About Me

Welcome to Gut Critters.com.

I started this website to share my experience and knowledge about gut health. After being diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome,  I learned the hard way how gut dysbiosis can make your life a living nightmare.

As pleasant and caring as my doctors were, none of them could explain why it felt as if an alien had taken up residence in my bowels. Numerous tests turned up nothing out of the ordinary, and I was pretty much counseled to accept my fate with the help of a psychologist if I desired one.

Being the stubborn bugger that I am, I insisted on a referral to a gastroenterologist for more testing but was somewhat pessimistic that anything would come of it. In the interim, I decided to do some research at my local medical library where I learned about small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). None of the doctors I had seen had ever brought up SIBO as a possible explanation for what ailed me even though the symptoms of the disease fit me like a glove.

Knowing about the antibiotic and anti-fungal properties of raw garlic, I decided to try ingesting it steeped in water for a week to see whether that would cure me. Lo and behold it worked.

I canceled my appointment with the gastroenterologist and remain happily free from the gut problems that kept me from living a carefree life. What I learned then, and continue to learn about the ten trillion or so gut microbes that call our intestinal tract home, is what I share on this blog.

As I write in my posts, disturbances to oral and intestinal flora do not just result in uncomfortable gastrointestinal disturbances, as distressing as those may be. They are often at the root of many chronic inflammatory diseases like diabetes, depression, anxiety, allergies, insomnia, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, obesity, various cancers, liver and kidney disease and more. Given the daily flood of research findings about the importance of gut flora to all aspects of human health—both physical and mental—anyone claiming otherwise is effectively living in the last century.

Let me be clear that I don’t expect anyone to take what I write here as gospel. You’ll see numbers in brackets liberally sprinkled throughout my posts. Clicking on those links will take you to the peer-reviewed research literature I relied on to back up my statements. In other words, I’m not a practitioner of pulling ideas about health out of thin air and throwing them up on the web to generate page views. I encourage you to read those references and come to your own conclusions. Your health is too important to gullibly believe anyone, and that includes me.

Well, that pretty much sums up the history and purpose of this blog. I hope the information you read here is useful to you and your loved ones. If so, be sure to spread the word and consider subscribing for future updates!

Thanks for visiting!

Ray Medina