"Beat autoimmune. The 6 keys to reverse your condition and reclaim your health" - book notes, part 2

Heal your gut (p. 73)

Many (most?) deseases are coming from problems with gut.

(p. 77)

The sad fact is that your doctor may not know the gut’s significant role inyour health. Scientific evidence connecting the gut with a wide range of chronic health issues is fairly recent and still emerging; and, medical text-books (and medical education) typically lag behind science by a few decades. If your physician went through traditional medical school, he or she learned to diagnose problems specific to a body part and offer medication that may provide short-term relief for that specific issue. Modern health care still divvies us by body parts. For joint paint, you go to a rheumatologist, and for thyroid or other hormone problems, you go to an endocrinologist. If you have digestive problems, your doctor will refer you to a gastroenterologist.

Key concept: chronic inflammation defers healing. Put simply, when you are inflamed, you do not heal. (p. 80)

What creates inflammation (p. 80)

  • acute or chronic stress
  • antibiotics, antacids, prescription medications
  • birth control pills
  • chemotherapy and radiation
  • concussion
  • excessive alcohol or caffeine consumption
  • excessive electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs)
  • GMO (genetically modified organism) foods
  • heavy metals
  • infections
  • oxidative stress (poor antioxidant defenses, low cellular energy, intracellular damage)
  • pain relievers
  • poor sleep
  • smoking
  • soda (both regular and diet)
  • SAD foods: sugar, artifical sweeteners, gluten, dairy, grains, processed oils
  • toxins: pesticides, herbicides (glyphosate), becterial byproducts (endotoxins), fungal toxins (mycotoxins)
  • unresolved emotional trauma

Microbiome (p. 81)

You house and feed the microbes, and in return, they fulfill a long list of important functions that you often couldn’t do on your own, including:

  • influencing the immune system response, helping to distinguish friend from foe
  • modulating inflammation, helping the gut lining to heal
  • supporting digestion, helping to assimilate nutrients
  • making neurotransmitters and vitamins
  • regulating hormones
  • helping to eliminate toxins
  • controlling appetite and metabolism
  • influencing mood
  • regulating gene expression

Get the data (p. 92)

Make tests:

  • www.mymedlab.com
  • www.directlabs.com
  • www.mylabsforlife.com
  • www.viome.com

Follow the 5R gut restoration program (p. 92)

  1. remove the “bad stuff”
  • SAD foods
  • medications
  • antibiotics
  • antacids
  • gut infections
  • excess stress
  1. replace digestive secretions (p. 95)
  • digestive enzymes
  • hydrochloric acid (HCL or HCI)
  • bile acids
  1. reinoculate your gut garden (p. 97)

“Seed” with probiotics: food and supplement

  • get outside. According to Zach Bush, our microbiome mimics our macroenvironment
  • eat fermented food regalrly
  • take quality probiotics daily
  • “feed” with prebiotics: eat more fiber!
  1. repair your gut lining (p. 100)

Foods and supplements to seal a leaky gut

  • meat broth, stock and bone broth, collagen, gelatin powder
  • coconut oil and MCT oil
  • ghee
  • restore, a lignite (fossil soil) extract supplement containing trace minerals and amino acids
  • colostrum
  • zinc
  • vitamin A
  • omega-3
  • vitamin E
  • L-glutamine
  • quercetin
  • Gi UltraMAX Pro
  1. rebalance. Create nurishing habits (p. 105)

Mind your food environment (p. 105)

  • cook at home most of the time
  • chew, chew, chew. Drink your food and eat your drink. Digestion starts in your mouth
  • eat in a calm state
  • consider eating your biggest meal before 3 p.m., when you are most active
  • finish eating at least 3 hours before bed
  • try intermittent fasting (IF)

Live dirtier (p. 106)

  • ease way up on the hand sanitizer - unless you’re in a place where pathogenic microbes may be more prevalent, like hospital or doctor’s office
  • plant a garden, even a small one in pots in your kitchen
  • subscribe to a CSA (community supported agriculture) box from your local farmer
  • leave a little dirt on your produce - if it was grown organically
  • consider getting a pet, and don’t fret so much about washing your hands before eating
  • get outside, go barefoot, play in nature, soak up some sun
  • open your windows and let fresh air into your home
  • shower less to nourish your skin microbiome

Extra step (p. 107)

If you have taken many courses of antibiotics, had chemotherapy, or are not able to balance your microbiome with the standard 5R program, you may be a good candidate for Ultra-strength probiotics program.

Summary (p. 108)

  • get a comprehensive stool test to get a snapshot of your microbial composition
  • minimize medications to avoid harming your microbiome and gut lining
  • consider digestive enzymes to help you better digest and absorb nutrients
  • get outside often to benefit from nature’s macrobiome
  • aim to eat 40 - 50 grams of fiber (prebiotics) per day to feed your good gut bugs