Book Review: The Gut Health Protocol

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The Gut Health Protocol: A Nutritional Approach To Healing SIBO, Intestinal Candida, GERD, Gastritis, and other Gut Health Issues by John Herron offers a comprehensive approach toward healing health issues that begin in the gut, through the use of natural and alternative medicine treatment approaches. He offers a step-by-step strategy for healing the gut using dietary changes, self-care strategies, and specific supplements.


In addition to presenting a comprehensive "gut health protocol", Mr. Herron also offers targeted suggestions for a variety of digestive health problems, including:

About the Author

According to the book, John Herron is a person who has addressed his own severe gastrointestinal symptoms through the use of alternative medicine strategies. His dietary and supplement choices were guided by his own research into published medical and scientific studies. He runs the Gut Health Protocol Facebook group, in which members can discuss their own experiences with using alternative medicine options for dealing with their health problems.

Strong Points

  • The gut health protocol discussed is comprehensive and holistic.
  • Includes specific dietary change suggestions.
  • Provides research findings on a wide variety of over-the-counter supplements.
  • Includes links to specific scientific studies for each of his recommendations.


  • The author lacks formal education.
  • I found the organization of the book's chapters to be a little confusing.

Is This Book for You?

If you have not found adequate symptom relief for your gastrointestinal symptoms and are looking for an alternative medicine approach, this book is for you.

Mr. Herron's book reflects the approach to gut health that is recommended by many holistic health practitioners. 

Keep in mind that his plan is not an easy one. Some of the dietary changes might be quite difficult to maintain in the face of modern convenience foods. However, the social support that Mr. Herron provides with his Facebook group should help you to be more successful in following his recommendations.

The other important thing to keep in mind is that Mr. Herron's protocol is based on alternative medicine, not recommendations of the American Medical Association. Although Mr. Herron cites research when it is available, good quality clinical trial evidence is frequently absent when it comes to alternative medicine. It is difficult to conduct and fund studies on dietary changes and nutritional supplements. There are thus inherent risks in utilizing the strategies discussed in the book.

Should you decide that you would like to try the strategies outlined in The Gut Health Protocol, please discuss the options with your doctor first. Although your doctor may be skeptical about some of the options offered in the book, your doctor can at least provide some guidance as to whether any dietary change or nutritional supplement might be harmful for you, given your health history and current health status.

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