Balfour Sartor, MD, Describes the Microbiome and its Connection to Disease in New Podcast

In Episode Nine of "Autoimmune Disease: Pieces of the Picture," R. Balfour Sartor, MD, explains how the state of our microbiome affects disease.

Balfour Sartor, MD, Describes the Microbiome and its Connection to Disease in New Podcast click to enlarge Dr. R. Balfour Sartor
“High fiber diets increase the number of beneficial bacteria and cause them to produce butyrate and other short change fatty acids that are very helpful to strengthen the lining of the gut, for metabolic fuel, as well as for programming protective immune responses. On the other hand, bad diets can have the opposite effect.”

- R. Balfour Sartor, MD 

Topics include: 

  • The microbiome & what influences it
  • How the microbiome affects disease
  • Fecal transplant
  • Butyrate & fiber
  • Possible future treatments
  • The Hygiene Hypothesis

Visit the Department of Medicine web site to listen or to access the written transcript, and to check out previous episodes. You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.