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Let's Gut Real - Easy to Digest Nutrition Science

Making nutrition science accessible and easy-to-digest. Andrea Hardy, Canada’s Gut Health Dietitian, is on a mission to connect people to credible, up-to-date nutrition information about gut health and digestive disorders. Nutrition misinformation is rampant. If nutrition advice online scares you, it’s probably not true. Let’s Gut Real is all taking the fear out of nutrition messaging, cultivating critical thinking, and helping you understand nutrition science. Andrea talks with guests about digestive health, the gut microbiome, hot nutrition topics, and nutrition misinformation, sharing messages that are easy to consume and that inspire sustainable action. Andrea likes to say her goal is to get people to take nutrition a little less seriously – which may come as a surprise coming from a dietitian. Through humour, she injects fun into her science-based media messages. After all, poop jokes aren’t her favourite kinda jokes, but they are a solid #2.

Mar 9, 2021

The amount of stigma there is around non-structural disease (like IBS) has a fair amount of history - dating all the way back to the 17th century!

Dr. Drossman has led the field pioneering the Rome Foundation, and how we not only diagnose and treat disorders of the gut brain interaction (formally known as functional gut disorders), but more importantly, how we treat patients. 

Dr. Drossman received his M.D. degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and subspecialized in biopsychosocial medicine and Gastroenterology. He received his gastroenterology training at the University of North Carolina where he founded the UNC for Functional GI and Motility Disorders.  Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Psychiatry in Gastroenterology at UNC. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology, Past-President of the American Psychosomatic Society (1997) and Founder and President of the Rome Foundation for 29 years. In addition, he founded the Drossman Center for the Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care as an entity to help train physicians in relationship-centered biopsychosocial care with an emphasis on communication skills and enhancing the patient-doctor relationship.

Dr. Drossman and I talk about:

  • Dr. Drossman’s background and how he became involved in neurogastroenterology
  • why did we shift from ‘functional gut disorders’ to ‘disorders of the gut-brain interaction’ and why is this important?
  • what is ‘mind body dualism’ and how has it influenced medicine and patient care?
  • how has the field of neurogastroenterology evolved?
  • how does this shift in approach help us to provide better care and interventions for patients & improving the patient doctor relationship?
  • what types of therapies are evidence-based to help treat DGBI’s
  • Dr. Drossman’s tips for health care providers improve relationships with their patients to provide good quality care

You can learn more about Dr. Drossman and pick up a copy of his amazing new book, ‘Gut Feelings- Disorders of the Gut Brain Interaction and the Patient-Doctor Relationship