In Episode #70, I sat down with gastroenterologist Dr Will Bulsiewicz to talk about those who’ve quit their plant-based lifestyles and the gut-health issues they have described. This episode was inspired by a number of plant-based influencers who bailed on plant-based eating recently and reintroduced animal products back into their diet. I listened to all of their stories and noted many similar patterns, including that none of them were qualified in medicine, nutrition, or dietetics, and that many people in the comments were second-guessing their own diets. I don’t think everyone needs a degree to talk about a subject; however, we need to be careful how certain information is shared and who we, as individuals, go to for qualified information. So with that in mind, I thought it was really important for me to get a world-leading gastroenterologist on the show to make sense of what’s going on here.
The case study we discuss in this episode is 100% hypothetical. It’s the typical journey spoken about by these influencers, but it isn’t about any single person in particular, and I think you will see by the way the conversation goes that we both have absolute empathy for anyone struggling with their diet. To kick things off, Dr B and I recap Episode #17, where we had an in-depth conversation on the importance of the microbiome for our overall health. If you haven’t listened to that episode, I highly recommend you jump back and listen to it – it’s the most listened-to episode of this show to date.
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