96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown

August 7, 2017  —  By

Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown

I may be a “Wellness Mama” but I’m certainly not a doctor, so I’m always happy to have one on the show! Dr. Ken Brown is a practicing gastroenterologist and expert on the issue my readers ask about most often: gut health. (Or more precisely, the lack thereof … )

Enter Dr. Ken Brown. In 2015 he created Atrantíl (pronounced “Ah-tran-TEAL”), a targeted and clinically studied natural supplement that addresses SIBO, IBS, leaky gut, and other digestive problems.

We’ve had a little experience with how tough it can be to rehabilitate gut health from my husband’s bout with SIBO post-surgery (more about that in the podcast). I can’t wait to find out more about this treatment option and hear Dr. Ken’s protocol for healing the gut.

A Prescription for Good Gut Health, from Dr. Ken Brown

Dr. Ken shared with me the shocking statistic that 20% of the general population today suffers from IBS. Add to this other gut conditions like Leaky Gut Syndrome, SIBO, Crohn’s, and all the digestive complaints that haven’t been diagnosed and are truly uncomfortable.

But it’s not just comfort that’s at stake. Dr. Ken kicks off our conversation with a statement that couldn’t be more true:

a) All heath begins in the gut, and

b) All disease is the result of inflammation.

With this in mind, there’s really no topic more important to our health than the gut microbiome. Dr. Ken’s research really bridges the gap between natural and traditional medicine, which is so needed.

Let’s find out what he has to say!

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • how to help stop chronic, uncomfortable gas and bloating (you really don’t have to live with it!)
  • why Dr. Ken started to look outside of the mainstream medical model for more natural approaches to gut health
  • the science behind how the gut bacteria becomes imbalanced in the first place
  • the scoop on what we’ve been going through with my husband post-surgery, and Dr. Ken’s thoughts
  • whether IBS and other gut conditions are really in your gut … or in your head
  • how the medical view of IBS and related symptoms has evolved in the last 10 years
  • which factors make someone more likely to experience poor gut health
  • all about Antrantíl, a promising new natural supplement for digestive distress, and how it’s different from typical digestive treatments
  • polyphenols: what they are and how to get more in your diet
  • whether or not probiotics are actually good for everyone to take (the answer might surprise you)
  • exactly what SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is (and what it’s not too)
  • the connection between poor gut health and colon cancer
  • what protocol Dr. Ken would recommend for someone trying to rehabilitate digestively
  • 3 areas of Dr. Ken’s research people tend to misunderstand
  • and some geeky health talk about one of my favorite subjects, natural supplements we’ve tried and love

Resources We Mention




What about you? Do you have digestive complaints? What questions would you ask Dr. Ken Brown?

Special Thanks to Today’s Sponsors

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