Part two of me listening to the podcasts provided by self-proclaimed microbiome experts on the Microbiome Medicine Summit. Today features Donna Gates, who – quite frankly – provided the talk with the most quackery I heard so far. Here is a transcript of some of the things she had to say. Please note that English is not my first language, but I did try my best. You can hear the full MP3 here, but it’s over an hour long.
Donna Gates, MEd, ABAAHP, The Power of Developing a Strong Inner Ecosystem
25 years ago, I began to study microbiologists and their journals. And they were always reporting in their journals and to each other things they were finding, but it wasn’t ever coming down to us.
What I used to say years ago, I said it because it made sense, and now there is science behind it. Like, I would say: “Bacteria talk to each other”. And then the quorum sensing came out. And I used to say; “They’re inside the gut and the gut is connected to the brain”, and sure enough, science started.
Host Raphael Kellman: You felt something about the inner ecosystem that you know existed, something that you focused on for a while, way before scientists confirmed that in fact there is a microbiome and an inner ecosystem.
DG: We should all develop this intuition. Probably everyone has it. Certainly healers have it. Especially today, we’re all so busy, we can’t access that part of ourselves. You have to be quiet.
RK: I get the feeling that the bacteria really love you. And they really give you their insights. And if that’s the case, give us the insights that the microbiome is giving you.
DG: There is research showing that the microbiome are very much influenced by our thoughts and I used to think that too.
Over the years I collected vast amounts of fascinating information. For example, we’re so much alike, we human beings, and the bacteria and the other microbes inside of us, they’re just like us.
Bacteria work together in guilds. They even sacrifice themselves, for the sake of the community.
They’re highly intelligent, in a microbe kind of way.
Leo Galland has brought up a new concept which is pretty brilliant. There are certain bacteria in the gut that are “Alexander organisms”. Alexander the Great was this fantastic leader. 1000s of people followed him into battle and they conquered a huge part of the world.
In the gut, the guilds of these communities, they do need a leader. So certain bacteria have been identified as Alexander organisms. That’s one of the things that scientists are looking at: who are the leaders. Who do all these other microbes follow.
The microbiome also consists of viruses, and then there are bacteriophages that are actually controlling the viruses.
A lot of people are talking lately about archaea, this new species that was thought to be a bacteria, but now got moved into its own species. If you have a lot of archaea, which about 50% of us do, we tend to be constipated all the time. They produce methane gas which causes constipation.
The bacteria produce toxins called endotoxins. And they inflame the gut wall, and things leak in that are not supposed to be there, so we end up with diabetes and insulin resistance, hypertension, cardiovascular disease. Endotoxins are like a gun. What really pulls that gun is our high fat diet.
Bacteria are controlling our genes, too. The bacteria have trillions of their own genes. Those, the bacteria and their genes are expressing our genes. They can be turning on the genes we don’t want to turn on, the ones that cause gut problems, or make us age, or cause cancer.
Finally scientists are focusing on this. For many many years I was that lone voice up there saying why don’t people not wake up and see how critical this is? It’s how we prevent autism so consistently over the last 15 years.
I have the moms feed my fermented coconut kefir to their newborn babies, and they grow up to be completely different. They’re so smart, they’re so happy. Every single one of them are really physically beautiful children. They’re so happy, consistently. They’re delightful to raise. Compare that to an autistic child, that’s a pure nightmare for the parent.
Plant foods are full of oxalates, like little shards of glass. There many oxalates in plant food, especially in spinach and chocolate and soy and beets. We’re eating a lot of those today. If you don’t have Oxalobacter formigenes, these oxalates cause calcifications in our bodies, they cause stones. They’re finding stones now in peoples bones, in their brains, in their lungs during an autopsy. These stones can go anywhere in the body. Lactobacillus plantarum degrades oxalates, and can help to compensate for this.
On adding Lp to fermentation cultures: Lactobacillus plantarum is an Alexander Organism. If you put him – or her – in there, they’re telling everybody how to behave, who can grow, and you end up with a very special food.
Plantarum is naturally growing on the plants.
I don’t use the term sauerkraut. That’s a jar of sauerkraut, it’s dead, it has vinegar and lots of salt. I start using the term fermented vegetables, cultured vegetables.
43.00 (lots of loud banging in background – maybe an exploding jar of sauerkraut?)
Bacteria are so intelligent. One of the things they are designed to do is look for parasites and eggs and larva which are on our food, and they will eat them up. They love them, it’s like caviar to them.
All cultures have fermented food.
But we are spraying our foods with glyphosate.
For me, every diet needs to be gluten-free. Grains are OK, but only in the evening, soaked in water, cooked and drained to remove the oxalates, and eaten with vegetables for balance.
Dr. William Shaw was called in by these prisoners only being fed soy. They were very very sick all the time, esp the ones that had been there a while. They sued the state to get real meat into the prison. He told me he was sure to win the case, because when they X-rayed their stomachs, they had stalactites growing down from the top of their stomach, from the oxalates.
And then the oxalate kids, they are super sensitive. There was this little boy, he literally pulled his eye out, because that’s another symptom, aching joints. This little boy, his left eye ached so badly, that’s a common… that’s when I knew that I was – tended to be sensitive, because when I at them, or too many of them, my *left* eye would ache.
I was just at this conference and there is this app, that I’m going to invite everybody on my mailing list to subscribe to this app, but’s it’s kind of fun. It shows up on your iPhone, or your phone, and you can put it over things. If you put this app, your phone, right over your wine glass, all these special Tesla or energy waves go into it, and change it, completely change it. It’s so different afterwards, it’s delicious. You can do it to your coffee, do it to your water, it’s kind of fascinating. We can change things with energy. We are energetic beings, the water is, the wine is. And also they do it for gluten. So I tested it, there was a difference! There were some little crackers on the table, so I thought, ok I will eat gluten. And I ate them, and nothing happened.
Cell wellbeing test, it tells you if you are low in B12 or not. It’s a very sophisticated scan. You pull out some hairs from the back of your neck, put them on this little scanner. All this information goes to Germany, comes back in 15 min, and then you know what your deficiency is.
Host: What would be the 3 main points you would want to leave the audience with?
DG: It’s so simple.
1. Drop the bad fats and oils. Only eat the ones that are good, like coconut oil and olive oil.
2. Don’t eat so much sugar. Stevia is a wonderful substitute. I introduced it into the US.
3. Eat something fermented. That’s the most important.
Host : Where can people get more information about you?
DG: Thanks for bringing that up. I always forget to mention my products. The most important product we have is our knowledge.
I’m one year away from turning 70. But I have no symptoms of aging. I don’t hurt, my hair’s not grey. We don’t have to age. Why am I holding up?