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Feeding The Hungry Microbiome

We live in a world of unfolding epidemics; Autism, ADD, asthma, allergies, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, diabetes, coeliac issues … these conditions overlap with each other…and are related by similar underlying causes.” says Dr. Campbell-McBride. In her Cambridge UK clinic she sees hundreds of children labeled with different disease but presenting with similar issues of malnourishment, toxicity and poor digestive health. The health of our digestive system directly impacts our whole body, and that is what this post will show you, so make sure you watch the video below.

Campbell-McBride is not alone in her plea for personal responsibility in the home, and it is exciting to find so many medical specialists reaching out to the public, telling them what the Savvy Team founders have been saying for decades now – “Your health is directly related to a healthy gut, which depends entirely on the foods you eat, the quality and quantity of nutrition you get, on your mental and emotional state and last but not least, on your exposures to toxins -both exogenous and endogenous.” All of these areas impact your micro biome and you.

For more information or a special recorded audio explaining how you and your family are being affected by the care you give this army, contact your Savvy support team person, or

If you are a member of the Savvy Team, check out this post . . . 5 Things You Need For A Healthy Gut.

What is the micro-biome? For those of you that don’t know, it’s a wonderland inside us that produces nutrients, digests our food, produces hormones and improves immune function, just to name a few of the many ways this great army works every millisecond to keep you healthy. Kill it off with poor nutrient diets, excess chemicals, blocked detox pathways and you will suffer ill-health and disease.

Restore it to good health and you will begin to see results within days. This may be a big claim, but it’s what we have seen over many years of helping people do just that, and now scientific research is actually agreeing with our findings.

Why Many Diseases Overlap And How This Relates To Your Microbiome

They are related by similar underlying causes. Dr. Kenneth Bock is another who describes the paradigm of overlapping diseases in his book ‘Healing The New Childhood Epidemics; Autism, AD/HD, Allergies and Asthma’. The “4-A Disorders” have risen sharply in the past 20 years in the United States (autism has increased 1500%, ADHD 500%, asthma 300%, and allergies 700%). As Brock says “These are staggering statistics, and these meteoric increases demand explanations.“ There are plenty of explanations, and the Savvy Team’s mission and message is founded on bringing these explanations to the public.

Research shows that children with Autism, AD/HD, asthma, allergies have a family history of brain-immuno-gut issues such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Crohn’s disease, chronic fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and many more ‘diagnosed’ conditions. A combination of genetics, environment and inherited conditions (nutrient levels, gut flora in the gastro intestinal tract, pathogenic microbes) all contribute to this compounding problem.

The research reveals that while these illnesses run in families, the incidence of all these conditions is rising so rapidly across the whole of western society at a speed that the 2012 WHO report now has verified rules out genetic factors as the plausible explanationWhat’s more, the 10 year long study by WHO researchers have determined that 50% of the cause of cancer, and most other ‘modern diseases, symptoms and syndromes’ is directly related to nutrient deficient diets. That’s 50%! That means that HALF the cause of most disease is nutrient related!!

Their research shows that at least 25% of the causes of cancer are directly related to the chemicals in many common products used in the home, and that these toxic substances are the most likely additional cause of a variety of common and chronic health issues, even endocrine disruption. And so we come full circle to the micro-biome. Microbiologists have known for some time that different diets create different gut flora, but previous research has focused on mice instead of humans, leaving the actual relationship between our food and our stomach bacteria unclear.

Can I Really Heal After Years of Ill-Health?

This is one questions the Savvy Team founders and their Support Group educators are asked on a daily basis. It’s long been known that positive lifestyle factors like changing to a a healthy diet, getting moderate regular exercise, improving qualify and quantity of sleep and utilising social support can relieve or manage the symptoms of illness or injury and help improve recovery rates. Social support can also help you maintain your quality of life when you are ill, and this is one of the advantages of working with a Savvy team support person. “It’s wonderful to see someone begin to pick-up within days of starting on our Savvy Wellness programs,” our support-crew often say, in our regular training meetings. “Most people are blown away at how quickly they respond, many after years of debilitating, chronic pain , lethargy or disease.”

A new study, published Wednesday in Nature, verified that these changes can happen incredibly fast, and they put it down to the changes in the human gut. Research has now proven that within three or four days of a big shift in what you eat and what you provide your body by way of nutrients, you begin to notice changes. The study showed how sensitive the body is to dietary change, it underscores the importance of diet in health and disease. People should pay more attention to what they eat.

“We found that the bacteria that lives in peoples’ guts is surprisingly responsive to change in diet,” Lawrence David, assistant professor at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and one of the study’s authors, says. “Within days we saw not just a variation in the abundance of different kinds of bacteria, but in the kinds of genes they were expressing.” (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.)

But why do we care about the critters helping us digest our food? The incredible speed with which your body can adapt to new and more nutritive substances directly impacts your health, your energy output, and hundreds of other automatic process going on within.  What was once thought might take days, weeks or even years to occur, began to happen within hours, and this explains why the Savvy Teams 90 nutrient philosophy has such a rapid and radical effect on those who follow the Eat Savvy Diet along with the recommended nutrient profile.

“These rapid changes are interesting,” says David  Chang, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago who specializes in gastroenterology, “they could have been very useful for ancient humans. For hunters and gatherers, diet could be altered quickly and with little transition—weeks of nuts and seeds might be broken up by a sudden influx of meat from a successful hunt—and the ability to rapidly change the microbiome would ensure maximum nutrient absorption from even the most unfamiliar foods.”

How Many People Are Affected By These Degenerative Issues?

Living with multiple chronic conditions takes its toll on more than a person’s health—it also affects their quality of life and leads to increased health costs.

  • Overall, 2% of people reported four or more concurrent health conditions in 2007–08; this figure was higher among those aged 65 or older (8%).
  • Arthritis and high blood pressure was the most common comorbidity, and these conditions also featured in other comorbidities.
  • 60 to 70 million people affected by all digestive diseases
  • 12 percent of all inpatient procedures
  • 20 percent of all “write-in” surgical procedures
  • Having a first-degree relative with the disease increases one’s risk of UC by 3 to 20 times.
  • Approximately 10–25% of affected people have a first-degree relative with inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Other causes are environmental factors such as diet or infective agents

When just looking at the gut micro biome, we need to understand how it’s function impacts on all other areas of health. The prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease in increasing throughout the world, indicating its emergence as a global disease, a systematic literature review concludes. Tony James wrote a paper: IBD ”an emerging global disease’’ for the Gastroenterology Society of Australia. He reported a statistically significant increase in the incidence of IBD was demonstrated in 75% of Crohns disease and 60% of ulcerative colitis studies.  Analysing the changing patterns of disease in developing countries could provide important insights James concluded.

Dr. Bock explains that “this concomitant [a phenomenon that naturally accompanies or follows something.] rise is not coincidence. All of these disorders appear to be tied together by a similar mechanism: an underlying genetic vulnerability, triggered by environmental insults. The primary underlying genetic vulnerability appears to be, in many children, an impaired ability to detoxify, which has left them unable to cope with the increasing toxicity to which they are exposed.


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