IBD Newsweek Nov 04, 2013

Hello, here’s the fourth and final episode of The WANTED: Crohn’s End IBD Newsweek. It was a weekly video recapping interesting news and happenings within the inflammatory bowel disease world.

Links to the News:

Previous IBD Newsweek episodes – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc2Rdaz-T9uPKLTLuyZgAf95CYVdB9eep

A Galaxy Within Us: Our Gut Microbiota and How It Can Be Programmed by Food – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131101125411.htm

NPR – Can We Eat Our Way to a Healtier Microbiome? It’s Complicated – http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/08/243929866/can-we-eat-our-way-to-a-healthier-microbiome-its-complicated

Doctors Urged to Acknowledge Home Fecal Transplant – http://thepowerofpoop.com/media-release-doctors-urged-to-acknowledge-home-fecal-transplant/

NPR: Exploring the Invisible Universe that Lives On Us and In Us – http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/11/01/242361826/exploring-the-invisible-universe-that-lives-on-us-and-in-us

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Hi, I’m your host Reid Bryant Kimball, welcome to this week’s episode of the WANTED: Crohn’s End IBD Newsweek.

In the next few minutes you will hear about interesting news and happenings in the inflammatory bowel disease world.

You can watch previous episodes by clicking this button on the crn or the link in the “about” section below this video.

A team of researchers studied elderly people living in different situations and found that what they ate gave them different compositions of gut microbes, and that their health seemed to be associated with the different compositions.

In other words, what we eat can change our microbiome’s composition, which in turn can change our health status.

The article states that there is potential for the food industry to create products that help shape the gut microbiome.

I had to shake my head because nature has already provided us with those products. They’re called vegetables and fermented foods, like kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha.

You can make fermented foods at home, it’s cheap! And your microbiome will thank you.

Related, the NPR has an article asking whether we can eat our way to a healthier microbiome.

They interviewed Jeff Leach, who heads the Human Food Project and the American Gut Project. He has a really interesting bit of information I wanted to share,

“When we starve our bacteria they eat us. They eat the mucus lining – the mucin in our large intestine.”

How do we starve our bacteria? By not eating enough fiber. He also points out that eating whole grains seems to be associated with an increase in bacteria that are linked to inflammation in HIV and RA patients.

Lots of interesting info, and it’s a quick read.

Tracy Mac, who created the amazing website, thePowerOfPoop.com has an open letter urging doctors to work with patients who want to use HMT, especially for the treatment of C.Diff.

She writes about a person who was admitted to the hospital and found to have c.diff. The family requested to use HMT treatment, and their doctor refused to administer it calling it “quackery”, despite it’s 90% success rate.

The person died the next day.

Did I mention that part about HMT being at least 90% effective? And the doctor said it was quackery?

There’s probably a really nasty German sounding word that would make an excellent insult for that doctor, but unfortunately I don’t know German. And that’s probably a good thing because that doctor really pisses me off.

If you can, send Tracy’s open letter to your doctor and local hospital administrators.

Finally, I encourage you to watch an animation NPR had done about the human microbiome. Gather your whole family together because it’s extremely important information, and the animation is beautifully done.

Well folks, this is it. This is the final episode of the IBD Newsweek because I have decided to cancel the show.

I want to thank everyone for your support, but this endeavor is taking time and energy away from my finishing the WANTED: Crohn’s End documentary.

That’s not fair to those who have supported me in finishing the film, and that is my top priority.

Links to these stories appear below this video in the “About” section.

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I’m Reid Bryant Kimball, and remember my friends, stay colonized.

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