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It is believed that the bitter taste and the bitter receptors that receive the bitter substance have predated the Neanderthal human. These ancient tastes one that has been theories to prevent toxic poisoning have now explored in recent research about the power of the bitter agents. There are over 50 types of bitter receptors in the human body, but only three types of sweet receptors. Herbalists and naturopathic and traditional healers have all understood the power of bitters to support digestion, easing bloating and gas, but the new model shows that bitters have a much wider role in health and disease. Could chronic thyroid disease, heart disease, and metabolic disease and diabetes be a bitter deficiency? Is our aversion to bitter foods and herbs hurting our health? In this talk, we will cover the emerging theories and look at the research that brings a new world of activity for the most ancient of tastes: Bitter.
**This presentation is worth 1 Category 1 CE credit, including 1 Pharmacology credit, for Washington-licensed NDs.**

(Originally presented May 7, 2023, at WANP's CONNECT 2023 conference.)