Study on Old Order Amish reveals link between metabolic syndrome and gut microbiome

This is hardly news — it’s another feather in a pile that weighs a ton.

If you have read Dr. David Perlmutter’s book BrainMaker, you may have been struck by his account of a gut war going on between two bacterial strains: Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes.

This battle has a lot to do with the obesity epidemic. Continue reading Study on Old Order Amish reveals link between metabolic syndrome and gut microbiome

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Thrive! I mean it.

Just to say up-front, I don’t know anyone at the Thrive Market (though they seem like very nice, thoughtful people), and I’m not getting anything in return for writing about them. I sure do intend, however, to pay up for a full membership when my trial period ends in three days, (which also happens to be New Year’s Eve). So that’s my disclaimer, which really doesn’t claim or dis anything. Maybe it’s a resolution.

Now begins the blog post:

I get most of my food , vitamins, and supplements delivered. From local stores, from big-name whole food chains, from the almighty Amazon (not going to insult your intelligence by providing a link for that one), from stupendous places such as Swanson‘s. Continue reading Thrive! I mean it.

Dr.@DavidPerlmutter, all I am saying is give peace ( I mean ketchup) a chance

And best wishes to Dr. Permutter and all of you for the holidays.

I have already written a post on Dr. @David Perlmutter ‘s book, Brain Maker. The premise of the book is that if your gut microbiome is healthy, so should you be. I have to say that following the precepts of the book are working well for me and my MS.

However one phrase brought me into sharp disagreement. It said “forget ketchup.”

No.

I won’t. Continue reading Dr.@DavidPerlmutter, all I am saying is give peace ( I mean ketchup) a chance

The ‘booch is back in town– starting over with kombucha

As some of you may remember I moved house in late December of last year. Moved between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Moved 2/10 of a mile to another unit in my same complex. One of the things I had to dismantle was this:

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My old kombucha. Sigh.

Continue reading The ‘booch is back in town– starting over with kombucha

The sweet potato fly is done

I harvested the  sweet potato fly after four days–that’s from Sunday to Thursday. The pot was just beginning to form small clumps of hard white yeast on the top of, and had tiny bubbles coming up and around the raft of sweet potatoes. The eggshell turned a weird color. Continue reading The sweet potato fly is done

Make whey — #culturesforhealth

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I’m nothing if not literal in this post. I’m making whey in this thing.

You can do this with a fine strainer in a bowl, some cheese cloth to line the strainer, and a lid to cover the whole draining rig, but I do this a lot, so I have a tool for it–also works great for salting and draining cucumbers.

This is a super-fine soft fabric sieve that fits in a draining bowl with a tight fitting lid. You can leave it in the fridge without getting stinky yogurt from the other things that might be in your chill-chest

Continue reading Make whey — #culturesforhealth

Sweet Potato Fly. Not so sweet; totally “fly”

Think if it as ur-soda. This is a homemade drink that is going to ferment, yes, I said ferment, at room temperature for several days until it gets slightly fizzy, slightly tangy, and deliciously spicy. Think ginger-fizz with added oomph. It will get slightly alcoholic if you leave it long enough. I usually don’t. (That’s what vodka is for.)

This will give the good bugs in your gut a healthy boost: Continue reading Sweet Potato Fly. Not so sweet; totally “fly”

#brainmaker: “Brain Maker,” A new book by Dr. David Perlmutter

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Click for a link to this book on Amazon. Well worth the effort!

I downloaded David Perlmutter’s new book, Brain Makerˆfrom the e-collection at my library. Then I read it. All of it. Every word.Then I went to bed. All that happened between 3pm and 11pm last Sunday. You might say I was motivated to read this book.

Looking at the blurb on the promo image above tells you the essential message of the book: protect your gut’s microbes: protect and heal your brain. Continue reading #brainmaker: “Brain Maker,” A new book by Dr. David Perlmutter