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Love & Guts

Dec 11, 2022

#265 Dr Jason Hawrelak is a research scientist, educator, naturopath, and Western herbalist with more than 18 years of 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.

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, 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

  • What is diverticula, diverticulosis, diverticulitis and diverticular disease
  • Common causes of diverticulosis and why it might progress to diverticulitis or diverticular disease
  • How to differentiate between Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Symptomatic uncomplicated DD (SUDD)
  • The link between cardiovascular health and diverticular disease
  • We address what diet may help support those experiencing these conditions and this includes eliminating old beliefs associated with diet 
  • What are our main treatment aims
  • And so much more
  • I highly recommend Jason’s practitioner training on this subject Diverticular Disease: New Concepts in its Pathophysiology and Treatment