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Gut Health Gurus Podcast

Kriben Govender is a Food Scientist and Gut Health Advocate. He is the founder of Gut Health Superstore, Nourishme Organics. He had a seemingly happy life which came crashing down. He was bullied in the workplace, his marriage collapsed, he lost his job and found himself alone in an apartment ready to end his life. Kriben soldiered on, and discovered the impact of gut health on overall health. His purpose is to share the importance of gut health in addressing many different health issues. In this show, Kriben explores how you can improve your health and wellbeing by focusing on your gut.

Sep 9, 2019

Food Scientist, Kriben Govender (Honours Degree in Food Science & Technology) and James Shadrach (Honours Degree in Psychology) have a wide-ranging discussion with Citizen Scientist Keith Bell on Microbiome stool testing, strategies to modulate gut bacterial composition for optimal health, epilepsy, gut-brain axis, rain forming bacteria, the importance of viruses, gut centric remedies for anxiety and depression, microbiota - mitochondria interaction, kefir and much more
Keith Bell is a citizen scientist particularly interested in gut-brain connection including the gut origin of seizure, underdiagnosed in epilepsy. Published articles include topics such as microbial predisposition, fetal colonization, microbe translocation and vaccine safety. He's founder of Sanitation Circle and 25 year veteran of the recycling industry with interest in sanitation and health. During the 1980s, he was a UNICEF radio spokesperson in Chicago for the annual release of State of the World's Children Report. He believes "Sanitation is Sanity" and that microbial balance is an internal and external environmental issue of the highest order. Keith founded The Gut Club in 2016 to create awareness about the importance of intestinal health to general health and provide support for treatment and prevention of metabolic disease.
Topics discussed:
  • The Glut Club - the hub of microbiome citizen science
  • Analysis of stool test results
  • Microbiome differences across the world
  • Geography, diet and microbiome diversity
  • Allele Microbiome Stool testing
  • Obesity- Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes
  • The immune response guidance by microbes
  • The function of Peyer’s Patches
  • Vaccine response in high Bacteroides cohort
  • Obesity and Lipopolysaccharides (LPS)
  • Persia the Cradle of Bacteroides
  • Prevotella- Fibre eater
  • Microbiome changes after migration
  • Consequences of a shift from Prevotella to Bacteroides
  • The Gut - Could it be the Environmental Issue of our time
  • The Gut and Epilepsy 
  • Rain Making Bacteria and Fungi (see laboratory experiment)
  • CO2 sequestering by microbes
  • Exchange breathing method for seizures
  • Diets for Epilepsy Forum
  • The impact of Metformin on the microbiome
  • Bacteriophages (viruses) and early infancy immunity
  • The River Ganges - bacteriophages
  • Personalised medicine via stool test charts
  • Shifting the gut microbiome
  • Autoimmune and Bacteroides dominance
  • Keto, Paleo, Low carb and Carnivore Diet benefits and flora shift
  • The Microbiome and Mental Health
  • Kriben’s struggle with anxiety and depression
  • Environmental factors that cause depression
  • The Gut-Brain Axis
  • The Impact of Stress on Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli
  • Lactobacilli, Oxytocin and empathy
  • Oxytocin, autism, eye contact and touch
  • Clostridium, serotonin and tryptophan metabolism
  • Amino Acids neurotransmitter balance and microbes
  • Serotonin Syndrome
  • SSRIs
  • Gut, Brain and Heart connection
  • GAPS Diets- Natasha Campbell McBride
  • Kefir Fermentation time and Lactobacillus domination 
  • Fibre, Butyrate production, oxygen, microbiome modulation
  • The importance of the mucous layer
  • Acacia, Partially Hydrogen Guar Gum- Prebiotics
  • Inulin and bloating
  • Fasting and Microbiome Composition
  • Gut Club Stool Testing Discussion Group
  • The citizen science of sharing microbiome stool charts
  • Autism and Stool test results
  • Faecal Microbiome Transplants
  • Probiotic enemas
  • Breastfed baby poop- untapped medicine
  • Infant stool History in China
  • Bacteroides dominance
  • The impact of excess Bifidobacteria and Akkermansia
  • Race, Gender and Geography of Microbiome Diversity
  • Microbiome and Mitochondrion interaction
  • The impact of antibiotics on mitochondria and ROS production
  • Keith’s top gut health tip
  • Microbial modulation of Vitamin D
  • Dr Jack Kruse interview - Light and the Microbiome
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