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GUT RELOADED
A doctor’s guide to transform your gut microbiome, your health and your life.
Real-life stories of faecal transplant at work.
 




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Whether we like it or not, we are all obsessed with our bowels. And for good reason, nature and evolution have conspired against us by hard-wiring our gut microbes and gut nerves to our brain. They form part of our psyche and our vernacular ‘Go with your gut feeling on this!’ Right?

 

Gut Reloaded delves masterfully into the fascinating phenomenon that is gut microbiome and how this new living organ is intimately linked to everything from obesity to inflammatory bowel disease to multiple sclerosis to depression. With medicine caught at a crossroad, struggling to deal with the concepts of healthy bacteria, leaky gut and faecal transplant, this book could not come at a better time.

 Written by a gastroenterologist, currently working with cutting-edge gut microbiome therapies and faecal transplants, Gut Reloaded brings a unique perspective to this popular global phenomenon. Punctuated with real life experiences of faecal transplant patients, this book takes a serious but sometimes amusing look at the gut microbiome, its role in disease, and gives a revolutionary insight into how to bring your gut microbes and you back to health. 

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ISBN: 978-1-921919-92-3
Format: Paperback
Number of pages: 249
Genre: Non Fiction

Cover: Clive Dalkins



Author
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Dr Paul Froomes
Publisher: Zeus Publications
Date Published:  2018
Language: English


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Dedication 

 

This book is dedicated to my wife Caroline 

and my children Charlie, Emma and Oscar  

who fill me with endless inspiration and joy.

 

Introduction

 

‘Welcome to the 21st century!’ I said to my newborn son. ‘Yours is the era of obesity, irritable bowel, food allergy and autoimmune disease.’ Antibiotics and food chemicals have allowed humanity to trade death from infections for slow decay from chronic disease. And aren’t we proud of it? Not if I can help it, my son.

It’s now over 150 years since Charles Darwin published his famous paper On the Origin of Species. Darwin proved all species evolve according to ‘natural selection’, which is not so much ‘survival of the fittest’ but more ‘survival of the quickest to adapt’. Human fossil records have given rise to the well-known chart of hominid evolution, beginning with Homo habilis around 2.3 million years ago. Until 10,000 years ago, human evolution was fairly static because there were no farms, no crops and no domesticated animals. There were no antibiotics, no pesticides, no food chemicals or colourings, and the nutrient quality of soil, and therefore plants and animals, was richer than it is today. For more than 2.5 million years, human gut bacteria were rich and biodiverse. Our gut contained multitudes of vital probiotic bacteria that had evolved to protect, feed and nurture us.

Somewhere around 10,000 years ago, we humans started to lose our way. During the Neolithic Revolution, Homo sapiens hung up their spears and arrows and transitioned from living in nomadic hunter-gatherer bands to agricultural settlements. Our diet changed from foods that were rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild fish, lean meat, berries, seeds and wild vegetables, to crops, grains, fruits, wheat flour, cow’s milk, meat from domesticated grain-fed cows, sheep and goats, and sugar from beets and cane. The health of our gut bacteria changed forever.

After 7000 years of human settlement, three disastrous events have occurred. Firstly, modern crops and meats are now 10 to 20 times less nutritional because of over-farming and depleted soil quality. Secondly, food processing has added antibiotics and stripped all the nutritional content out of raw food. Thirdly, our diet relies more and more heavily on sugars like fructose and sucrose, and deep-fried saturated fats.

As a result, stool microbial analysis has shown the population of healthy bacteria living in the human gut has become less and less biodiverse, and bad bacteria have usurped good bacteria. We know this because we finally decided to look closely at our poo and the multitude of bacteria that live in it.

Obesity, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food allergies and autoimmune diseases require three things: a genetic predisposition, an environmental trigger and an interface where the environment and a person’s genetics meet. What is now clear is that the environmental triggers for irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities and obesity are changes in the composition of the bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract. The critical interface where bad gut bacteria and our genes meet – where allergy and autoimmune disease begin – is an abnormally permeable intestinal wall. This is known as ‘leaky gut’.

As my research into the effect of gut bacteria on disease progressed, it became abundantly clear that the single most important intervention I could give my patients was a program that effectively restored the health and biodiversity of their gut bacteria and improved the function of their gut immune system, gut nervous system and gut barrier. This book is the culmination of the dietary and supplemental approach I have developed through research and my practice as a clinical gastroenterologist, working with faecal transplant and patients with obesity, autoimmune diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

This book will explain three things. Firstly, it will unlock the secrets of how important your gut and the gut bacteria that live in it really are. Secondly, it will explain how your gut bacteria become unbalanced and what relationship this has to illness. We will explore what goes wrong when the gut doesn’t function in a normal healthy way. Thirdly, it will show you how you can repair your gut, starting right now. This involves cleansing and reloading your gut with healthy bugs. This book will transform your health in ways you could never have imagined.

This book will explain three things. Firstly, it will unlock the secrets of how important your gut and the gut bacteria that live in it really are. Secondly, it will explain how your gut bacteria become unbalanced and what relationship this has to illness. Thirdly, it will show you how you can repair your gut bacteria, starting right now. All of this is interspersed with real-life stories of people who have undergone the most intensive form of bacterial reset possible – faecal matter transplant.

Where healthy gut diet books come up short is that they don’t outline the critical initial step of cleansing out the bad bacteria that have taken over the gut before reloading the gut with healthy ones. The human bowel is a battleground where a constant power struggle exists between good bacteria and bad. By following the steps in this book, you have the potential to transform your health in ways you could never have imagined.

 

      Section 1 The secrets of the gut   


Chapter 1

 

Shit, this is serious

 

Modern medicine is at a crossroads. Debate is raging, and while medical experts argue, patients suffer and die. The greatest paradigm shift of our time in medical thinking is upon us. It’s not a new class of drugs, it’s not genetic engineering and it’s not medical nanobots. The health phenomenon that is sweeping the world can be summed up with just one word: shit. Or, more specifically, the bacteria that live in it.

The current explosion of scientific research on the critical role that gut bacteria (collectively known as microbiota) and intestinal permeability play in human health has the potential to turn our traditional beliefs about health and disease on its head. Yet the pioneers of this research are struggling to have conventional medicine accept their findings.

Every day I hear from patients that their doctor has told them that faecal transplants, probiotics and gut microbiota are all ‘bulldust!’ This attitude is rife amongst healthcare practitioners, despite the mind-boggling number of medical research studies published in peer-reviewed medical journals that clearly indicate the prominent role that gut microbiota plays in our overall health.

Even as we ignore the potential protective power of the bugs in our bowels, modern medicine is struggling to come up with more potent antibiotics to treat devastating multi-resistant infections. The first was methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and there are now more than 12. Doctors are fighting to invent immunosuppressant drugs to manage the horrible burden of chronic autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SRE), Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). There are over 80 such diseases. All because of ignorance about the importance of maintaining a robust and healthy population of probiotic gut bacteria.

But momentum is gaining. While traditional medicine continues to battle disease using old treatment paradigms, a not-so-quiet gut revolution is underway. It’s dramatically changing our understanding of the role our gut plays in causing these conditions and how we can harness our own gut immune system, food and gut bacteria to treat them.

The gut, poo and the magical bacteria that live inside it have rocketed to the forefront of modern medicine as the most exciting new player in the field of health and disease since the discovery of penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928.

So, yes. This is serious. Studies extolling the myriad health benefits of poo are literally blasting out of the world’s leading scientific research laboratories and onto the pages of high-impact scientific journals. You can’t pick up a medical journal, attend a gastroenterology conference or watch a health documentary these days without being confronted with evidence proclaiming the magic healing powers of poo.

 

 

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