My Psychedelic Journey Begins

I think it was Aubrey Marcus who first got me interested in psychedelic substances. This was quickly followed by Michael Pollan’s book, How To Change Your Mind. Since then, I have been reading and listening to everything I can find on psychedelics. I was instantly hooked, and intrigued by what almost felt like a calling(!). During

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The Oral Microbiome

This article summarises some on the research on the role our oral microbiome plays in both oral health, and most importantly our systemic health. Microbes appear in every corner of human life, and microbes affect every aspect of human life (4).   The oral cavity is inhabited by a variety of microorganisms, their control aids

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What’s Your Enterotype?

What is an enterotype? Recent research suggests that the human microbiome can be assigned to three main groups – so-called enterotypes. Intestinal bacteria develop – depending on the enterotype – stable, clearly different clusters with typical metabolic properties. The three enterotypes are thought to consist of, or be dominated by, the following bacteria: Enterotype 1

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Faecalibacterium prausnitzii: One of the most abundant bacterial species found in the gut

There is an increasing interest in Faecalibacterium prausnitzii given its potentially important role in promoting gut health. Interestingly, it may be a useful biomarker to help in ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease discrimination (both inflammatory bowel diseases). There are large population of F. prausnitzii bacteria in the normal human body, occupying 6–8%, even 20% among all kinds

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Methane SIBO: Not always a bad thing?

Many of us are now very familiar with the role bacteria play in our digestive, and systemic, health, but not as many are likely familiar with the role of archaea. These little guys are responsible for the term ‘methane SIBO’. What Are Archaea? It has been estimated that about 33% of the world’s human population

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To Treat Or Not To Treat Blastocystis Hominis

What Is Blastocystis Hominis? Blastocystis hominis is a parasite that inhabits the gastrointestinal tract of humans and many animals. It has a worldwide distribution, and, is often identified as the most common parasite reported in human fecal samples (5–15% of individuals in developed countries and 50–100% of individuals in developing countries). The parasite has been

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Fibromyalgia – A Functional Medicine Approach

Welcome to my blog post ‘Fibromyalgia Testing – A Functional Medicine Approach ‘. Although chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has been defined as a separate syndrome to fibromyalgia (FM), up to 70% of patients with fibromyalgia are also diagnosed with CFS and 35-70% of patients with CFS have also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Thus studies of patients

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Ankylosing Spondalyitis

What Is Ankylosing spondylitis? Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory arthritis, thought by some to be autoimmune in origin. It would appear that the most likely causative agent in the development of Ankylosing spondylitis is an environmental factor in the genetically susceptible, HLA-B27 positive, individuals. What is HLA-B27? It has been shown that more

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