Dr. Craig Reese, DC. PC.
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Boulder, CO 80301

Dr. Reese's Bits and Pieces
January 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to the new year and a new decade! It's hard to believe the Y2K panic and flop was 20 years ago. Hope this your best year ever!
The last 2 newsletters have covered different aspects of digestion working from the mouth to the gallbladder.
To summarize:

  1. People that can't tolerate protein, think about hydrochloric acid
  2. People that can't handle starches or carbohydrates, think about pancreatic enzymes
  3. People that can't tolerate fried or fatty foods, think of gallbladder, bile release.
  4. People who can't handle any foods, think of small intestinal bacterial growth. These are all easily treated with diet and supplements.

By now you've heard mention of the microbiome. The dictionary definition is:er
"A community of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) that inhabit a particular environment and especially the collection of microorganisms living in or on the human body Your body is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes, collectively known as your microbiome" (https://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/microbiome)

Citizens of the US have the least diverse microbiomes in the world. The microbiome does many things. The more diverse bacterial species you have, the more potential you have to metabolize a list of different chemicals. Some bacteria will clear up BPA, some bacteria will clear out formaldehyde. Some bacteria Wii) clear out different toxins. So, different bacterial species are involved with different types of metabolism of end products, toxins and so forth. Some help you absorb and activate vitamins and minerals to be used in different ways in your body.

You also may not know is that you have several microbiomes that interact with your gut microbiome:
reretSkinMicrobiome                                                                                                                              Diet             
ertertOral Microbiome                                                                                                                                              Medications
erttrertrtertertLung MicrobiomeINTESTINAL MICROBIOME                                     Chemicals
ertrtrteerttretrVaginal Microbiome                                                                                                                                        Hormones
Nostril Microbiome                                                                                                                                         Immune system
Gut-Brain Axis                    Gut-Skin Axis                     Gut-Lung Axis                  Gut-Liver Axis
                               Gut-Thyroid Axis                              Gut-Pancreas Axis           Gut-Endocrine Axis

These all have an impact back and forth so they are all important to your health. Microbiome diversity is vital and below is a list of things that help and hurt your microbiome diversity.

Factors that help Diversity

Factors that hurt Diversity

Consume a large variety of veggies, fruits and fiber

Limited diversity in diet

Diverse meals

Same meals daily


Lack of sleep

Normal and consistent circadian rhythms

Disruption of circadian rhythms


Lack of exercise/sedentary lifestyle

Outdoor activites                                                                  et


Interaction with pets

Extremely sterile environment

Eating fermented foods

Antibiotics/NSAlDs/hormones in our foods

Pesticides/fungicides/herbicides/GMO foods
Artificial sweeteners
Environmental pollutants/smoking

Dr Kharrazian recommends buying a wide variety of veggies and putting them in a blender or food processor and making a mash out all of them that you can eat or drink to increase your diversity. Taking short chain fatty acids like butyrate, propionate and acetate plus fibers like guar gum, pectins, flaxseed bran (freshly ground each serving), cellulose gum and psyllium also help feed your microbiome.

So, that's one of the key points of richness, is that you want to have all these different bacteria to metabolize as many different chemicals as possible. It's not just about the liver. If your liver has phase one, phase two pathways and you can give them precursors like sulphur and things to help them, and B vitamins, but your actual microbiome, the diversity you have there is totally dependent upon your diet and environment. Taking a probiotic may be slightly helpful in the short run, but it is not going to create the diversity you need and actually can create an imbalance due to the large amount of a limited strain of bacteria you are taking in that supplement. Lots of different veggies and fermented foods are better!