harmless, has far-reaching implications on the microbiome, overall health and future fertility. Along with discussing common issues, Dr. Brighten explains why birth control impacts our microbial communities and gives tips fo…
 
Nicolas Pineault is the author of the #1 bestselling book The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs and an advocate for safe technologies. On this episode, he talks to Andrea about the buzz around electromagnetic frequencies and whether our technology has the power to impact our microbiome and our overall health. This episode of The Microbiome Report is powere…
 
The alcohol in hand sanitizer kills germs, but does that nightly glass of wine or celebratory shot of tequila have the same killer impact on our gut microbes? On this episode, Andrea talks with Ruari Fairbairns, co-founder of One Year No Beer and Biohm resident scientist, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, about the impact of alcohol on the microbiome. This epi…
 
On this episode, Andrea talks with Dr. Keesha Ewers about a hidden root cause of autoimmune disease: trauma. Dr. Keesha breaks down the difference between little “t” trauma and big “T” trauma, then lays out a path for how to move toward healing from either one. She also gives Andrea insight into why low libido is a huge red flag for deeper issues f…
 
Are there tangible health benefits to positive thinking? What’s up with the placebo effect? And can simply thinking about being well lead to real wellness? Our guest today, Sandi Scheinbaum, says yes. A licensed clinical psychologist for over 35 years, Sandi founded of the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy in collaboration with The Institute for…
 
On this episode, Andrea talks to Dr. Nicole Beurkens, an expert in evaluating and treating a wide range of developmental and mental health issues in children. They discuss how the majority of patients she sees are dealing with gut issues - even if they’re not exhibiting gut-related symptoms and she seamlessly breaks down how the gut and brain are i…
 
On this episode, Andrea talks to Dr. Rachel Fresco, the founder, CEO and chief formulator for Bio-Botanical Research about how herbs provide support for localized and systemic microbial challenges. In this important and winding discussion, they touch on a number of important points, from how to protect yourself against microbial invasions like Lyme…
 
Health insurance and health care in America is expensive and broken. For those of us who are taking care of ourselves and staying out of the doctor’s office, it can feel like we’re paying huge deductibles and premiums…for not much in return. On this episode, James Maskell, founder of Knew Health, talks to Andrea about why functional care isn’t cove…
 
Shocking estimates by the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association now say that 20 percent of Americans - that’s 1 in 5 - have an autoimmune disease. But why are these conditions that were once obsolete suddenly so prevalent? On today’s episode, Andrea sits down with clinical nutritionist Josh Gitalis to talk about what autoimmune disease is…
 
Today’s guest, Dr. Roxanna Namavar, is the founder of Pretty Healthy, a functional medicine clinic in New York City that specializes in infusion therapy. Her focus is on integrative health, mental wellness and anti-aging - specifically, how we can use customized medicine to find the root cause of mental health conditions and reverse the clock to br…
 
We’re so excited to be back with new episodes of The Microbiome Report! To celebrate the re-launch of the show, we wanted to go back to basics with an episode that touches on the root of what the microbiome is and why it’s so important. On this show, you’ll learn: Common terms used to describe the microbiome (1:44) What is dysbiosis and what affect…
 
As a listener of the show, you’ve likely heard about pre- and probiotics. But postbiotics? For many of us, they’re a whole new ballgame of study. On this episode, Aubrey Levitt, co-founder of The Postbiotics Plus, joins Andrea to talk about how postbiotics are reshaping the way we think about our microbial colonies and the impact they have on our i…
 
Have you ever thought that your leaky basement or musty car air conditioner could be undermining your health and your microbiome? On this episode with Dr. Ann Shippy, we dig into how toxic mold and environmental exposure to chemicals like glyphosate are disturbing our guts and causing chronic disease. The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Healt…
 
Never before in the history of humans have we had more personal care products. Deodorants, face washes, cleansers, shampoos, toners, serums...the list goes on and on. And yet, there’s a case to be made that our skin has never been unhealthier. On this show, MotherDirt president, Jasmina Aganovic, is on the show talking about how our modern day live…
 
Dr. Vincent Pedre joins Andrea on this week's show to talk about the differences between functional and conventional medicine -- and how they can work together to heal disease. He also dives into the controversial world of cleanses and explains why certain healthy foods, such as beans, are removed on a cleanse, plus why he believes all disease begi…
 
Season 2 of The Microbiome Report kicks off with BIOHM's Director of Wellness, Aubrey Phelps. Aubrey has arguably seen more gut reports than anyone in the world, so she joins Andrea to talk about the surprising things she's learned while analyzing what's in the guts of normal people. On this episode, we discuss what a gut report tells us about ours…
 
Meditation and the microbiome? How could those possibly be connected? It turns out that because meditation and mindfulness can reduce stress and inflammation, there's a strong connection with gut health. Our guest today is Emily Fletcher, the creator of the Ziva technique and a former meditation skeptic who turned her life around once she discovere…
 
100% the same DNA. Only 40% the same microbiome. This was the shocking discovery that led today’s identical twin guests down a path that’s just getting started. On today’s show, celebrity DJs Lisa and Alana Macfarlane (The Mac Twins) talk about that initial discovery that shocked them to their core, and why they became so passionate about topics li…
 
Eczema, acne, psoriasis, dry skin, athlete’s foot. The list of skin issues seems to be never-ending. But have you ever wondered why you’re afflicted? It’s not bad genes or the wrong skincare products (though those can certainly factor in). Turns out, it might be your microbiome. Today’s guest, Dr. Trevor Cates (The Spa Doctor), is here to enlighten…
 
Did you ever think you’d be able to benefit your gut health by drinking a soda? Our guest today, Ben Goodwin, is on a mission to improve your relationship with your microbes. And he’s doing it with beverages. On this show, Ben teaches Andrea why and how microbes turn sugary tea into kombucha, delves into the importance of the gut-brain axis, and gi…
 
What happens to the microbiome when you lose half your body weight? On this episode, we talk to Eve Guzman who cut her size in half, eventually dropping over 140 pounds. At her thinnest, Eve started experiencing digestive distress that she didn't have at her heaviest. What's up with that? To find out, we dive into the results of her first gut repor…
 
Author and functional medicine practitioner Dr. Will Cole joins Andrea on the podcast to debunk the myth that keto needs to revolve around bacon and heavy cream – and how actually following that protocol may be damaging to the microbiome. This show outlines a simple formula for following the principles of the ketogenic diet without getting caught u…
 
SIBO, short for small intestine bacterial overgrowth, is a difficult to diagnosis and treat condition that’s unfortunately all too common. On this episode, wellness author Phoebe Lapine is here to talk about her own diagnosis, common risk factors for SIBO, and how she treated her symptoms. If you’re experiencing, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipati…
 
In part 3 of our three part series, Dr. Ghannoum is back talking about biofilms and digestive plaque. An often-overlooked part of health and disease, biofilms exist all around us, and in the body in places such as our mouths and guts. On this episode, Andrea talks to Dr. Ghannoum about what biofilms are, how to deal with them, and whether they’re n…
 
In part 2 of our three part series, we’re discussing the role of fungus in the microbiomes of our bodies. Dr. Ghannoum is back in the studio talking about how fungi are more closely related to us than we might imagine. He also sheds light on his favorite microorganism, Candida. Here’s what you’ll learn in Episode #2: The impact of Fungi on our heal…
 
In part 1 of our three part series, leading researcher Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum sets the stage for future microbiome discussions on the show. In this first episode, Dr. Ghannoum explains what the microbiome is, where it’s located, and why it’s so critical to our existence. Here’s what you’ll learn in part 1: What is the Microbiome? [2:00] Impacts of An…
 
The microbiome. It dictates so much of how we move through the world – from how we digest our food to the mates we choose as we spin around the globe. On this show, we’re investigating how the things we do everyday impacts the bugs of our bodies. Welcome to The Microbiome Report, powered by BIOHM Health. Listen in as we discuss why we're starting t…
 
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