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The Perfect Stool Understanding and Healing the Gut Microbiome

75 EpisodesProduced by Lindsey ParsonsWebsite

Are you struggling to restore your gut to perfect health? Hear host Lindsey Parsons interview functional and integrative medicine professionals, patients and scientists about the gut microbiome, the current state of research and how they approach treating IBS, IBD, candida, constipation, diarrhea, G… read more

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Getting Unstuck: Constipation with Esther Blum, RD

June 22nd, 2022


Constipated? Hear about lifestyle level interventions you can do by yourself to help get your pipes flowing again in this rebroadcast of episode 37 from December, 2020 with Integrative Dietitian and bestselling author …

The Organic Acids Test: Focus on Gut, Oxalate and Mental Health Markers

June 8th, 2022


Learn about how to interpret markers on the Organic Acids Test that indicate fungal and bacterial overgrowth and dysbiosis, problems with oxalate …

Head Injuries, IBS, SIBO and the Gut-Brain Connection

May 25th, 2022


Learn how head trauma, emotional trauma and infections can trigger gut issues like SIBO and IBS by impacting the electrical and chemical connections between the gut and the brain. Hear about an exciting new diagnostic …

FMT and Carnivore Diet for Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, Fibromyalgia, Tendonitis, Joint Pain and Hair Loss

May 11th, 2022


Hear one man's story of using the carnivore diet and fecal transplants with his son's stool to reverse IBS, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, …

Autoimmune Disease and Gut Health: The Chicken or the Egg?

April 27th, 2022


If you have an autoimmune disease, you may not have realized its origins could be in your gut. Learn about various causes of leaky gut, one of the …

Heavy Metals, Chemicals and Mycotoxins: A Root Cause of Intractable Gut Health Issues

April 13th, 2022


Tried everything to no avail to solve your gut health issues? Heavy metals, environmental contaminants or mycotoxins may be preventing your healing. …

Fecal Transplants for C. difficile and More

March 30th, 2022

Fecal transplants or FMT are only allowed in the US for recurrent C Difficile infections. Hear from Sabine Hazan, MD, a researcher who conducts clinical trials using FMT and lead author of the 2020 book “Let’s Talk …

Digestion 101

March 16th, 2022


Having digestive issues but not sure where they may be originating? Learn about the details of the digestive process and organs from start to finish so that you can pinpoint possible areas where your digestion may be …

Nutritional and Microbiome-Level Interventions for Autism with James Adams, PhD

March 2nd, 2022


Studies show that many children with autism have intestinal yeast infections, which can impact their behavior. Learn about current research from purified microbiota transplants to probiotics to nutritional interventions …

The Connection Between Food Sensitivities, Histamine Intolerance and SIBO with Heidi Turner, RDN

February 16th, 2022


Unexplained food sensitivities and gut issues like bloating soon after eating? It may be SIBO-induced histamine intolerance. Learn about histamine …

How to Succeed at Healing Your Gut

February 2nd, 2022

Why do some people manage to get to the root of their gut health issues and solve them while others hop from practitioner to practitioner, never …

Candida: Root Causes, Testing and Treatment with Dr. Michael Biamonte

January 19th, 2022


Struggling with digestive issues, brain fog, fatigue or other random bodily issues, especially following antibiotics, steroids or other medications? …

Functional Foods for Improving Gut Health and Metabolism with Chris Damman, MD

January 5th, 2022


Dealing with gastrointestinal issues and/or insulin resistance? Hear how functional foods and microbiome-related therapies help improve microbiome …

Understanding and Fixing Diarrhea and Loose Stool

December 8th, 2021


Having loose stool and wondering if it’s a parasite, stomach flu or a chronic disease such as IBS? Learn about diarrhea and loose stool and the …

Restoring Your Gut Health, One Breath at a Time

November 24th, 2021


Hear about Niraj Naik's journey from desperately ill with colitis, to thriving through ayurvedic diet changes, colostrum, breathwork and following …

Advocating for a Diagnosis and Natural Treatment

November 10th, 2021


If Crohn's Disease, colitis or other GI or autoimmune issues have touched your life, you will be inspired by the story of Heather Hausenblas' fight …

Abdominal Pain, Bloating, Cramps and Nausea: Could it be Diverticulitis?

October 27th, 2021


Diverticular disease is a surprisingly misunderstood, yet very common condition, especially for those over the age of 50. Hear Lindsey Parsons, your …

Optimizing Your Gut Ecosystem: Butyrate, Enzymes and Betaine HCl

October 13th, 2021


Steven Wright is a gut health specialist who invested over $400,000 to study, understand and heal his gut microbiome. Through that process, he developed Healthy Gut and three tailored supplements to help restore the gut …

Fixing Your Gut, Starting with the Brain

September 29th, 2021


Hear from Laura Martin, founder of Healing to Happy, about diet and lifestyle changes to reverse your IBS, hypothyroidism, anxiety and hormonal imbalances. Having struggled with these issues, she uses her expertise to …

Revisiting My (Gut) Health Journey

September 15th, 2021


Having just learned that she has autoimmune SIBO from the ibssmart test, Lindsey Parsons, your host, revisits her gut health journey, how it led to 3 autoimmune disease diagnoses, and how through diet changes, …

Metagenomic Gut Sequencing with Dr. Robin Rose

September 1st, 2021


Thinking of ordering a full genome gut sequencing test? Robin Rose, DO, a double board-certified specialist in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine …

Diet, immunomodulation and Coping - Understanding IBD

August 20th, 2021


Interested in learning about natural therapies used in IBD? Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis follows a three-point approach to encouraging and maintaining …

Gut Health 101

August 4th, 2021


Do you have occasional minor gut health issues but have felt that they weren't important enough to address? Adjusting your diet and lifestyle can make a huge difference! Hear about the basics of gut health, which …

Peptides, Recurrent SIBO and Parietal Cell Antibodies with Dr. Miles Nichols

July 14th, 2021


Did you know peptides can help you shortcut the body's healing processes? These specific chains of amino acids repair the body and help heal a whole …

Invasive Candidiasis with Dr. Kurt Woeller

June 30th, 2021


Even the most symptomatic cases of candida are treatable! This otherwise normal fungal resident of our GI tract, when it becomes invasive, leads to a …

From Kombucha to Kefir: Fermented Foods and Gut Health

June 16th, 2021


Fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, pickles and sauerkraut have been shown to improve digestion and increase the availability of nutrients. Hear about the numerous benefits of these probiotic foods and peer reviewed …

Investing in Yourself: Ann Marie’s Gut Health Journey

June 2nd, 2021


Learn how Ann Marie turned around her chronic IBS-C (constipation), bloating, gut pain, depression and anxiety through functional medicine testing (which revealed H. Pylori, candida, SIBO, dysbiosis and low levels of …

Stress, what is it good for? Not your gut!

May 19th, 2021


Periods of chronic stress can precede gut problems and often be their cause or a major contributing factor. Learn about the physiological mechanisms …

Bipolar Disorder and Fecal Transplantation: A Miraculous Recovery

May 5th, 2021


You might know about Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) as a gut health treatment, but did you know it has potential as a mental health treatment …

Gut Interactions with Autoimmune Disease, Anemia and Hormones

April 21st, 2021


Think your autoimmune disease has no connection to your gut because you have no gut symptoms? Think again! Functional Medicine Practitioner Dr. Ian …

Why Am I Always Bloated?

April 7th, 2021


Frequent, painful bloating can come from lifestyle factors like diet and stress or be a sign of a more serious root cause like a gut infection or …

Microcurrent Therapy: A New Tool for Managing Crohn’s, Colitis and IBS

March 24th, 2021


Learn more about microcurrent therapy and how it can reduce pain and inflammation in many gut conditions, such as IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative …

Lyme and Mold: Possible Root Causes of IBS, Dysbiosis and Other Gut Issues

March 10th, 2021


After going through IBS, Lyme Disease and mold illness herself, Dr. Diane Mueller now helps her patients overcome these health challenges. Learn how …

Could my IBS, SIBO or other digestive issues be lactose intolerance?

February 24th, 2021


The symptoms of IBS, SIBO, candida and other forms of dysbiosis are very similar to those of lactose and casein intolerance. This show delves into …

The Fast Tract Diet™: A New Approach to SIBO, GERD and Related Digestive Disorders

February 10th, 2021


Learn about a new, innovative diet for small intestinal dysbiosis or SIBO, as well as GERD, IBS, LPR, lactose or fructose intolerance, Celiac …

Supplements and Food Sensitivity Testing for Digestive and Overall Health

January 27th, 2021


Join this informative conversation with Dr. Russell Jaffe, MD, PhD about probiotics, prebiotics and symbiotics; advanced food sensitivity testing; …

Eleven Diets for Addressing Chronic Health Conditions

January 13th, 2021


Confused about how undiscovered food sensitivities might impact your gut health, autoimmune disease or other chronic health problem? On this episode, …

Human Milk Oligosaccharides: The Newest Prebiotic

December 16th, 2020


Have you heard about HMOs? Not the health insurance plan, but Human Milk Oligosaccharides. HMOs are a non-digestible component of breast milk that have been shown to boost immunity, improve brain health and have a …

Constipation Hacks with Esther Blum, RD

December 9th, 2020


Constipated? Hear about lifestyle-level interventions you can do by yourself to help get your pipes flowing again from Integrative Dietitian and bestselling author of “Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat,” Esther Blum, RD.

Lindsey …

IBS Treatment: Addressing an Irritable Bowel Naturally

November 20th, 2020


Are you struggling with unexplained abdominal pain, cramping or bloating? Diarrhea, constipation or both? Do you have an IBS diagnosis but don't know how to move forward? Learn about the different types of IBS, how it …

Fixing Crohn’s and Colitis

November 1st, 2020


Learn how Dr. Lukyanovsky approaches finding the root cause of Crohn’s and colitis through testing; healing diets; supplements, including probiotics, …

Upper Digestive Issues: Gastritis, Ulcers and GERD

October 15th, 2020


Are you struggling with upper digestive issues like burping, heartburn, bloating, vomiting, nausea or bad breath? Learn more about how gastritis, …

Beta-glucans, Immunological Health and the Power of Mushrooms

September 23rd, 2020


Learn how mushrooms are a great food for your microbiome, a modulator of your immune system, a great source of vitamins and fiber and may even impact …

What My Sciatica Has Taught Me about Gut Health

September 3rd, 2020


As they say, suffering brings wisdom. Learn about what chronic back pain has taught host Lindsey Parsons, EdD about gut health, including dealing with health care professionals, traditional versus alternative …

How FMT Helped One Woman Read Emotions and Normalized Sound and Touch Sensitivities

August 13th, 2020


What would it take for you to consider a Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT)? Amanda was 28 when she sought out an FMT at a clinic in Argentina to …

Food for Thought: Mental Health and the Gut

July 22nd, 2020


What's the relationship between the brain and the gut? What does our digestive health have to do with depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns? Can we improve our mental health by improving our gut health? …

The Cancer Cocktail: Gut Dysbiosis, Inflammation and Poor Immune Function

July 1st, 2020


Did you know that your risk for cancer (and your path to healing) is connected to the health of your gut microbiome and your metabolism? Learn from …

Prebiotics and Fiber: Supplemental Treasures or Marketing Ploys?

June 10th, 2020


Are you unsure about whether to take prebiotic or fiber supplements?  Have you heard conflicting messages in the media or from your doctor about prebiotics and fiber?  Are you confused about the impact of these …

Autoimmunity and the Gut

May 19th, 2020


Autoimmune disease often starts in the gut. In fact, intestinal permeability is believed to be a necessary precursor to autoimmune disease. In this interview with Dr. Drew Sinatra, a naturopath from Northern California …

Overcoming Gut Health Stigma

April 29th, 2020


Does it feel like people are treating you differently because of your gut health issues? Is your doctor taking you seriously? Is your workplace accommodating? Or are you suffering in silence and not sharing about your …

The State of the Research: Gut Health Interventions

April 7th, 2020


Lucy Mailing, PhD is an up and comer in the gut health world, giving keynotes at many prestigious conferences and writing blog articles summarizing the current research on the gut microbiome. We delve into what the …

Leaky Gut: Science or Science Fiction?

March 18th, 2020


Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating; arthritis or joint pain; nutritional deficiencies; autoimmune disease; headaches; brain fog; memory loss; excessive fatigue; skin rashes; acne; eczema or rosacea; …

PANDAs, Autism, Anxiety and Depression: One Family’s Miraculous FMT Healing Story

March 5th, 2020


What would you do if your child was having auditory and tactile hallucinations and severe social anxiety? Hear what Mary did to bring healing to her …

Parasites: Symptoms, Testing and Eradication

February 19th, 2020


Learn about the most common parasites found in stool samples in the U.S., why parasite testing through your doctor will likely miss parasites you may …

Should I give up gluten to help my gut issues?

February 3rd, 2020


Do you have ongoing gut issues but have never tried to eliminate gluten? Lindsey discusses whether this step is necessary, how to do it properly and why gluten is problematic, especially in autoimmune disease. She …

The Gut-Brain Connection: A Deep Dive with Dr. Corey Deacon

January 21st, 2020


Learn how head trauma, emotional trauma and infections can trigger gut issues by impacting the electrical firing of the intestines. Hear about an exciting new diagnostic technique, the electrogastogram (EGG), that along …

How I Reversed My Autoimmune Diseases and Got Interested in Gut Health

January 11th, 2020


In this special new year episode, your host Lindsey Parsons is interviewed by her sister Lauren on how she got interested in gut health, how she …

How to Support your Gut Microbiome While Taking Antibiotics

December 12th, 2019


Learn how to prevent gut dysbiosis, leaky gut and future health problems by protecting and restoring your gut microbiome during and after antibiotic use. Lindsey discusses probiotics, prebiotics, supplements and food …

SIBO Root Causes, Diagnosis and Treatments

November 19th, 2019


Gas? Bloating? Diarrhea? Constipation? IBS Diagnosis? It may be SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth). Learn about underlying root causes, testing, types of SIBO, other diagnoses like Small Intestine Fungal …

Gut Testing, Gut Balancing, Hormones, Fertility and Genetics

October 22nd, 2019


Did you know that your gut health could be impacting your fertility? Hear from Deborahlise Mota, a functional medicine practitioner with acupuncture, …

IBD (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis): Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and Studies to Find a Future Cure

September 27th, 2019


Advances in pharmaceutical treatments for IBD have brought a better quality of life for many sufferers, especially for ulcerative colitis. However, …

Advanced Gut Testing with the Gut Goddess

September 5th, 2019


Hear Dr. Grace Liu, AKA the Gut Goddess, share her wisdom about fungal, parasitic, mold and bacterial overgrowths in the gut and diagnostic tests …

Gut Test Giveaway, On-Air BIOHM Gut Test Interpretation and How to Balance Your Microbiome

August 26th, 2019


Wonder what the heck those gut microbiome test results mean? Hear Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, Director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western …

Healing Autism via Microbiota Transfer Therapy with Dr. James Adams

August 9th, 2019


What led to a 47% decrease in autism symptoms? In this episode, host Lindsey Parsons, EdD talks with Dr. James Adams, Professor at Arizona State University and leader of the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program about his …

The Mycobiome, Biofilms and Crohn’s Disease

July 12th, 2019


Dr. Mahmoud Ghannoum, Director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and the person who named the mycobiome, or the …

“Designer Sh*t” – Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

June 14th, 2019


In this episode, host Lindsey Parsons talks with Saffron Cassady, Canadian award-winning documentary filmmaker who is currently finishing up a new …

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the Microbiome

May 30th, 2019


In this episode, host Lindsey Parsons interviews Dr. Varykina Thackray, Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and a …

Protecting and Restoring the Gut with Naturopath Dr. Joseph Klassen

May 10th, 2019


In this episode host Lindsey Parsons talks with naturopath Dr. Joseph Klassen of Fish Creek Naturopathic Medicine from Calgary, Albert, Canada. They discuss the importance of bile and the appendix in the digestive …

Healing from Antibiotics: The Gut-Brain Connection

April 18th, 2019


In this episode, host Lindsey Parsons talks with Kristina, who resorted to weekly FMTs or fecal transplants after seeing not just her digestion but her mental health affected after a strong course of antibiotics to …

Candida Overgrowth: Symptoms and Solutions

April 1st, 2019


In this episode, host Lindsey Parsons interviews Canadian naturopathic doctor Rabia Meghji, ND about candida overgrowth in the digestive tract. They cover the symptoms of candida and how they contrast with the symptoms …

DIY Fecal Transplants for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

February 15th, 2019


In this episode, host Lindsey Parsons interviews Michael, who has given himself 9 fecal microbiota transplants in order to address serious problems …

Equilibrium Probiotic with General Biotics’ CEO Dr. Xerxes López-Yglesias

January 17th, 2019


In this episode of The Perfect Stool, host Lindsey Parsons speaks with Dr. Xerxes López-Yglesias, CEO of General Biotics, the company that created …

Naturopathic Medicine and the Gut

January 2nd, 2019


Learn about naturopathic approaches to gut testing and healing, stomach acid, how to restore a healthy gut microbiome after antibiotics, how to maintain a healthy gut, conditions that may be impacted by the gut, such as …

Fecal Transplants, IBS, Asberger’s and Unexplained Itching with John Fawkes

December 8th, 2018


On this episode of The Perfect Stool, host Lindsey Parsons interviews John Fawkes, an evidence-based fitness and health coach practicing in Los …

SIBO Recovery and Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) with Amy Hollenkamp of the SIBO Diaries

November 20th, 2018


In this inaugural episode of The Perfect Stool, host Lindsey Parsons interviews Amy Hollenkamp, RD, MS, author of The SIBO Diaries. Amy shares her …

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