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The LLVLC Show (Episode 985): Dr. Michael Ruscio Shares The Truth About Low-Carb Diets And Gut Health


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In Episode 985 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore,” we have a functional medicine practitioner named Dr. Michael Ruscio as our guest today. There’s been a lot of accusations thrown around in the past few years regarding the impact that a low-carb, high-fat, ketogenic diet is having on the gut health of those who choose to eat this way. It’s been especially strong from various vocal members of the Paleo community who have been promoting the consumption of the so-called “safe starches” and other such foods to feed the good bacteria in the gut. But some of the suggestions that have been made don’t sit well with a Walnut Creek, California-based functional medicine practitioner named Dr. Michael Ruscio (listen to my previous interview with him in Episode 39 of “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” and Episode 407 of The LLVLC Show) and host of the “Health, Nutrition, And Functional Medicine” podcast on iTunes who understands the need for patient individuality in treatment and that customizing a plan to take care of the microbiome while also being mindful of blood sugar and other health markers is critically important to making sure the patient is doing the right thing for them.

“There’s pressure being put on low-carbers to eat more carbohydrates to feed gut health. But some people do better on the lower end of the spectrum of carb intake. Don’t feel pressured to move to a high-carb diet if it doesn’t feel right to you.” — Dr. Michael Ruscio

Listen in as Jimmy and Dr. Ruscio discuss his current work doing a pilot research study on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), why having a SIBO is a bad thing for your health, what causes SIBO to happen, the prevalence of SIBO in our society, why doctors push grains for fiber to treat IBS, the pressure on low-carbers to eat more carbohydrates to feed gut bacteria, whether you can measure for how you can find if you do better on low-carb vs. high-carb, the carbohydrates that he recommends for people who want to tinker and test with increasing, the allergen-restricted, lower-carb diet he puts all of his patients on initially, the spectrum of low to high carb diets he uses to customize treatment for his patients, why mimicking the diet of populations with healthy microbiota is flawed, the microbiota is a reactor to the environment rather than the driver of the disease, why eating to control blood sugar is the best way to prevent disease, what kind of carbohydrates (and prebiotic as well as FODMAP foods) a ketogenic dieter can consume, the problems with uBiome and American Gut Project testing, the connection between gut health and autoimmune disease, why you need to know your fungal readings, how sleep and exercise can have a dramatic effect on your microbiota, why you don’t need fancy stool testing to get good results, the small intestinal fungal overgrowth (SIFO) issue, and whether fecal transplants can be useful to people with damaged gut health.


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What did you think about what Dr. Michael Ruscio had to share about low-carb diets and gut health? Sound off about what you heard in the show notes section of Episode 985. Connect with Dr. Ruscio at DrRuscio.com. Coming up on Tuesday, my coauthor and ketogenic nutritional health expert Maria Emmerich will be here sharing about our brand new July 28, 2015 book The Ketogenic Cookbook: Nutritious Low-Carb, High-Fat Paleo Meals to Heal Your Body releasing tomorrow. Then on Wednesday, we’ll have the final LLVLC Show Classic episode of this summer featuring an MIT researcher named Dr. Stephanie Seneff. We’ve got a great week of podcast interviews for you this week!

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8-3: Damon Gameau
8-4: Max Kelmen
8-5: Dr. Sarah Hallberg
8-10: Dr. Scott Mills
8-11: Jared Stone
8-12: Dr. Jayson and Mira Calton
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8-18: Joanie Walker
8-19: Steph Gaudreau
8-24: Tony Martinez
8-25: Dr. Gerry Mullin
8-26: Dr. Jacob Wilson
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9-1: Trina Felber
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9-7: Chris Walker

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  • Jimmy, I listen to every single one of your podcasts and they’re all awesome, but I have to say, this one was my favorite. I’ve personally suffered with candida, SIBO and fungal overgrowth since I was a child. The research out there about eating prebiotics like resistant starch, fruit, and even low starch veggies rich in FODMAPS (onions, garlic) to help those with these issues infuriates me because they leave me in pain for DAYS and I happen to love many of them. When someone can’t digest starch or sugar in most any form, no amount of benefits from these foods will make a difference.

    A low carb, moderate fat, low FODMAPS, and moderate protein diet were my healing protocol and it was absolutely great to hear Dr. Ruschio report on this. I truly believe in bio-individuality and value the benefits of all healthy foods for different people, but it was such a relief to hear someone stand up for evidence that one protocol to heal our microbiome really isn’t necessary (or in my case and many others’ optimal) for those that have severe digestive issues and a long past with digestive health concerns. GREAT podcast, can’t wait to hear you and Maria chat next!:)

  • Marty Kendall

    Intriguing podcast. I would be interested to read his references for high fat diets causing leaky gut! Searched and can’t find anything.

    • LLVLCBlog

      I’ll ask.