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About John Douillard, DC, CAP
Dr. Douillard is a globally recognized leader in the fields of natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine. He is the creator of LifeSpa.com, the leading Ayurvedic health and wellness resource on the web. LifeSpa.com is evolving the way Ayurveda is understood around the world, with over 700 articles and videos proving ancient wisdom with modern science. Dr. John is the former Director of Player Development for the New Jersey Nets NBA team, author of 6 health books, a repeat guest on the Dr. Oz show, and featured in Woman’s World Magazine, Huffington Post, Yoga Journal and dozens of other publications. He directs LifeSpa, the 2013 Holistic Wellness Center of the year in Boulder, CO.
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Related Episode: #20: John Douillard, DC – How eating seasonally and Ayurvedic medicine can improve your gut health and reduce food sensitivities
02:07 Bacterial Diversity Study: Dr. Douillard did a study of gut bacteria colonization after oral probiotic use. In his study, a group of people went to Europe. Some took probiotics and others did not. Participants who took the probiotics were able to garner 40% more sustained colonization. They had new bugs and more bugs. Even those who did not take the supplemental probiotics had increased bacterial diversity, though no overall increase in the amount of bacteria. The more diverse our gut bacteria, the better for our health.
03:59 Food Intolerances: The quality of your digestion, the quality of your intestinal skin, and the quality of the lymphatics that drain your intestinal skin has a lot to do with food intolerances. Many of our symptoms of food intolerances have to do with those the quality of digestion, intestinal skin and lymphatics as well as your microbiome.
05:26 Food Intolerance Myths: You shouldn’t eat wheat, dairy or other foods if they may you feel bad. Taking these items out of your diet without fixing the underlying cause may cause more problems. Our ability to digest well is our ability to detoxify well. 400 billion pounds of chemicals dumped into the American environment every year. 62 million of these are cancer causing. When you eat organically, you are still eating foods saturated with toxins from the environment. If you are not digesting well, you are not able to rid your body of these toxins well.
06:42 Problems down the Road: Dr. Douillard sees patients who eliminate wheat, only to be reacting to something else 6 months later. This tends to happen with each item eliminated.
07:10 Reasons for Broken Digestive/Detox Systems: The ingredient list for a loaf of bread is long and microbes will not consume much of it. Traditional bread is organic, made with wheat, salt, water and an organic starter. It takes 3 days to bake. It becomes hard quickly. Processed foods increase the risk of metabolic syndrome, obesity, belly fat, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high bad cholesterol, and low good cholesterol, by 141%. People who eat whole foods, including whole wheat, decrease their risk of metabolic syndrome by 38%. Multiple studies find that whole, unrefined wheat reduces blood sugar and has nothing to do with cognitive decline. It can reduce inflammation and repair the intestinal skin. Eating processed gluten free foods to eliminate processed wheat is not an improvement.
10:40 Gluten Free Industry: It is a 16 billion dollar industry. Sixty years ago we were told that fat was cause of heart disease. Cholesterol was taken out of our diet and replaced with processed/refined bleached fats that are in every processed food to extend shelf life. They are indigestible and linked to the breakdown of the digestive system. We also consume pesticides that kill the microbes in our mouths and digestive system that are directly linked to breaking down gluten. Take all of the processed foods out of your diet, not just wheat.
11:51 Studies of Gluten Free vs Wheat Consumer: People on a gluten free diet had 4 times the mercury in their blood than people who ate wheat. People on a gluten free diet had significantly less good bacteria and more bad bacteria than people who ate wheat. Gluten free consumers had fewer killer T cells, a measure of immunity, compared to those who consumed wheat. Hard to digest foods are immune stimulators, stimulating our intestinal wall.
12:52 Hygiene Hypothesis: Amish kids have the lowest rates of asthma on the planet. Hutterites, with the same genetics, are modern farmers whose children have the highest rates of asthma on the planet. Amish barn air is an immune stimulant for the respiratory tract, preventing them from getting asthma. Science has found that we have been eating wheat for 4 million years.
13:29 Modern vs Ancient Wheat: 10,000 years ago everything was hybridized for different reasons, like larger wheat berries. The gluten content in modern wheat is identical to the gluten of ancient wheats. One study of some ancient wheat grains found that they had twice the amount of gluten of today’s grain. Yet these grains had twice the reduction of inflammation, lowered blood sugar and lowered cholesterol.
19:12 Eat Wheat Seasonally: Wheat was a fall harvested grain to be eaten in the fall and winter. The enzyme amylase appears to specifically break down wheat, which increases in the fall and winter. Deer can die if they eat out of season. Bugs in the soil change from season to season. When we eat that food, these bugs influence our microbiome. More meat is eaten in the winter and more fruits and vegetables are eaten in the summer.
22:36 Roundup/Glyphosate: Roundup/glyphosate is used as a desiccant in wheat processing only about 10% of the time. It is not used at all in organic wheat. In our environment, glyphosate is on everything. Glyphosate and BT toxins have been shown to drill through the intestinal skin. Our intestinal skin is our first line of defense. Genetic material from bugs effected by the toxins impact our own genetic code. As we age, our intestinal skin gets smaller and less effective for delivering nutrients to our bodies.
24:37 Ageing Process: Three factors link to our ageing process, the quality of your intestinal skin, the lymphatics that line your intestinal skin, and the quality of the microbes in the intestinal skin.
25:26 Digestion and Detoxification Link: Gallbladder surgery is the number one surgery today. If you don’t have a gallbladder, you still make bile. The gallbladder is a sack of stored bile that is 15 to 20 time concentrated. We have the ability to digest significant amounts of fat. When people don’t eat fat or eat bad fats, it is directly linked to gallbladder disease. When your liver becomes congested, your bile becomes thick. Bile consumes toxins, chemicals and fats in your liver. In your digestive tract it consumes parasites and other “yucky stuff”. It scrubs and cleans your villi. Bile is a regulator of your bowel movements. Bile is a buffer for the acid in your stomach. If the liver and bile are not responsive, the stomach holds on to the food, acid and fat. The longer it stays in the stomach, the acid causes reflux and irritate the stomach lining. If the body does not produce enough bile long term, the body cuts down acid production. When this happens, we lose the trigger for our entire digestive and detox response. The bile is necessary for emulsifying the toxins in our environment. When we lose digestive strength, the antinutrients and hard to digest proteins like gluten and casein are sent into the small intestine too large to get into the blood and deliver nutrition.
29:23 Lymphatic System: Instead these large proteins are picked up in the collecting ducts of our lymphatic system, thus congesting our lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system in your body and is the number one delivery system for energy between meals.
31:28 Lymph System Congestion: If the lymphatic system becomes congested, you become chronically fatigued. The lymphatic system is the carrier for your entire immune system. The lymph system is everywhere in your body: your skin, your joints and reproductive system. Before women menstruate, they have a detox flush through the lymphatic system. When the system is congested, women experience breast tenderness, swelling, breakouts, and bloating. There are lymphs in the brain that drain 3 pounds of toxic chemicals out of your brain each year. Gluten has been found in the lymphatic system. Gluten displaces the fats being delivered to your body. When your lymphatics are congested, fats to be delivered to your body are instead stored around your belly. Lack of brain drainage is linked to anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, autoimmune conditions, infection and inflammation.
34:19 Gluten Free Diets: We may be putting ourselves in harm’s way for a more serious problem down the road, if we do not address the causes of food intolerances. People on restrictive gluten free diets have significant nutrient deficiencies. Ancient human ate 30 to 40 percent of their diet in carbohydrates.
38:33 Dairy: It makes no sense for adult humans to drink glasses of milk. Our ancestors made cheese or butter out of milk. There is no milk protein, no sugar, and no casein in heavy whipping cream. It is 100% pure fat. If you have indigestion from heavy whipping cream, you have a gallbladder/bile congestive issue. The cheese making process breaks down lactose, lactic acid, and casein. The original cheese in Austria and India was a soft sour cheese. Fermented foods heat you, so are better consumed in the winter. We don’t need dairy. As adults, most mammals stop producing the enzyme that allows them to consume milk sugar. Many humans from norther Europe have developed lactase persistence.
32:03 Breaking down Gluten: There are enzymes for breaking down gluten and the hard to digest components in your mouth, your esophagus, small intestine and large intestine. When gluten is broken down in your digestive tract, it becomes short chain fatty acids like butyric acid, the driver of immunity in your intestinal tract and feed the microbes in your digestive tract. Gluten is a major driver for feeding the microbiome.
44:31 Benefits of Eating Wheat: Wheat consumption increases cognitive function, lowers blood sugar, helps with weight loss and helps you live longer. People who eat more whole grains in their diet, live 18% longer. They die of heart disease 16% less. They die of cancer 12% less.
46:31 Circadian Rhythm: Circadian medicine may well revolutionize medicine as we know it. We are connected to the earth’s circadian cycles with our eating, food, and sleep cycles. Eating/living discordant with nature’s circadian rhythm has been linked to diabetes, obesity and changes in the microbiome. We eat better when we eat in the middle of the day. We don’t digest well at night. We exercise better in the morning and during the daytime. Our sleep should happen at night.
48:37 Repairing Your Intestinal Tract: In his book, Dr. Douillard talks about 5 digestive spices to be used on your food: ginger, cumin, coriander, fennel and cardamom. Individually, they help with digestion. When used together, they help your body make its own hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes. Fenugreek, beets, artichokes are major cleansers for your bile ducts. Apples have malic acid, which helps to open the bile ducts. Leafy greens and radishes are good for bile duct health.
51:37 Colorado Cleanse: It is a 2 week digestive reset/reboot. Consume a little ghee every morning while you eat a non-fat diet. There are microbes in your gut that make butyric acid and ghee is the highest source of butyric acid on the planet. Consuming the ghee on an empty stomach forces your gallbladder to contract, cleansing your gallbladder. It is a lipophilic mediated detox. The fats that you take on from the ghee, hook onto fats in your body and they are processed out of your body.
55:25 Dr. Douillard’s Morning Routine: He awakens early and does his workout. Muscles are stronger in the morning. He gets his kids ready and takes them to school. After that, he may do some meditation or yoga, though he often meditates with his daughter before bed. Dr. Douillard has a meditation course on his website.
58:24 Dr. Douillard’s Favorite Nutrient: Neem is an antiseptic. It heals the intestinal skin and supports good bugs. It was Ayurveda’s original probiotic.
59:14 Dr. Douillard’s Elevator Speech: Promoting organic food, and getting rid of processed food is important, but the most important thing is getting back to the circadian rhythm. Our survival depends upon it.