Food for Thought: Brain, Gut, Microbes, Diet

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The brain–gut–microbiome axis is revolutionizing our understanding of mental and physical health and wellness. The microbiome is the term used to describe the trillions of microbial organisms that normally live within and on our body. Science has revealed that humans are actually a super-organism and the microbiome is in continuous communication with the body. The microbiome and diet are intimately interconnected with human health and wellness. Fitness professionals will want to be up to date in understanding this remarkable advance, as well as the role of diet, prebiotics and probiotics.

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0.20
ACSM
2.00
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0.20
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2.00
AFPA
2.00
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2.00
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2.00
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2.00
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2.00
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2.00
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Learning Objectives

  1. Define the human microbiome and recognize that the gut microbiome in particular has a major role in a wide variety of health concerns.
  2. Describe the healthy human gastrointestinal tract as hosting trillions of microorganisms, most of which are commensal and beneficial.
  3. Summarize how diet influences the relationship between the gut microbiome and the human host.
  4. Identify how specific microbes as well as the metabolites they produce may have a major role in health and disease.
  5. Recognize that recent advances in genomic and metabolomics technology have revolutionized the understanding of the role of the microbiome in human health and disease.
  6. Explain that the information concerning probiotics is preliminary, extremely limited and has the potential to cause harm as well as benefit.

Course Content

Food for Thought: Brain, Gut, Microbes, Diet
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About the Author

Joseph Weiss, MD

Joseph Weiss, MD IDEA Author/Presenter

Joseph B. Weiss, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego. Accepted to university at age fifteen he attended the University of Michigan, University of Detroit, and Wayne State University. Reflecting his broad interests, he majored in Medieval English Literature, Astrophysics, and Invertebrate Zoology. Following his graduation from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California. Under the auspices of the World Health Organization and others, he has pursued interests in Tropical and International Medicine and Public Health with extended stays in Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Subsequently completing a clinical and research fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of California, San Diego, he has remained active on the clinical faculty of the School of Medicine. Dr. Weiss is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, and a Senior Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. Double board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Dr. Weiss has over thirty years of clinical, administrative, and research experience. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Scripps Clinic Medical Group, Clinical Board of Governors of the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, and Chancellor’s Associates of the University of California, San Diego He is the author of more than ten books on health (www.smartaskbooks.com) and has had numerous papers published in prestigious national and international medical journals, as well as in the lay press. Dr. Weiss is also an accomplished humorist and professional speaker having given over two thousand presentations nationally and internationally. He has presented at international conferences and conventions, universities, medical schools, hospitals and medical centers, Fortune 500 companies, YPO/WPO, Bohemian Grove, Esalen Institute, Renaissance Weekend, Aspen Brain Forum, international destination spas & resorts (Golden Door, Canyon Ranch, Rancho La Puerta), etc. Co-hosting a popular health care radio program on a major network affiliate in California showcased his skills as a communicator with a mellifluous voice. The programs are continuously updated with cutting edge information. Well-spoken, enlightening, and entertaining the programs are also visually engaging. For further information, please contact Dr. Weiss at weisscme@ucsd.edu or speakingofhealth@gmail.com. Website: www.smartaskbooks.com