The Gut, Obesity, Your Immune System and The Origin of COVID-19

Jonno Proudfoot Podcast
The Gut, Obesity, Your Immune System and The Origin of COVID-19

Welcome to the very first episode of the Supper Heroes podcast.

In this episode, I chatted to Prof. Patrick Bouic about Immunology and COVID-19.

Patrick is a co-founder of Synexa Life Sciences and Extraordinary Professor of Immunology at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town.

Here is what came up:


  • What is immunology?
  • Is there a short way to explain how the immune system works?
  • How does herd immunity work?
  • Does Prof Bouic think COVID-19 a man-made virus?
  • Why is COVID taking out those with heart disease, diabetes and obesity?
  • Why aren’t ventilators helping?
  • What was Hippocrates trying to say when he said ‘All disease begins in the gut’
  • What can we do to boost immunity?
  • What tweaks would you make to the lockdown rules, if any?
  • He also unpacks what Hippocrates meant with another famous quote: It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.
  • Then we take a deeper look at macroeconomics and how food policy-makers and health policymakers should be talking to each other. 

Sit back, relax and get ready to have your mind blown

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