Evan Brand hosts one of the top 25 ranked health podcast shows in the US called Not Just Paleo. Evan, author of three health books, is also a nutritional sleuth specializing in identifying and naturally treating hidden gut infections. When he was a teenager he got very ill from what turned out to be multiple gut infections that his regular doctors could not identify. By identifying the exact organisms and learning how to use herbs to eradicate the infection, and becoming healthier than ever, launched Evan into his career.
Infections Must Be Addressed
Evan shares that healthy diets alone will not treat fungal, parasitic or bacterial infections; they must be addressed. Natural answers are often more effective with less complications and often even reduce later recurrences better than many pharmaceutical interventions. But the practitioner has to really know what they are doing. Hidden gut infections are often the unappreciated root cause of various issues from inflammatory bowel disease to depression and even serious chronic fatigue.
Evan healed himself and went on to become a healer of others. We discuss h. pylori infections, which can cause gastric ulcers and even cancers down the road. But this infection is very responsive to natural herbal treatments. H. pylori damages the cells that make stomach acid so often replacement of this is part of the natural protocol to heal the condition. If not replaced, this increases the risk for collateral infections like candidiasis. We discuss two nutraceuticals that prevent friendly yeast from morphing into more dangerous mycelized yeast, which can embed into the gut wall causing leaky gut and mycotoxin release fallout. We discuss the positive and sometimes negative role of digestive enzymes, especially the role of pepsin and bile on esophageal mucosal membranes. Esophageal aging is a real issue for many in mid and later life and we discuss the pros and cons of enzyme replacement keeping this in mind.
Nutrition is Important
Evan reminds us that nutrition is important but obsession with healthy eating, called orthorexia, can be a certifiable eating disorder. Evan shares his typical healthy moderate menus and we discuss being sane and nutritionally moderate in an American world prone to obsession and hyperbole.
Evan is a wealth of nutritional knowledge and treats patients internationally. We discuss testing methods of gut infections to hormones.
Berkson and Brand have a lot of fun with a gentle authentic give and take of factoids to make your life more fun, healthy and yet nutritionally reasonable.
Evan Brand is an Author, Podcast Host and a Louisville, Kentucky-based Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Nutritional Therapist, and Personal Trainer. He is passionate about healing the chronic fatigue, obesity, and depression epidemics after solving his own IBS and depression issues. He uses at-home lab testing and customized supplement programs to find and fix the root cause of a wide range of health symptoms. His Not Just Paleo Podcast has over 5 million downloads and counting. He is the author of Stress Solutions, REM Rehab and The Everything Guide to Nootropics. He offers free 15-minute functional medicine phone consultations at his site NotJustPaleo.com