The GutBiome Course Clinical Modules
Section I: Scientific Background
Part 1: Microbes 101
An overview of the gut microbiome – and how it affects human physiology, including the evolution and function of gut bacteria, and what constitutes a “healthy” microbiome.
Part 2: The Hygiene Hypothesis
Understanding the important connection between our super-sanitized lifestyle and medical practices, and the emergence of autoimmune diseases and other “modern plagues”.
Section II: Lifestyle & Dietary Factors
Part 3: The Menace Cabinet
How the overuse of antibiotics, acid-suppressors, birth control pills, hormone therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other medications facilitate the expression of disease through altering the microbiome.
Part 4: Early Childhood Disruptors
The impact of maternal diet, in utero antibiotic exposure, birthing methods, infant feeding practices, early nutrition, and environmental exposure on the burgeoning microbiome.
Part 5: Environmental Factors
What you need to know about household and personal care products, agricultural practices, water quality, and other environmental disruptors.
Part 6: Diet
You are what your microbes eat. Learn more about how the Standard American Diet contributes to digestive distress, inflammation, and microbial discord.
Section III: Clinical Modules
Part 7: Dybiosis
Germ theory versus the concept of terrain: understanding how and why we get sick, and how to make ourselves better.
Part 8: SIBO
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth: under-diagnosed and overtreated. How to avoid the perils of the quick fix and create meaningful recovery.
Part 9: Yeast Overgrowth
The critical distinction between infection and imbalance and the importance of repopulation over eradication.
Part 10: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Uncovering the root cause of IBS: rejecting the status quo, and asking the right questions.
Part 11: Drug-Free IBD
Achieving remission in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through nutritional optimization and microbial rehabilitation – beyond the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
Part 12: Gluten & The Microbiome
A closer look at the relationship between gluten, leaky gut, and the microbiome, and distinguishing between celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy.
Part 13: The Gut-Skin Connection
Acne, rosacea, eczema, and aging: why our current scorched earth approach to skin disorders is entirely wrong.
Part 14: Reflux Versus SIBO
A common misdiagnosis – how to tell the difference, and successfully taper off proton pump inhibitors.
Part 15: Parasites
Innocent bystander or source of symptoms? When and how should you treat? Why eradicating parasites can sometimes worsen digestive distress.
Part 16: Obesity
Differences in microbial energy harvest can make us fat – or skinny. Understanding the new microbial paradigm of obesity.
Part 17: The Second Brain
The gut-brain axis and the enteric nervous system: how microbes influence our mood and behavior.
Section IV: Testing & Diagnosis
Part 18: Testing
Microbial analysis and other digestive health tests – the good, the bad, and the useless.
Part 19: Making A Diagnosis
Putting it all together to confidently make a diagnosis using detailed history, careful physical examination, and appropriate testing.
Part 20: Overselling The Microbiome
To a hammer everything can look like a nail: the perils and pitfalls of overselling the microbiome.
Section V: Recovery
Part 21: A Rewilding Approach To Illness
When less is more: judiciously circumventing antibiotics and other microbial disruptors, and healing from the inside out.
Part 22: Nutrition-Based Interventions
What do microbes like to eat? Growing a good gut garden with the Veleo Diet.
Part 23: Hygiene & Lifestyle Practices
Getting dirtier – and healthier, with the Live Dirty Lifestyle.
Part 24: Probiotics
Important information on how to choose a probiotic, and why they may actually not be the answer.
Part 25: Preparing The Gut For Pregnancy
A pregnancy and birth plan that optimizes microbial health for both mother and baby.
Part 26: Fecal Microbiota Transplantation
The pros and cons of going straight to the source – everything you wanted to know about FMT but were afraid to ask.
Part 27: Dysbiosis Checklist
The essential list of questions for diagnosing and treating dysbiosis.
Part 28: Recipes & Meal Plans
Eating for microbial optimization – delicious, easy to prepare food for you and your microbes.