The Great Probiotic: Not a Hoax

Probiotics are absolutely trending right now both in the slimier supplement sales corners of the internet and also in legitimate clinical research.  I wrote about the new frontier of gut health and bacteria research last week.  A probiotic is live microorganism that, when given in adequate doses, provides some benefit to the host (i.e. person).  They come in all sorts of formulations.  Across the internet, they are sold as magical gut cures for any GI ailment.  I wanted to answer a few questions with this post:

Do probiotics work? Are they worth the money?  

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The Glory of Gut Flora: These Amazonian Peoples Have Ten Times Our Biodiversity

The Yanomami tribe has had almost no contact with other civilizations for over 11, 000 years.  In 2008, they were accidentally spotted through a clearing in the Venezuelan Amazon.  They've stayed mostly isolated, for very good reasons, but have allowed local researchers to come and take samples of soil and bodily fluids.  It's as good a shot as any at pinning down a picture of the original human gut. 

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Why Many Doctors Recommend Weighing Yourself Regularly To Lose Weight, & Why I Think They're Wrong.

I cancelled my Weight Watchers membership on Monday.  I did it because I wasn't using the tools I was paying for: the weigh ins, the meetings and the app.  I wasn't going to the meetings because it seems like people just want to talk about food, but I know a lot about food already.

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Why Good Girlfriends Matter, with Angela Morris

A few weeks ago, I spent a weekend with my best girlfriends at the Algonquin EcoLodge in Algonquin Park, near where I was raised.  We were celebrating two birthdays and a bachelorette.  As a lady without sisters, I know to be good to my girlfriends.  I get so much from my relationships with each of them, and we are all weird in our own way.  Somehow, through elementary and high school, degrees upon degrees, marriage and babies, breakups and trophies, we avoided the treachery of female adolescent relationships.  We were competitive, academically and in sports, but we were kind and supportive above all else.  There were rocky times in the evolution of our friendships but those times more closely reflected the time of life than the relationship itself.  And I’ve been so fortunate to pick up new friendships with amazing women as I have aged.  The beautiful thing about encountering people later in life when you’re a little bit more together is that they don’t necessarily remember your most awkward moments or bad calls, even though we have all punctuated our adult lives with less-than-dignified moments.  With friends, it’s ok. 

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