Where did it come from? We take origin for granted most of the time, what is simply is. Yet it is a most profound question — there are wonders all around us that are simply amazing when we stop to consider where they came from. The most amazing wonder is life itself, because anything that is alive is more complex and more mysterious than anything people can create. We can observe and manipulate the components of life, but we still cannot create anything that actually is alive.

We are surrounded by life. Besides the trillions of cells that we have in our bodies, we also rent out space for trillions more that are not strictly part of our bodies. These tenants are supposed to pay their housing costs, although some of them are interlopers and trespassers. So we each have an internal police force to deal with those cells that should not be in our bodies. Unfortunately, some of us then “defund the police” and make their jobs harder, instead of strengthening that immune system.

The biggest collection of these tenants, good and bad, is in our intestines. We refer to this colony as the gut flora, or the microbiota. Just like we have a climate that we live in, with a certain amount of oxygen in the air, water to drink, and a variety of foods to eat, the microbiota has the environment that we provide to it in our guts. And as our environment drives our health, so the environment of the gut flora drives its health. Funny thing though: its health is tied in with our health: the microbiota is a key part of providing an environment for our bodies. So we might pay more attention to our internal gut environment so we can make our microbiota happy and healthy.

Again, where does it come from? All those bacteria living in your gut — where did they come from? When we understand that, we can understand more about making them happy. Obviously, if they are living in another environment before they reach us, then by simulating that environment, we can make them feel at home.

Rooted in plants
What is their natural environment? The microorganisms we need are on and in plants. When a plant is alive, it harbors many microorganisms which are helpful to us. If their natural environment is living plants, then the easiest way to get plenty of them is to eat those plants. Simple.

Also, in that natural environment, there is an extremely rich variety of those microorganisms. We understand that cultural diversity means bringing many talents and different ways of thinking to the table, and when we ingest raw, living plants, we are bringing much microorganism diversity to the table. Flora diversity means your gut is provided with bacteria with many differing talents and abilities. This is invaluable. To fully release the vitamins and nutrients in your food, and to get the best digestion of that food, you need such variety. Different types of food require different bacteria to fully break them down. By gaining microbiota diversity in your gut, you arm yourself with the tools needed to get the most out of your food. Conversely, without those tools, you open the door to other bacteria which are less friendly — they will break down the food and dump toxins into your system. The gut flora is constantly adjusting to the environment in your gut. Change the food source for the microbiota away from plants, and you change the composition of your colony.

Life tends to go where it is welcome. Bacteria is life, and although relatively simple compared with your body, it is still quite complex. It is also rather picky, because if the environment isn’t quite right, other bacteria better suited to that environment will take over in the colony. After awhile the colony is quite different, and will react differently with your food. This has profound effect on your digestion. If you eat meat, the bacteria adjust to better manage meat breakdown. If you eat food laced with pesticides, your good, plant-based bacteria, going where they are welcome, will retreat and leave the rental property to hardier, but not usually beneficial, bacteria. And if you eat sugar, look out — sugar hogs rapidly multiply and crowd out the good bacteria.

We see this in nature. Cut away part of a plant, whether it be a leaf, a fruit, or a root, and it quickly starts to die. As it does so, it starts to rot. In a few days, it is a soggy, stinky mess. How did that happen so quickly? It was broken down by microorganisms that were already there, but in small quantities until a food source became available, at which point they ate and multiplied rapidly, taking over from the other bacteria that were also on the plant. A great diversity of flora is already on and in the plant, but only those which have the food advantage multiply and become dominant. The same pattern happens in your gut: some thrive, and others, being less welcome, recede. Every time you eat something, that food also becomes food for your microbiota, and certain strains of bacteria are better suited for that particular food than others — those win the food fight and multiply faster. The next meal may favor different strains if you eat different food, and they multiply. To complicate matters, the byproducts of some of the microbiota discourage the growth of other microorganisms. changing the microbiota composition further. Acid levels are a factor in which microorganisms thrive, and the action of some will result in higher levels of acid, causing a further shift in the colony. Gut flora is constantly shifting for everyone, and no two people have quite the same composition of microbiota.

The beginning
Where did it come from? Initially, from the mother — the health of the mother is conveyed to her child in many ways, one of which is initial gut flora. Breastfeeding also conveys flora to the baby after birth — hopefully continuing for a couple of years while the baby’s flora become well established. Sterile baby formula, no matter how many nutrients they add, is devoid of valuable microbiota, so the highest quality formula available won’t provide needed good bacteria. Not only is the mother’s diet particularly important both pre and post birth, but as the baby progresses to solid food, transition to raw, live plant food is crucial to stabilize and develop the foundational gut flora. Cooked fruit and vegetables, even homemade, kill the bacteria, and of course commercial baby food is sterile. So many children are getting a weak start on their microbiota, and since something is going to fill the void, less desirable microorganisms have a free shot at establishing themselves, making it harder to develop good microbiota later.

What’s so special about raw plants? Beside the fact that they have the good bacteria already residing on them, the plants provide a source of food for those bacteria in the gut so that they can feed, multiply, thrive, and start to dominate the microbiota colony. This is an amazing symbiotic relationship, where not only do these microbes help us process otherwise undigestible plant fibers, unlocking their nutrients — the flora also profit from the deal and grow more numerous. That means that they are ready to help process the next meal even better, unlocking its potential as well.

A lot of health products claim to do this job. Probiotics provide good bacteria, and pre-biotics provide food for those bacteria so they can multiply. But the probiotics provide only a few strains, and the pre-biotics have limited variety as well, so they are a weak substitute for the real thing. They can be valuable in attempting to quickly wrest control of your microbiota away from dominant bad bacteria, but they still lack the diversity of raw vegetables, and without the support of plant fibers for continued fuel, the good bacteria will again fall behind and the bad will regain dominance. So there’s no long-term substitute.

Plenty of research has already been done on the value of raw fruits (beware of the negative effects of sugar though) and vegetables for nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and even biophotons if the plant is sufficiently fresh, but less research has been done on the health effects of raw plants by way of the microbiota. With the help of supercomputers to study the complex genetic signatures of human microbiota, researchers are gaining knowledge in this area. Published in Gut Microbes, researchers from the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology at Graz University of Technology studied several billion genomes from some 2500 stool samples to determine dietary effects on the microbiota. They determined a positive correlation between dietary levels of fruits and vegetables to gut flora diversity, that the microorganisms coming from plants had probiotic and health-promoting properties, and that plant-based microbe diversity conveyed higher levels of health and resilience to avoid disease. This effect was particularly positive during the first few years of life, but needed to be promoted throughout life.

In another study, published in Nutrients, researchers conducted a 2-week study of stool samples from 248 participants, during which their diet was controlled with high intake of fruits and vegetables. First, they noted increased levels of butyrate-producing Clostridiales as well as higher microbiota diversity. What is important about butyrate? It provides 70% of colon cells’ energy needs, supports immune system function, and reduces inflammation. It is produced by bacteria from soluble plant fibers that only they can break down. Second, they observed reduction in a number of less-desirable families of bacteria along with increases in beneficial bacteria. Finally, they noted that the “response of microbiota to the (dietary) intervention was dependent on the initial microbiota state.”

We are tightly integrated with nature, by design. We are built to utilize and need many aspects of our environment, living constantly as part of the symphony of nature. Our bodies are built to work hand in hand with our environment. The more we veer away from that due to modern conveniences, the more our health suffers. Food processing and cooking breaks that interdependence, and try as they might through artificial means to replace the missing elements, nothing beats the original. Raw plant foods, as close to nature as possible, are the best sources of health.

Where does this massive colony of gut flora we carry come from? The plants get them from the air, water, and soil. They harbor them, and some work symbiotically with the plants. We ingest those plants and gain the value of that flora, which is uniquely suited to help us digest those plants, unlocking tremendous value to our health in the process. Like our health itself, it comes from our environment. Getting close to nature is a fountain of health itself, particularly when it comes to food!

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Your intestinal tract is home for 10 times the number of cells in the entire body. That means it has a 10 times influence over your health, whether positive or negative. How you feed that colony is critical for your health and life because you’re so outnumbered — 10 to 1 — and being so you have to keep this enormous amount of cells staying beneficial for your health, not shifting to the detrimental side and harming you!

What is the difference — what causes the shift?
The biggest cause is the food that you eat, because that becomes the fuel for the beneficial or harmful bacteria. So let’s review some of the major food groups.

  1. Living and a raw vegetables
  2. Living and raw fruit
  3. Cooked raw vegetables
  4. Cooked fruit
  5. Sugar either too much simple, refined, or processed
  6. Dairy products
  7. Fermented Foods
  8. Meat, chicken, fish, and eggs
  9. Chemically treated processed food with long shelflife

1. Living and raw vegetables are the ideal food for the intestinal tract for a number of reasons. They come directly from the environment, filled with the natural bacteria that is in that environment — the natural bacteria that is beneficial comes from the soil from the water and the air — this natural, beneficial bacteria not only breaks down our foods more completely so that we get more nutrients out of the food, but they also have byproducts of vitamin, mineral and enzyme production, including being a container of phytochemicals to greatly strength of our immune system. These beneficial bacteria maintain a very healthy alkaline environment in the intestinal tract, they add enzymes into the enzyme bank account of the body — besides using enzymes to break down the food that’s digesting in the intestinal tract

2. Living and raw fruit is the next category. This is also very beneficial if and only if the fruit is low glycemic index. If the fruit taste sweet and has sugar in it significantly, it will feed detrimental bacteria, and worst of all, fungi which grow in sugar. You absolutely do not want is fungus growing in your intestinal tract. This ruins your immune system, and sets off maldigestion and malabsorption. If fungi are allowed to grow in your intestinal tract, it’s not only makes a very acidic environment, a very toxic environment with many toxic by products, but also sets the stage for cancer formation.

3. Cooked vegetables have lost a significant part of the natural microbiota inherent to of them as they grow in nature. So the cooking process wipes out a tremendous amount of the beneficial bacteria. There are still some strains of beneficial bacteria that can grow in the cooked plant fibers along with some phytochemicals that survive the cooking process.

4. Cooked fruits become pure sugar, very acidic and once again making an environment for harmful bacteria, fungi growth and possible cancer growth. Cooked fruits still release some beneficial phytochemicals, but overall has a very negative affect on your G.I. health and your overall health — just one notch above regular refined sugar.

5. Sugar in any form is very acidic, grows fungus, and grows harmful bacteria, which are the two enemies of the digestive tract. It sets the stage for inflammation in the body and is the primary fuel for cancer growth. Need I say more?

6. Dairy products have been touted as the best for natural probiotics, but we must clarify the statement. They are absolutely not the best, and most definitely one of the worst, if the dairy product is processed in any way — meaning you will get some beneficial bacteria from dairy if it’s eaten raw but as soon as you cook the dairy product, pasteurize it, heat treat it, not only does it become devoid of all positive benefits of bacteria but it becomes highly acidic and releases sugars to grow fungus. To add to this it is extremely mucous forming which greatly inhibits digestion and absorption of nutrients. Remember you came into this life drinking living food: mothers milk is living, mothers milk has beneficial bacteria and gave you your start to seed your intestinal tract, but there’s no other dairy product that does this, and it has to be living to have the same affect. So we can cross dairy off our list of possible food choices.

7. Fermented foods have some probiotic benefits but are very high in lactic acid, which is a byproduct of the fermentation process — which is acidic, throwing off the pH or alkalinity which is necessary for highest level of health, and lactic acid being a primary food source for cancer cells. They eat fermented sugar which turns into lactic acid or lactate. So this make this food choice a really detrimental one.

8. Meat, chicken, fish and eggs are one of the three worst food types to put in the intestinal tract. They are highly acidic, highly denatured, and free-radical forming, and only contain harmful bacteria, which if allowed to grow in the intestinal tract will destroy the microbiota, growing it strong in the bacteria that will destroy your health.

9. Processed food with long shelflife not only wipes out all your beneficial bacteria in your intestinal tract, but contains so many chemicals preservatives and additives, including trans fats, that in essence you are poisoning yourself — not only killing all bacteria in the intestinal tract but also introducing harmful chemicals and free radical molecules, leading to cell damage, premature cell death, even cell mutation.

Eat for life: do not make life’s purpose your next meal
Most people have their greatest addiction in the food they eat. This wasn’t their fault. They were trained that way since they were children, and this goes back many generations, so we don’t have to point a finger and blame anyone, but what we can do is be proactive and make a change today. Because knowledge is power, but only if that knowledge is put into motion with activity bringing forth an outcome.

As Hippocrates, the father of medicine said, “let your food be your medicine.” He did not say let your food be your addiction, or let your food destroy your health because of your addiction, because of your poor food choices. No he said, let your food be your pharmacy.

How do I break my addiction?
One step, one moment at a time. Start changing your diet progressively today! You don’t have to eat 100% living raw plant food today, but you need to start moving in that direction and minimizing the three most harmful influences in the intestinal tract: processed food with long shelf life, anything that is sugar or breaks down into sugar, and all animal products.

Start switching your diet over to plant-based today, with more raw foods, raw vegetables — and if you do, you will see the tide in your health change, because that change all begins in the intestinal tract.

At Revolution New Medicine we have helped people for over 40 years restore their health from most all health challenges. And where does that restoration begin? In the intestinal tract — that is why we do extensive testing to find out the level of health mentally, cognitively, emotionally, and physically; to build a program to restore each person’s health individually so they can be optimized for not only health, strength, and longevity, but also for brain optimization.

Do not put off to tomorrow what you should be doing right now.

Here are the ways we can help you in your health journey:

  1. Outpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-has the most benefit of teaching, treatment, live classes and personalized coaching. This program has the most contact with Dr. Nemec with 3- 6 month programs that can be turned into a regular checking and support program for life. This is our core program that has helped so many restore their health and maintain that restoration for years.
  2. Inpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-is our four-week intensive inpatient program for those that are not in driving distance, usually over 4 hour drive. This is the program that is an intensive jumpstart with treatment, teaching, live classes and coaching designed for all our international patients along with those in the US that do not live in Illinois. This program is very effective especially when combined with our new membership program support.
  3. Stay at Home Program-is offered to continental US patients who cannot come to Total Health Institute but still want a more personal, customized plan to restore their health. This program also includes our Learn Membership Program.
  4. Membership Program is our newest program offered for those that want to work on their health at a high level and want access to the teaching at Total Health Institute along with the Forums: both Dr. Nemec’s posts and other members posting. And also, to have the chance to get personalized questions answered on the conference calls which are all archived in case you miss the call. The Membership Program has 3 levels to choose from: Learn, Overcome and Master. The difference is at the Overcome and Master levels you received one on one calls with Dr. Nemec personalizing your program for your areas of focus.