Show Notes EP 512 Dr. Michael Ruscio

  • Guys introduce Dr. Michael Ruscio (1:13)
    • Gut health doctor
  • Michael discusses his origin story and how he got into gut health practice (3:37)
    • Pre-law
    • Biology
      • Personal trainer at Bally’s
      • Saw ugly side of fitness industry
    • Went into medical field in college
      • Symptoms of fatigue, tired, irritable
      • Found parasite in body
      • Went into alternative medicine after that
    • Approaches things objectively in field
      • Looks for trends in data to update opinions
  • What does he call his field? (14:48)
    • Science based natural medicine
    • Conventional medicine
  • Thyroid autoimmunity discussion (21:12)
    • Symptoms
      • Fatigue
      • Weight gain
      • Feeling cold
      • Thinning hair
    • Standard evaluation
    • Thoughts on supplements
      • T-4/T-3
      • Not treating root cause
      • Diet and lifestyle
      • Gut health
  • Auto immune issues on the rise lately, are they just diagnosed incorrectly? (25:10)
    • Antibiotics
    • Eating more processed foods
    • Artificial sweeteners
      • No benefits
      • Detriment to your body
      • Use natural sweeteners minimally
  • Gut health/Microbiome discussion (33:03)
    • Eat whole foods and less processed ones
    • You create your environment
    • Exercise affects microbiome
      • Right dose can prevent infections in gut
      • Eat low folate diet
      • Athletes digestion not great
        • Not a fan of vegan diet
  • Leaky gut syndrome (47:03)
    • Gut is letting too much stuff through
    • Digestive issues
    • People self-evaluating their symptoms
    • Tests he runs
      • Focuses on improving diet first
      • Cebo breath test
      • Stool sample
      • Stool, blood and breath tests
      • Core wellness panel
    • Too much information and financial stress on getting too many tests taken
      • Vertical model
  • What is he reading right now that excites him? (56:20)
    • Thyroid autoimmunity
      • Hashimoto's disease
      • TPO test
    • Diabetes
  • Important for people to vary their diets? (1:11:10)
    • The closer you are to equator you eat higher carb diet
    • Immune system not calibrated enough
    • Start with your gut
  • Probiotics discussion (1:09:37)
    • 4 different classes
    • Most common negative response is bloating
    • Does not have high levels of prebiotics
    • Read labels and ingredients
    • Don’t colonize you
    • Try to broaden diet and  use supplements minimally
  • Fermented foods (1:15:33)
    • Histamine intolerance
    • Feel worse, then may be histamine resistant
    • Low histamine diet

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