Listening to Your Gut (Health) and Viewing Your Body as an Ecosystem with Alex Martinez (Episode #61)

Alex MartinezDr. Lynn Hellerstein of Vision Beyond Sight speaks with Alex Martinez, cofounder and CEO of Intrinsic Medicine, Inc. Alex talks about the importance of gut health and viewing our body as an ecosystem, his company’s discovery and research on sugar compounds from human milk that lead to gut-safer drugs and a healthy gut microbiome, and how we can improve our gut-immune health now.

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  • Alex’s path to Intrinsic Medicine, Inc. and developing gut-safer drugs
  • The importance of the gut microbiome
  • Discovery of human milk sugars that are essential to a foundation of healthy gut microbiome
  • The research on usage of these compounds in these areas:

        ◦ Pediatric autoimmune diseases
        ◦ Neurodegenerative diseases in elderly people
        ◦ Immuno-oncology or treatments using the body’s immune system to fight cancer

  • How to improve your gut-immune health today
  • Paying attention to your poop using the Bristol Stool Form scale
  • Common plant-fiber foods for your gut health
  • Viewing yourself as an ecosystem and reclaiming your self-awareness

About Alex Martinez:

Alex Martinez is the cofounder and CEO of Intrinsic Medicine, which is developing human-identical milk sugars as new drugs to improve human health and address three major problems in the pharmaceutical industry today: 

  • Most drugs have serious side effects, limiting risk/benefit in vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly
  • Most drugs do not possess ecological mechanisms (modulation of both the immune system and microbiome) that truly restore human health
  • Most drugs are also financially toxic due to high prices which frustrate or even limit access 

Alex received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and Bachelor of Arts in Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania, but his real education was going through his own patient journey and learning from others experiences.

Connect with Alex Martinez and Intrinsic Medicine, Inc.:

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“What we’ve learned about these sugars in human milk is that they’re prebiotic. They’re fiber. 95% of people are not even at a dietary fiber goal today. That is a profound opportunity to improve your health because we’re now seeing that these prebiotics, these sugars, can lead to a cascade of benefits. The important thing here is—I don’t want people sitting around saying, ‘Oh, in 5 years, Alex can have a drug for that.’ You can make a change today by adding diverse plant fibers into your diet. And there’s a lot of compelling evidence that in and of itself can improve gut health as well as immune health.” - Alex Martinez

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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein, Developmental Optometrist, co-owner of Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C., award-winning author and international speaker, holds powerful and inspiring conversations with her guests in the areas of health, wellness, education, sports and psychology. They share their inspirational stories of healing and transformation through their vision expansion. Vision Beyond Sight Podcast will help you see with clarity, gain courage and confidence. Welcome to Vision Beyond Sight!

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A pioneer in vision therapy and developmental optometry, for more than 30 years, Dr. Lynn Hellerstein has helped thousands of children and adults improve their vision and transform their lives — at home, in the classroom, and most recently on the playing field. Her breakthrough methods unlock barriers to learning and “rewire” around brain injuries, and vision perception or processing deficits. But you don’t have to have a vision problem to benefit: her brain training strategies may be the missing magic if you’re an athlete trying to nail a tricky shot or stay cool in competition. If it’s a skill you can visualize, Dr. Hellerstein can help train your eyes — and mind’s eye — on success.

Award-winning and #1 bestselling author, Dr. Lynn has published numerous professional peer reviewed articles, chapters and four books.

See It. Say It. Do It! (2009) - How to see/recognize your goal, declare your intention, and taking action to achieve your vision.

See It. Say It. Do It! Organize It! (2011) - How to create a step by step process to make achieving your goal a reality.

50 Tips To Improve Your Sports Performance (2013) - How to improve your sports performance today by enhancing eye-mind-body coordination skills, achieving the mental edge, and preventing injuries.

Expand Your Vision (2021) - Discover the power of the seeing brain…the creator of your true vision. Gain Clarity, Courage, and Confidence. In this #1 Amazon best-selling innovative newest book, the power of visualizing and believing in the process to break through internal barriers and create new possibilities for achieving your goal is explored. Visualization can be used to increase creativity, to reduce stress and anxiety, and to build confidence in all of the things that they do.