You've heard it a million times, everything that goes into your body can either harm or heal you. It's a simple concept, but the food we've been somewhat innocently ingesting for the past 25-50 years has created a whole generation of Chronic Illnesses and ruined our microbiome.
For many of us, the gut microbiome is a relatively new term, but it's been around for a while.
Not many people truly grasp the understanding of how the body or digestive system works, and the medical industry just keeps pumping out drugs and prescriptions for most modern-day gut ailments.
What if there was a gastroenterologist out there who believed that everyone's microbiome was unique and therefore, required a specially tailored treatment plan?
Meet the renowned Doctor Sabine Hazan! She has studied the gut and more specifically, the microbiome in our gut for over 25 years and has earned the name "Queen of C. Diff". (Difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhoea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon).
Dr Hazan is the CEO of ProgenaBiome and Ventura Clinical Trials and has been principal investigator and sub-investigator in over 150 clinical trials! Many of these trials were CDI or C.Diff. When her patients were not responding to traditional or clinical trial therapies, she resorted to faecal microbiota transplants (FMT), which she later trademarked as refloralization.
Since then, Dr Hazan has healed hundreds of people with Chronic Illnesses such as arthritis, IBS, and even Crohn's Disease using FMT'S.
Born in Morocco, Dr Sabine Hazan has always been dedicated to understanding life. She explored a career in medicine and was accepted to medical school based on outstanding research on obesity conducted as an undergraduate.
She completed her residency at the University of Miami during the peak of the HIV epidemic, treating extremely ill patients at Jackson Memorial Hospital and in the local jail. There, she was awarded two prizes for her research.
After completing her residency, Dr Hazan became the first woman gastroenterology fellow at the University of Florida. There, she completed a year of research and presented her findings in poster format at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) National Meeting.
It was at that moment that she was approached by the esteemed Dr Neil Stollman. He told her that the future of medicine lies in the microbiome. For her exceptional work with visceral hyperalgesia, she was awarded the Dean’s Research Award. Dr Stollman is now an expert and leader on faecal transplant and C. diff and serves on the governing board of the ACG.
Ever since then, Dr Hazan has been participating in clinical trials to understand how the body's gut and the microbiome affect everything that we do, from our mental clarity to weight control.
Most recently, Dr Hazan has also published a book, rightly named Let’s Talk Sh!t. This book examines the human biome - the dynamic world of bacteria, fungus, and viruses that compromises more than 50% of our mortal selves. The authors explore the reason therapies may not be working for many and why faecal transplants may be part of the solution.
Additionally, Dr Hazan has previously connected the microbiome to Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease and now with new research, how Covid-19 can wreak havoc on our internal organs, not just our respiratory system. There is also new research connecting the microbiome (Dysbiosis) to Autism.
In an exclusive interview, GCT's Lifestyle Journalist Despina Karp sat down virtually with Dr Sabine Hazan to discuss everything from IBS, Faecal Transplants and what supplements we should be taking for optimal microbiome health.
The full interview can be seen here:
Some topics covered in this incredible chat are:
- C. Diff Clinical Trials and the beginning of Dr Hazan's medical breakthroughs.
- Why the Hippocratic oath is so important, yet so misunderstood.
- Why the future is Microbiome Transplants.
- Why research needs to be done precisely, not just through a placebo
- The problem misdiagnosed IBS creates, often leaving underlying conditions ignored and not treated.
- Why IBS is such a complicated condition.
- If Faecal Transplants can cure IBS.
- Why you must weigh up the risk and benefits of every medical treatment.
- Why yoga, meditation, prayer and a relaxed state of mind can do wonders for the body.
- Why nutrition is KEY.
- Why beef causes GI inflammation.
- Why one diet (for i.e. Keto) won't cure everyone
- Why doctor Hazan doesn't believe in the Carnivore diet
- Which foods to avoid and which foods to eat
And much, much more!
To read more about Dr Sabine Hazan and her incredible research, click the links below: