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Mike LNM has been so kind as to share the following info with me and I thought I would post it. I have been tested positive for the blasted thing and wanted to know if I should try to treat it. Do any of you have any experience with this at all?"It is very controversial as to whether blastocystis hominis, a parasitic organism, is pathogenic to healthy people or if it is normal flora of healthy people. Most studies of the "immune response" in people who are test positive by culture to BH show none of what we would call an "inflammatory response". rather the immune response most of the time is associated with the way the immune system repsonds to non-pathogenic things like normal flora bacteria and food. The "attack" immunoglobulins are not usually formed and the person is asymptomatic. HOWEVER there are (2) caveats: 1). There is evidence which suggests that some people with LONG TERM presence of BH in the bowel begin to respond to it as a pathogen...probably if the immune system is compromised or the flora "balance" is upset by use of an antiobiotic to treat some other pathogen and BH is not effected by it but some other "competitive" normal bacteria are which may be helping to kee BH from "overgrowing"...this is not proven only a theory. But there are occassional people who do become symptomatic (diarrhea, fever, lymphocytosis, etc) and then the symptoms go away with drug treatment for the BH to kill it with metronidazole.2) BH is definitiely pathogenic in immunocomprimised people, esp. HIV patients or patients who have been undergoing immunosuppresive therapy or treatments which compromise immune function, like some cancer treatments. BH can then become a problem as a comorbidity. Whether or not you need to be treated is a matter of debate. IF you have only slight growth, it seems unlikely UNLESS you have symptoms of diarrhea which are persistent and do not respond to other therapy...you might consider treatment with the specified drug to kill BH. Also, you can have a test doen to detetc the serum antibodies specific to BH and that comibined with symptoms might suggest treatment is needed. This is all a matter of the opinion of the doctor. Probably to get the most objective opinion I would seek a second opinion from an infectious disease specialist."
 

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I tested high count Blasto. H. 16 months afo, after mild starches for two weeks the BRAT diet recommended online. This fortified the Blasto. After two rounds of antiviotics, The Blasto. was eli,inated but I was left with post infectious IBS and had terrible diahrrea for Nother eleven months. Slowy my energy and bowel habits improved. Still not normal. BUT if I stay on the IBS diet plan AND take Philips Colon Health probiotics every day, it is very manageable. Slightlymformed loose stools are a blessing after those liquid stoold for so long (along with the accidents.Somedays I'm still. areless and I always pay the price. But wherembefore I thought my life would never be right again, now it feels right. I just have to ve careful. Good luck to all of you who are sufferingmand scared. I got so so much better. Be optimistic and watch your diet. . Find a good IBS cookbook. My Bible is. Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. by Raman Prasad. Gail
 
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