I have finally cured my SIBO, after relapsing 5 times in the past. This is basically a dump of all my info and research (with citations), and details of how I finally beat it. Hopefully this is my last post, I've been on and off the board for 3 years and it has helped me a lot. But rather than disappearing I wanted to share what I have learned. The method I used uses antibiotics to intitially get rid of the SIBO. Ginger and Grapefruit seed extract to keep your SIBO at bay whilst Glutamine repairs your gut until it can defend itself again. I believe probiotics were the biggest cause of my relapses and I will explain why.The facts you need to know to help you cure SIBOImmune System60% of your body's immune system is in the intestines. Antibodies that fight infection live in the fragile lining of your intestines. This lining becomes damaged by the bad bacteria that triggered your SIBO, and therefore the intestine's ability to protect itself is diminished.http://ajpgi.physiology.org/cgi/content/full/291/1/G82http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastrointesti...Immune_functionProbioticsTelevision, Marketing & advertising for yoghurts, actimel, yakult....etc.etc. Lead us to believe that 'Friendly bacteria', 'probiotics', 'yoghurt', 'probiotic drinks', 'probiotic supplements' are essential for digestion. The truth is that bacteria actually play a minor role in the digestive process. The first 24 feet of the intestines (the small intestine)contains no bacteria (or only a very small amount - less than 1000 bacteria per ml of fluid; digestion in the first 24 feet uses bile, acid and enzymes. Anything more than 1000 bacteria per ml in the small intestine is classed as SIBO). The final 6 feet of the colon is where all your digestive bacteria live (1 Billion per ml of fluid), the bacteria here basically feed on the small amount that is left over after the small intestines.http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/anatomy/digestive/What causes SIBOE-Coli, Samonelia and other bad bacteria are biologically similar to any other type of bacteria but have a nasty side-effect: They produce toxins when they feed. These toxins damage the sensitive lining of the gut, inflaming it and wearing it down to the extent that your small intestine's ability to cleanse and protect itself is reduced. With this protection diminished. Bacteria: (good or bad) is able to overgrow in your small intestines.If there was one piece of advice that I can give you to prevent your SIBO from relapsing it is this: THROW AWAY YOUR PROBIOTICS. If your problem has the words "Small intestine" in it - then bacteria are not part of the equation because bacteria are not part of the digestive process in the small intestine. If your problem has the words "Bacterial Overgrowth" in it, then you have too much bacteria - adding more bacteria won't help you!! With your intestine's ability to cleanse and protect itself diminished, good bacteria can overgrow just as much as bad.To quote "A new IBS Solution" by Dr. Mark PimentelPage 93: Chapter 7: "Another problem with probiotic supplementation is that the cleansing waves in the small intestines of IBS patients are inadequate. It's possible that a person with diminished cleansing wave capacity who takes probiotic supplements could find his or her situation worse, as the probiotics accumulate in the small intestine where they don't belong"I blame probiotics as the biggest culprit in my 5 relapses. My poor understanding of how the human digestive process works, and blindly absorbing in the yoghurt companys' "friendly bacteria" marketing cr&p led me to believe that bacteria and probiotics would help me when in fact they were re-triggering my SIBO."But probiotics alleviate my IBS symptoms!"A lot of people get relief from Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth by taking loads and loads of probitics. Flooding the small intestine with good bacteria temporarily 'overruns' the bad bacteria. The good bacteria don't produce the toxins so things improve. But bacteria aren't supposed to digest food in the small intestine - so although things are somewhat improved (no toxins) you still get the bloating (bacteria produce gas) and you still get hungry all the time (the bacteria are eating your food, not you). This isn't how the small intestine is supposed to work!! Yes it gives relief but its not solving the problem.To quote "A new IBS Solution" by Dr. Mark PimentelPage 93: Chapter 7: "While a reduction in IBS Symtoms is certainly a good outcome, it is not the same as elimination if the IBS itself. According to current scientific study probiotics have not been found to eliminate IBS"Once again, to stress this point. THROW AWAY YOU PROBIOTICS.
- SMALL INTESTINE BACTERIAL OVERGROWTH - THINK ABOUT IT....
- If your problem has the words "Small intestine" in it then bacteria can't help you because digestion in the small intestine doesn't work with bacteria.
- If your problem has the words "bacterial overgrowth" in it bacteria can't help because you've got TOO MUCH bacteria - adding more to an already overgrowing population won't help!!!