The Microbiome Report

By Biohm Health

The microbiome. It dictates so much of how we move through the world – from how we digest our food to the mates we choose as we spin around the globe. On this show, we’re investigating how the things we do everyday impacts the bugs of our bodies.

The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health.

Introducing "The Microbiome Report"
Trailer 8 min 51 sec

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Sometimes IBD and IBS get rolled up into one explanation, but the truth is that while IBS can be caused by inflammatory bowel disease, they are wildly different diagnoses. Andrea (@dreeats) talks to Dr. Ilana Gurevich, a licensed acupuncturist and a naturopathic physician, about her struggle with Crohn's, what she sees most commonly in her practice, and how to marry conventional and functional medicine to achieve the best results for remission. Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Save 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Oct 7

36 min 8 sec

It can be frustrating when you feel like you’re “doing everything right” and still not improving.  On this episode, Dr. Ami Kapadia joins Andrea to talk about persistent yeast overgrowth when all obvious factors have been ruled out. Andrea and Dr. Kapadia discuss why stool testing isn't a good depiction of yeast/Candida overgrowth, how Dr. Kapadia tests for yeast in her practice, and what steps she takes to get someone on the path to healing. To sign up for Dr. Kapadia's newsletter, head to https://www.amikapadia.com/. Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Save 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Sep 2

43 min 12 sec

Typically, we don’t think about picking up the waste byproducts of another species and using them to our advantage. But when it comes to short chain fatty acids - the metabolites of byproducts of our microbes - there’s actually a lot we humans benefit from. On this episode, Stephen Fleming, president of Traverse Science, talks to Andrea about what short-chain fatty acids are, what they do, what they mean in the body, and where we can find them. Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Save 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Aug 5

33 min 41 sec

Your musty basement. That rainstorm where you forgot to roll up the windows on your car. That persistent fatigue that you can’t kick no matter how many hours you spend under the covers. Turns out, toxic mold is a big problem.   In fact, our guest, Dr. Ann Shippy, calls toxic mold exposure an epidemic. On this re-aired episode, we dig into how toxic mold and environmental exposure to chemicals such as glyphosate are disturbing our guts and causing chronic disease. Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Save 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Jul 29

39 min 20 sec

When we talk about food that are good for the gut, the conversation often revolves around fiber and probiotics. But the world of health- and gut-supportive foods goes far, far beyond those two categories. On this episode, Meghan Telpner talks to Andrea about two very surprising recipes that can help you heal: a decadent chocolate treat and crackers you can make at home.  To learn more and sign up for Meghan's course, check out the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Save 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Jul 15

19 min 37 sec

On this Straight From The Gut episode, Andrea Wien (@dreeats) and Afif Ghannoum (@biohmhealth) dream up a new microbiome-related app, discuss the aura of your microbiome, talk about a study using AIDS to cure baby bubble disease, and much, much more. Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Save 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Jul 8

33 min 3 sec

Leave Us A Rating And Review! Dealing with bloating, gas, belching, pain or nausea? These are common symptoms of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, also called SIBO. And they’re symptoms that our guest, Phoebe Lapine, knows all too well.  Andrea and Phoebe set the stage on what SIBO is, Phoebe’s 10 “not so fun facts,” SIBO risk factors and so much more. If you’re dealing with any random, unexplained symptoms that you just can’t figure out, this episode could shed some light on the issue. The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Save 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Jul 1

49 min 39 sec

Leave Us A Rating And Review! When estrogen is in balance, it creates harmony in the body. When it's out of balance, however, it can contribute to everything from PMS to cancer, endometriosis to infertility, mood, heart disease, heavy periods, and so much more.  This mini-episode features nutritional therapy practitioner Andrea Wien and Emily Sadri, founder of Holistic Women’s Cleveland (@holisticwomenscle) and certified nurse midwife, talking about what estrogen is, why Emily sees this excess of estrogen in her practice, and the importance of the microbiome in keeping estrogen in check.   The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Jun 17

12 min 16 sec

Leave Us A Rating And Review! In today’s episode, Andrea Wien and Afif Ghannoum are joined by Dr. Roxanna Namavar to talk about infusions, including her use of IV ketamine for depression. The trio talk about how the body deals with these high levels of vitamins, ketamine its risks, and its place in treating different disorders and how quickly a patient can expect to see results with infusions.  The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Jun 10

38 min 18 sec

Leave Us A Rating And Review! Can regular people use yoga to improve their gut health with just a moment or two of practice each day?  Eddie Stern says yes. Eddie is a NYC-based yoga teacher, author and lecturer whose clients have included Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike D, Lou Reed, and many more. On this episode, Eddie and Andrea discuss what yoga is (it’s not just poses!), the easiest entry point into yoga and how you might expect your gut to improve with a regular practice.  They also discuss Eddie’s belief that long-term, life-changing practices start with teeny, incremental daily steps, and he introduces us to a way that nearly guarantees success in starting a yoga and mindfulness practice.  The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Jun 3

43 min 25 sec

We’re re-airing this episode because not only is it one of our most popular episodes, it’s also the one we’ve most often shared with family and friends. We believe it’s a must-listen for anyone with kids -  but Dr. Nicole Beurkens also does a phenomenal job of easily laying out how the gut-brain connection works for everyone, adults included. Andrea speaks with Dr. Beurkens about how the majority of patients she sees are dealing with gut issues - even if they’re not exhibiting gut-related symptoms. She seamlessly breaks down how the gut and brain are intricately connected, whether a single-time head trauma (such a concussion during a sporting event) can trigger gut problems and how parents can take control of their child’s gut health and create a happier, more harmonious family environment. Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

May 27

44 min 7 sec

Viruses. Does the word just make you want to lunge for a cleaning product and pull your mask a little tighter? On this mini-episode, Andrea (@dreeats) talks to Dr. Keesha (@drkeesha) about why that reaction isn’t the right one to take when we’re talking about viruses.  Viruses make up a huge part of our internal and external world, and only a very small number (seriously, like 1%) make us sick. Dr. Keesha breaks down the basics around the virome of our bodies, including what it is, why it’s critical to our survival and how we can live in better harmony with all of our microbes - even our viruses. Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

May 13

15 min 8 sec

What if you could answer a few questions and have a relatively good idea of what your gut needs to be healthy? And what if that test was based on countless data points that are now decipherable through the power of big data analysis? (Hint: it’s possible and FREE!)  Tune in to hear about the science behind guttesting.com.  Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

May 6

31 min 45 sec

Dr. Kogan (@matthewkogandmd) is back for round 2 of all things oral health and the microbiome. On this show, he and Andrea Wien (@dreeats) discuss the very real dangers of mouth breathing, how to treat kids in a dental practice, mercury fillings and supplementation for oral health.  They also answer some listener questions from our last show. If you haven't already, go back and listen to Dr. Kogan's first episode on the basics of oral health.  Full show notes, links and the transcript for this episode can be found at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.   The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off any product at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Leave Us A Rating And Review!

Apr 29

46 min 6 sec

This mini-episode with nutritional therapy practitioner Andrea Wien gives a down-to-earth overview on what leaky gut is, how you get it, why it matters, and how to heal from it. If you’ve ever dealt with allergies, autoimmune disease, digestive distress, or literally any other symptom, leaky gut may be to blame.  Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Apr 15

11 min 23 sec

What do a Taoist monk, a medical doctor, and microbiome documentarian all have in common? If you’re Pedram Shojai, that’s simply your resume. In today’s episode Andrea Wien and Afif Ghannoum, speak with Pedram. How Pedram moves his clients from knowledge to action (6:37), breaking down complex information for the average consumer (12:26), Pedram's interest in the microbiome (18:33), a move from major platforms to sort out real and pseudoscience  (22:27), hotel lobby “cancer smell” (29:12), how someone can approach an establishment to discuss their health in a productive manner (35:20), Pedram talks about his film, Origins (40:20) and his daily wellness habits.  Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Apr 8

53 min 39 sec

Herbs can be used culinarily and therapeutically, but it can be overwhelming to figure out how to start incorporating them in your daily routine. On this episode, Andrea Wien (@dreeats) talks to Meghan Telpner (@meghantelpner) and Josh Gitalis (@joshgitalis) about the many uses of herbs, including how to use them for common ailments like digestive distress. They also discuss kids and herbs, potency and what herbs Meghan and Josh couldn't live without.  Full show notes, links and the transcript for this episode can be found at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.   The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off any product at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Leave Us A Rating And Review!

Apr 1

42 min 43 sec

Eating fat won't make you fat...but sugar will. On this mini-episode, nutritional therapy practitioner Andrea Wien (@dreeats) talks through how fats work in our bodies and why they're so important. She also gives an overview on which fats and oils to use in your cooking and which ones to avoid.  Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Mar 18

20 min 8 sec

Andrea Wien (@dreeats) and Afif Ghannoum (@biohmhealth) discuss a new cookie company and the rising pre/probiotic packaged goods market (2:36); ancient microbes (15:59); Weston A. Price and his work (19:44); microbes make their way into the art world (28:14); and viruses control the bacteria that control us (32:05). Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Mar 11

36 min 34 sec

Many people are familiar with the benefits of massage for tight muscles and stress relief. But did you know that targeted abdominal massage - also called visceral manipulation - could be what's standing between you and a well functioning gut?  Dr. Bob Griesse (@healthsourcefairlawn) joins Andrea (@dreeats) to talk about the desensitization of nerves in your gut and how physical touch and vagal stimulation can cure conditions such as chronic constipation, IBS, acid reflux and more.  The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off any product at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Full show notes and links for this episode can be found at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.   Leave Us A Rating And Review!

Mar 4

39 min 6 sec

If you had to explain digestion to someone, where would you start? Digestion is arguably the most important system in the body and yet, few people actually know what's happening from top to bottom. On this short, bite-sized episode, Andrea Wien (@dreeats) breaks digestion down in an easy to understand way that will give you an appreciation for the marvels your body undergoes at every meal. The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off any product at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Full show notes and the infographic for this episode can be found at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.   Leave Us A Rating And Review!

Feb 18

14 min 48 sec

Andrea Wien and Afif Ghannoum are joined by past guest and co-founder of The Postbiotics Plus, Aubrey Levitt. What’s new with metabolites (2:04); medical foods (4:42); The Cancer Microbiome Atlas (11:44); fecal transplants (14:03); oral microbiome and lung cancer (15:45); scanning microbiomes before medical trials (17:18); personalization of medications ((19:28); Starting to learn about who is more susceptible to “long haul” COVID (23:54) and Afif’s new obsession, ClubHouse (30:30). Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 15% off at biohmhealth.com with the code POD15.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Feb 11

33 min 22 sec

The past has an immense amount of knowledge to share with us about healing. On this episode, Andrea is joined by Dr. Josh Axe to discuss the elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine and ancient  remedies that have been used for millennia to restore health and vitality to the gut and the body. He draws connections between different emotions like fear, anxiety and anger and our organ systems and gives a breakdown of concepts, such as dampness, cold, heat, and stagnation as they relate to the body. Dr. Axe is also offering listeners 20% off any product on his website, AncientNutrition.com, with the code ANCIENTBIOHM.  The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health.  Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth. Leave Us A Rating And Review!

Feb 4

47 min 58 sec

One of the questions we get asked most frequently is what to do to re-balance the gut after taking antibiotics, so we’re re-airing a past episode with Aubrey Levitt that looks at this question.  Aubrey is the co-founder of The Postbiotics+, a company developing clinically tested, effective microbiome therapies to use alongside other medications to protect the gut, prevent pathogens from invading and reduce antibiotic resistance genes.   On this show, Andrea talks to Aubrey about the differences between prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics (metabolites), plus the best way to re-populate your gut after a round of antibiotics.  Leave Us A Rating And Review! The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth.

Jan 28

32 min 1 sec

Leave Us A Rating And Review! Andrea Wien is joined by BIOHM CEO, Afif Ghannoum. In today’s episode, glyphosate and gluten (3:14), using the microbiome to detect art fraud (5:11), teff grain and gut superfoods (10:06), (12:44) new research on IBS (15:16), a study how gut microbes shape antibodies (20:46), poor sleep linked to metabolites (24:00), link between Alzheimers and gut microbes confirmed (30:07). Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BIOHMHealth. The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health. 

Jan 21

34 min 29 sec

Think of this episode like a crash course in ancient wisdom. Our guest, Divya Alter, is the co-owner of Divya’s Kitchen, an Ayurvedic restaurant in NYC, and the author of “What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen.” Divya talks to Andrea about what Ayurveda is, the unique way it views food and how to dial it in for your body type.  Unlike many modern diets, Ayurveda’s core beliefs rest on only eating foods that are fresh (we’re looking at you, leftovers!) and paying close attention to food combining. Get 15% off Ayurvedic foods and essentials at divyaskitchen.com with code BIOHM15. Eat well and support small restaurants at the same time. A win-win! Leave Us A Rating And Review! Want a full transcript? Check out the show notes page for more details.  

Jan 7

53 min 56 sec

Leave Us A Rating And Review! Since the beginning of COVID, we’ve been asking an important question: how does the widespread use of hand sanitizers and heavy-duty, antimicrobial cleansers impact our individual and collective microbiomes?  On this episode, science has an answer for us. Andrea is joined by Afif Ghannoum for another “Straight From The Gut” episode where the two riff on the latest research and news surrounding the microbiome. They discuss: the effect of common household chemicals on the microbiome (4:00); how Roundup and glyphosate are banned in many countries around the world, but not in the US (6:18); when we kill 99.99% of germs – what's left? (7:36); plant based meats (11:34); antibiotic use in babies (15:56); questions to ask at the farmer’s market (19:18); a discussion on grocery store produce (20:25); fructose, fruit and the microbiome (27:17); proper pooping (30:41). Find the transcript and show notes for this episode at biohmhealth.com/pages/podcast.  Questions? Ideas? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com or reach out on Instagram @DreEats or @BiohmHealth.

Dec 2020

34 min 55 sec

Andrea is joined by Dr. Ghannoum, BIOHM CEO, Afif Ghannoum, and Olipop founder, Ben Goodwin, to answer your burning questions about gut health and the microbiome. You've all been wondering things like: why healthy people should care about the microbiome, the common and uncommon signs of digestive health, whether everyone needs supplements, where to start when figuring out gut issues, what foods are easiest and hardest to digest and SO MUCH MORE. This episode dives into it all in an "ask me anything" format.   Want a full transcript? Didn't hear your answer? Check out the show notes page for a list of questions that were asked and their answers. Have something to ask that we didn't cover? Email us at themicrobiomereport@biohmhealth.com. Leave Us A Rating And Review!  

Dec 2020

54 min 10 sec

Andrea Wien is joined by BIOHM CEO, Afif Ghannoum to discuss a new study on the mechanisms for how food poisoning happens (3:00), the legitimacy of a new company “Symbiome” and their claim as the first microbiome beauty line (10:37), and how the “big” brands may respond (14:19), Afif discusses the challenges involved and marketing hype (15:14), plus, prebiotics in skincare lines, (22:04), the use of fake skin to mimic real skin (25:09), a study on how sugar influences IBD (27:50), and the surprising amount of “hidden” sugar in our diet (30:28). SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES Give Us A Rating And Review! Full show notes, with links Get 10% off with code BIOHM10 at biohmhealth.com.

Nov 2020

39 min 8 sec

Can't step outside in the spring without sneezing up a storm? Does leftover food make you feel queasy? Andrea talks to Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Heidi Turner, about why people have allergies and how typical ways of dealing with them, such as anti-histamines, aren't getting to the root of the problem. Supplements, herbs and diet are discussed as long term answers to allergies, histamines and mast cell issues.  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health. Get 10% with code BIOHM10 at biohmhealth.com.

Nov 2020

51 min 34 sec

Andrea Wien is joined by Afif Ghannoum. In today’s episode we hear about a huge government fund in France dedicated to microbiome companies (3:07) The EU’s rules on regulation and research (5:37) A credit check for your gut (9:11) C-section babies are more likely to have a higher BMI (19:50) Newborns fed a tiny bit of their mother’s fecal matter to normalize microbiome at birth (24:30) An explanation on metabolites (29:37) and breaking down how healthy gut microbes are key for space travel to Mars (32:09).  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health. Check out the show notes and get 10% off at biohmhealth.com with the code BIOHM10. 

Oct 2020

34 min 53 sec

Andrea talks with Dr. Matt Kogan, a biological, holistic and integrative restorative dentist, about the shocking link between oral and systemic health. In most Westernized countries, dental care is regarded as separate from the overall care and health of the body, but as we’ll learn in this episode, nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact, poor dental health can signal much larger problems - everything from heart disease to cancer, for example. Full show notes available here. This episode is powered by BIOHM Health. 

Oct 2020

41 min 42 sec

Andrea Wien (@dreeats)and Afif Ghannoum (@biohmhealth) talk about why leaving your shoes could be beneficial (3:57), COVID-19’s long term effects on microbes (4:49), research on the skin biome (7:33), sleep probiotics and a dive deep on the warning signs to know about when buying supplements (8:44), the future of customized probiotics (23:03), and a study on fungi in the lungs (30:51). The Microbiome Report is powered by BIOHM Health, a leader in gut health and the microbiome.  

Sep 2020

38 min 34 sec

Just like our skin, gut and mouth, vaginas also have a unique microbiome that impacts everything from comfort to sex to birth, and beyond. Andrea talks to Takiya Ballard, a Certified Nurse Midwife, about how to keep a vagina happy during all phases of life.   They discuss differences in microbes across racial groups, how microbial diversity influences the susceptibility of contracting an STI, methods of birth control, bacterial and yeast infections, Group B-Strep, water birth and more.  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health, a leader in gut health and microbiome research. 

Sep 2020

50 min 57 sec

Andrea (@dreeats) is joined by Afif Ghannoum (@biohmhealth) to chat about the state of microbiome research and the cool products hitting the market. First up is Perfect Day, a vegan dairy milk made with microbes, then the two talk about COVID and the microbiome connection, increased COVID risk with stomach acid inhibitors, and advances in therapeutic microbiome medicines.  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health, a leader in the gut health space and the first probiotics to address bacteria and fungi in the gut.  Please consider sharing with a friend and leaving us a review! It's the best way to show your support and ensure the show continues to be made. 

Aug 2020

35 min 58 sec

During COVID-19, the rates of depression and anxiety have skyrocketed to unprecedented numbers. But for those suffering, there's little talk about how the microbiome drives the brain's wiring for mental health (or illness). Andrea talks to Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum about the strength of the gut brain connection, plus a new study on the power of beneficial microbes to reverse symptoms of depression. They also give actionable tools and break down the specifics of Dr. G's day, including what he eats, to show people what living a life centered around a healthy microbiome looks like.  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health, a leader in the world of gut health and research. 

Aug 2020

39 min 16 sec

Introducing a new monthly segment that we’re calling "Straight From The Gut" where Andrea is joined by Afif Ghannoum to talk shop about the microbiome space. On this episode, they discuss: autism and big data, drug interactions and non-responders, the push for personalized medicine, and resurrecting ancient microbes. 

Jul 2020

38 min 4 sec

It's not only your body that's home to various microbiomes -- your home also harbors countless species, big and small. Rob Dunn, "daily life" biologist and the author of five books, including his most recent, award-winning title "Never Home Alone," joins Andrea to talk about how everything from water filters to sourdough bread inform what's taking up residence within your four walls. From spiders and mold to dogs and MRSA, we're never really home alone...even when we're quarantining solo.

Jul 2020

34 min 50 sec

Today, we’re taking a step back from the nitty gritty details of the microbiome and focusing on something we talk about a lot: FIBER. Fiber is the key to making this whole engine of the gut work -- but if we’re not doing it right, it can also cause us a lot of...ahem, discomfort.  On today’s show, Andrea talks to Meghan Telpner, a Toronto-based author, speaker, nutritionist and founder of the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. Meghan was ranked as one of the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada by Profit Magazine and was named best holistic nutritionist in 2017 and 2018 by National Nutrition. They answer some listener submitted questions about the intricacies of fiber: does it make you poop or plug you up? Will I get smelly and gassy if I increase my fiber intake? And what about Metamucil? This episode is powered by BIOHM Health, a leader in gut health with the first line of probiotics and prebiotics to target both bacteria and fungi in the gut.

Jun 2020

42 min 15 sec

Ever wonder what it actually means to "boost your immune system"? Or have you thought about the measures of good immunity beyond just not getting sick? On this episode, Andrea talks to clinical nutritionist Josh Gitalis about how 70-80% of our immune system lives in the gut and what we can do in our daily lives - both short- and long-term - to support healthy immunity. This episode is powered by BIOHM Health, the first probiotic to address both bacteria AND fungi in the gut. 

May 2020

39 min 5 sec

We're talking about (what else?) COVID-19. Dr. Dennis Carroll, former Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Threats Division, joins Andrea to discuss the current pandemic and how our immune systems may have evolved to need viruses. They also talk through the potential paths forward and what individuals can do (besides hand-washing) to protect themselves.  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health. 

Apr 2020

42 min 24 sec

Would you give yourself an intestinal worm if it meant you'd no longer have allergies or symptoms of an autoimmune disease? Would you give a few to yourself if it meant preventing those conditions altogether?  Duke researcher, Dr. William Parker, talks to Andrea about the groundbreaking field of helminth therapy. On this episode, Andrea talks to Dr. Parker about the “ick” factor of giving yourself worms, the different types of worms used in therapy, and dosing.   Because this is NOT an FDA-approved therapy, they also discuss the obstacles to treatment and what we know about how helminths interact with the rest of the microbiome. This episode is powered by BIOHM Health, a leader in gut health and the only probiotic engineered to focus on the fungi in the gut in addition to bacteria. 

Mar 2020

50 min 37 sec

On this show, Andrea and Tiffany Weir, Associate Professor at Colorado State University in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, discuss her research work, including one of her latest projects that examined what happened to the microbiome when participants ate crickets.  They also talk about how the same microbes interact in different environments and how our microbiomes impact cardiovascular health. Plus, Dr. Weir answers to the question, “is eating insects good for gut health?” 

Feb 2020

31 min 52 sec

Andrea talks with Dr. Theresa Lyons, an international autism educator, a Yale-trained scientist and autism parent. Dr. Lyons is the premiere voice of scientific reason in the world of autism and has become known as “The Professor of Healing Autism.” They discuss early warning signs and common gut symptoms associated with autism diagnosis, preventative measures parents can take, and how she speaks about the capacity for healing.  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health. 

Jan 2020

48 min 51 sec

Have you ever considered how your daily multivitamin contributes to your gut health? Which micronutrients are critical for microbiome balance? And is it possible for a doctor to decipher whether you have gut dysfunction merely by looking at a blood nutrient panel?  On this episode, he talks to Andrea about why micronutrients are imperative for optimal gut health and breaks down which nutrients are most important when we’re talking about balancing the microbiome. To put it all into perspective, the two also go over Andrea’s micronutrient panel and Dr. Hill gives some real-world tips for how she can better balance her gut.  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health.

Jan 2020

36 min 56 sec

Following his groundbreaking research that showed bacteria and fungi work together in our gut’s microbiome, Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum discovered that within 24 hours, it's possible to remake your mycobiome, setting yourself on the fast track to weight loss, better digestion, improved health, and more energy.  On this show, he discusses his diet and lifestyle approach to healing the gut for good.  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health. 

Dec 2019

29 min 43 sec

Recently, scientists discovered strains of fungus in pancreatic cancer patients. This sent shockwaves through the media, but fungi causing disease is nothing new to today’s guest.  Doug Kaufmann, host of the popular TV show, Know The Cause, talks to Andrea about how he first discovered the link between fungi and disease, plus breaks down the different type of fungal infections in the human body. This episode is powered by Total Gut Balance, a new book by Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum. 

Dec 2019

45 min 45 sec

Would you buy a food or supplement that promised to do all of this daily:  Develop antibodies against pathogens you’d been exposed to Change based on the weather  Alter itself to support your current level of wellness  Provide all of the macro and micronutrients you need to survive and thrive Bolster your immune system - for life Support your microbiome and feed beneficial strains On this show, Dr. Witt talks about how breastmilk shapes the infant microbiome and sets the stage for future gut health. She also dives into how and why breastmilk changes based on the outside world, including whether it's pumped or frozen, and why it’s so difficult to replicate breastmilk in formula. Dr. Witt also offers tips and resources to make the journey easier for mothers struggling with breastfeeding. 

Dec 2019

31 min 42 sec

Pre- and probiotic foods and beverages are all the rage...but at what cost? On this episode, microbe lover and Olipop founder Ben Goodwin comes on the show to talk about how consumers can shop smartly at the grocery store, including how to think about proper product formulation. This episode is powered by Total Gut Balance and DrMicrobiome.com. 

Nov 2019

43 min 1 sec

Have you ever wondered why it seems like the same issues get passed down from generation to generation? Turns out, it’s not a family curse but instead a hard-wiring of trauma that researchers can now see on our DNA.  Through the study of epigenetics, scientists are learning that our ancestor’s traumas can have profound health implications for those of us living today. Dr. Keesha Ewers joins Andrea to discuss the concept of ancestral trauma, including how to start healing.  This episode is powered by BIOHM Health. 

Nov 2019

39 min 4 sec