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S2:E2 | 5.30.2019

Welcome to the Microbiome

Probiotics are everywhere, and heralded as the miracle cure to everything from indigestion to mood disorders. But do they really do anything?

About This Episode

Probiotics are everywhere, and heralded as the miracle cure to everything from indigestion to mood disorders. But the science that explains the mechanism of the gut-brain connection still isn't there. Harvard PhD candidate Cary Allen-Blevins is researching everything from breast milk to kombucha to better understand the role of probiotics in gut health.

This episode is a collaboration between Proof and Veritalk from Harvard's Graduate School for Arts and Sciences. The original version is part of a series on food that Veritalk produced recently. Check it out at: https://gsas.harvard.edu/veritalk.

Transcript

Bridget Lancaster: My gut. That's the thing that prevents me from fitting into my favorite pair of jeans. But otherwise I never really think about it. Maybe I should.

Female Voice Actor, Activia Commercial: Show your gut some love.

Male Voice Actor, Activia Commercial: When you're confident in your gut, you feel confident to take on anything.

Jamie Lee Curtis, Activia Commercial: With the exclusive probiotic Bifidus Regularis, Activia helps regulate your digestive system.

Female Actor, Activia Commercial: You got that right, Jamie. There's nothing like it.

Jaime Lee Curtis, Activia Commercial: Exactly.

Bridget Lancaster: Okay, if Jamie Lee Curtis is worried about her gut then I should probably pay more attention to mine. And it seems like,…

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