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  • Took Antibiotics-how to get the gut back?

    After a raging ear infection I had no choice but to take the devil pills. Any advice on how to invite the friendly gut bacteria back in?
    Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

    ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

  • #2
    Go to your local healthfood store and ask about probiotics. I think sauerkraut is also good but don't quote me on that.
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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    • #3
      If you do dairy - kefir and yogurt are great. You could also try kimchee - yummy and good for the gut! Sauerkraut made the old fashioned would help- but not the canned stuff in the grocery store.

      Good luck!
      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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      • #4
        Kimchi is a great probiotic. Also, yogurt (if you eat dairy). Some sauerkraut, although it needs to be a fermented type. The probiotic pills at your local health food store will do it too, but I like food sources when possible.
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        • #5
          Depending on the antibiotic you took and for how long, I would get real raw milk and kefir it. Theres about over 200 species sometimes in that stuff.

          Probiotics are great, but remember, you have over 150 species in your gut, and the 10 to 12 in a probiotic strain aren't going to do much other than provide favorable conditions for other friendly bacteria to proliferate.

          I suggest you take some of Dr. Ayers advice, eat unwashed and slighty dirty veggies, diversify them, and some of my own recommendations... drink a ton of raw milk and raw milk kefir if you can. Stop washing your hands so much, in fact ditch soap and shampoo for a bit. Less hygiene means you'll pick up more bacteria... dont worry this is not a bad thing.

          There is an article from the times about a woman who quit showering for 6 weeks and they found a ton of bacteria on her skin, but non of it was pathogenic. Her IBS was resolved also after the 6 weeks.

          I would order real kefir grains and kefir raw milk if you can, but pasturized will also do. Just do not do the store bought kefir or yogurt.

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          • #6
            Sadly raw milk is illegal in Colorado unless you actually own a share of a company. I don't want to do that because for the most part I don't eat dairy. Can you order it online? Also what about Kombucha?
            Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

            ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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            • #7
              Kombucha is good. If you go to Ebay, some people sell starters by mail.

              The real kind of apple cider vinegar is good as well. (The kind sold "with the mother" in the health food store.) Have some in warm water, maybe with a little honey in it. Old Amish habit.

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              • #8
                Fecal transplant?

                Started my journey on May 22, 2010:

                Beginning weight ~180
                Current weight ~145

                Nov. 9, 2009........Nov. 9, 2010.....Jun. 17, 2011
                LDL 155...............LDL 176............LDL 139
                HDL 39................HDL 66..............HDL 95
                TGL 154..............TGL 77..............TGL 49

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                • #9
                  Okay I am really hoping that was a joke. Grosser than gross.
                  Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

                  ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by me2 View Post
                    Okay I am really hoping that was a joke. Grosser than gross.
                    It's a joke in this context, but the procedure is definitely real.
                    Started my journey on May 22, 2010:

                    Beginning weight ~180
                    Current weight ~145

                    Nov. 9, 2009........Nov. 9, 2010.....Jun. 17, 2011
                    LDL 155...............LDL 176............LDL 139
                    HDL 39................HDL 66..............HDL 95
                    TGL 154..............TGL 77..............TGL 49

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                    • #11
                      Fecal transplant has about a ninety percent success rate is treating potentially life threatening c. diff overgrowth in the intestine.

                      http://www.webmd.com/news/20081030/c...y-to-get-worse

                      An increasing number of patients with autoimmune issues are also using fecal transplants to pass worm infections to help control disease.

                      The ick factor is huge....but as they say....desperate times call for desperate measures!
                      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                      • #12
                        Doctors obtain a stool sample from a healthy relative of the patient, typically a spouse, filter the sample, and infuse it into the C. difficile patient, typically via a nasal tube.
                        Nearly dry-heaved my dinner back up when I read that.

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                        • #13
                          You can laugh and scoff at fecal transplants but it is a seriously important procedure that I hope emerges as the norm after antibiotic treatment. You have no idea how important that gut flora and diversity is. Once it's gone, you are on the path to a lot of problems bigger than an ear infection.

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                          • #14
                            Before finding PB I was saving my money for a trip to Peru. Peru has endemic hookworm infection and by spending some time barefoot in rural areas you can pick up an infection. I have the same squeamish response to the thought of getting worms as anyone. But I had literally been on every drug available to treat my crippling arthritis, I had spent thousands of dollars on alternative treatments and tried dozens of diets. I could still barely get out of bed each day. People though I was joking, but The ONLY thing stopping me was finances....once I had the cash, I was heading for hookworms!

                            http://www.wormtherapy.com/products.html

                            Anyway - PB and some recently approved drugs have changed everything, but the worms are still on my emergency back up plan!
                            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                            http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                            • #15
                              I think I am good on intestinal worms & fecal transplants. For now I will stick to food based probiotics. Thanks guys.
                              Notebook of a Nutrition Nerd

                              ‘THE FOOD YOU EAT CAN BE THE SAFEST AND MOST POWERFUL FORM OF MEDICINE OR THE SLOWEST RELEASING POISON' - Dr Ann Wigmore.

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