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Bacteria

The blood type diet has been debunked, or has it?

Top level summary: Hope the headline didn’t get you too excited. Yes, the blood type diet has largely been debunked. Although, as I will discuss in this post, there are a few narrow redeeming qualities to this much maligned fad diet. The main science backed diet issue for people to consider based on their blood type… Read More

Probiotics aren’t the only way to restore healthy gut bacteria

Updated October 17th, 2017 Ahh, the microbiome. That mystery world of gut bacteria that helps us do everything from digest food, to regulate mood. We’ve all read about its importance, and some of us have even had the DNA of the little critters colonizing our guts sequenced with services like uBiome. However, we’re just scratching… Read More

Natto taste test: How does this super-funky superfood stack up?

It’s nattō time at Gene Food, folks. Why am I eating smelly fermented soybeans for breakfast, you might ask? OK, well maybe you aren’t asking that right off the bat. But you will. “It looks like glue with bugs in it,” my best friend said when I told her that John had assigned me to eat… Read More

Zonulin and leaky gut: what you need to know

In a previous post I talked about the genetics of celiac disease, and I’m going to return to the gut to talk about a protein of growing interest in gut health, and in particular autoimmune health: zonulin. If you do a lot of reading about nutrition and genetic health you’ve likely come across the term… Read More

Candida controversy: is yeast overgrowth overblown or blowing up?

Updated September 26th, 2017 Our verdict: it’s blowing up, but there are caveats, so read on.  Yes, Candida is over baked as a health theory, and yes, some who blame Candida for their digestive issues do not, in fact, have Candida overgrowth. It is a difficult condition to diagnose. However, there is strong supporting scientific… Read More

Micro-dosing berberine: good idea? bad idea?

I’ve been “micro-dosing” berberine, usually around 150-200mg a day for a few days. The smaller dose (most supplements come in 500mg pills) came after I experienced side effects from higher doses. My main focus is on gut repair, but I’ve stumbled across some research, and pieced together a few themes that had been rattling around… Read More

Saccharomyces boulardii: the antibiotic resistant probiotic

Updated August 24th, 2017 Science Score: Like many people, I came across Saccharomyces boulardii (S. boulardii) while I was forced to take a course of antibiotics. As I began to do my research, I realized that this crazy little probiotic yeast is one of the most proven supplements on the market today, with hundreds of peer reviewed… Read More

My experience with MCT oil: benefits vs. side effects

Updated May 9th, 2017 Hey, thanks for stopping by. I originally wrote this post to highlight side effects of MCT oil that weren’t frequently discussed in other forums. Reading this post will give you all of that information, as well as the reasons some people may benefit from taking smaller doses of MCT oil than… Read More

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