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Thank you for tuning in for another episode of Life’s Best Medicine. Martha Carlin left her career in business where she worked as a systems thinker and turnaround expert and devoted herself to solving the puzzle of Parkinson’s disease. She began her journey as a citizen scientist when her husband (John) was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. His diagnosis launched a transformative life-journey and Martha’s passion to find the answers traditional medicine either missed or overlooked. She is the founder of the science blog, “Martha’s Quest,” and is also the founder of BiotiQuest.
In this conversation, Brian and Martha talk about the microbiome triggers for diseases, the multitude of factors that effect the gut microbiome, learning to feed good bacteria and starve bad bacteria with diet and lifestyle changes, mannitol and its effect on the gut, toxoplasmosis, where to go for a good gut microbiome test, why supermarket probiotic foods may not be ideal for building up your gut microbiome, and tips for making your own bone broth and yogurt.
Life’s Best Medicine According to Martha: “Helping people. I used to have a career that was all about making money and moving up the ladder. When I started doing this and seeing how much I can help people—even the little interactions on the phone; that human connection and really being able to make a difference in somebody’s life—that is what motivates me to get up in the morning. I am so much happier doing this and working to help people live healthier, happier lives.”
Thank you for listening. Have a blessed day and stay healthy!
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Martha Carlin, is a “Citizen Scientist”, systems thinker, wife of Parkinson’s warrior, John Carlin, and founder of The BioCollective , a microbiome company expanding the reach of science and BiotiQuest, the first of it’s kind probiotic line. Since John’s diagnosis in 2002, Martha began learning the science of agriculture, nutrition, environment, infectious disease, Parkinson’s pathology and much more. In 2014, when the first research was published showing a connection between the gut bacteria and the two phenotypes of Parkinson’s, Martha quit her former career as a business turnaround expert and founded The BioCollective to accelerate the discovery of the impact of gut health on all human disease. Martha was a speaker at the White House 2016 Microbiome Initiative launch, challenging the scientific community to “think in a broader context”. Her systems thinking background and experience has led to collaborations across the scientific spectrum from neuroscience to engineering to infectious disease. She is a respected out of the box problem solver in the microbiome field and brings a unique perspective to helping others understand the connections from the soil to the food to our guts and our brains.
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