Dysbiosis and the Bad Guys in Your Gut: “Doc Talks” with Dr. Daniel Nuzum
Jonathan Hunsaker: Gut dysbiosis? What the heck is that? Stay tuned to find out.
Jonathan Hunsaker here with Organixx. Thanks again for tuning in. Today we’re going to talk about gut dysbiosis. That also includes acid reflux, indigestion, and other things like that. And really what we’re talking about is the good bacteria in your gut and the bad bacteria in your gut. Let’s go to Doc Nuzum to find out more.
Dr. Daniel Nuzum: Okay, the microbiome and what we call dysbiosis.
Dysbiosis is an imbalance in the microbiome. The microbiome is—think of it as a sleeve. Your microbiome is the sleeve that fits inside your digestive tract and it coats the wall of your digestive system – all of your intestines. And that microbiome literally does the last steps of breaking down of your food into individual nutrients and then it feeds that to the receptor sites on the wall of your gut.
You have calcium receptor sites. There are zinc receptor sites on the membrane of the gut wall. And the microbiome will extract zinc from your food and go over and plug it into that zinc receptor site in the gut wall. It’s amazing.
When you have an imbalance in the microbes of the microbiome, we call that dysbiosis. And dysbiosis is something, in my opinion, everyone suffers from, and we do that mostly through our diet, sometimes through medications and things like that. And we’re going to talk about that here in just a minute.
We have some major things that people are dealing with on a real consistent basis. One would be candida. And candida is something that should occur, it’s a microbe – a group of microbes – about 250 different candida microbes, that should occur in your digestive tract. They shouldn’t occur in massive, massive amounts.
In stool samples, candida should never be over 10-15% of the total microbes in a stool sample. And what we find in a lot of folks is it’s up to 80, maybe 90%. When that’s the case, they have a massive dysbiosis, and that dysbiosis disrupts your ability to absorb nutrition, it disrupts your immune functions, it promotes inflammatory responses, and it normally causes a lot of fatigue.
There are different factors that contribute to this. So, one is antibiotic therapy. If you’ve taken antibiotics on multiple occasions, antibiotics, they have a certain spectrum that each antibiotic will kill this group of microbes, or this group of microbes, or this group of microbes.
When you take antibiotics and it goes in and kills this group of microbes, well, there’s bad microbes in this group, but they also have cousins that are really good guys.
Your microbiome is kind of like a community. You’ve got factory workers, you’ve got stay-at-home moms, you’ve got firemen, you’ve got policemen, you have villains, you have all these—everybody that would be represented in a community can be represented in a microbiome.
And so, when you consume an antibiotic and it goes down the chute and it kills off certain groups, if the good guys aren’t replenished afterward, it’s a free for all. If good guys aren’t reintroduced into those homes, bad guys take them over.
And what happens is if that happens consistently, eventually you end up with dysbiosis, and you have more homes being inhabited, they’re being inhabited by the bad guys than you have homes for the good guys.
When you have this disruption in the community, you have to do something to cleanse the community. There’s something else that happens, too.
Let’s say someone has dental amalgams. They’ve got mercury in their mouth. Every time they inhale, every time they swallow, every time they brush their teeth, every time they eat, a little bit of that mercury goes down the chute. When the body gets exposed to certain toxins, it will grow the types of microbes necessary to protect it against those toxins.
Mercury can be soaked up by candida. This fungus that grows in people’s guts and whatnot will soak up mercury. So, if somebody has an amalgam in their mouth and is leaking, getting into their system, it goes down the chute, the body, in response, will grow more candida to soak up that mercury so that it doesn’t just go right into the system.
The problem is, if they also develop leaky gut while having this amalgam in their mouth, all of that candida that’s soaking up that mercury that’s in their—that’s going down the chute, floats right into the bloodstream and starts to communicate that and take that contaminant all around the body. That person could go on a candida diet and never get better. They could actually take every antifungal, antimicrobial substance known to man and they’ll get a little better. The moment they stop taking that substance, everything’s just going to grow right back.
In those cases, we have to do a few things. One, we’ve got to get rid of the amalgam. We have to detoxify the digestive tract. We’ve got to flush things out so we can start over. Once we do that, then we have to introduce massive amounts of probiotics. We have to recolonize. We’ve got to fill up all those houses with good folks, non-villainous folks, law-abiding citizens. We want to get that whole community filled with law-abiding citizens so that we have—everything starts to work in order the way it’s supposed to.
So, I hope this helps you understand dysbiosis and how the different microbes in our system end up overgrowing and taking over, and then what we have to do to kind of balance things out.
Jonathan Hunsaker: Thanks, Doc. I know that’s going to help me as well as a lot of other people that suffer from gut dysbiosis and acid reflux, indigestion.
And listen, thank you guys at home for watching.
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