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How to pitch your podcast


Connect with and impress a podcast writer

Now that you’ve got a podcast press kit (here’s our guide and the Bello Collective’s what, why, and how of podcast press kits if you need a refresher) it’s time to flex those muscles: we’ve compiled a list of publications accepting podcast pitches to help you share your show.

Keep it simple

Introduce yourself and describe your show (with links to your press kit — point out what’s important for them there), why you’re connecting with this writer specifically, and be sure to thank them for their consideration.

Your message is likely your first introduction to this writer. Even if they’re not in a place to address your show right now, they’ll remember how you initially approached them. Be a gracious representative of your show and of podcasting as a whole, and be deliberate about what you’re asking of this writer. (Bonus points if you…

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Free resources for making figures

Rhiannon Morris

Because it’s hard to make nice figures when you don’t have access to expensive software like illustrator! Here is a list of resources that can help you make the best figures possible without breaking the bank because they’re free!

Servier Medical Art – Free downloadable images so you don’t have to spend hours making them yourself!Screenshot 2019-05-13 17.54.22.png

Inkscape – Similar style to illustrator, allows you to draw your own figures!Screenshot 2019-05-13 17.58.56.png

Fundamental of data visualisation by Claus O. Wilke – good resource for learning more about how to present data.Screenshot 2019-05-13 18.01.15.png

R – for plotting data and data visualisation

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Somersault1824 – (Not actually free but pay what you want) for great images
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GIMP – Another free image manipulation program as an alternative to illustratorScreenshot 2019-05-13 18.07.31

Past 3.x – Software with great data analysis features
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Could this common bad habit be causing leaky gut?

Hack your gut

If you’re someone with a gut problem, you’ve probably been taken on the rollercoaster of restrictive dieting, boatloads of supplements, and pharmaceutical drugs that give waning symptom relief.  And what do you have to show for it?  Probably not a whole lot.

One area that I’ve found is almost entirely unexplored by most people, and the primary topic this blog is centered around, is lifestyle.  Our behavior drives a lot of what goes on in our body, from the tips of your toes to the top of your head.  And this most certainly includes what happens in your gut.

Factors such as exercise, meal timing, the feeding/fasting cycle, stress, sleep, habitual diet, and diet quality are all very important factors that can play a major role in our gut health.  But there is one insidious habit that all of us are guilty of that may be particularly damaging: late night…

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The biohacker’s guide to preventing leaky gut

Wonderful overview!

Hack your gut

Given the focus of this blog, you can imagine that I feel gut health is pretty important to overall health.  This not only applies to people who are dealing with functional gastrointestinal disorders such as IBS, SIBO, and IBD, but also to health and longevity as a whole.  There’s a ton of evidence linking “leaky gut” to many of the chronic diseases of aging including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Cancer. So, basically, most of the things that will end up killing you.

A recent paper looked at leaky gut and longevity.  The paper found that disease-free centenarians living in one of the Blue Zones had lower levels of markers of leaky gut than healthy 40 year olds.  In addition, when compared to 40 year olds who had just had a heart attack, markers of leaky gut in these centenarians compared even better.

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New study provides key factor to avoiding leaky gut?

Hack your gut

Over the last few years, “leaky gut” has moved from pure quackery to one of the leading topics in immunological research.  Part of this is because people refer to it as leaky gut, which doesn’t really lend any scientific credence to the topic.  Truth be told, I hate this term, preferring the much more scientifically accurate intestinal permeability.  But I can’t control what people search over the internet.

As you may have guessed by the name of my blog, I feel gut health is a critical factor in overall health.  But my perspective is vastly different than most on the subject.  In a time when people focus solely on things like probiotics, antimicrobial supplements, glutamine, and other things that we put in to our gut, my approach is firmly planted in lifestyle that includes multiple factors.  Things like circadian rhythms and such.

In my opinion, the study last year showing…

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Eureka! Specific bacteria are associated with specific conditions and symptoms!

CFS Remission

I have just pushed a new update to the website. The new page lists bacteria associated with specific symptoms and conditions.

Finding Gender specific bacteria shown above agrees with research

Right Thinking

Almost all published studies report “found average of patients X bacteria is statistically {higher|lower} than the controls”. If you look through my Condition templates, you will see that for some conditions, one study reported high and another low — dilemma!

Not dilemma, but a hint to the nature of the problem.

Repeating the old gospel

Over the last 6 years, I have been ascribing ME/CFS ets to a microbiome dysfunction – that is, a complex shifting of bacteria that alters the metabolites that the body receives. The key work is complex shifting. It is not, too high or too low — which is a naive simplistic thinking of the issue.

Statistical tests on averages on less sensitive

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