This platform is designed to speak to those who value living a full and magnificent life. Your host Lynda Griparic is a naturopath, nutritionist and yoga teacher with an avid and sometimes awkward interest in all things digestive health, especially bowel movements and the intelligent communication systems that exist in the body.
Love and Guts explores all things mind-set, brain health, digestive health, pooping patterns, connection, communication and so much more. It's content may challenge you and at times it may get a bit whacky but never too bio-hacky as I like to keep things practical and accessible to all.
You will hear strategies that you'll want to apply pronto and that's awesome but please remember that information on this podcast channel is NOT designed to replace the advice from your health practitioner.
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Moira Bradfield | Cytolytic vaginosis and Lactobacilliosis: Disorders of Vaginal Lactobacillus Overgrowth
#252 Moira Bradfield, founder of Intimate Ecology clinical and education services, is a Naturopath, Acupuncturist and educator with over 18 years clinical experience. She has a passion for helping people experience optimal health in sustainable and sensible ways. Clinically she has a niche interest in recurrent vaginal infections, the vaginal microbiome and their associated impact in health and disease. In 2019 Moira is embarking on formal research with Griffith University as part of commencement of PhD studies in the area of the vaginal microbiome and conditions of vaginal dysbiosis.
In this episode we cover
What Vaginal Lactobacilliosis and Cytolytic vaginosis is Why they often are described as one disorder and what the microbiome and diagnostic differences between the two are Other conditions that these may be mistaken for such as vulvovaginal candidiasis Why they occur How we diagnose Treatment strategies And much more Moira also has a valuable webinar available for practitioners and the public on these often confusing conditions. (I highly recommend)
Nicole Bijlsma | Dampness And Mould - Its Impact On Health And Preventative Measures
#251 Nicole Bijlsma is a woman of passion, and her passion lies in environmental medicine. Nicole was a former naturopath and acupuncturist with 15 years of clinical experience who changed her career pathway to become a building biologist after noticing a strong correlation with many of her patients illnesses and health hazards in their home.
Nicole is the author of the best seller Healthy Home, Healthy Family, was a columnist for Body+Soul (Herald Sun) and is frequently consulted by the media to comment on health hazards in the built environment (The 7PM Project, Sunrise, The Today Show, The Circle, Channel 7 News, Today Tonight, Channel 74, ABC radio, Fox FM, numerous webinars and podcasts).
Nicole has thirty years experience lecturing at tertiary institutions in nutrition, Chinese Medicine and environmental medicine, and has published in peer-reviewed journals. Her extensive knowledge in environmental medicine has seen her speak at various conferences both in Australia and abroad (USA, Thailand and New Zealand).
Nicole single handedly established the building biology industry in Australia, was the former President of the Australasian Society of Building Biologists and established the Australian College of Environmental Studies in 1999 to educate people about the health hazards in the built environment. The college is the only institution in Australia to provide nationally accredited training in Building Biology and Feng Shui. Nicole is currently completing her PhD investigating health hazards in the built environment under the supervision of Professor Marc Cohen at RMIT. For information about her research
In this episode we cover What different forms of mould related illness exist The obvious and not so obvious signs that a house may be experiencing issues with mould What may someone experience physically/emotionally when they are exposed to dampness Mould - is it all bad news or does it serve a purpose? Why is it important to get to the source (water damage) itself rather than being focused on mould. Nicole’s thoughts on Clove oil, vinegar, bleach, and air purifiers (how effective or ineffective are they?) Following a flood how long does it take for mould to take hold? And what can we do to prevent? When mould has been identified in ones home, car or working environment, what steps should one take? And so much more
Paula Smith-Brown | Allergies And The Infant Microbiome
#250 Dr. Paula Smith-Brown is the Clinical Science Lead at Microba and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Centre for Microbiome Research at The Queensland University of Technology. She is a PhD-qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian who combines her experience as a microbiome researcher and healthcare professional to translate the latest science on the gut microbiome into practical clinical application. Dr. Paula Smith-Brown has a specialist interest in infant and child nutrition and allergies and intolerances in all ages and is the founder of the ABC nutrition clinic.
In this episode we cover
The prevalence of allergies in children Why children in Australia are getting more early-onset eczema and allergies The importance of the microbiome in immune development What families who can not breastfeed can do to support a child's health Why not all topical nappy cream preparations are great Why timely introduction of complementary foods is important Strategies to prevent allergy And so much more
Tara Nelson | Hyperthyroidism And Graves Disease
#249 Tara Nelson is a West Australian-based naturopath with over 24 years of clinical experience. After many years of seeing primarily thyroid conditions in her clinic, Tara went into researching for herself and further education in order to improve her clinical outcomes in her complex thyroid patients.
Tara has developed a six-week online practitioner thyroid training program to further educate practitioners in thyroid health, and thyroid case mentoring for practitioners, a practitioner affiliate program, and runs an online thyroid recovery program. Tara has completed extra studies in the AIP dietary and lifestyle approach, which she utilises with many of her thyroid and other autoimmune patients. Tara is on a mission to bring awareness and education to the public and practitioner community alike, about the importance of thyroid health on a deeper level.
In this episode we cover
The difference between hyperthyroidism and Graves disease The prevalence of these Signs, symptoms, and drivers To iodine or not to iodine How Hyperthyroidism and Graves present on bloodwork How practitioners and patients can perform a thyroid physical assessment Treatment strategies And so much more I am making this ep live today rather than tomorrow as Tara is offering a free masterclass TODAY called “Why you can't lose weight even though your thyroid levels are normal”
Gavin Guard | The Thyroid And Gut Connection
#248 Gavin Guard believes that the average doctor visit is not giving patients the time and support they deserve. He graduated summa c*m laude from Whitman College with a bachelor’s in biochemistry before completing graduate medical school training at the University of Colorado.
Since then, he’s completed training with the Institute for Functional Medicine, is a Kresser Institute ADAPT Level 1 Clinician, a Precision Nutrition Level 1 nutrition coach, an AIP Certified Coach, and is a Certified Sports Nutritionist. His main clinical focuses include digestive disorders and metabolic disease like weight gain, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease.
He is bringing the latest medical research to the forefront of clinical patient care. He wakes up every morning to help patients find lasting solutions to their health so that they can experience hope and feel restored.
In this episode we cover
The thyroid-gut axis Patterns in the microbiome that we may see The impact of dysbiosis Why we might see Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease co-occur with Celiac Disease and Non-celiac wheat sensitivity Treatment strategies And so much more
Dr. Douglas Drossman | Constipation, Dyssynergic Defecation And Patient-Centered Care
#247 Dr. Drossman received gastroenterology training at the University of North Carolina where he founded the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders. Dr Drossman is currently the 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). Dr. Drossman has established multiple organizations to advance patient-centered education and treatment of Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction (DGBI). He founded the Rome Foundation, and served as president until 2019, and is currently the President Emeritus and Chief of Operations. He has served as Senior Editor of Rome I, II, III, IV and is co-senior editor of Rome V to be released in 2026.
As a gastroenterologist, Dr. Drossman consults or manages the care of difficult-to-diagnose and -treat patients with DGBIs. As Founder and President of DrossmanCare (Center for Education and Practice of Biopsychosocial Care) Dr. Drossman produces educational materials to teach communication skills and patient-centered care. He has published peer-reviewed articles and videotapes on medical interviewing and the patient-doctor relationship. He also facilitates workshops and communication skills training programs and has received numerous awards, as an educator and practitioner.
Most recently he co-authored a book with a patient advocate called Gut Feelings: Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction and the Patient-Doctor Relationship for patients and clinicians. Dr. Drossman has written over 500 articles and book chapters serves on six editorial and advisory boards, was Associate Editor of the journal Gastroenterology and was the Gastroenterology Section Editor of the Merck Manual for 17 years. His research relates to the clinical, epidemiological, psychosocial, and treatment aspects of gastrointestinal disorders, and he has been principal investigator in several NIH-funded epidemiological outcomes, clinical trials, and abuse grants in DGBI and has done brain imaging in IBS.
In this episode we cover:
What is constipation The different types of constipation - including primary and secondary Dyssynergic defecation - drivers and signs and symptoms What investigations are carried out by a gastroenterologist to confirm this Treatments commonly recommended or administered by gastroenterologists or GI motility specialists Why effective communication skills and patient-centered care are needed What are some ways that patients can improve their communication with doctors Get your hands on the book Gut feelings And so much more
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I have listened to many of the L + G podcasts episodes and find them highly educational with top guest! I have wanted to write a review for a while but kept forgetting. Thanks for taking time to share your insight, and the guest you have are a wealth of knowledge in so many areas!!
Loved the Tara Nelson episode on thyroid function
Loved the Tara Nelson episode about thyroid health - so informative, detailed and easy to follow. Had to pause a few times and go back to write everything down! So many helpful nuggets of info! Thanks for sharing :)
All of Linda’s podcasts are entertaining, informative and professional and definitely worth following, I really enjoyed Patrick’s episode on breathing. So simple and yet many aren’t doing it right. Thanks Lynda.
BTW your better me tea is pretty awesome as well.