Dr. Jason Hawrelak | Prebiotic Rich Diets In Mental Health, And Navigating The Dysbiotic Pattern Observed In Autism Spectrum Disorder

Dr Jason Hawrelak is a research scientist, educator, naturopath and Western herbalist with more than 18 years’ clinical experience. Jason practices at Goulds Natural Medicine, a 136-year-old natural medicine apothecary and clinic located in central Hobart. He did his Honours and PhD degrees examining the causes of dysbiosis and the capacity of probiotics, prebiotics and herbal medicines to modify the gut microbiome and has written extensively in the medical literature on these topics – including 16 textbook chapters.

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He is on the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition and was recently awarded a Fellowship from the American College of Nutrition for his significant contributions to the teaching and practice of nutrition in Australia and North America. Jason is also a Fellow of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia. He is 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.


In this episode we cover

  • The GUT FEELINGS Randomised controlled trial where Jason’s team assessed the impact of a probiotic, and a prebiotic-rich diet on mood.
  • Gut microbiota alterations that may be observed in those experiencing depression
  • The link between the microbiota and Autism spectrum disorder
  • The inconsistencies in the data about a specific “ASD dysbiotic pattern
  • The main tools Jason is using to modify these different imbalances
  • We discuss Jason’s Naturopathic & Functional Medicine Approaches to Gastrointestinal Disorders Course.  Head on over to the show notes where I will provide a link and a special coupon code to receive 20% off until the course begins.


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