Episode 24: Dr. Michael Ruscio Answers Microbiome FAQs

“Testing promises that if we just know what’s going on we can fix you. Testing delivers-we’re not sure what this means, we’re not sure if this is accurate, we’re not sure what to do. That is the sad truth, but it is the truth.”


Dr. Michael Ruscio (Author of Healthy Gut Healthy You and Host of Dr. Ruscio Radio) sits down with Mikhaila to discuss conventional vs. natural medicine and therapies, the functional benefits of probiotics, the microbiome and its effects on multiple health systems and parasites.

Find Dr. Michael Ruscio at and on Twitter @DrRuscio

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[5:00] Challenges with insomnia and food-related brain fog
[6:00] Turning to functional medicine when conventional medicine failed
[10:00] Dr. Ruscio’s personal experience with Entamoeba histolytica
[11:00] “you can be really healthy and then an infection can really knock you off the track”
[13:00] where to start when you are dealing with different disorders
[16:00] Three Different strains of Probiotics
[18:00] Personalizing protocols to someone who has reactions to a specific type of probiotic
[20:00] In regard to probiotics, “they’ve been shown to be able to attenuate an overzealous immune response, reduce leaky guts, and the other thing that I think is really under-appreciated about probiotics-is they exert pretty powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic activity”
[23:30] Taking probiotics with a small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
[27:30] The algorithm Dr. Ruscio uses in his book, Healthy Gut, Healthy You: Step 1: Diet, Step 2: Probiotics, and Step 3: Antimicrobial
[29:30] Recommendations on treating
[32:00] “We do know inflammation in the gut encourages dysbiosis, it kinda feeds bad players and poisons the good players”
[34:00] “Testing promises that if we just know what’s going on we can fix you. Testing delivers-we’re not sure what this means, we’re not sure if this is accurate, we’re not sure what to do. That is the sad truth, but it is the truth.”
[38:00] Feeling bloated while eating just meat? Work with a clinician or try following the Healthy Gut, Healthy You protocol
[40:00] “Natural Medicine is awesome, but we could be way better if we got rid of what didn’t work and then we really, really focused on what did.”
[45:30] “there is definitely an ability to improve, now some people will be able to improve more than others but I think everyone can get to at least to a position where they feel like they have a reasonable quality of life”
[47:30] Dampening the immune response with immunoglobulins
[54:00] “It’s important not to try and force a dietary solution to what might not be a dietary problem”
[57:30] Raw milk vs. Pasteurized milk
[1:00:00] blood sugar spikes with different diets
[1:02:30] Probiotics have been shown to reduce lactose and tolerance in those who have lactose intolerance

Mikhaila Peterson (@mikhailapeterson Instagram) is a 28 year old mother, CEO, health influencer, writer and founder of the Lion Diet, from Toronto, Canada. She has put her idiopathic juvenile arthritis, severe depression (bipolar type II), and chronic fatigue (among other ailments) into remission using The Lion Diet - a beef, salt and water elimination diet. Although it may seem unorthodox, she’s thrived on it for over 2 years. Also recognized for her work with her father, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson (Canadian psychologist and author), she encourages others to take responsibility for every part of their physical and mental health, and teaches how to dramatically transform one's life by never giving up on yourself.

The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast is a podcast where host Mikhaila Peterson speaks with thought leaders, and industry changers - continually finding the best ways to improve the human experience. From stay at home mom’s to CEO’s, fitness enthusiasts to spiritual guides, nutrition researchers to health professionals - Mikhaila has interview-style conversations aimed at provoking thought, addressing difficult subjects, and speaking about topics that are generally shied away from.