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Jan 20, 2020

In this episode of the New Normal Project podcast we replay a previous episode which featured Dr Alan Desmond (broadcast originally as episode 51).

Dr Alan Desmond is a gastroenterologist from the UK and is an expert on the gut, the microbiome, gut health, gut disorders like inflammatory bowel disease and bowel cancer, and optimal nutrition. Originally from County Cork, Ireland, Alan completed medical and specialty training in Cork, Dublin and Oxford and is now a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Devon in the South-West of England. With Stephen and David Flynn, of The Happy Pear, he created the Happy Gut course, a 6 week online course designed to help people eat well for their gut health. You can find Alan on Instagram at @dr.alandesmond.

Alan and I recorded this conversation in February 2019 when he was in Australia to speak at the Doctors For Nutrition conference. In it we covered Alan’s path to becoming a doctor; the microbiome, what it is and the effect of pre and probiotics; diseases such as bowel cancer, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and coeliac disease; his 5 tips for improving your gut health; the importance of increasing fibre and decreasing processed food intake; how antibiotics can affect our guts; how eating a wholefood plant-based diet is likely to reduce colon cancer risk more than having screening tests; the beneficial role of a whole food plant-based diet in inflammatory bowel disease; and the 3 dietary questions he asks his patients.

Please enjoy this replay episode with Alan Desmond.


Live well, feel well, do well.


Andrew Davies




About the New Normal Project podcast: The podcast is aimed to inspire and empower you to live your most plant-based, body-moving and mind-focused lifestyle, by hearing scientific evidence, experience-based information and real-life stories in the areas of the healthy lifestyle pillars such as nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, sleep, connection and purpose. You’ll hopefully glean insights to help you to consider making choices about your daily habits so you become more healthy, fulfilled and conscious.

Although I’m a doctor this is not medical advice, as I don’t know your personal circumstances or your health conditions. Please see this as information for you to consider, and then to read more about, so you can discuss it with your doctor.




Links related to Alan Desmond

Dr Alan Desmond

Dr Alan Desmond’s clinic website

Dr Alan Desmond on Instagram: @dr.alandesmond


Links to people and resources (in order of mentioning)

Happy Pear

Doctors For Nutrition

Doctors For Nutrition Conference

Cancer Research UK

Prof Fergus Shanahan

Prof Eamonn Quigley

Australasian Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Gastroenterological Society of Australia

British Society of Gastroenterology

American Gut Project

NHS Eat Well Guide

EAT Lancet

Blue Zones Food Guidelines

Happy Gut course

Happy Gut Guide

Dr Denis Burkitt

Article “Evolving role of diet in the pathogenesis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease” in Gut journal

Rich Roll

Nathan Pritikin

Dr Dean Ornish

Dr Caldwell Esselstyn


Links related to New Normal Project podcast

New Normal Project podcast (NNP #22) with The Happy Pear

New Normal Project podcast (NNP #51) with Alan Desmond

New Normal Project podcast (NNP #64) with Jeff Lester

New Normal Project podcast (NNP #65) with Andy Ramage

New Normal Project podcast (NNP #66) with Neal Barnard

New Normal Project podcast (NNP #67) with John Orchard

New Normal Project podcast

New Normal Project website

New Normal Project on Facebook

New Normal Project on Instagram: @newnormalproject

New Normal Project on Twitter: @newnormalproj

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