Tuesday, 2 September 2014

re my 2 previous posts about food- are we making our kids sick with food they love

government after government have allowed our food market to be flooded with junk food for decades, it is now at the point all control has been lost.

With two fast food  chains where does their meat come from and how is it treated i.e. Antibiotics etc. include dips and sauces and we have a cocktail of bad things for the gut and the gut needs to remain healthy allowing our immune system to work efficiently.

Are we feeding our kids hyper.

Bad foods include, pickles, mayonnaise, coffee, BBQ sause, hot sauces, salad dressings, dips because they usually contain fructose

Candida Diet Bad Foods You Should Avoid


Not only do these candida diet bad foods contribute to candida yeast infections but they also weaken the immune system. For instance, processed wheat and simple grains do not contain enough fiber to move them through the colon fast enough, so they sit in the colon too long and ferment. This fermentation process creates alcohol that causes over acidity and acidity kills good bacteria, your first line of defense against candida yeast. They are also converted quickly to sugar which feeds candida yeast during digestion.

Not only that, but we have been eating grains for only 10,000 years and we still cannot digest them. That is why all grains have to be cooked before we eat them. Although some of them are allowed after two to four weeks, I still would not eat them, but it's up to you.

Typically a meal of the standard American diet takes 100 hours to make its way through the body because of all the processed foods that we eat. On the other hand a person that eats a more naturally candida free diet, high in vegetable fiber, their meal only takes 20 to 45 hours and this keeps the colon at its neutral ph level. The food does not have the time to ferment and create alcohols that kill good bacteria. Vegetable fiber also feeds good bacteria and helps it to grow. Good bacteria are 75% of the human immune system, so they are very important.

All disease, bad bacteria and parasites thrive in an acidic environment because they lack oxygen and food is plentiful. Many people say that candida yeast does not like an alkaline environment. However, candida yeast has been found to grow in a ph range of 2.5 to 8.0, so it does not matter other than acidity kills your first line of defense against candida yeast: good bacteria.

However, this acidic fermenting toxicity slowly destroys the intestinal integrity of the walls of the intestine which can lead to leaky gut syndrome. Wheat also contains a protein that breakdowns the intestinal cell wall causing leaky gut. Leaky gut syndrome causes food allergies, skin rashes, breathing difficulties, hives and fevers to name a few.

A candida free diet full of fresh whole foods cleanses the colon and strengthens the intestinal walls. Also, vegetables and fruits feed the good bacteria that defend us from the foreign pathogens that are present in every one of us.

However, and this is a biggy: You must have good fats in your diet if you're going to avoid the major degenerative diseases of our time! Most of these good fats come from quality meats and fish. By quality I mean wild game, grass fed beef, buffalo, free-range chicken, mercury-free wild salmon and other fish.

It is best to double-check this candida free diet bad foods list against the good foods list because it is more complete. If you don't see a food listed on the good list, it should probably be avoided. However, if you double check the food in question against the carb and glycemic index and find it to be low, and also low in fructose, then it should be ok to eat.
Candida Diet Bad Foods List
Sugar and simple processed grains including wheat, corn, white rice, breads and pastas because sugar and simple carbs feed candida yeast. Also watch out for fructose, which has the same effect in the body as sugar.

High glycemic and moldy fruits should be avoided on the candida free diet because of the sugar or molds they contain.

Potatoes, legumes, and beets are candida diet bad foods because of the high starch and sugar content. Legumes also contain toxic alkaloids that defend the bean in the wild. Some of these alkaloids are cyanogens like cyanide. I think we all know just how poisonous cyanide is.

Yeasty foods like bread, pastries, alcohol, and hydrolyzed yeasts.

Breaded meats and egg substitutes are candida diet bad foods and should be avoided.

Eggs and margarine substitutes. Eggs may or may not cause a problem for you if you are not allergic to them. If you aren't allergic to eggs have them, but I would not eat them everyday. Also I would only eat eggs from free-range hens with the correct omega 3 fatty acid profile, I suggest Egg-land's Best.

Vinegars should be avoided and this includes pickles, green olives, soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, worcestershire sauce, pickled peppers, hot sauce, salad dressings, dips, mayonnaise because they usually contain fructose.

Peanuts and pistachios are candida diet bad foods because of (almost) universal mold contamination. Cashews should be avoided as well because they are actually a bean and are often moldy.

Diet and regular sodas, coffee, and chlorinated and fluoridated water. Herbal teas are ok and a cup or two of black tea won't hurt either.
Dairy, especially milk because it has been proven to cause blood sugar spikes. It is also so acidic it actually leeches calcium from the bones and teeth. Butter however is ok.

On the candida free diet it is a good idea to avoid shark, tuna, swordfish, and farm raised Atlantic salmon because of high mercury content. Candida yeast is an immune system response to mercury poisoning so you can see why this is important.

If you are having a problem figuring out what to eat, these cookbooks are pretty good.
Primal Cookbook
Quick and Easy Meals
I own these books and most, but not all, of the recipes are candida diet compliant.

There is also quite a few candida diet recipes on this page
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U.S. using amonia, bleach to kill the "24-hour sickness" in meat

NaturalNews) Modern "food" science, processed food and the chemical medicine industry all thrive on one theory: If something doesn't make you sick or kill you within 24 hours, then it's "safe."

This is simply not true. If you eat some fast food and get deathly sick 48 hours later, from food poisoning, E. coli, Salmonella or artificial hormone overload, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sue a company, corporation or even government entity that is responsible for controlling, manufacturing or regulating the safety of its production. The direct correlation between food-borne and chemical-medicine-borne disease and disorder seems to only boil down to whether or not your insurance covers the catastrophe.

Now, with vaccine manufacturers having their own court of law, with their own judges, it's almost impossible to sue for vaccine injury and win. With Monsanto having the biggest wallet in the world for paying attorneys to bury you in court, most farmers whose organic farms get contaminated with GMOs, or who become deathly sick from spreading Roundup around or walking through their infected CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) can do little to NOTHING to get redemption, compensation or even their lives and farms back to normal.

Genetically modified organisms are taking over the earth, slowly and methodically. DNA from insects invades food. DNA from bacteria and fungi are used to destroy bugs and weeds and also destroy human health and all the nutrients in conventional food. If you don't know this by now, and you consume GMOs regularly, you are probably developing cancer cells right now, pesticide in your gut and possibly tumors to try to contain it all. Going under the knife to cut out some "bad blood" could be your WORST option. Getting doses of toxic chemotherapy (Nazi-derived scam from 70 years ago) and dangerous radiation may make things worse. (http://www.naturalnews.com)

You need organic fruits, organic vegetables and spring water to survive and thrive. You need organic vitamins and minerals for healing, vitality and immunity. If you can't win in court, you can win in every store and farmers' market you frequent. Buy only organic food, and do NOT become a statistic in the next 24 hours, or in the next week, month, year, decade or century. You have complete control! (http://www.nongmoproject.org)

Mike Adams said it best: "According to corporate-sponsored prostitute-scientists, anything that doesn't kill you within seconds is automatically presumed to be safe. All long-term implications of the chemical or technology are willfully swept under the rug and ignored [emphasis added]. Corporations lean on government regulators until the cover-up becomes policy. At that point, both government and industry become active collaborators in the mass poisoning of the human race."
(http://www.naturalnews.com)

Ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the "24-hour sickness"

Most conventional "red" meat is bleached or ammonia-treated to kill the E. coli and then dyed back pink, like with hamburger and steak, to look attractive in the butcher's window. They want to believe that the meat just shows up magically, without all the horrific processing and inhumane living quarters. Usually, there's a picture or two over the meat section of some happy cows wandering the pasture, waiting to "help out" with the humans' meat and milk "consumption problem." But in actuality, it's GMOs on top of GMOs, because these are the cows fed genetically modified corn meal and GM alfalfa to begin with.
(http://www.naturalnews.com)

Live for today and tomorrow - don't poison your "soul" with GMO

What do corporate farms do to their conventional meat, milk and eggs to kill the bacteria, the viruses and the superbugs -- so people don't get sick in 24 hours or less after consumption? They treat it with chemicals. It's simple. Don't get sued and it doesn't matter if people die of cancer later, because they "won't be able to prove it." Corporations know that, if you can't make a direct correlation to the toxins in their foods and processing methods, you can't win in court. So they don't care. They don't care about human health or sustainability. They don't care about the soil or the future of agriculture. All corporations care about is the bottom line -- profits! Besides, they can always just go bankrupt if they have to, get bailed out by Big Government and open up under some new LLC name. Welcome to fast food and early death in America. Just say no!


Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044504_meat_processing_antibiotics_ammonia.html#ixzz3C9QHTwlW

Neurotransmitters - Candida - Nicotine - Caffeine - Cannabis

Neurotransmitters and Your Health

Neurotransmitters are essential chemical messengers used by neurons in the brain to send and receive electro-chemical signals within the brain and facilitate communication with all the other organ systems in the body. These powerful neurochemicals are responsible for regulating practically all functions in life, such as cognitive, physical and mental performance, sleep cycle, weight, pain perception and response and our emotional states.
Essentially they are the communication system of the mind, body and nervous system. To get a good picture in your head of what this means, you can think of your telephone service. A complex web of interconnections that allows communication to take place. Neurotransmitters literally govern every system in the body either directly or indirectly.
Even your spiritual health is greatly affected by your neurotransmitters, as it can be very difficult to achieve inner peace and find meaning and purpose in life when neuortransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, endorphins and GABA are not sufficient or are disrupted or norepinephrine is in excess.
Research tells us that deficiencies, imbalances, disruption or malfunctioning of neurotransmitters is extremely common in our society and is at the root of many of common health conditions, because when neurotransmitters are not functioning properly then the mind and body do not communicate effectively. When communication malfunctions, then organ systems don't function as they should. This results in a variety of undesirable symptoms both physically and psychologically. Recent research suggests that approximately eight out of ten people suffer from some form of neurotransmitter imbalance.

Symptoms of Neurotransmitter Imbalances or Neurotransmitter Deficiency

There are many symptoms as a result of neurotransmitter imbalances or neurotransmitter deficiency, but these are some of the most common:
It's also important to note the symptoms of neurotransmitter imbalances or deficiencies overlap with many other conditions like adrenal fatigue, thyroid problems and hormone imbalances, so neurotransmitter testing or screening is always recommended to rule out other possibilities.

What Causes Neurotransmitter Deficiency, Imbalance or Malfunctioning

There are eight primary causes of neurotransmitter deficiency, imbalance and malfunction:
1. Alcohol, mind-altering drugs and nicotine (This includes both recreational and prescription based. Including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, anti-depressants etc.)

Alcohol and drugs are a catch 22. Many people with neurotransmitter imbalances or deficiencies often turn to alcohol and drugs to counteract or soothe the symptoms they are having from an already existing imbalance or deficiency and although initially they provide some relief, they ultimately damage and deplete neurotransmitters even more. Anyone with neurotransmitter issues is at extremely high risk of addiction. On the other hand, the use of drugs and alcohol cause neurotransmitter depletion as they overstimulate them to the point that the brain stops producing them.
2. Diet
Sugar and caffeine are the two most detrimental foods for neurotransmitters, because they have a similar effect on the brain as hard drugs, but so is white flour and other refined junk food. A diet that is low in protein or high in complex carbohydrates is also a major contributor. Vegetarians are particularly vulnerable to neurotransmitter deficiencies because of the lack of meat protein that provides all the essential amino acids we need.
3. Environmental toxins
Common everyday chemicals found in most peoples homes like perfume, cologne, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, housing construction, personal care products, carpeting, pesticides, herbicides, nail polish, laundry soap, fabric softener, clothing etc., have a serious impact on neurotransmitters, because they can land on receptors and/or inhibit production.
4. Chronic stress
High levels of ongoing stress also cause malfunctioning and depletion of neurotransmitters. This can be the result of a high stress lifestyle that doesn't ease up or stressful circumstances you must endure like a demanding job, poverty, dysfunctional relationships, abuse, violence, chronic illness etc.
If you lived with child abuse or neglect as a child, chances are very great that your neurotransmitters are out of balance and/or deficient. The same applies to prisoners of war, victims of violence, victims of a natural disaster, civilians living in a war zone, and war veterans. For example, PTSD is the result of neurotransmitter disruption.
5. Genetics
Some people are born without certain enzymes that are needed to synthesize neurotransmitters which results in deficiencies or malfunctioning neurotransmitters.
6. Nutritional deficiencies
Adequate levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids are crucial for the production and regulation of neurotransmitters. As much as 80% of the population has nutritional deficiencies. Amino acid deficiencies is the primary nutrient needed for the production of neurotransmitters as well as healthy fats. Amino acid deficiencies are extremely common because they are derived from protein and most of the population is not eating enough protein.
7. Candida overgrowth
The overgrowth of Candida yeast is extremely common in our society and it too alters and disrupts the functioning of neurotransmitters. Other unfriendly organisms like bacteria and parasites may interfere in neurotransmitter function as well.
8. Food allergies and sensitivities
Undiagnosed food allergies and sensitivities can inhibit or stimulate neurotransmitter activity.

Steps to Improve Production & Functioning of Neurotransmitters

  • No smoking

  • No drinking or drugs (including marijuana)

  • No sugar

  • No caffeine

  • No chocolate

  • No white flour and other junk food

  • Keep blood sugar stable

  • Eat lots of animal protein and moderate amounts of fat. Read this page for more info on the diet that will help replenish neurotransmitters.

  • Identify food allergies and sensitivities and adjust diet accordingly

  • Regular exercise - but not too strenuous or excessive. Excessive exercise can actually deplete neurotransmitters, so exercise should be mild.

  • Practice mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation, communing with nature and other spiritually fulfilling activities like prayer, yoga, daily walks, humor, art, music, making love, nurturing relationships, writing and public service.

  • Reduce environmental toxins in your living space and work environment

  • Address Candida overgrowth and other unfriendly organisms

  • Get adequate sunlight

  • Reduce stress and adopt daily stress management techniques

  • Get adequate sleep

  • Identify nutritional deficiencies and address with supplementation accordingly

  • Amino Acid Therapy -- Once extensive neurotransmitter depletion has occurred it is sometimes difficult to replenish them through diet and lifestyle changes alone. Many practitioners prescribe amino acid supplements that may include GABA, tryptophan, tyrosine, glutamine, DPA, DLPA, l-theanine or 5-HTP, depending on what your symptoms are. GABA, l-theanine and glutamine increase your GABA, tryptophan and 5-HTP increase your serotonin levels, DPA or DLPA increase endorphins and tyrosine increases your norepinephrine and dopamine. A balanced amino acid supplement is often required as well along with their specific cofactors. Amino acids are the building blocks for neurotransmitters. The amino acids are usually taken in conjunction with a variety of other vitamins and minerals because they work together and need each other to make the brain function as it should. For example, pyridoxal-5-phosphate is needed for the conversion of tryptophan to serotonin.

    It’s very important to be aware that natural therapies can be just as powerful as a prescription drug and should be taken seriously.Before engaging in these types of therapies, I encourage you to always do your homework, work with a provider who has extensive knowledge in amino acid therapy and have a thorough understanding of all that is involved and all possible outcomes. Each system in the body is interconnected. When you try to jump start one system and other systems are not functioning as they should, it can result in something totally unexpected and actually result in the exact opposite effect

    For example 5-HTP increases cortisol, which can be detrimental to someone who has adrenal issues. Glutamine suppresses cortisol and increases glutamate, which is an excitatory neurotransmitter. This can be detrimental to someone with adrenal exhaustion and someone who has excitatory neurotransmitters that are too high and experiencing anxiety. Personally, I had very bad experiences with both 5-HTP and glutamine, as well as a product called l-theanine, which increases GABA, because they crashed my adrenals and overstimulated by excitatory neurotransmitters, which resulted in an exacerbation of a variety of symptoms and provoked new symptoms I didn't even have prior to taking them. They all worked in the opposite direction for me and were counterproductive. I hear regularly from other people who have had similar experiences. This doesn't mean it will happy to you, but it does mean you should be aware and cautious. (Please read all my precautions further below.)

    Common prescription drugs on the market that are used for depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s, hyperactivity, OCD, etc., work by altering the neurotransmitters in the brain; when you hear a disorder described as a “chemical imbalance” the chemicals they are referring to are neurotransmitters. However, the problem with prescription drugs is that in the long run they actually make the problem worse. They deplete the neurotransmitters even more and create even more imbalance. Amino acids give the body what it’s missing naturally. They heal and restore balance to the neurotransmitters.

    Sometimes it may be impossible to keep neurotransmitters in balance without ongoing supplementation. As we learned earlier, environmental toxins, stress, Candida, diet, etc., all have a negative effect on and deplete neurotransmitters; and some of these factors, like environmental toxins or excessive stress, may be out of our control and continually throw our neurotransmitters out of balance. If the neurotransmitter deficiency is the result of genetics, it may be necessary to continue to replenish them through amino acid supplements as well.
Hormones and Adrenals
Neurotransmitters also work in conjunction with hormones and adrenal glands, so it is also helpful to evaluate these levels as well. Hormones and adrenal glands need balanced neurotransmitters to function properly and neurotransmitters are also impacted by hormone levels and adrenal functioning. Their relationship is reciprocal. In order to get one functioning properly, balance needs to be restored in each.
All systems in the body work in conjunction with one another and affect each other and certain neurotransmitters also impact adrenal functioning. Hormones have a profound impact on neurotransmitters and vice versa. If these systems aren't functioning adequately, additional support may be necessary.
Please see the other fact sheets on Adrenal Fatigue and Hormone Imbalance for more information on these topics.

Neurotransmitter Testing and Screening

One of the most popular methods used by practitioners to test neurotransmitter levels is a urine test that measures the actual levels of neurotransmitters in the urine. A company called NeuroScience is one of the leaders with this method.
However, I learned in an article in the Townsend letter titled, Urinary Neurotransmitter Testing: Problems and Alternatives, by Julia Ross, M.A., founder of Recovery Systems in Northern California, that this type of urine testing is not very reliable. She cites a study that states "levels of neurotransmitters in urine vary rapidly in reaction to both stress, chemistry and diet-related (especially pH) changes." When urine testing was compared to cerebrospinal fluid, which is well known to be the most accurate method for measuring neurotransmitters, results did not correspond. Additionally, Julia states that this is what has found to be true in her own recovery center. She also feels that using a screening tool that she designed that asks a variety of questions is just as reliable as a lab test. Dr. Charles Gant, of the Academy of Functional Medicine, tells us that the level of neurotransmitters in the blood or urine tell us nothing about what is going on in the brain. He recommends testing for the neurotransmitter precursors (aminos, b vitamins, minerals and fatty acids) and neurotransmitter metabolites through an Organic Acids test an Amino Acid Plasma and an RBC mineral test. However, he also uses a written questionnaire that he designed as a screening tool as well. If you have the funds, I recommend testing all the precursors and metabolites. If not, then the screening tool will be beneficial.
Although random supplementation with amino acids may be helpful for some people, the most effective approach is to be tested and know exactly which neurotransmitters you are deficient in and take the supplements that are needed for your specific body chemistry. Taking too much of amino acid or supplement when you don't need it can put the neurotransmitters further out of balance and create new problems. Either way, lab tests or screening tests should always be used as a guide and not a God.
Additionally, amino acids must be accompanied by their vitamin and mineral co-factors or they are ineffective. So, for example, if you are deficient in vitamin B6, which is needed to make the conversion from tryptophan to serotonin, then tryptophan by itself will not be effective. Knowing which neurotransmitters are out of balance is also important because they work together and sometimes one is the precursor to another.
It's also really crucial to know what your goals are, because even amino acids and herbs can be counterproductive if you don't know what you're trying to address. If you're trying to decrease levels of norepinephrine and increase serotonin at the same time then some supplements are not the best choice.
For example, St. John's Wort is a popular herb used to treat depression, however it is not good for someone with excessively high levels of norepinephrine, because it also increases norepinephrine. Melatonin which is often used to help people sleep will also increase norepinephrine levels and tyrosine will also increase norepinephrine, so anyone with high levels of norepinephrine would not want to take these products. So if you try to address a depression problem and aren't aware you have high levels of norepinephrine as well, then the product you take could be counterproductive and exacerbate some of your symptoms.
Dosage is important as well. The amount of particular nutrients needed varies from person to person depending on biochemistry. Taking an amino acid supplement from the health food store without some guidance from a professional may not have the correct dosage or combination of nutrients needed for your body.
I cannot stress enough, how important it is to work with a knowledgeable health provider anytime you take a product like Sam-e, 5-HTP, St. John's Wort or any amino acid, herbal or nutritional formula that manipulates neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are a very complex issue with many variables to take into account.

Contact Me Today for Your Individualized Neurotransmitter Screening

If you can't afford lab tests, I offer a simple questionnaire that will give you a fairly accurate portrait of your neurotransmitter levels. However, lab tests are always preferred when possible. I offer a full array of lab tests for a more accurate and thorough snapshot of your biochemistry, all of which can be ordered online without a visit to the doctor.Get Started Today
PLEASE NOTE: Manipulating neurotransmitters, whether it is by natural means or pharmaceutical drugs, is serious business. Not everyone responds to nutritional therapy in the same manner and negative effects are possible. In my opinion, amino acid therapy should only be done under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider with a high level of expertise in neurotransmitter therapy. Be sure to communicate all changes in mood, behavior and physical functioning. Always inform friends and family members anytime you begin a new treatment method, so they can watch for changes in mood or behavior that you may not be aware of because of altered perception.

In my opinion, stress causes Candida, Candida causes Cancer and I took Garlic suppliment and diet to help create Candida die off


Why irradiate food - inhibit sprouting of vegetables, fruit stays fresh for longer, kills bacteria parasites, USDA approved, on meats - but is it a wise thing to do???????

 
Why irradiate foods?

Food is irradiated to make it safer and more resistant to spoilage. Irradiation destroys insects, fungi that cause food to spoil, or bacteria that cause food borne illness. Irradiation makes it possible to keep food longer and in better condition. Food irradiation is an alternative to some chemical treatments in crop storage. It provides higher quality fruit from insect quarantine areas. Food Irradiation is not a cure-all for all food problems. Proper handling and storage by the food industry and the consumer are still important.

Spices and Herbs

Most herbs and spices are grown outside, resulting in a large number of microorganisms, some of which could be hazardous to health. Herbs and spices also could carry insects or insect eggs. Because heat treatment can cause significant loss of flavor and aroma, a "cold" process is necessary. Most spices and herbs are fumigated, usually with ethylene oxide to destroy these contaminates. This fumigant is being phased out for environmental and health reasons. Irradiation is as effective without the environmental concerns of fumigants.

A very low-dose irradiation treatment inhibits sprouting of vegetables such as potatoes, yams, onions, garlic, ginger, and chestnuts, and can replace chemicals that are currently used for this purpose.
Some fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer. Irradiated strawberries, for example, retain quality for over two weeks.
 

Fruits and Vegetables
Grains that are insect free without the use of fumigants in storage. Low-dose irradiation can kill or sterilize all the developmental stages of insects pests in grain. Dried fruits, vegetables, and nuts are liable to insect attack, and some cannot be effectively disinfected by chemical or physical means other than irradiation.
Food irradiation leaves no protective residues, so proper packaging is needed to prevent recontamination by insects or microorganisms.


Starfruit
 
High quality tropical and semitropical fruit from the Mediterranean fruit fly or other pests quarantine areas. Irradiation disinfestation can increase trade in certain tropical fruits, such as citrus fruit, mangoes, and papayas. Food irradiation offers a residue-free means of preventing the importation of harmful insects, such as the Mediterranean fruit fly. Irradiation treatment offers an alternative to fumigation to satisfy the quarantine regulations in a number of countries.
Meat, Poultry, and Pork
Food irradiation makes food safer by destroying microorganisms that can cause food poisoning and parasites that can cause disease. At low-to-medium dose levels, food irradiation kills Salmonellaand Campylobacter. These bacteria are common in poultry and can cause human gastrointestinal disease via the poultry itself when it is not thoroughly cooked, or through cross contamination of other foods in the kitchen. Irradiation also destroys E. coli 0157:H7, a highly virulent bacteria responsible for illness and death and other pathogenic bacteria.
Food irradiation also kills other bacteria that cause disease as well as the parasite Trichinella spiralis found in some under cooked pork which can lead to trichinosis in humans.
Meat safety has received increased attention following the 1993 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control, E. coli is estimated to cause 62,458 illnesses, 1843 hospitalizations and 52 deaths yearly.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mandated ground beef microbiological sampling procedures, and new handling procedures. Health professionals and the food industry are examining several processes which can improve the hygienic quality of animal products, including food irradiation. Irradiation can serve as a pasteurization treatment for solid foods like meat, just as heat pasteurizes liquid foods, like milk and juice.

 
Food irradiation is not a cure-all for all food problems. Proper handling and storage by the consumer are still important.

Because irradiation destroys disease-causing bacteria, the process has been used by hospitals to sterilize food for immune-compromised patients and it is used by astronauts in space when food borne illness would be a significant inconvenience.
 

SIBO, IBS, Candida-and the importance of Garlic and the irradiated at USDA border - interesting

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, Part Eight: Treatment Options For SIBO


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Leaping for joy because his SIBO is gone!

This is the eighth and last installment of the Syontix series on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). In this post, I want to talk about treatment options for SIBO.
Antibiotics
Assuming you test positive for SIBO what’s next? Well, the standard course of medical treatment involves antibiotics. The problem for the physician, however, is determining which antibiotic to choose.
What works against one type of pathogen may not work against another. And since it’s rarely just one type of pathogen causing SIBO, the options can get complicated. Throw in yeast issues and the treatment conundrum gets worse. For this reason, there is no common agreement about the choice, the dosage or how long to prescribe a course of antibiotics. A perfect illustration that medicine is as much art as science.
Long-term, broad-spectrum antibiotic use is not an ideal choice as they are more likely to cause a growth of pathogenic bacteria like Clostridium difficile, a blooming of Candida albicans and potentially lead to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the patient.
Tetracycline was the treatment of choice for a long time but in one clinical trial, only 3 out of 11 subjects experienced a normalization in their breath tests after their course was finished. Granted, this is a very small trial, but so are most of the studies examining SIBO treatments.
Other antibiotics that have shown promise include amoxicillin-clavulanic acid, ciproflaxacin, chloramphenicol, doxycycline, metronidazole, neomycin, norfloaxin, trimethroprim-sulfamethoazole and rifaximin.
Of these, rifaximin (brand name Xifaxan) has shown the most promise in clinical trials for treating SIBO in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers. It’s a semi-synthetic antibiotic that is usually given for 7 to 10 days. Depending on the clinical trial referenced, symptoms improve for 33% to 92% of participants taking it and rifaximin completely eradicates overgrowth in 80% of infections.
As with any drug, there are side effects involved with taking any antibiotic which I’ve covered in a previous post. So I recommend that you supplement with a good probiotic and prebiotic while taking them.
Even though I’m a huge fan of fermented, probiotic-rich foods, there is no way these foods will replenish your gut flora quickly enough to counteract the effects of a course of antibiotics. You can read why here. Look at probiotic-rich foods as a long-term dietary strategy to keep your gut flora happy, not as a quick way to repopulate your gut with beneficial organisms.
As I mentioned in the first post in this series, yeast overgrowth is likely also part of SIBO. Not for everyone, but for a sizeable number. When beneficial gut flora populations are disordered, not only is there an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, it’s also not unusual for resident yeast populations to overgrow as well.
If you have genital yeast issues (vaginal yeast in woman, jock itch in men) or a white coating on your tongue (thrush), alert your doctor so that an appropriate anti-fungal is made part of your treatment protocol.
Probiotics and Prebiotics
SIBO is impossible without disruption to our beneficial gut flora; disruptions caused by many things like licit and illicit drug use, binge drinking, stress, diet, viral and bacterial infections, etc.
So the interest in using probiotics and prebiotics for treating SIBO is growing but is it scientifically valid?
In the case of prebiotics, scientific evidence for its beneficial use is scanty at best. There currently are no large randomized controlled trials in the literature to answer this question but hopefully this will soon change.
As you may recall from my post on prebiotics, I consider them fertilizer for Bifidobacterium in the colon. By feeding your friendly colonic bacteria, they grow and outcompete other colonic pathogens. However, the main locus of action for prebiotics is in the colon, not the small intestine.
Nevertheless, many cases of SIBO are due to gram-negative bacteria migrating from the colon. So I can see a definite benefit in encouraging the growth of bifidobacteria to control the spread of these pathogens. But whether encouraging these colonic species can help correct an existing case of SIBO is still unresolved.
The research on probiotics is far more promising. I’ve covered many of the functions of beneficial bacteria here but let me quickly recap.
As in the colon, beneficial bacteria outcompete pathogens for both food and attachment sites. Unlike the colon, however, the predominant species in the small intestine is Lactobacillus.
Lactobacillus strains, like Bifidobacterium, produce lactic acid to make the small intestine inhospitable to pathogens. They also produce antimicrobials that directly target harmful bacteria. They strengthen the gut’s immune response to infection by communicating with the structures that form the gut-associated lymphoid tissue or GALT system. They strengthen the gut wall preventing translocation of pathogens to systemic circulation. They exert a strong anti-inflammatory effect along the gut wall. And since they regulate the growth cycle of the absorptive cells that line the small intestine, they are absolutely essential to digestive health and your eventual recovery through diet.
This doesn’t exhaust all their vital function, but it’s enough for the purposes of this post.
In one small randomized clinical trial among 12 patients, administering Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus acidophilus proved effective against bacterial overgrowth that resulted in chronic diarrhea. However, Lactobacillus fermentum proved ineffective. Just like antibiotics, probiotic strains differ in their actions against harmful bacteria.
Speaking from personal experience, probiotics and prebiotics along with eliminating gluten went a long way in reducing my IBS symptoms. Unfortunately, I still had lingering issues. This was well before I developed Syontix Probiotics Ultra, however.
This could have been because the brand of probiotics I took came in enteric-coated capsules. There’s a real question about how effective these types of capsules are in protecting probiotic bacteria from stomach acid. That is the reason I didn’t rely on enteric coating for Syontix probiotics.
It’s also possible that the probiotics I purchased were mostly dead by the time I took them even though they were nicely shelved in a refrigerated case in the store. When buying probiotics requiring refrigeration, the consumer has absolutely no way of knowing whether they were properly handled once they left the manufacturer.
Finally, it could be that probiotics are not effective against an existing intestinal infection once it’s established.
If anyone out there has successfully treated their SIBO using only probiotics or prebiotics or fermented probiotic-rich food, I would love to read your story in the comments section.
Garlic
As many of you already know, I was never officially diagnosed with SIBO, “just” irritable bowel syndrome. My doctors–yes there was more than one–ordered many tests that led to my diagnoses of IBS but no one ever thought to test me for SIBO. I certainly had never heard of SIBO so I didn’t know to ask to be tested. As previously mentioned, not being screened for SIBO when diagnosed with IBS is all too common in this country.
So with nothing but a newly minted IBS diagnosis to my name, I began my search for answers, first online and afterwards at the local university science library. It was then that I discovered I had all the classic signs of someone suffering from a small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
I considered calling my physician and requesting a referral to a gastroenterologist for a hydrogen breath test, but by this point I was so tired and discouraged with the medical system, I decided to try garlic instead.
Why garlic? Because of its well-known antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic properties. I figured if I did have SIBO and a yeast overgrowth why not give it a shot? If it didn’t work, I could always make the request to see a gastroenterologist later.
*****ALERT*****
THIS IS IN NO WAY A RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU DO THE SAME. 
Let me be crystal clear and say this is what I felt was right for me at the time, not what I’m recommending to anyone reading this blog. As the disclaimer statement to the right reads, I’m not a medical doctor nor do I play one on the internet.
I also didn’t attempt this until after I had been given a series of tests by my doctor(s) that ruled out a lot of other conditions, including parasites. It was only after they told me that I had IBS, but was given no other advice other than to watch my stress levels and eat plenty of fiber (?!?!?), that I embarked on this experiment.
So what follows is my experience using raw-organic garlic to treat my IBS and what I believe was SIBO and yeast overgrowth.
During the first week, I took a garlic supplement but apart from some bad breath, I didn’t notice anything different other than that my wallet was lighter than before. So I decided to try the real deal. Another benefit of raw garlic is that it has inulin, and I figured it would at least feed my bifidobacteria if nothing else.
I had read that imported garlic was likely irradiated by the USDA at the border. Unfortunately, irradiation kills the enzyme allinase and it’s this enzyme that is responsible for forming the active ingredient allicin when a clove of garlic is crushed or chopped. So I was careful to use only organic garlic that I sourced from a local health-food store or farmer’s market.
I knew I had to eat it raw to derive any benefit but wasn’t looking forward to it. I love garlic but eating it raw can be a bit much, but unfortunately, there was no way around this. I used a garlic press to crush one to two cloves into a glass, added plain water and waited for a minimum of 15 minutes before swallowing to allow the allicin time to strengthen.
Please note that a clove is one small piece of a garlic bulb. I once told this story to someone who will remain anonymous, and they went home and tried to eat a whole bulb of garlic instead. Mother of God! Are you crazy I exclaimed? I’m shocked they could get most of it down without vomiting!
I soon learned it was best to take this garlic “juice” on a full stomach or risk nausea. I did this after each meal, including breakfast, if you can imagine, for about seven days. So what happened?
Well, at first I felt a lot of stomach discomfort and rumbling. Then the need to go to the bathroom became overwhelming. It was not unusual to experience cramping as well. And what showed up in the toilet was like nothing I had ever seen before or since. I can only describe it as fudge-like in consistency with a very reddish-brown hue. I’ll leave it at that.
This went on for several days until my stools returned to normal. By then all of my IBS symptoms totally disappeared. I was shocked to say the least as nothing else had worked until then. What the garlic killed is still a mystery to me. Was it bacterial or fungal or both? I don’t know or really care. I was just happy it, whatever “it” was, was finally gone. I have not seen a doctor for anything other than a physical in the last two years.
Nonetheless, there were some definite unpleasant side effects.
The lingering garlic taste in my mouth and strong garlic body odor was a big issue. I noticed people giving me a wide berth when they approached me. Heck, even my dog Tahoe was less likely to get near me, and she can’t stand being alone! On the plus side there wasn’t a chance in hell a flea or vampire was going to suck my blood during this garlic fest.
As with any herbal medicine, there’s no way of knowing how much of the active ingredient you’re actually getting. I noticed that my reaction would vary with cloves from different bulbs. Some bulbs would be stronger than others. No doubt this is due to differences in how they were grown and the time since harvest. Unlike a prescription drug, there is just no way to control for this.
As mentioned there was stomach upset, cramping and unpredictable visits to the bathroom. Lucky for me, I work out of my home, but if I didn’t, I don’t think I would have chanced it, at least not during the work week.
The amount of inulin in garlic is also unpredictable so at times gas produced in the colon due to fermentation was made worse.
I also learned to not take it anywhere near bedtime or the rumbling/cramping/bathroom dashing would keep me up for part of the night.
Garlic is also a broad-spectrum antibiotic and like any broad-spectrum antibiotic, there may be risks in developing resistant bacteria or harming beneficial gut flora with long-term use although some debate this. However, I only took it for about a week, and to avoid any possible harm to my gut flora I continued taking probiotics.
So that, dear reader, was my experience with taking garlic for my IBS. As I said, I’m not recommending you try this only that it was the treatment option that worked for me.
(I’ve posted a new article on garlic here – 3/14/13)
Prognosis
Once a case of SIBO is successfully treated, how permanent is the treatment?
Sorry to say the figures aren’t encouraging as relapse rates are high. In one study that followed 80 patients prescribed rifaximan, 35 people or 44% had a recurrence of SIBO within nine months after successful treatment. God only knows how many had a recurrence after nine months.
These figures are even worse if you’re older, have had an appendectomy, have short-bowel syndrome or continue taking proton-pump inhibitors. No doubt diet plays a huge factor in relapse so if you haven’t read my posts on dietary causes predisposing to SIBO please do so. You can read them here, here and here.
Final Words
Those who’ve suffered with IBS or SIBO know it’s no walk in the park. Whether you stay free of SIBO once cured will largely come down to staying away from those factors that impair gastric barrier function, slow intestinal peristalsis and harm your beneficial gut flora. Not all of these factors are within your control. Previous surgical operations, radiation therapy, AIDS and cystic fibrosis are just some examples of this.
Nevertheless, many of the predisposing factors I’ve outlined in this series are within your control. I credit changes to my diet and staying away from these non-dietary causes for remaining IBS free for over two years. I hope sharing my experience and knowledge with you leads you to the same place.
To your health!

References:
Bergner, P. (1996). The Healing Power of Garlic. USA: Prima Health.
Bures J., Cyrany J., Kohoutova D., et al. (2010) Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth syndrome. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 16(24): 2978-90.
Quigley E. M. M., Quera R. (2006). Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth: Roles of Antibiotics, Prebiotics and Probiotics. Gastroenterology, 130: S78-S90.

15 Responses to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, Part Eight: Treatment Options For SIBO

  • Evan says:
    Hi Ray,
    I’ve been slowly reading through all of your articles on SIBO, very informative and big thanks!
    Having learned more about SIBO in the last few months, it seems to make the most sense as to what’s causing my health issues. Despite being the healthiest eater I know, I still have IBS and really poor, dry skin (keratosis pilaris -KP). Taking supplements like zinc & vitamin A help slightly, but I know things aren’t getting absorbed like they should. Interestingly, I’m the only one if my family with a “bad case” of KP, and also happen to be the one that received the most antibiotics (for ear infections) as a child. They seemed to have had a pretty negative effect on my gut flora and it’s never recovered.
    • Ray Medina says:
      Hi Evan,
      Thanks for commenting. Hopefully you can find something in this series of posts to help you. As I mentioned, I too was eating a nutrient-dense diet along the lines of one recommended by the Weston A. Price Foundation but still had many issues. At the end of the day, if you can’t digest your food properly, nutrient density or supplements will only take you so far.
      Your dry skin screams fat malabsorption to me. That was a big issue for me as well and no dermatologist I ever saw ever considered fat malabsorption as a possible cause.
      Those digestive cells in the small intestine need to be free of pathogens, especially gram-negative bacteria, in order to work like they are supposed to. And once clear of the infection, it’s Lactobacillus bacteria that keeps them healthy in the absence of predisposing dietary factors.
      My guess is like me, you were afflicted with gut dysbiosis at a very early age and paid the price with repeated ear and other infections. The problem was further compounded by repeated courses of antibiotics and diet.
      If you do have SIBO, your goal is to get rid of it and find out what in your diet may be predisposing you to it so that clearing up the infection is not in vain. Of the dietary factors I blogged about, the two biggest culprits are gluten grains and binge drinking.
      SIBO and IBS can be beat. I’m now 52 and have never felt better or more nourished in my life.
      Good luck!
  • Evan says:
    Thanks Ray. Great to hear to that you’ve had success and awesome that you’re sharing it with others.
    I used to often ask about fat malabsorption on forums, but no one was ever able to give me a good explanation & they usually recommended I eat more of the fat-soluable vitamins (which I was and still am doing.) Also, every time I eat too much fat it goes right though me & I’m very thin. I know many people would love to have the issue of not being able to gain fat, but having poor skin is definitely a negative.
    I look forward to reading through the rest of your articles and learning more. I’ve had extensive testing done in the last few months which didn’t reveal much except IBS. Also have been gluten-free for several years, very rarely ever drink (wine), no industrial oils, avoid gmos, etc….but not much improvement.
    Dr. Dahlman has a protocol for SIBO with 2 different supplements that kill the overgrowth. I may go with that and then look into taking your probiotics.
  • Susi says:
    Thank you! Your information is great! I loved reading your series. Unfortunately I cannot tolerate garlic. :( Trying to get xifaxan at the moment. Glad to know your nightmare ended!
    • Ray Medina says:
      Hi and thanks for commenting!
      Yes, garlic is not for everyone which is why I was careful to note that while it worked for me it may not be right for anyone else. Just make sure you add probiotics and prebiotics to your routine. Correcting gut dysbiosis is pretty much impossible without nurturing your friendly gut flora.
      I wish you luck and look forward to hearing how your recovery progresses.
      Ray
  • RS says:
    Hi Ray
    Thanks for all the information on your website. Its been very helpful. So I’ve been struggling to get a diagnosis for my digestive issues and my docs have no idea what is wrong with me. In the meantime, I am unable to tolerate any food but bone broth and some boiled meat. I was thinking of trying the garlic treatment. What diet would you recommend while doing the garlic?
    Thanks
    RS
  • Spartu says:
    Hi Ray,
    If one needs to take antibiotics, Doxy for a month, beside probiotics, do you think Inulin is a must as well?
    I have your probiotics already, can I take it 3 times a day while on Doxy?
    Thanks.
    • Ray Medina says:
      Hi Spartu,
      Yes, I think prebiotics are essential. You want to provide bifidobacteria in your colon with their preferred food so they can grow and produce three vitally important short-chain fatty acids: butyrate, acetate and propionate. Of the three, butyrate will nourish intestinal cells to prevent translocation of gut pathogens to systemic circulation, aka endotoxemia. My latest post details how acetate and propionate are important for blood pressure regulation.
      As for the probioitcs, twice a day should be sufficient. Just make sure to take the probiotics away from your antibiotic dose. If you antibiotic dose is 8 hours apart, take the probiotic 4 hours after and 4 hours before your next antiobiotic pill.
      If you are not currently on anti-fungal medication, I would strongly advise taking one diced clove of raw, organic garlic in water daily as I described in this post to prevent a fungal overgrowth. Candida overgrowth is a typically unfortunate side effect of antibiotic use.
  • ingrid says:
    Ray,
    did you have bloating that was cured when you did the raw garlic remedy? Have you had symptoms return?
    thanks
    • Ray Medina says:
      Hi Ingrid,
      I had bloating, constipation alternating with diarrhea, dry skin, and insomnia. The garlic was the only thing that worked for me coupled with probiotics and prebiotics.
      Symptoms have never returned. I’m still taking prebiotics daily and probiotics during the cold/flu season, when I travel or if I’m under a lot of stress. I consume one clove of raw garlic in water daily to prevent problems.
      I’m also gluten-free. While not a celiac, I’m very gluten sensitive so I avoid wheat flour like the plaque. I advise the same for anyone with gastrointestinal issues.
  • ing says:
    thanks Ray, your symptoms were the same ones I have now and have had for 11yrs. Im going crazy from insomnia and bloating that makes me look 6 mo. pregnant (were you this bloated?).
    May I ask how long after you took the garlic until your insomnia and bloating were normal?
    (what type/how severe was your insomnia?).
    Was your skin so dry that your heals cracked and peeled? This is very odd symptom to me.
    thank you!