Chis and I have known each other for a while. He first contacted me way back when he was just making his Internet presence known, thinking I might be interested in a series on GERD he was doing. Being a lifelong sufferer myself, I checked it out, judged it reasonable, and promoted his series on the blog.
Since that time, I've seen his series referenced around and about more times that I can count. If it helped anyone and I played a role in that, then such is too cool.
In the meantime, I've had my many dramas as a result of my style and Chris is always pro, which I never fault. Everyone has every right to not be associated with me. Still, from time to time, and especially recently, Chris has been "unable to resist my allure." I wrote that while grinning. Hopefully, you get it.
Simple fact: he helps people personally, face to face or in whatever medium used to have a personal caregiver to individual relationship. And, I've met Chris personally and nothing I learned viscerally contradicted anything I assumed with less information. He's a standup pro and I've never had a moment or reason to think, assume, or judge otherwise.
Jeff Leach is leading the American Gut Project where, basically, they are getting poop samples from tons of people and mapping out the bacteria populations.