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Chris Kresser, MS, LAC

About the Brain-Gut Connection

Chris Kresser, MS, LACPractitioner of Integrative and Functional Medicine, Bestselling Author of Your Personal Paleo Code

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  • Why our gut-brain connection is the axis to optimal mental health
  • How our gut ‘flora’ and our bacterial DNA play a major role with our mental health
  • Gut flora and chronic stress, and how mental health symptoms impact our beneficial bacteria

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  1. Pam Riggins says:

    Thanks Chris for the great presentation-very informative and inspiring. I am so glad I found you on the internet-all because I had a question about an ingredient in a supplement a few months ago. What a miracle! Thanks for all you do!

  2. Jeanette says:

    Thank you Chris for your input and info freely given. Hopefully in the years to come more and more medical clinicians will change their thinking and consequently treatments that are provided. as you were talking about your experience with parasitic infestations, I started connecting the dots regarding one of my children who had Giardiasis when he was but a few months old, then Bilharzia in his teen years which took nearly 2 years to diagnose, and eventually developed Crohns while he was working in Taiwan after he married. He was so ill and weak we really did not think he would live. At 6’2″ tall he weighed a mere 118 lbs! After years of conventional treatment, he went to a Wellness Centre and embarked on re-establishing his depleted microbiome. It was awake-up call for all of us. He now weighs 175 lbs, enjoys good health and boundless energy. Thanks to God and people like those on this summit.

  3. Jan says:

    Great podcast!
    Can anyone tell me if Chris’s book goes into detail about the microbiome? I was under the impression it was about the Paleolithic way of eating.

  4. Jan says:

    Can anyone tell me if Chris’s book goes into detail about the microbiome?

  5. Diana says:

    Great talk! Thanks for the information that helps me keep doing the right things.

  6. Jenny says:

    Amazing discussion Chris returned from Os holiday so sick was given triple dose of antibiotics. My ill health kinda makes sense now will get your book. Big thanks to you and all the presenters at this summit just blown away by the expertise, transparency, and the willingness in sharing scientific information. Whoohoo !! The best experience ever.

  7. john says:

    This was a good talk that emphasizes the importance of a healthy gut flora, eating real food, and the occasional thoughtful use of anti-bio tics. (they do have their place but over used do to lazy docs and pushy parents). That could be another summit all on its own.

    To those who thought it lacked deeper content remember this is a free talk.

    Buy the book to get the Nitty Gritty details.

    That is the least you can do to support these talks and authors who are putting themselves out there against the conventional system of Western medicine.

  8. Petrona says:

    Sorry I could not here any thing or see anything for that matter

    every day I tune in the same so I gave up and tried again to day same thing could not make sence of what was going on

  9. Dave says:

    Chris, I’m glad that you included those of us with lyme, emphasizing the point that you can do what you can during the life saving period of intense antibiotic treatment. Sometimes they are absolutely necessary to kill the lyme entrenched deep in the tissues.

  10. Patricia says:

    You didn’t address the risk of untreated dental amalgams and the effect of the its oxidation products on the gut lining. I understand that it can actually shut down the pathways for detoxification.

  11. Pernilla says:

    Thank you for a wonderful presentation. I noticed you mentioned Blastocystis in the program and would love to learn how you dealt with that. I’ve heard there are some antibiotics that work some of the time, which has not been encouraging. Thank you for sharing your wisdom <3

  12. DM says:

    Really great interview. Chris’ website is chock full of information too. I plan on getting his book too.

  13. Judy says:

    Chris Kesler’s detail is so useful!! Many thanks for this.

  14. Sue Vogan, PNM says:

    The Gut-Brain relationship is not new in history, but it is left out of medical courses. The antibiotics fly for everything with little or no regard to long term outcome. It is especially sad with regards to children. Instead of looking for a root cause, it is easier to write a prescription.
    Thank you for your time and your contribution to humanity.

  15. tanja says:

    a lot of talking….. nothing new!

  16. Gai says:

    I just want to thank you, Chris, for your generosity in providing so much information on your website at no cost. I am looking forward to following up several topics presented there,

  17. richard essihos says:

    Thanks Chris for an awesome webcast. Very informative!

  18. Jo says:

    Hi Chris, thanks for sharing this wealth of information! So, so interesting. Definitely incredibly helpful for both my daughter and myself.
    Jo ??✌?️

  19. Ro says:

    thank you Chris for the great info. God bless you.

  20. Donovan says:

    Hi, for the record I want to add, I read Chris’ book “Your Personal Paleo Code” and I think it’s one of the best health manuals I’ve ever read. It’s really great, progressive, and took me a lot of reading and learning to get to where I recognize the value of what he recommends! (I also like the Blood Type Diet). Doing his course,”14 Four” has been on my mind for a while.

  21. Bethany says:

    I echo what has been written: people like Chris Kresser have been generous, helpful, and are making a difference! Thanks to all compassionate Summit contributors of knowledge, research, and clinical experience! And Nona…thank you for sharing a bit of your personal health journey…it provided me more to consider. May God bless you!

  22. Bethany says:

    I echo what has been written: YES, the information / research / clinical experience shared at this Wellness Summit is generous, helpful, and making a difference. Thank you Nona, for sharing your personal journey…I gleaned more to consider! And Chris Kresser…may God bless you for your kindness!

  23. Patricia says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful info and E-books! Looking forward to trying to figure out how to lose my lithium/zyprexa belly for once and all..

  24. marilyn says:

    This is fascinating! Great information. Can you give the studies you quote?
    I’d like to know more about the studies you speak of.

  25. Michele says:

    Enjoyed you talk very much. Although I hate taking medicine, I like and agree there is a time and place. But then you offered ideas to help undo the damage done to our gut. I appreciate also you discussed the Money involved. Test and Treat now as opposed to the even greater COSTS (in many ways) later. ALSO, I went to your website and found so many FREE downloads. How kind and very generous you are!

  26. Sharon says:

    What do you think of using turpentine for Candida?

  27. Tracey says:

    Jenny- Christa Orrechio has a great drink recipe for UTIs. 1cup unsweetened organic cranberry juice,1/4 cup Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, 1/4cup liquid chlorophyll,juice of 2 whole lemons, couple drops of Stevia (I prefer Xylotol- I can’t stand the aftertaste of Stevia). Mix with ice and drink !

  28. Linda says:

    I loved listening to Chris Kresser and his wealth of information. His personal story reminds me of my 13 year old daughter who also had a tropical illness while vacationing with us on a remote island of Thailand. Even though the acute illness resolved, she has had ongoing issues of anxiety including panic attacks. I would love it if Chris could recommend a functional medicine doctor in Minnesota. Also, I would love to know if fermented vegetables are okay for someone with fungal overgrowth. Lastly, I really appreciated Chris’ balanced view on antibiotics, and his mentioning that in some situations, it is necessary, as in the case of Lyme disease, which in my case, caused encephalopathy. I almost quit long term antibiotics because of everything I heard about it causing leaky gut and the consequences. But, I’m glad that I stuck with the antibiotics that changed my life. Thank you for emphasizing that it is sometimes necessary, but that the gut can be healed from the damage of the medications. Lyme was the greater evil.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Bee Venom Therapy. Look at the FB groups. It’s helping people heal from Lyme. I know it sounds crazy but there is legitimate research on it. Best of luck to you!

    • Kate says:

      Linda – the fungal overgrowth happened because the populations of friendly bacteria were greatly reduced (most common way is anti-bio-tics [against life], followed by eating various forms of sugar/starches). We need some Candida; their job is to digest sugars (and starches, because they quickly become a sugar).

      Eating home-made, fermented veggies is the fastest way to get hundreds of strains of beneficial bacteria in your gut. Everything you swallow helps determine whether the friendly bacteria can find a place to live, or whether the microbes that make us ill keep us from feeling amazing.

  29. Jenny says:

    Do you answer questions? What about monolaurin and enzymes for resistant UTIs? My gut is destroyed with antibiotics and have been doing collagen, probiotics, etc to try to rebuild. Saw some info on monolauarin and enzymes to kill the bad bacteria in the urinary tract. Am concerned about bringing out the heavy metals. Really sick and have had some stool testing. I am afraid it is too late for me. Any feedback would be appreciated.

    • Kate says:

      Jenny, have you researched home-made fermented vegetables? Home-made pickled vegetables? You get many more species of friendly/needed bacteria, at a fraction of the cost. Onions and garlic also provide prebiotics (food for the friendly bacteria), as well as make the environment way less desirable for the ‘garbage men’ that make us sick. An added bonus of fermented veggies, is they drastically reduce sugar cravings/sweet tooth. Gotta eat ’em, vs. take a pill.

    • ~ Nona says:

      Jenny, I’d like to support Kate’s reply.

      I started making my own kimchi, sauerkraut, and pickles using the recipes in NOURISHING TRADITIONS, Sally Fallon’s superb book; it opened my eyes to proper eating and cooking. I also make my own goat milk kefir (I used to make cow’s milk kefir but really love goat’s milk), kombucha and natto. They’re all easy to prepare, but kefir is the easiest of all.

      My understanding is that it can take up to three years to restore the gut. It seems like a long time — I’ve been at it for a little over a year so far — but it makes a difference and is worth the time and effort.

      Years ago I used massive amounts of antibiotics; I have been paying the price ever since. Fifteen years ago I followed an anti-Candida diet (under an alternative doctor’s guidance). It took a year, but that diet transformed my life. Really. For example, I was able to return to work!!

      Still, I wasn’t feeling 100% after the end of that year, although from where I started — my conventional doctor said I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — it was a massive improvement, especially since I was able to return to work.

      I think the missing element may have been reinoculating my gut with health bacteria.

      Fifteen years ago the importance of the microbiome was not widely recognized. Even so, my doctor urged me to take probiotics, which I did. Today I’m a fiend on the subject, to the extent of making my own fermented veggies. Indeed, I try to eat something fermented and/or cultured at every meal. I’ve been on this regime for a little over a year. It’s making a difference; I think I’m going to see the full benefits in another year or two.

      For the record, I LOVE fermented veggies and kefir. Just love ’em.

      And here’s the best news: making my own fermented foods is CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP! I save (depending on sales on the veggies I use) anything from 35 – 60% by making my own. Also, I “batch prepare” them. I’ll spend an evening doing all the chopping, cutting and preparing so that I end up with a two to three months supply of kimchi or sauerkrat.

      In addition to making my own fermented foods, I still avoid sugar. I urge you to eliminate sugar in your diet. Travel around the web: you’ll find all kinds of information on anti-Candida diets. My doctor also put me on an anti-Candida product called CANDI-GONE by Renew Life. I’ve used it periodically ever since with good results. Follow Renew Life’s guidelines (which are detailed on the package insert). When you have questions, there is an 800 number to dial for answers.

      I hope this helps you, Jenny. Believe me: I know how debilitating ill-health is, especially when the condition is something that Convention Medicine knows almost nothing about. Indeed, the big problem with Conventional Medicine is that it studies disease, not health.

      People like Chris Kresser and others at this Summit are making a difference. God bless them!

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