GOT GUTS: Don Chisholm says at 70, he feels healthier and more energetic than he has his entire life... and it's all got to do with protecting himself from hidden harms.
GOT GUTS: Don Chisholm says at 70, he feels healthier and more energetic than he has his entire life... and it's all got to do with protecting himself from hidden harms. Contributed

Man on death's door took gutsy step, now healthier than ever

ON THE outside our world may look safer than ever before but Don Chisholm says our race is living in the most dangerous environment in history.

War and drought afflicted our parents and grandparents, but Mr Chisholm said the people of today were being threatened on the inside and were having to work harder than ever to survive and stay healthy.

"Nutrition is a big one because we have more factors today that destroy the gut than any other time in history,” he said. "We are losing the ability the ability to absorb nutrients because our food has to be broken down by good bacteria and we kill it off by ingesting things like chemicals, pesticides, birth control pills, alcohol, stress and antibiotics.”

After 20 years of studying, researching and experimenting with nutrition and the gut, Mr Chisholm hopes to transform the way Warwick residents view their health.

He believes there is no condition that cannot be improved by changing your diet and lifestyle.

"Everybody today has a condition they would prefer not to have.”

Mr Chisholm's personal journey to health began when blood test results showed he had cancer, diabetes, lung and heart disease and arthritis.

GOT GUTS: Don Chisholm has delivered talks around the world and now is coming to Warwick.
GOT GUTS: Don Chisholm has delivered talks around the world and now is coming to Warwick. Contributed

Told the medical system could do nothing to save him, Mr Chisholm set about a new lifestyle and has been "rebuilding” since.

Thing like eating organic food, avoiding chemicals and medicines are approaches he advocates in talks delivered to audiences around the world.

Warwick dietitian Elia Faa said the power of gut bacteria in overall health should not be understated, but scientific research in this field was only starting to emerge.

"I think so far we have identified about 300 species of bacteria but as far as I know we still don't know which are good and bad,” Ms Faa said.

She said most absorption occurred in the small intestine, before nutrients reached the bacteria in the gut.

"My take is the biggest problem in the modern diet is that we are not providing enough fibre for the bacteria in our gut. There is no point in swallowing all those probiotics and prebiotics if we don't have what they need to survive, which are the fibres that we don't digest.”

Don Chisholm will be presenting a talk at Clippers Bar and Grill on September 10 at 6.15pm. Tickets are $37 and include a copy of his book Have You Got the Guts to Be Really Healthy?



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