Your Microbiome

  • Overview

    We have 10 times more bacteria cells than human cells in our bodies.  Bacteria living within our gastrointestinal tract makes up an environment known as our gut microbiome.  The number and variety of bacteria residing in our gastrointestinal tract are as individual as we are and have an immense influence on our health.  The CDHF is embarking on a journey to better understand the microbiome and its impact on human health. We invite you to join us on this exciting journey of discovery.




  • Videos

    Introducing The Human Gut Microbiome

    Your body plays host to trillions of microscopic visitors that make up your unique microbiome fingerprint. A troup of bacterial superheroes living in your gut works very hard to help keep you healthy, strong and resilient. Watch the first segment of our 4-part  series on the human gut microbiome and learn more about the superheros that live within you. 

    The CDHF would like to express its congratulations to Dr. Maria Cino and the future leaders in gastroenterology who were on the winning team of the 2014 CDHF RISE from the Snake Pit Challenge. This group collaborated to create a social media piece on "The Importance of Understanding the Microbiome" and included: Ali Alali, Siwar Alashir, Mona Alasmi, Raed Al-Dabbagh, Rowena Almeida, Majid Alsahafi, Mher Barbarian, Barbara Bielawska, Callum Dargavel, Alexandra Frolkis, Ravjeer Hundal, Mindy Lam, Josie Libertucci, Quais Mujawar, Yasmin Nasser, Erin Rayner-Hartley, Yousef Reda, Amy Sharaf, Tushar Shukla, Sundeep Singh, Patrick Thornley, Deenaz Zaidi. 

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    Pre and Probiotics

    Probiotics are live microorganisms that you ingest to increase the diversity of your microbiome. They can help keep you strong, healthy. Prebiotics are food for probiotics.  This video will teach you the benefits of pre and probiotics, explain how to select, ingest and store them, and help you understand what you need to be aware of when purchasing these non-regulated ingestibles.

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    Your Microbiome Impacts Your Overall Health

    Scientists are learning more and more about the microbiome every day. Soon we believe we will know how your microbiome can help PREDICT potential disease, PROTECT you from developing disease; and, even be PRESCRIBED to treat disease so you recover more quickly from illness. 

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    The Game of Microbes

    Leagues of superheroes live in your gut. They fight bad microorganisms and work to keep you healthy. Missing key players on your superhero team can bring about an unbalanced playing field and create an environment primed for disease. In the latest CDHF microbiome video, we learn that it’s all about diversity and balance. 

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  • Seminars

    Meet Your Microbiome - Webseminar

    Your body plays host to over 100 trillion visitors in an incredible ecosystem that lives in and on your body! This amazing community, comprised of a troop of hard-working, microscopic superheroes is called the human microbiome and it’s all yours! 

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  • HCP Seminars

    Microbiota in Health and Disease

    In this presentation, Dr. John Marshall, Professor of Medicine at McMaster University and Chief of Service for Gastroenterology at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton discusses the long term sequelae of enteric infection, links among gut flora, IBS and IBD how changes in the microbiome can both induce and heal C. Difficile infection.

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    Microbiota 101 : Microbes and the Human GI Tract

    Dr. Richard Fedorak, Professor of Medicine, University of Alberta and President, Canadian Digestive Health Foundation helps us understand the development of the human microbiome, understand changes in the human microbiome in human disease, understand the role or probiotics in the treatment of human diseases, and learn how microbes can become biomarkers for us in the future.

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  • Podcast

    Nutrition Month with the CDHF

    CDHF President Dr. Richard Fedorak and Executive Director Catherine speak with Marty the Health Guy on THRIVE Radio about digestive health, probiotics, prebiotics and the human microbiome.  Listen to this fascinating interview as Dr. Fedorak explains how the bacteria in our gut and those we ingest affect our digestive -- and overall -- health. 

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