Episode 121: The Role of Intestinal Microbiome in Immune Function

Dr. Jocelyn Strand

Cindy Kennedy, CNP, talks with Dr. Jocelyn Strand about the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for proper immune health. Current research has been focusing on the role of the microbiome in the health and wellness arena. The fact that the gut has over 70 percent of our immune system within it substantiates the need to make it a priority.

Dr. Strand graduated from Bastyr University in 2005 with a doctorate in naturopathic
medicine. Following her graduation, she established her practice in the Seattle area, working at
Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy, as well as in a gastrointestinal specialty clinic. She returned to
Minnesota in 2008 with the vision of increasing the availability, affordability and awareness of
naturopathic medicine, and opened her private practice at Lake Superior Natural Medicine,
where she specialized in GI system disorders, Lyme disease, and auto-immune conditions as a
primary care provider through the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice.

In 2019, Dr. Strand became the Director of Clinical Education for Bio-Botanical Research, Inc.,
and continues to inspire others through research and lecturing around the world.

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Why is gut health now on the forefront of health?
How many different species are in the gut?
Do the microbes communicate to each other?
Explain what the GALT is.
How does the gut communicate with the brain?
What is the role of fiber, probiotics and regular BM’s?
How can a healthy gut impact healing from Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses?