If you suffer from constipation, sugar cravings, and digestive issues, then this interview is for you!
My guest this week is Martha Carlin, founder of the BioCollective, a company specializing in understanding our microbiome. This international team of scientists is in the process of sequencing our microbiome (like experts once sequenced our genes).
Martha, in my books, is a modern-day superhero. Motivated by her husband’s early diagnosis of Parkinson’s, Martha was desperate to find a way to prevent his condition from deteriorating. Her research pointed to the microbiome as a major factor in the onset of his disease. This led, in partnership with other scientists, to the development of a unique probiotic that proved life-saving for her husband (whose Parkinson’s dramatically improved and is now stabilized). This probiotic is called SugarShift.
In this interview, Martha shares details about how this particular probiotic blend saved her husband and has since been proven to reduce sugar cravings, assist with elimination and help with diabetes. The science is fascinating.
How does it work?
Martha discovered that we have bacteria in our gut that can convert glucose and fructose into mannitol. Mannitol is a sugar that is not digestible to humans but is food for other friendly bacteria in our gut. This means that certain bacteria (which are in this probiotic blend) can convert some of the fructose - including from healthy whole foods - into a benign substance. It changes fructose into something helpful to our microbiome and reduces the amount heading to the liver to be converted into fat.
Please note that taking this product is not a free pass to eat as much sugar as you want. It is intended to help you heal your gut, and that cannot be done if you continue to consume excess sugar.
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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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