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 In this episode we dive into the fundamentals and evidence-based use of probiotics with a probiotic expert Dr. Jason Hawrelak.

About our guest:

Jason Hawrelak, PhD, is a research scientist, educator, naturopath and Western herbalist with nearly 20 years’ clinical experience. Jason practices at Goulds Natural Medicine, a 138-year-old natural medicine apothecary and clinic located in central Hobart in Tasmania, Austrailia. Dr Hawrelak did his Honours and PhD degrees in the areas of the gastrointestinal microbiota, the causes of dysbiosis, and the clinical applications of pre- and probiotics. He has written extensively in the medical literature on these topics – including 16 textbook chapters – and his research has been cited nearly 1000 times.

Dr Hawrelak has taught health professionals at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level for the past 18 years. He currently coordinates and teaches the Evidence-based Complementary Medicine Programs in the College of Health & Medicine at the University of Tasmania (Hobart, Australia) and teaches natural approaches to Gastroenterology within the University of Western States Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program (Portland, Oregon). He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at the University of Technology Sydney (Sydney, Australia).

Jason is on the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition and is a Fellow of both the American College of Nutrition and the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia. He is also Chief Research Officer at ProbioticAdvisor.com, which offers a searchable database that enables easy, evidence-based prescribing of probiotic products and online resources for clinicians, and health-conscious members of the public, to learn more about the human microbiome and how they can positively influence these ecosystems.


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